Leland Returns to Semifinals After Six-Year Absence
LELAND – For the first time since 2012, the Leland boys soccer team finds itself in the state semifinals.
The second-ranked Comets (22-1-3), which have never appeared in a state final, will take on defending state runner-up and third-ranked Kalamazoo Hackett (18-6-1) in a Division 4 semifinal Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Holland.
“It’s so much fun,” Leland senior Colin Satterwhite said. “We’re just fighting for one more day. One more practice day. I know we have a few more, but every day, it’s one more day, one more day. We want to make it as long as we can.”
Wednesday’s matchup presents two programs that have yet to surrender a goal this postseason, with Leland getting past North Bay (8-0), Glen Lake (8-0), Harbor Springs (5-0), McBain Northern Michigan Christian (8-0) and No. 1 Muskegon Western Michigan Christian (1-0, shootout) in the district and regional rounds.
Hackett, which is making its fourth straight semifinal appearance, outscored its five prior postseason opponents 32-0, recording wins over Lawton (8-0), Bellevue (9-0), Battle Creek Calhoun Christian (8-0), Hartford (5-0) and Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian (1-0).
“I love playing with these guys,” Leland senior Andy Mosqueda said. “They’re all talented. We’re just pretty much brothers out here. And in school and everywhere. I think we’re on the road to make history. Try to bring the state championship home.”
The winner of Wednesday’s semifinal will face either defending state champion Ann Arbor Greenhills or fourth-ranked Genesee Christian for the state title Saturday at either Comstock Park or Novi.