Playmaker; Pete Gulli could score, but winning was the true goal

Over the next two years, Gulli helped the Knights as a playmaker. Every season he scored at least nine times, but it was his ability to make those around him better that his teammates remember.

“He was a really good ball handler,” said Prozzo. “He wasn’t a guy that played with power. He wouldn’t plow through players. He was more of a finesse player.”

It didn’t take long for college scouts to come calling, and Gulli received offers from as far away as Florida Southern, the University of Boca Raton, Clemson, and the University of New Mexico, but Gulli opted to join the family business. He played a year with the Hartford Portuguese and the Waterbury affiliate before settling into his current career.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” he said. “All I wanted to do was play soccer and cut hair. I didn’t want to be a doctor or a dentist. I only wanted to play soccer and pick up girls.” he said.

His abilities didn’t escape notice from the Southington Sports Hall of Fame selection committee. On Thursday, Nov. 8, Gulli was inducted into the local hall of fame at a ceremony at the Aqua Turf.

“When you think about how good the soccer players are that came out of Southington, it’s definitely a tremendous honor,” said Gulli. “To this day, it still surprises me when people that I talk to remember me. They remember me as a soccer guy 20 years later, and that’s pretty cool. It’s part of my heritage and my family’s heritage.”

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