CLAYTON — A young Greenville girls soccer team got a taste of high school soccer this past weekend as the Lady Wave competed in a preseason tournament hosted by Northmont.
Greenville had 19 girls, including eight freshmen, for the four games on Saturday and Sunday. It was a good opportunity for the Lady Wave to experience the size and speed of players in the high school game, Greenville coach Steve Shepard said.
“Really young team and they got their baptism by fire,” he said. “In the end it was a good two days of practice for them. That’s how I told them to approach it.”
Greenville lost each of the four scrimmages it played during the weekend.
The Lady Wave’s strongest game was a 4-2 loss to Watterson IV on Saturday in which they tied the game at 2-2 in the 55th minute before Watterson scored two late goals to win 4-2. Maddie Shepard scored both Greenville goals in that game.
Then against Richmond on Saturday, Greenville lost 5-2 with Maddie Shepard and Kayla Arnold recording goals.
On Sunday Greenville lost a pair of 6-2 games to Eaton and Brookville. Maddie Shepard scored a goal in both games while Cheyenne Byers scored one against Eaton and Arnold scored one against Brookville.
“”They just progressively got a little worse,” coach Shepard said of his team’s performance throughout the weekend. “I think just the inexperience … they just started going back to bad habits.”
Getting an opportunity to play prior to the start of the season was good for Greenville, coach Shepard said, as the Lady Wave now know what they need to work on in the preseason.
“I guess the positive for the weekend is we had some offense found,” he said. “We just have to tighten up the defense.”
And while coach Shepard was pleased that the Lady Wave scored a pair of goals in each game, he said, they need to find more scoring threats than just a few girls.
“A couple of them took charge and got some scoring done this weekend,” he said. “We’re going to have to be a lot wider to be a threat to anybody instead of having one or two dominate.”