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All-City boys soccer: How Isaias Silva became Class 6A's top goal scorer

MUSTANG — Isaias Silva noticed it early.

As soon as the ball came anywhere close to him, teams were sending multiple players to try and take it away. They would bump and shove him, fight for position and be aggressive in hampering him.

It took some time to get used to, but it never really worked.

“At points, I would have two, three defenders on me,” Silva said. “I think that made it tough, but we looked to other teammates to help.”

Silva, a sophomore on the Mustang boys soccer team, led Class 6A in goals this season with 26. He added 11 assists, but his offensive prowess helped the Broncos possess the top scoring offense in the state’s highest classification.

Silva is The Oklahoman’s All-City Player of the Year.

After scoring only five goals as a freshman, Silva said he got comfortable with the way the high school game is played. The comfort helped him become one of the state’s most dynamic forwards.

“As a freshman, it’s really tough to step in, go out and compete at any level,” Mustang coach Jared Homer said. “Every day in practice he was looking to improve and hone his craft. He has that work ethic that you wish every player had.”

Silva scored in a multitude of ways. Whether it was from a penalty kick, header or a 30-yard shot from outside the box, he continued to find new ways to score that surprised even Homer.

After last season, Homer said he sat down with Silva and discussed the future. Silva had potential, and Homer wanted to bring it out.

Those breakaway chances, shots from outside the box and flashy passes happened all the time in practice. Homer told Silva it was time to see it on the field.

Homer said some opposing coaches would joke with him before or even during matches that they hoped to prevent a Silva scoring outburst.

As the defenders swarmed him, Silva also found his passing touch. Plenty of his 11 assists came when opponents collapsed on Silva, and he feathered passes to teammates for easy goals.

Silva has accomplished plenty is his time in Mustang. The Broncos reached the state semifinals this season for only the second time in school history.

Silva wants more. With two seasons left in his high school career, he’s hoping to break more barriers soon.

“I feel like getting to that final next year would be a great accomplishment for everyone,” Silva said.

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<strong>Mustang sophomore Isaias Silva led Class 6A in goals this season with 26. He added 11 assists. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Mustang sophomore Isaias Silva led Class 6A in goals this season with 26. He added 11 assists. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

<figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-cbed09889c8a49ef93e7240c307331ce.jpg" alt="Photo - Mustang sophomore Isaias Silva led Class 6A in goals this season with 26. He added 11 assists. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] " title=" Mustang sophomore Isaias Silva led Class 6A in goals this season with 26. He added 11 assists. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption> Mustang sophomore Isaias Silva led Class 6A in goals this season with 26. He added 11 assists. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure>
Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internships with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in... Read more ›

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