Bridgeport’s Yair Diaz named WIAA Athlete of Week

Four hat tricks in last five games

Mike Maltais/QCH Yair Diaz (24) heads the ball into the goal during a 2019 game against Oroville.
BRIDGEPORT – Yair Diaz, junior forward for the Mustangs varsity boys’ soccer team is making headlines for his skill on the competitive field.

Diaz helped lead his team to a winning season this year with some high-octane standout play during the last half of the season. Diaz scored a total of 17 goals in the last five games that include hat tricks (three or more goals) if four of those. Bridgeport Athletic Director Scott Darwood said Diaz scored hat tricks in three consecutive games, had a goal plus assist in another end ended the season with a hat trick at home against Wahluke.

Thanks to a nomination by Darwood, Diaz was recognized as one of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s (WIAA) top 12 Athletes of the Week earlier this month for his outstanding performance on the soccer pitch. The WIAA description of Diaz’s achievements - including comments from head coach Gabe Gonzalez - reads as follows:

Diaz netted five goals against Oroville (6-2 victory) and then another three goals versus Okanogan (5-2 victory), all in a five-day span. He plays forward for the Mustangs and has been a starter since his freshman year. According to his coach, "He is a very talented soccer player and has great leadership skills. He has been a crucial part of the team and has helped lead the Mustangs to a league championship, a district championship, and to the State Tournament. He works hard on and off the field and he is a strong supporter of his teammates in helping them to reach their goals they have all set for themselves." He added, "Yair's leadership, communication, dependability, strength, dedication and support are some of the outstanding qualities he possesses."



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