The Buchanan boys soccer team, winner of four of the past five Central Section Division I titles, already is operating in championship mode.
The Bears won the Lotto Western Showcase – a tournament that gathers some of the best soccer programs on the West Coast – for the second straight season after defeating Hamilton (Ariz.) 3-0 in the championship Saturday in San Clemente.
The Buchanan boys soccer team won the prestigious Lotto Western Showcase for the second straight year, led by goalkeeper Ryan Bray’s shutout performance.
Senior goalkeeper Ryan Bray was named tournament MVP while helping the Bears (8-0-1) record their sixth shutout of the season.
Junior midfielder Stephan Morris and junior forward Jacob Rudolph supplied the scoring.
8-0-1 Overall record for the Buchanan boys soccer team, which included a 2-0-1 showing at the Lotto Western Showcase
Morris, an all-tournament selection, scored a pair of goals, first with a header then with a shot from 30 yards. Rudolph provided his own header for the game’s first goal.
Senior defender Oliver Dolberg also was named to the all-tournament team as Buchanan finished 2-0-1 at the three-day event. Buchanan defeated Carlsbad 1-0 to start the tournament, then tied Servite 0-0 before playing in the title game.