Gull Lake defeated Mattawan 5-2 in Monday’s SMAC gold bracket semifinal, putting them in Wednesday’s championship against Portage Central. The Blue Devil victory keeps them unbeaten and avenges last season’s tournament final loss to the Wildcats.
Gull Lake firmly controlled the first half, not surrendering a single shot on goal. The Blue Devils broke through offensively as a free kick from their defensive third found Reagan Wisser in the attacking third for a goal with 23:38 remaining.
The Blue Devils earned a penalty kick for younger sister Rosie Wisser with around 14 minutes to go, but Mattawan goalkeeper Andrea Schieman kept it out. However, Gull Lake kept the pressure up and scored three minutes later as a throw-in by Rosie bounced to Reagan for her second score. With 6:55 left, a Taylor Wesley cross deflected off Kaitlyn Stricker’s body for a 3-0 halftime advantage.
In the 46th minute, Rosie Wisser found the back of the net for a 4-0 Blue Devil lead. Mattawan wouldn’t go down without a fight, getting a Hannah Miller goal with 13:49 to go and a Sophie Ross score with 5:34 remaining. The Wildcats became only the third team to score on Gull Lake, who had allowed only three goals in their previous 13 matches. Avery Cook would deliver a final dagger in the last minute for the 5-2 Blue Devil win.
The top-seed Gull Lake improves to 13-0-1 overall and will host Portage Central in Wednesday’s championship game around 6:30 p.m. The second-seeded Mustangs advanced with a 3-0 Monday win over St. Joseph. It’ll be a rematch from one week ago, where the Blue Devils became the first team to defeat Portage Central with a 3-0 result.
Mattawan drops to 9-3-1 and travels to St. Joseph for the third-place game Wednesday. The Wildcats will get one more stab at Gull Lake in the district tournament at the end of May.