By NICK SLOAN, NJSloan212@gmail.com
Bishop Ward soccer star Martin Cervantes Jr. - the 2011 KCK Preps Soccer Player of the Year - will be taking his skills to Neosho County Community College.
Cervantes said today that he has verbally committed to Neosho.
In Cervantes, Neosho will have a soccer player who's good at making plays in open space.
He scored 16 goals for the Cyclones this year and was named on the Kaw Valley League's First Team, voted on by the soccer coaches.
Cervantes created opportunities for himself and his teammates, nearly leading Ward to a big upset against Piper in soccer regionals. Against Perry-Lecompton in the regionals, Cervantes scored a hat-trick. He called the game his biggest of his high school career.
Neosho's men's soccer team finished 5-12 last year, possibly meaning the door could be open for Cervantes to make an immediate impact for the team.