Lady Wave soccer on upswing

GREENVILLE – The Lady Wave soccer team is under the leadership of first year varsity head coach Jason Arnold for the 2016 season.

Arnold moves up to the head coaching slot after filling the assistant coaching job under Coach Steve Shephard, the Lady Wave’s head varsity coach for the past 10 years.

Shepard will be assisting Coach Arnold along with Matt Baker and Samantha Grim.

The Lady Wave have been spending five days a week training for the upcoming season.

“Strong conditioning right now,” stated Arnold. “We are just working on getting our endurance, our speed and stamina up and a little bit of open field so that they get a touch on the ball.”

If the numbers hold up, Coach Arnold hopes to field a Lady Wave Junior Varsity soccer team.

“I’ve have 30 that have reached out to me so far that are interested in playing this fall,” said Arnold. “If we keep that 30 number we definitely will have a JV squad.”

“We have 10 or 11 seniors,” added Arnold, “three of which are new the program.”

New to the schedule in 2016 is the GWOC’s (Great Western Ohio Conference) first year member, Tipp City’s Tippecanoe Lady Red Devils.

“We have picked up Tipp City which was not a GWOC team,” Arnold said. “That is going to be an interesting matchup this year.”

The Lady Wave have four “Showcase Tournaments” on the summer calendar. One to watch for is July 16th and 17th at Northmont.

“Those are considered my practice days,” Arnold said of the tournaments. “I’m allowed 10 practice days during the summer before season starts.”

Coach Arnold hopes to continue building on the foundation Coach Shepard has put in place as the number of athletes participating and attendance continues to increase each year.

“It’s (attendance) something that I am hoping will grow,” Arnold said. “It has been growing steadily over the last several years. We’re trying to get the soccer culture up in Darke County.”

One matchup to look for in the upcoming 2016 soccer season is when Darke County two girl’s soccer teams collide on the newly resurfaced Franklin Monroe soccer field.

“There are only two schools that have soccer in the county,” said Arnold. “Franklin Monroe and Greenville. Franklin Monroe and Greenville are the only ones that have a vested interest. We’ll be playing on their new field.”

August 1st marks the first day of the 2016 soccer season allowing Coach Arnold and his staff to coach on the field each day preparing the Lady Wave for the new soccer season.

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