Hernandez dazzles with the ball, earns Daily Leader All-Area MVP

Published 12:00 pm Wednesday, March 31, 2021


You’ve got one more season to catch Bogue Chitto soccer standout Yosvin Hernandez. The junior, do-it-all midfielder/forward has one more year of launching rockets off his feet and into the back of the net on Troy Smith Field. One more opportunity to see him make deft touch passes to teammates while appearing to have the ball on a string.

Simply the best soccer player in Lincoln County, Hernandez has been named The Daily Leader All-Area Most Valuable Player.

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Loyd Star coach Jordan Lea sees Hernandez twice a year in Region 7-Class I. He’s a fan.

“There are just very few, if any weaknesses in his game,” said Lea. “His best attribute is that he moves faster with the ball than he does without. His precision when he’s shooting is lethal.”

Jeremy Johnson at West Lincoln also sees Hernandez twice a year in division play. He’s another coach who has respect for what the junior brings to the pitch.

“He’s special,” said Johnson. “He’s a very smart player. He is pacy with the ball, but his skill on the ball is complimented by his overall game intelligence.”

Bogue Chitto finished 9-4 overall this season in just their fourth year of playing boys’ soccer. Their regular season losses were to division champs Franklin County and a 4-0 defeat to Loyd Star.

In the opening round of the playoffs, they lost a 4-2 road decision at Magee High.

Hernandez ended the season with 16 goals and seven assists. 

“The game is everything to him,” said BC coach Shane Nippe. “He sees the field, anticipates what’s going to happen and knows where the ball is going next.”

You’ll have one more season to watch Yosvin, his brother Yojan and cousin Enrique scoring goals, passing for assists and running the Bobcat offensive attack together.

Nippe expects Hernandez to be better than ever when that final season of 2021-2022.

“As naturally talented as he is, he’s never going to stop working to improve his skills,” said Nippe. “He’s going to put in hours and hours of practice and drills to get better. There’s really no telling what he capable of in the future.”