GREENVILLE – The Greenville boys soccer team defeated the visiting Twin Valley South Panthers 1-0 in a defensive battle in a non-conference scrimmage.
“I’m happy with the win,” said Greenville coach Mark Coppess. “Overall defense – that was what we were kind of focused on.”
The teams played a 40 minute scoreless first half with much of the contest played at the Panthers end of the field.
“The first half was more defensive,”said Coppess. “Our offense was horrible the first half. I was not happy with them at all. We’ve been working on defense all week. We’re learning a new formation and they did really well tonight. They smothered quick, they kept their shape quick, they covered quick and pressured and supported really well. Kept our balance on defense – it was really good.”
After a half of solid defensive play, the Wave stepped up play on the offensive side of the field in the second half scoring the game’s only goal of the night when Greenville’s Alex Hutt found the back of the net with 9:26 on the game clock to give the Green Wave boys a 1-0 win.
“We were working hard all game and it really felt good to put the team up,” said Hutt. “Looking for a great season.”
“Offensively we were horrible the first half and I pulled them out and some of our young guys got in there,” Coppess stated. “We had some better opportunities with our young players which is good – push that competitiveness. The second half was much-much more offensively, when they realized their jobs aren’t so safe.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Greenville’s Alex Hutt works into position to score the games lone goal of the night earning a scrimmage win over the Panthers. (Gaylen Blosser photo)