MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The Midland Lee boys soccer team finished second in the district and are now getting ready for post season play. Last season, the Rebels were number one in the district but lost in the first round of the playoffs. The returners on the team are ready and excited to make a run in the playoffs.
"We're definitely going to come out harder. We want to win," said senior Tyler Erwin.
"This year I feel like we're more confident now to see what's going to happen next so we're expecting all the pressure and I think we're going to come out succeeding," said senior captain Jose Gutierrez.
The Rebels ended last season with a disappointing loss, so this year the veterans on the team know their role on the field and ultimately in this brotherhood.
"I think everyone has their part not just the captains. When we don't know what to say, somebody else steps in. Like if I'm down or I'm mad and frustrated someone else will pick me up on the field and say hey lets get this. It's always one looking out for another out on the field," said Gutierrez.
As Lee gets ready for Friday's playoff game one word describes their mentality.
"Underdogs. Because like Jose said we weren't one of the ones that were going to be on top according to everyone. We were expected to be real low in the stats, we weren't expected to be where we are today," said senior Christian Bryant.
This team is driven with leadership and brotherhood and that translates on and off the field.
"This team is special because we're built as a family. We don't see each other as a team we are more of a family as in like if you got a problem you can go talk to anyone of the players and they'll sit down and talk to you and hear you out. It's been a great four years," said Erwin.
For the Rebels, especially the seniors on the team, their goal since the beginning of the season was to make it to the playoffs.
"All of us here have worked hard to get to this moment. Every single game we've played our butts off. We've worked hard and we're happy to be here," said Bryant.
"I feel like we need to come out stronger than ever right now and make this a great senior year," said Gutierrez.
The Rebels will take on El Paso Montwood Friday at 3 pm at Sul Ross State University.