Boys soccer is back in the swamp.
After a two year hiatus without a boys varsity soccer program, Algonac is bringing back its team for the 2016 fall season.
“Oh, they’re excited,” head coach Chris Viney said of the players.
Around Christmas time is when all of the buzz started with players asking athletic director Mitch Landrum how they could get a team together. Once Landrum and Viney started seeking interest, they were both blown away by the turnout.
“It’s far beyond my expectations,” Landrum said. “Even with girls soccer, even though we have a solid team, our numbers are low. But after that second (boys) meeting he had 28 kids that came with interest in playing soccer.”
Viney is no stranger to coaching soccer, having 10 years of experience in the past with both the girls and boys team. While the excitement of the new team is causing a buzz this summer, Viney understands it could take some time to build the program back up in the tough BWAC conference.
“We don’t have any players on the team that are travel players,” Viney said. “But the next couple of years are going to be all about having fun and then we’ll start working on a program.”
The addition of the Muskrats also means all eight BWAC teams will be represented on the soccer field this fall. Landrum said the high school is happy to support as many teams as they can, and the interest is all they needed to get the ball rolling.
He also thinks that the football team’s successful season in the fall sparked interest among soccer players who also wanted a taste of that fall competition.
“I think the success of the boys in the fall gave these kids wanting the opportunity to play as well,” Landrum said. “I’ve even got an email from a parent saying they’re so excited soccer is back.”