Sorrento Football Club junior domination amazes


Coaches Mark Gilson, left, and Allen Gerber, right, with the |triumphant Sorrento under-13 team.
Coaches Mark Gilson, left, and Allen Gerber, right, with the |triumphant Sorrento under-13 team.

UNDEFEATED campaigns happen on occasion, but the way Sorrento FC’s under-13 Division 2 team has gone about achieving the feat in 2016 has been remarkable.

After a 4-1 grand final win over Westside United on Sunday, the side won its 20th straight game in the eight-team Football West junior competition.

Incredibly, the Gulls averaged more than six goals a match from their 20 victories, striking 130 goals for the season inclusive of finals.

Adding to the accolade, they conceded just 17 goals – fewer than one a game.

Their tally of 122 goals for the regular season was more than double that of second-placed Westside’s 59 and left them with a mammoth 107-goal difference.

The team’s top scorer, Joel Sollitt, made 50 successful strikes.

Coach Mark Gilson labelled the team’s feat “unprecedented”.

“I have never seen it before and I have been involved with soccer for over 50 years,” he said.

“It certainly has not happened at the Sorrento Soccer Club before or in the local area.”

And while Sunday’s grand final would suggest it was a one-sided affair at Beale Park, Gilson said the score “belied the intensity and the closeness of the game”.