The Bulgarian-born player scored 80 career goals, including 47 as a senior and eight in a single game. He’s the Star Times boys soccer player of the year.
It’s clear that Borislav “Bobby” Stoyanov is a once-in-a-lifetime player for Mountlake Terrace boys soccer coach George Dremousis.
The Bulgarian-born Stoyanov etched a place in the heart of Dremousis with the best statistical season in Hawks history. He wrote his name clearly into the program’s record book with a huge senior season.
Stoyanov, who moved to the United States with his family when he was 14 months old, set school records with 80 career goals, 47 in his senior season and eight in one match. Those numbers are a big reason the Hawks standout earned Star Times boys soccer player of the year.
“I will tell you this, if I coach another five to 10 years, I guarantee I’ll never see anything like this again,” said Dremousis, who has been part of the Terrace program for the last 15 years, including five as head coach. “It’s just a one-in-generation thing. I don’t think we’ll have anyone quite like Bobby come through again.”
Dremousis’ 7-year-old son Nixon wears jersey No. 8 on his Seattle Sounders FC premier team uniform because his favorite player is the hardworking, diligent Stoyanov. Stoyanov works with the coach’s son after practice on many occasions.
“All the guys look up to (Bobby) a ton and want to be like him,” said Dremousis, who has 36 years of experience coaching at the college and high-school level.
Stoyanov’s reputation as a finisher grew this spring, but not enough to receive any local NCAA Division I scholarship offers. That chip from being overlooked fueled his fire during the Hawks’ 9-9-1 season (6-5-1 league) and he outscored — by himself — all but two teams during the WesCo 3A/2A regular season.
“My sophomore and junior year when I started talking to coaches, I always wanted to stay in-state here, but I guess they weren’t very interested,” said Stoyanov, who played for Sounders FC Academy as a freshman before turning out with the Hawks as a sophomore. “So, that always kind of put a little chip on my shoulder. I just worked my butt off to show them I deserved to be on their roster. I was really hoping to stay in Seattle. But I’m in a good spot in my eyes.”
Stoyanov, who is 5 foot 10 and 165 pounds, did get D-I offers from Syracuse and Loyola of Chicago, but he chose to go the European route for school and soccer training.
Stoyanov’s offensive contributions started somewhat slowly as a sophomore with four goals and eight assists. As a junior, he hiked his numbers to 29 goals and 10 assists before destroying WesCo competition as a senior.
The Hawks’ lone forward up top scored seven goals in a 10-1 win over Granite Falls on March 16, and he exploded for a school-best eight goals in a 9-0 triumph over Stanwood on March 27.
Stoyanov led the Hawks to the Class 2A state semifinals and a fourth-place finish in 2017. The team lost its entire back line and fell two wins short of qualifying for state this spring.
“It was kind of like one last ride with my teammates that I’ve worked with the last three years,” said Stoyanov, who missed just three true scoring chances this spring despite constant double- and triple-teams. “My driving force was really a state title, and I wanted to do whatever I possibly could to help my team win.
“I’m still proud of what we did and what we accomplished, even though we didn’t get back to state.”
Stoyanov will visit his native Bulgaria for three weeks before joining Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy in the United Kingdom on Aug. 28. The school has a close relationship with Leeds United FC, formerly of the Premier League. He also hopes to polish his skills enough to be considered for the Bulgarian National Team in 2020.
“I’ve had some great players over the years, but he’s definitely the best scorer and finisher,” said Dremousis, who coached Shoreline Community College for 15 seasons before stepping down after fall of 2017 season. “He doesn’t miss many opportunities. I’ve had players as good as him in all-around ability, but as far as finishing, it’s just ridiculous. His efficiency near the net is what separates him.”