MHSAA Soccer State Championships Preview: Gulfport Admirals
The last time the Gulfport Boys Soccer team won a state championship the year was 2010 and the coach was Cecil Hinds.
Fast-forward to 2018 and he’s now the head coach at Madison Central which just so happens to be Gulfport’s opponent on Saturday.
This time around, the Admirals are led by Henrik Madsen who brought Gulfport its first South State championship since the final year of the Hinds era in 2011.
The two schools are also familiar with one another because of a regular season match-up in January which kicked off Gulfport’s current ten game winning streak with a 2-0 victory over the Jaguars.
The Admirals are also in the midst of pitching seven consecutive shutouts which is serving as a huge confidence booster leading up to the rematch of all rematches on Saturday. “There’s a belief I think from them that they’re finally good enough to do it and they’re doing it together, which is the big thing. I mean we’ve always, it’s Gulfport, there’s always been a lot of talent, but this year they’re really bought in to the whole team concept of working hard and working for each other,” said Coach Madsen.
Eli Cupp said, “In the previous years we’ve had elements we needed, but not everything. I think this year between the leadership, everyone is stepping up and just the talent we have, I think everything is falling into place. We just have everything we need for a championship.”
Christopher Bruni said, “It would just be the perfect way to end it. I’ve been dreaming about this ever since I started high school, so it’s just great to see it come into play.”
Gulfport and Madison Central will get things going from Ridgeland at 6 p.m. on Saturday.