2017-11-16 / Sports

Lund, Comets headline Dream Team

Six Leland players land spots on all-county club
By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor

Cobe Lund wasted little time in showcasing his goal-scoring pedigree on the Leelanau Peninsula.

Lund, who transferred back to Leland from Traverse City West prior to the 2017 campaign, was dynamite from the get-go. The fleet-footed striker opened the season on an 11-game scoring streak that featured 21 goals — including four hat tricks — and eight assists. The junior didn’t slow down from there, either.

Lund led all Leelanau County players in goals (42) and assists (20) this fall as Leland put together one of its best seasons in program history. As a result, county coaches and the Enterprise sports staff voted Lund and five of his teammates to the 2017 Boys Soccer Dream Team.

Senior midfielder Chris Ursu, junior midfielder and Dream Team returner Nick Saffell, sophomore centre-back Owen Kareck, senior midfielder Hank Guest, and senior midfielder Garrett Buta-Scott also made the cut.

The Comets (23-2, 9-1 NWC) won league and district titles en route to a regional final appearance, but the highlight of the season took place downstate on Oct. 5. Leland overcame a 2-1 deficit at Muskegon Western Michigan Christian and walked away with a 4-2 win — its first over the perennial powerhouse in program history.

Lund recalls the look on coach Joe Burda’s face after his second goal.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen Joey that excited,” Lund said.

The excitement among Leland fans, players and coaches was certainly warranted this year.

The Comets finished No. 2 in the final Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association poll and outscored opponents 126-13. System scoring, a preseason goal for Burda, led to impressive individual numbers for a handful of players.

Defensively, the play of standouts like Guest, a four-year starter, and Kareck made life easy for goalies.

“I have a lot of respect for Owen Kareck,” said North Bay junior Ethan Sommerfield, who plays club ball with Kareck. “He’s a really good defender.”

Sommerfield, a holding mid, is one of three honorees from North Bay (11-5-4, 6-2-2 NWC) on the Dream Team this year. The others are seniors, midfielder Ethan Pino and striker Brett Dyer — the 2016 Dream Team MVP.

Dyer nearly recaptured MVP honors again this year after amassing 35 goals and 11 assists.

“He’s the one guy we played that we had to really look out for, in my opinion,” Ursu said. “If we didn’t mark him and play smart, he’d really catch us off guard. He’s for sure got my respect.”

Kareck added: “Fast. Real fast. He’s good at finding space and he’s real quick with the ball.”

Dyer delivered at least one goal in 17 of 20 games, including a 7-3 win over visiting Benzie in which he found the back of the net six times. No other county player scored more in a match.

He shared the team lead in assists with Pino, who netted nine goals.

“(Pino) will be missed,” said North Bay coach Tom Spencer, whose club recorded two ties against state semifinalist Buckley in the regular season. “He has one of the greatest striking capabilities I’ve seen in all the years I’ve been around high school soccer.”

Glen Lake (4-12-1, 2-8 NWC) added a pair of players to the all-peninsula team, senior striker Peyton McDonough and versatile junior Jumpei Ohashi.

McDonough, who missed the 2016 season with a knee injury, made up for lost time by finding the back of the net in 12 of the team’s 17 games. He finished third among all county scorers with 24 goals, adding a trio of assists.

“It was a good season,” McDonough said. “It was tough at times, but we improved as a team and got our first district win in five years.”

Ohashi, an exchange student from Japan, finished with five assists in the 8-0 district quarterfinal victory over visiting Harbor Light Christian.

He was a welcome addition in the eyes of first-year coach Jared Boynton.

“When he showed up, I knew he was a special player,” Boynton said. “He brought our team to another level and allowed us to compete in every game. He was our best communicator and distributor on the field and he was giving instructions in his second language. We hit the exchange-student jackpot when he came to town.”


By Program
Leland: 6
North Bay: 3
Glen Lake: 2

By Class
Seniors: 6
Juniors: 4
Sophomores: 1
Freshmen: 0

2016 Team:
Brett Dyer (North Bay)
Nick Saffell (Leland)
Glen Bredin (Glen Lake)
Evan Busby (North Bay)
Jesus Calderon (North Bay)
Hugo Calderon (Leland)
Noah Fetterolf (Leland)
Eli Kramer (North Bay)
Gerardo Vasquez (Leland)

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