By Drew Terhall
GREENVILLE — The Greenville soccer staff misplaced their season opener to Eaton, 45-7, at Harmon Subject on Aug. 18. The younger Inexperienced Wave staff hung in there firstly, however couldn’t sustain with the Eagles.
Head coach Bart Schmitz mentioned the staff gave it their finest effort. They may simply have to gather themselves after this one and look ahead to the subsequent alternative they’ve to indicate what they’ll do.
“The boys performed laborious. We obtained to observe movie, see what we obtained to get higher at and proceed to work at it. We now have 9 extra video games to see what we will do,” Schmitz mentioned.
Eaton scored on their first two drives of the sport. Senior quarterback Chris Atkins ran for a 24-yard landing and junior Cordis Berard scored on a 4-yard landing to go up 14-0.
The Eagles have been trying to strike once more on their third drive, however the Inexperienced Wave held powerful and obtained a fourth down cease. They took over at in regards to the 25-yard line.
From there, Greenville senior quarterback Evan Manix discovered some wiggle room and ran for a 62-yard landing to make it a 14-7 sport with just below 11 minutes left within the second quarter.
For the rest of the quarter, Eaton went to work. Sophomore Brycen Simpson scored from three yards out to go up 21-7. Senior Brayden Deem returned a punt from Greenville all the best way into the redzone on the 12-yard line.
On the subsequent play, Deem recovered a fumble within the endzone to go up 28-7. A 39-yard subject aim because the half expired gave Eaton a 31-7 lead.
Schmitz mentioned after they have been capable of get the cease and rating, they couldn’t discover a solution to get one other cease or get the offense transferring. To him, it got here down to 2 totally different areas of the sport that the staff must work on.
“We obtained to determine a means offensively to maintain our rhythm and check out to not put our protection on the sphere as a lot. Defensively, we obtained to attempt to discover methods to get stops,” Schmitz mentioned. “It boils all the way down to blocking and tackling. We obtained to get higher in each of these areas.”
After Greenville turned the ball over on their first possession of the second half, Eaton scored immediately. Atkins threw a 27-yard landing cross to senior Leslie Orr.
Because the third quarter ended, Simpson rushed for one more landing to place the sport out of attain.
Greenville was younger coming into this season and it confirmed. The staff is prepared to return to work and proceed specializing in bettering as an entire.
“They’re a superb group of youngsters they usually work laborious. They’ll get higher, I’ve little doubt in that. That’s all you’ll be able to ask for as a coach,” Schmitz mentioned.
Greenville will begin their convention schedule with a house sport towards Troy on Aug. 25. Kickoff is about for 7 p.m.
Contact Every day Advocate sports activities editor Drew Terhall at [email protected]