Vandal targets Mira Mesa youth soccer club's goals

Posted at 4:56 PM, Oct 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 20:35:37-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A heartbreaking scene greeted a youth soccer club in Mira Mesa.

All four of their goals were severely damaged.

Aaron Vazquez, 12, has been playing soccer since he can remember. But last week, his fun came to an ugly halt.

"My heart dropped and my stomach tightened," said Vazquez.

Juventus San Diego stores its goals at the Mira Mesa Recreation Center. Aaron's father, Sabino, is coaching director of the club. Membership includes about 130 kids, ages 2 to 13.

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"Looked like somebody trashed the goals, bent them and broke them ... left them in the middle of the field," said Sabino Vazquez.

The goals are valued at about $3,200.

Sabino Vazquez says they tried to bend the bent parts back into place, and bought new parts. He says its safe for now, but it's only a temporary fix that will last a few months. After that, the fate of the club up in the air.    

"Without these goals, we can't do much," he said.

The club started a Gofundme campaign with the goal of new goals.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.