Greenville boys soccer looks for improvement in 2018

GREENVILLE – The Greenville boys soccer team looking to improve on its 2017 season held the team’s first official practice of the 2018 season Wednesday morning.

“The season looks good so far,” said GHS soccer coach Mark Coppess. “We went to Wilmington and we were 1-2 down there on the day. We played a district champion team from the northeastern side of Ohio and played really well. We had a really good weekend.”

“We had a really good camp – it went really good,” added Coppess. “We went to Northmont over the weekend and came away 1-2-1 so we played really well all weekend.”

The soccer team is made up of 19 high school players including six incoming freshman.

“We have some good freshmen,” Coppess noted. “We have six freshmen this year and they have all been club players for me for quite a while so they are used to the program and they have pushed.”

“We will probably have a couple freshmen that will start and probably play a majority of the season,” continued Coppess. “They are very good technically and fundamentally.”

Coach Coppess will look to his junior and senior classes to bring leadership to the program.

“We do have team leadership stepping up,” Coppess said. “Some of that we lacked last year. Addison Ernst, Dylan Snyder and Poblo Badell have all stepped up really well. Max Irwin has done fairly well with it. Injuries again got a few of them but we have had some key seniors step up and some of our juniors have stepped as well.”

“Future looks good,” Coppes said of Green Wave boys soccer program. “Always building for the future. We should have a very good season this year.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Addison Ernst advances the ball for Greenville in opening day of boys soccer practice. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

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