Alaska soccer community reels from death of rising star Touray

September 11, 2020

Bubacar Touray

Anchorage’s Bubacar Touray, a former Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year in soccer who went on to star in the NWAC and EPLWA, unexpectedly passed away earlier this week in Seattle, Washington. He was only 21.

The Gambian native was a popular player in Alaska as a high school star and then in Washington as a college star, beloved because of his infectious smile and incredible skills.

Better known as Buba, Touray was an easy guy to root for.

“He was a kind, gentle soul. Loving and passionate,” said Alaska ODP coach Barat Killian. “Just sad to see something like this happen to someone so uplifting.”

He was laid to rest yesterday in Lynnwood, Washington, according to a ‘Support For Bubacar Touray’ GoFundMe page that in one day raised more than $18,000 of its $20,000 goal to help the family with unexpected funeral costs.

The rising star’s death sent shock waves throughout the soccer community in Alaska and with former West High teammates.

“He was a good friend,” said Greyson Adams. “He was always great to be around and he touched the lives of so many with his positive energy. We’re all going to miss him a lot.”

At West, Touray racked up 44 goals and 24 assists in 35 games over his junior and senior seasons. In 2017, he scored 25 goals in 17 games and was named Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year.

“He was quick, creative and very great technically,” Adams said. “But I also quickly found out how fun he was to be around. He was one of those people who could make you smile and laugh without even trying. He was always so happy and easy going. He was competitive and he always wanted to get better, and he always pushed me to do the same.”

Tacoma Community College of the NWAC was the only college to offer Touray a scholarship out of high school and he rewarded that team with a historic performance.

In 2018, he bagged a school-record 25 goals – the fifth highest single-season total in conference history.

Touray led the NWAC in goals and points (55), and helped the Titans win the West Region title, compile a 20-1-2 record and capture the NWAC championship.

The 2019 EPLWA champion Washington Premier

In 2019, Touray played in the Evergreen Premier League with Washington Premier. He scored three goals in the regular season and then came up huge in the semifinals of the postseason tournament.

He scored the equalizer in the 39th minute and put his team up 2-1 in the 43rd minute with his second goal of the game to lead the way in a 5-1 win over the Seattle Stars.

Touray started the final and helped his team capture the Ostrovsky Trophy with a 1-0 win over Bellingham United.