Gull Lake grabbed a 5-1 home win Thursday evening against Kalamazoo Central thanks to a dominant second half. By record, it’s the most impressive win to date for the unbeaten Blue Devils, ranked second in the latest Division 2 coaches poll.
After Maroon Giant goalkeeper Ryan Talanda fended off an early barrage in the first 10 minutes, the first half stayed fairly even from there. K-Central had the opening goal in the 24th minute via a Breven Brill free kick from about 30 yards out. Gull Lake matched in the 27th minute on their own set piece, taken by Jack Lockerbie and headed into the net by Donovan Below.
Late in the 37th minute, the Blue Devils went ahead with an AJ Boucher goal, assisted by Riley Folk. From there, Gull Lake would allow only one shot on goal and three total shots for the entire second half. Nolan Jaros pushed the score to 3-1 with a 47th minute score.
Early in the 54th minute, Jack Hirzel made it 4-1 with Jaros assisting. 42 seconds later, Jaros had his second strike of the night, helped by Rini Sylejmani. GL keeper Trent Grant unofficially made only one save with many KC shot tries blocked by his teammates in front him. Talanada turned away 11 in a busy effort for K-Central.
Gull Lake moves to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in SMAC play. The Blue Devils host Lakeshore Saturday night, then host Battle Creek Central Tuesday.
Kalamazoo Central drops to 6-2 overall and 1-2 in conference play. The Maroon Giants head west to Niles Saturday afternoon, then return home for games with Parma Western Monday and Mattawan Tuesday.