GREENVILLE – The Greenville Lady Wave soccer team under first year head coach Dave Ernst has been putting in long practice hours in anticipation of a 2020 fall Miami Valley League (MVL) soccer season.
“We have girls that are at eight and a nine,” Ernst said of his young team’s soccer IQ. “We have girls that are at a one and two so in average we right around a five, but we will get there.”
Coach Ernst and his staff look to improve on a program that has celebrated few victories as noted by a 5-73-3 record over the past five years.
Going into the fall season the Lady Wave list a roster of 22 girls made up of four freshmen, 10 sophomores, six juniors and two seniors.
“We are very heavy young which bodes well for the future,” noted Coach Ernst.
“Yes, we’re out on the turf training,” Coach Ernst said with a chuckle when asked if the team was where he wanted it to be at this point in the practice season. “Position wise, I don’t know, I’m not sure.”
“I know at this point we have 22 girls on the roster,” continued Ernst. “They all want to work hard and get better, so in that context I am exactly where I want to be.”
Coach Ernst takes over the Lady Wave head coaching position following several years as the Greenville varsity assistant coach and the schools head JV boys soccer coach.
Steve Shepard, a former Lady Wave head soccer coach from several years prior and Alex Hutt, a GHS soccer alum are assisting Coach Ernst with the team’s coaching duties.
“Steve brings experience coaching the girls so he’s been there, done it before,” Ernst stated. “He is a great reference for me to lean on.”
“Coach Shepard and coach Hutt and I are all three very excited for 14 underclassmen. The six juniors will get a full year with us and they will lead the program next year.”
“We are looking for a good class coming in next year as freshmen,” Ernst concluded. “If we can reload with another six we will be right back where we were if not stronger and have a full JV and varsity program.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Lady Wave high school soccer players battle in the opening week of OHSAA soccer practice. (Gaylen Blosser photo)