Western Michigan Broncos men’s soccer ready for NCAA Sweet 16

Kalamazoo — Chad Wiseman has built a successful Western Michigan men’s soccer program largely through relationships and bonding, so when the pandemic hit, it stunted the Broncos’ momentum.

The 2020 fall season was postponed until the spring of 2021, but even then, and in the subsequent fall 2021 season, it wasn’t really the same. The team could play and practice, but couldn’t really together like they typically would be together.

So, before the fall 2022 season rolled around, Wiseman organized a team trip to Boyne, where for five days this past August, yes, they practiced and they played, but they also explored Lake Michigan, played paintball, and tried their hands at disc golf. They stayed at the resort, team captains holding a fantasy draft for roommates, being sure to fill the roster properly, with someone who could cook, someone who could clean, etc.

“We left that,” said Wiseman, “feeling really good about ourselves.”

They left that feeling like a good soccer team, and a really close soccer team.

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