Two Cody boys soccer players earned All-State and All-Conference recognition for their efforts this season.
Senior Juan Hernandez and junior Kai Lynn were both honored by the Wyoming Coaches Association last weekend. For both players it was their first time receiving either honor.
Hernandez finishes his Cody soccer career as a four-year veteran of the program, experiencing four state tournaments and one championship during his career.
“I’m just happy to have gotten it,” Hernandez said of the All-State honor. “I’m really glad about that.”
Hernandez finished the season with three goals and seven assists but his leadership on the field showed up in far more than stats, providing experience to a young Bronc team. He had an upbeat attitude on the field and made solid decisions in crunch time situations, coach Kory Jansma said.
“It was cool to see him honored,” Jansma added.
Hernandez took part in both goals of his team’s 2-0 win over Douglas in the state tournament last week. After making it 1-0 in the 51st minute with his goal, Hernandez passed to Kaleb Morris in the 78th to clinch victory.
Hernandez will cut into a new passion this fall as he plans to attend barber school.
Lynn was an offensive powerhouse for the Broncs this season, scoring eight goals and assisting on four others.
“It was a great feeling to get All-State,” Lynn said. “I’ve worked hard all off season and it’s awesome to see it pay off.”
One of his standout performances came in a 2-1 road win April 4 against Powell, where he scored both his team’s goals.
“I got close with my team and they helped me achieve my individual goals,” Lynn said.
Lynn will be looked to as a leader on next year’s squad, which will return a strong core from this year’s sophomores and juniors.
“They’ll be a little bit older and more mature,” Jansma said. “The top three point scorers are all coming back.”