GMC Men's Soccer (12-5) season came to end with a 3-2 loss to #8 ranked Louisburg in the first round of the District Tournament.
The game was everything you would expect when two talented teams meet in a "winner takes all" scenario. The Bulldogs played hard but Louisburg got on the board first at the 18-minute mark. The Bulldogs answered with 2 quick goals, one by Reda Benmostefa at the 22-minute mark and 5 minutes later JD Herrera scored his district leading 25th goal of the year, giving the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead at half-time.
A total of 10 cards were issued during the game, many were due to questionable calls. With 15 minutes left in the half, the Bulldogs still held the 2-1 lead when Louisburg was awarded two penalty kicks, the first one was stopped by GMC's Salvatore Mazza, but the second one at the 75-minute mark found the back of the net to tie the game. The Bulldogs battled and got a break of their own when Louisburg was issued a red card with 11 minutes to play. With a man advantage and a powerful offensive attack, things appeared to be in the Bulldogs favor but it was not meant to be. In the closing minutes, Louisburg scored to take the lead for the remainder of the game. Even though the season is over for the Bulldogs these men have a lot to be proud of, the trip to the District tournament was their fourth appearance in a row. Most of the Bulldogs starters are freshmen, including "Region 17 Scoring Champ" and "Player of the Year" JD Herrera and Setup man Nicolas Milot, there is a lot of optimism for next year.
The coaches and team will now focus on recruiting for next year, training is set to resume soon and the coaches will hit the recruiting trail, there is no doubt that the Bulldogs will be back on top in 2020.