Austin Silva

Austin Silva, the Lake Highlands High senior who died tragically from complications after surgery to remove his wisdom teeth, was well-known around LH as a performer with the Wildcat Wranglers and a standout on the varsity tennis team. You may not know that the Lake Highlands Soccer Association also relied on Austin as a referee for youth soccer, and hundreds of young players trusted his direction each week.

The LHSA announced Monday night that they will rename their annual recognition of male referees the “Austin Silva Young Male Referee of the Year Award” as a tribute to Austin and his legacy.

“Austin was a good referee,” said John Gossett, longtime LHSA board member and VP of referees. “When I would go out to the fields, I would see him out there, but you take things for granted. Coaches loved him and he taught the kids about the game. He was approachable and smart, and he handled himself well. He did a great job.”

The Austin Silva Award will be given in April, at the end of the spring season.

Registration has begun to play LHSA fall soccer, and the season begins Sept. 9th. If your child is interested, find out more on the LHSA website here.