Isaac Delafuente just wrapped up a record-breaking soccer season, but the Van Buren High School senior is already looking ahead to his final year of high school and beyond.
The 17 year-old shattered Van Buren’s previous records for the sport, scoring 40 goals this season alone. Delafuente nearly doubled the previous record of 22, set in 2006 by T.J. Rodriguez. Delafuente also beat the overall VBHS career scoring record, with nearly 70 goals, and has another entire year to add to his impressive total.
Delafuente’s success is the result of natural talent, a strong work ethic, and a lifelong passion for the sport. This year, he was named All-Conference and All-State. He was also awarded the title of 6A West Offensive Most Valuable Player (MVP), and a Southwest Times Record’s Player of the Year. He has played since he was a toddler, kicking around his first soccer ball at age two. In sixth grade, he moved from Fort Smith to Van Buren where he began playing for the Pointers. He has also honed his skills through travel soccer leagues including RBFC (formerly Express).
“I have played most of my life,” said Delafuente. As he prepares for his next year, he is also thinking about his career after graduation. He plans to try out for some semi-pro teams. Delafuente will travel this summer for tryouts in the U.S. and abroad, in hopes of increasing his chances to play professionally following his senior year.
Van Buren soccer coach Nathan Almond notes that Delafuente plays an important role in helping lead his team. “He is a great kid. Sometimes when you have someone with that much talent, they don’t want to work as hard, but that’s not the case with Isaac. He is a team player and always willing to work hard. He is also very polite, a good student and his teammates love him.”
With Delafuente leading in scoring, the Pointer Soccer is poised for an exciting season next year. This past spring, the team made it all the way to the quarter-finals of the state tournament. Delafuente and his teammates are using the momentum to gear up for an even more successful 2020.
“I am really excited,” Delafuente said. “We only lost three seniors this year and our group has great chemistry. I know we will get better and continue to improve. Our team is giving it our best, including in off-season, and really taking care of business.”