If Logan Wood follows his intended career path as a police officer, anyone he pursues on foot won’t stand a chance of getting away.
“I’m kind of known for my speed,” Tahoma High School’s star soccer forward said.
Bears coach Jason Johnson said Wood is both humble and the fastest player he has ever seen.
“His speed is just ridiculous,” he said. “You can’t catch him once he’s gone.”
That speed on the soccer field is just one reason why Wood finished his senior season as the News Tribune’s All-Area Player of the Year.
Wood’s 21 goals and 13 assists this season helped nationally ranked Tahoma to a 17-0-2 record and its first state appearance since 2012. The South Puget Sound League 4A North offensive MVP was the lone scorer in the Bears’ 3-2 overtime quarterfinal loss to Inglemoor.
“I wanted to end with a bang,” he said, “and have the best season I could have.”
Johnson said no other Tahoma player has put together a more complete season than Wood, who has signed to play at Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho.
“He is just as fast on the ball as off the ball,” he said. “He keeps it right on his foot as he’s sprinting, somehow, and keeps it in control.”
Wood, who played center midfielder for the Bears, said he employed the strategies he uses as an outside midfielder with his club team, Eastside FC, to make diagonal runs.
“I got behind defenders on a lot of my goals and I got away from them,” he said.
Johnson said the Bears’ team captain has an amazing soccer brain.
“He’s very gifted,” he said. “He has always been athletic, and his skill has always been there, but it really came together this year.”
Senior defender Alex Deck said Wood’s speed made him an untouchable weapon against even the strongest defenses. The pair has played together since middle school.
“He is such a special player,” he said. “He can always find a way to get the ball in front of the goal to set up himself or other teammates to score.”
Soccer is in Wood’s family. His father played in high school and his sister, Morgan, played at Tahoma and Central Washington University. He tried baseball, basketball and cross country, but always came back to the sport he first took up at age 4.
“I love the competitiveness,” he said. “And I don’t like losing.”
Especially in the state tournament.
Against Inglemoor, seventh-ranked Tahoma was poised for a shutout before being felled by an offensive blitz in the final three minutes of regulation.
“I really thought we were going to hang on,” Wood said. “I wish we could have gone further in state, but we did as well as we could.”
Now, Wood is looking to the future. He plans to study criminal justice at Northwest Nazarene, an NCAA Division II school, and follow his aunt and uncle into law enforcement.
It comes as no surprise that an active career like police work appeals to Wood.
“I just don’t think I could sit in an office all day,” he said.