This years’ Gull Lake boys’ soccer team has played ten games thus far, holding onto a 7-3-1 record, already surpassing the win total from a year ago. Led by captains Jeffrey Adamski, Wes Mink, Angus Gibbs and Jason Fisher, the Blue Devils hope to redeem their 6-15-1 record from the year before. According to coach Scott Minehart, it was the worst season Gull Lake has had in 25 years. Senior Captain Jason Fisher says team leadership and chemistry is the backbone for the boys’ success thus far.
“We have a lot of confidence with one another, unlike last year,” Fisher said. “Having 12 seniors on the team, who are all good friends, really helps our team bonding and chemistry, especially with four of them being captains.
With the season only just beginning, there will be plenty of chances for the Blue Devils to the top of the conference standings. Key match ups against Lakeview, Mattawan and Battle Creek Central will ultimately decide where Gull Lake will stand at the end of the year. The team’s best finish in the SMAC was second place in 2012, and came in 8th place last season.
With multiple three-year varsity starters on the team and returning role players, Gull Lake will be a contender in the conference. A district title is among the many goals the team has for this year. The last time Gull Lake won a District was in 2004.
With only four home games left on the schedule, the boys’ soccer team looks for as much momentum as they can get by winning on the road. With a 2-2-0 record in the conference so far, only a few more games will be the decider as to how the league standings end up.
The Blue Devils have 11 games left on their schedule until the opening of District play. Their next home game is September 14, against Jackson Parma Western.
By Jeff Adamski