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Kirtland Central's Joe, Camacho earn Daily Times boys soccer awards


KIRTLAND − Throughout his time on the Kirtland Central High School's boys soccer roster, Kyler Joe has made an impact.

Joe wrapped up his senior season with 19 goals, most on the team for the third time in five seasons on the squad, and led the Broncos into the Class 4A postseason tournament. For his efforts, Joe has been named the Top Boys Soccer Player in San Juan County by the Daily Times.

In addition, Broncos head coach Leonel Camacho has been tabbed as Boys Soccer Coach of the Year in San Juan County, as the Broncos bounced back after a sluggish season last year to return to the playoffs for the third time in four years.

Joe, who excels at both track and field and wrestling at Kirtland Central, scored a total of 80 goals for the Broncos dating back to his eighth-grade campaign. He led the team in goals in each of his four seasons as a high school student to go along with 17 assists.

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"(Joe) has been instrumental in leading the team to two district championships, two second place finishes, and three trips to the state tournament," Camacho said.

Joe had perhaps his biggest game of the season in the final week of the District 1-4A campaign, when he scored four times and recorded a pair of assists in a 7-1 win over Aztec.

"It will be very difficult for someone to match his stats or work ethic," said Camacho of Joe. "He will be missed but he left an indelible mark for others to emulate."

Honorable mention for top boys soccer player awards go to Farmington High's Caleb Allred and Bloomfield High School's Goff Ausan.

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Camacho, who's served as head coach of the Broncos soccer team for eight seasons, has been an integral reason for their success. Under Camacho, the team has reached the state tournament five times.

The Broncos finished in a tie with Miyamura atop the district standings this season, with both teams getting knocked out in the first round of the state tournament. Kirtland Central's season came to an end last week in a 7-0 loss at St. Pius.

Camacho joins Kirtland Central's girls soccer coach Kiera Smith for the title of coach of the year. Smith led the Lady Broncos into the postseason as well this season while recording their best season record in the program's history.

"Like (Smith), coach Camacho did a great job managing and creating team chemistry with both young and old players," said Kirtland Central athletic director John Zecca. "There was a one goal difference between us and Miyamura from winning the district title and I don't think anyone expected that."

Honorable mentions for top boys soccer coach this season go to Farmington High's Ray Santillanes and Bloomfield's Scott Reid.