The Scots have continued their forward progress in 2013 with a 5-0 record and 3-0 mark in Area 5A, as well as the No. 10 ranking in the soccerinfo.com Class A state poll, going into last Friday’s game with Mount Paran Christian in the Jekyll Island Invitational.
However, with a challenging 5A schedule ahead of them, featuring Class A runner-up Atlanta International, state semifinalist Paideia and local rival Pace, Galloway coach Mark Boswell isn’t resting easy just yet.
“It’s great to start this way, but we’ve got a long way to go,” Boswell said. “We still have the meat of our region schedule of us and we still have a lot of work to do.”
Galloway won its first three games by shutout, beating Mount Vernon Presbyterian 10-0 Feb. 20, Riverside Military Academy 4-0 Feb. 25 and Pace 2-0 Feb. 28.
The Scots went on to beat Yeshiva 5-1 last Tuesday and Richmond Academy 2-1 at the Jekyll Island Invitational last Thursday.
Galloway faced a stiff challenge against last year’s Class A state champion, Aquinas, in the Jekyll Island competition last Saturday.
It’s been a steady climb for the Scots in Boswell’s tenure at Galloway, posting a 7-7 record last year after going 2-11 in 2011 and 3-7 in ’10.
“I’ve been coaching here for four years and every year, we’ve done a little better,” Boswell said.
For Boswell, the stage was set for Galloway’s improvement during the offseason, when his players made a commitment to improve.
“Last year, we were 7-7 and our guys decided they were not where they needed to be,” Boswell said. “So, they called practices over the summer on their own and kind of decided they wanted to gain some respect. We’re in the same region with Pace, Paideia and AIS, teams that are usually in the state playoffs and they decided that they wanted to be one of those teams. They put in a lot of work. My seniors, who were freshmen my first year here, really stepped up and led the way.”
Boswell said that determination has carried over on to the field this season.
“Our biggest strength is that we want it more than anybody else,” Boswell said. “I don’t know if we’re the most skilled team. But, when we get on the field, we want it more than anybody else.”
Boswell also praises his team for its balanced effort.
“We don’t have one or two standouts,” he said. “Every single player is important to what we do.”
Now, Galloway will try to continue its momentum as it faces tough 5A games at Atlanta International last Friday and at Paideia March 28.
“We’ve got the real chunk of our season coming up and that will be a big challenge for us,” Boswell said.