Last fall the Gilman soccer team took the MIAA A Conference by storm, maintaining a consistency of outstanding soccer, from start to finish, and stealing away with the league championship.
With a wealth of holdover experience and talent, the Greyhounds enter their preparations for the 2011 season, this week, with the mindset of a champion and that came through loud and clear this week when VarsitySportsNework.com’s Joe DisBlasi visited Roland Park for some pre-season video conversations.
“Not only am I excited, I think the whole Gilman community is pretty excited about the prospect and potential of this year,” said head coach Jon Seal. “I know we have tremendous leadership. The guys we have returning are experienced and we have the blueprint of success now. The kids know they can do it, they can achieve it since they did it last year.”
One of the key players in that mix is All-American goalkeeper Andrew Harris, VSN’s 2010 Boys Soccer Player of the Year, who is back for his senior year and brimming with confidence.
“I think we’re going to do it, I think we’re going to do it, I said it right here,” proclaimed Harris when asked to sum up his squad’s chances of repeating. “I think we have enough personnel coming back and we have enough heart left in the team to absolutely repeat.”
“When you have a guy that is probably going to be one of the best goalkeepers to play in this Conference – going to Wake Forest in 2012 – he is a great goalkeeper and a tremendous leader,” added Seal about his star goalie.
Four year starter Christian Wulff, who will play his college soccer at West Point, is also excited.
“This season is going to be great. I think we’re gonna rise up and we’re gonna do very well this year,” said Wulff. “Just like last year, I think the competition in the MIAA is getting good. I think Loyola is going to be very good. They have a bunch of good forwards and a good center back. But, just like last year, I think it’s going to be us and McDonogh.”
Another key senior returnee is forward Cotter Brown and he is also excited about the experience back for the Greyhounds.
“We have only lost two starters this year. I think we are going to look very good and try to defend it,” said Brown.
To see the full set of interviews, click on the Video Gallery Link above.