Listen live online Monday via JoeInsider.com as Gull Lake hosts Mattawan as part of the SMAC gold bracket soccer tournament around 6:30 PM ET.
The Blue Devils enter as the top seed, claiming the regular season crown with a 9-0-1 SMAC record. Overall, Gull Lake is 12-0-1 with the lone draw against St. Joseph (1-1), who travels to Portage Central for the #2 vs #3 semifinal. Gull Lake has beaten all but the Bears and Lakeshore by multiple goals in 2018.
Mattawan grabbed the fourth-seed with a 7-2-1 league record and a 9-2-1 overall record. Their blemishes came in their most recent contests with losses to Gull Lake (3-0) and Portage Central (2-0), plus a tie with Lakeshore (1-1).
Monday will be a rematch of last year’s gold bracket championship game, won 1-0 by Mattawan. In 2017, the Wildcats avenged regular season losses to the Blue Devils and Mustangs to claim their first-ever tournament title. Two seasons ago, Gull Lake won the tournament final over Loy Norrix in overtime.
The match Monday also is another chance for Division 2 second-ranked Gull Lake and 16th-ranked Mattawan to meet with a potential district postseason rematch looming.