By Drew Terhall
GREENVILLE — It was Greenville’s annual Alumni soccer day at Harmon Discipline on July 29. The present girls and boys soccer groups went up towards this system’s previous gamers within the two exhibition video games.
However the day began with the girls and boys packages internet hosting a free youth camp on the sector. Highschool gamers and coaches taught the campers the fundamentals of the sport through the three-hour camp.
Woman Wave head coach Dave Ernst mentioned it was a great turnout for the primary 12 months of the camp with 27 children. He was happy with how the 2 coaches ran the camp.
“It was led by the boys head coach Ethan Cundiff and the boys head coach from Stebbins, Sam Bowers. These two did an excellent job stepping in and operating this system,” Ernst mentioned.
A short while after the camp, Cundiff and his workforce took the sector towards the Alumni boys. It was an in depth sport after the primary half with the Alumni main 2-0.
However within the second half, the Alumni bought it rolling and got here out on prime 8-0. Greenville performed nicely, however had a couple of errors that led to some targets.
Cundiff mentioned regardless of what the rating was, the workforce performed nicely towards the next stage of competitors. With the workforce being younger and never having a excessive variety of gamers, the workforce discovered from this sport.
“We use this as a studying expertise. We begin our season on Monday, July 31. We’re nonetheless in preseason. This sport is to study. We plugged completely different gamers to completely different positions. We labored on completely different formations. You win and lose, however you additionally study,” Cundiff mentioned.
Earlier than the Woman Wave might take the sector, the Darke County Soccer Affiliation performed two video games on the sector to indicate off their league and the younger expertise.
Ernst mentioned he needs the highschool program to have a reference to DCSA. It’s all about bringing the sport of soccer to the children across the space.
“I’ve all the time tried to maintain DCSA concerned in the highschool program. To maintain that bridge, to ensure they know they’re all the time welcomed. That is essential to me to provide them that 40 minutes,” Ernst mentioned.
The day ended with the Woman Wave taking over the Alumni women. Greenville began off spending plenty of the primary half within the offensive zone, however couldn’t come away with any targets to indicate for it.
At half, the Alumni had been up 1-0. It was extra of the identical within the second half because the Alumni got here away with a 3-0 win.
Ernst mentioned the women appeared to return out hesitant going up towards older women. He needs to see the workforce be extra assured and aggressive coming onto the sector, regardless of who they’re taking part in.
“That’s not how had been coaching. We’re coaching aggressive and optimistic. We are going to contact that a number of occasions this week earlier than we’ve got Coldwater on Saturday for a scrimmage,” Ernst mentioned.
General, Ernst was proud of the sport. He mentioned they bought a great estimate of the place they’re at and have a listing of issues they should work on.
For the Woman Wave, the preparation for the season begins when the clock strikes midnight into July 31. The workforce will host their annual Midnight Insanity apply to kick off the season. They’ll introduce the workforce and identify captains.
Contact Every day Advocate sports activities editor Drew Terhall at [email protected]