Alaska’s best prep soccer player to continue career at Tacoma CC

June 15, 2017

Bubacar Touray soccer

Bubacar Touray

Tacoma Community College was the only school to offer a scholarship to Anchorage high school soccer standout Bubacar Touray.

He’ll remember that each time he takes the field next season, using that feeling as motivation to punish all the teams that didn’t think he was good enough to play college soccer.

“I know what I can do,” Touray told me. “I’ll still keep believing and working harder so that I can achieve my goals.”

The West High senior won Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year honors after carving up the competition in 2017 for 25 goals and 15 assists in 17 games. He racked up 19 goals and nine assists as a junior.

“I am so grateful to be selected the best in the state because I know without God and my hard work, I wouldn’t have gotten that far,” Touray said. “But I’m still learning. I want to be a pro one day.”

The 18-year-old forward is a straight scorer, a dangerous one-on-one playmaker with lightning-fast feet.

“No one can stop me on 1v1 because I’m very quick at dribbling,” Touray said. “I have so many moves, that’s why it’s very hard for a defender to stop me; because I do different moves over and over.

“The only thing you can do is foul me or get lucky if I miss the chance.”

His favorite player is Brazilian Robinho, who is known for his ball control, attacking instinct and dribbling. Touray tries to emulate his idol’s fearless style of play.

“I score a lot but I also have the skills to pass the ball because I am a team player and I know how to catch my run and get the ball before the defender,” he said. “I calculate a lot in the box before I even get the ball, so I know what to do.”