BY SAMANTHA ELLIOTT
Ten years is a long time for anything. While it has not quite been 10 years, it has been nine and it does not look like things will be slowing down anytime soon.
On Oct. 20, the Grosse Ile boys’ soccer program dominated its way to its ninth straight District Title in the MHSAA state playoffs. The win came in front of the home crowd when the Red Devils shut out Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 2-0 for the hardware. It was the team’s third straight post-season shutout. The feats have not come without acknowledgement.
With the district title win, the Red Devils moved to 25-0 on the season and were ranked No. 1 in the state in Class C. The season also brought yet another Huron League championship.
The district final saw 25 minutes of scoreless play before Jacob Sawicki booted in what would be the game-winning goal.
In the second half, Joseph Duke took a penalty kick awarded to the Red Devils and added comfort to the score when he capitalized. With the win, Grosse Ile continued its trek deep into the state playoffs on Oct. 24 when the team took on the regional round of competition.
Whatever the outcome of the season, the Red Devil players will not soon forget their accomplishments.
“The regular season was everything we could have hoped for (and) the (district game) was a good challenge,” senior Zach Rogers said. “It’s an honor to be part of the GIHS soccer program and it’s great that we were ranked No. 1. But that doesn’t mean anything to me because you could be ranked No. 1 and lose, so we just have to play the way we played all season and I don’t think anyone can forget this special season.”
Four-year senior David Cardinal agreed with his teammate.
“Being a part of this organization was a blessing, being filled with not only my good friends but teammates as well,” Cardinal said. “This season we started off strong and kept it that way.”
The specialness and accomplishments of the season were not lost on Cardinal.
“It’s not every day you get to be on a team that goes 25-0 and only keeps progressing,” he said. “As fast as these past four years have gone by, it’s been an experience.”
The Red Devils continued their post-season push on Oct. 24 when they traveled to Detroit Country Day for regionals.