It might not have been the way he wanted to win it, but Buffalo’s Joe Musselman was happy to receive the state’s top soccer award earlier this month.

Musselman admitted in a telephone interview with WyoPreps’ David Settle that he wasn’t sure if Gatorade was going to present the Player the Year honor or not but he’s glad they did. Musselman is the 2019-20 Gatorade Wyoming Boys Soccer Player of the Year. The news was announced on June 8, 2020.

Musselman was named the 2019 Class 3A Underclassman of the Year. He was a first-team all-conference and all-state selection last year as a junior. In his career with the Bison, he scored 12 goals and dished out 14 assists. During the 2019 season, he scored five of those goals and had seven assists. Musselman helped Buffalo to a third-place finish at the state championships in 2019.

In the conversation with WyoPreps that’s part of the video above, Musselman described winning the honor during the year without a match, how he found out, and what his initial reaction was at that time. He reflected on his soccer career with the Bison, including talking about bus rides with friends and teammates. Musselman also spoke about his development under Buffalo head coach Dick Edgcomb, who is in the Wyoming Coaches Association Hall of Fame. As for his future, there are plans to attend the University of Wyoming but Musselman isn’t ruling out possibly trying to play soccer somewhere.

Joe excelled in the classroom with a 4.08 GPA. He was also a four-year letterman in golf and a two-year varsity letterman in basketball at Buffalo High School.

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