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Soccer club kicks off season

By: Matt Long
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The El Dorado Hills Soccer Club kicked off its season on Friday with a jamboree at Promontory Park and at the same time remembered a fallen friend and dedicated the season to him. Carter Mecier, a 7-year-old boy who was looking forward to his third season with the club, was killed in an accident in June. The soccer club honored his memory by dedicating the jamboree and season to him. “This is a tremendous opportunity to honor a member of the club and a member of the community,” Club President Joe Dominguez told the crowd of about 600 players, parents and family members. Rather than a moment of silence in Carter’s honor, Dominguez urged the crowd to applaud and cheer. After about a minute of loud cheers, Dominguez said, “I’m sure Carter hears you.” Carter’s family attended the event and his step-mom, Alisha, addressed the crowd with an emotional speech. “It’s with deep gratitude that we thank you for lifting Carter up tonight,” Alisha said. “He loved you with all his heart and that’s what made him special. I believe Carter’s time on earth was robbed from us and we’re devastated by the loss, but were comforted by knowing that he lived his life for Jesus. He was a constant source of joy to us and he’s more alive now than he ever was on earth.” After remembering Carter, the soccer balls were flying all over the field at Promontory Park, as the kids ended the day having fun playing the game they all love. “It was a hugely successful event,” Dominguez said. “It’s the first time we’ve kicked off a season like this and it was an opportunity to build excitement for the season. I think everyone got a kick out of it. “We also dedicated the season to Carter and we were able to use soccer as a vehicle to bring the community together and help a family in need. It was a touching event.” The El Dorado Hills Soccer Club has approximately 1,800 members.