Boys Soccer: Plainfield North following Logan Wright’s lead
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media September 18, 2013 9:24PM
Logan Wright, of Plainfield North, for Fall Photoday, Sunday, August 25th, 2013, in Tinley Park. | Gary Middendorf/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 20, 2013 7:38AM
Plainfield North’s Logan Wright fulfilled a lifelong dream and unloaded some weight from his shoulders when he committed to Western Michigan.
“It’s really exciting,” he said. “It’s always been a dream to play Division I soccer. It’s what I’ve worked my whole life for.”
Wright said the coaching staff at Western Michigan quickly won him over.
“I just felt like it could be a home for me,” he said. “I liked the atmosphere and I really liked how the coaches treated me and how they dealt with everybody. They made me feel comfortable and they made it feel like home.”
With that major decision made, Wright can now focus on leading the Tigers to a successful 2013 campaign.
“It was a stressful process,” he said. “Now I can just relax and enjoy my senior season. I can have fun and work hard to help us win as many games as we can.”
With Wright leading the way, North’s win total could skyrocket. The Tigers won eight games in 2012, and nearly have met that in getting off to a 7-2-2 record thus far.
North took the Lemont Cup championship, with Wright scoring three times in four tournament matches.
“Winning that tournament shows that our program is up and coming,” Wright said. “All of our confidence is growing a lot.”
Wright began playing soccer at age 4.
“I’ve loved it ever since,” he said. “I love the feel of the ball at my feet.”
North coach Jim O’Hara, meanwhile, loves the sight of the ball at the talented forward’s feet.
“Logan’s become a very good soccer player for us,” O’Hara said. “We’re really excited to see what he can do for our team this year.”
Wright knows he’s built a reputation around the Southwest Prairie and will be a marked man this year, but he thinks his teammates can relieve the pressure on him.
“It’s kind of stressful, but with the other players on my team this year it’s not as much,” he said. “I know I can trust them. We have a good team this year.
“I think we have a good shot to win conference this year. We’ve been working hard and we’ve been building team chemistry. It’s looking good.”
For the Tigers to take home their first conference crown, they will have to knock off rival Plainfield Central, which has won seven straight Southwest Prairie titles.
“It’s been really frustrating seeing them win it every year,” Wright said. “They set the bar. That’s our motivation. We want to take them down this year.”