Leland Preps to Defend State Title Under New Coach
LELAND – After winning their first ever state title as a program last season, the pressure is on for the Leland boys soccer team.
Last November, the Comets defeated Ann Arbor Greenhills 1-0 to win the Division 4 state championship.
Coming into this season, they lost four key players, and are now working to fill those holes on the field and continue to build their team chemistry.
“We’re trending in the right direction, and we’re actually trending faster than I think we did last year,” said newly appointed head coach Brandon Wheeler.
“We’re still getting warmed up,” added senior Michael Roberts. “We’re still trying to figure out our team and the new players and what we’re going to do without the seniors we lost, so I think we’re just going into it one game at a time.”
They’ve been playing up this year as well, starting their non-conference schedule out with tough teams like Hillsdale Academy, North Muskegon, Elk Rapids and Traverse City Central.
“The fact that we’re getting everybody’s best and we have to be Leland every week, I think that’s really good in terms of expectations for our boys and for our program,” said Coach Wheeler. “We have to be on our game every day during practice, every rep and definitely every game. Because we are, we get everybody’s best and we welcome that.”
The Comets start conference play at home against Glen Lake on Wednesday.