Greenville alumni soccer players takes on the 2022 Green Wave high school soccer team. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Alumni tops GHS boys soccer

Greenville high school boys soccer team gains experience from GHS alumni

GREENVILLE – Greenville men’s alumni defeated the 2022 Green Wave high school boys soccer team in the school’s alumni soccer match.

“Those guys have been here,” said Greenville boys soccer coach, Marshall Combs. “There is a lot of tradition on the field, that is evident and they remember what it was like to be a freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors so those memories come back for them. Everybody has fun and it just brings back a lot of memories, a lot of tradition and it is really good friendly competition.”

“A lot of the guys used to play here, now have families, kids and wives,” Combs added. “They get to see now where their dads and brothers, whoever else got to play during their high school years.”

The teams played three 20 minute periods with a short break between each 20 minutes of play before a good crowd at Harmon Field.

“It’s exciting because they’ve heard of these guys or they were in middle school or elementary when these guys were in high school,” Coach Combs noted. “For a lot of them they never got the opportunity when they were younger so it is exciting to play a live game with these older alumni guys because they have never had the opportunity to when they were in school so it’s a lot of fun.”

GHS graduate and current Greenville school board member, Brad Gettinger, a regular on the alumni team traded in his uniform for a whistle to officiate the highly competitive match.

Coach Ernst called and asked if I would be interested in helping officiate and it was a great excuse for me to be out here and not play,” Gettinger said with a chuckle. “I love being out here with all the old guys.”

“It is always a great opportunity to support these guys and that is definitely the spirit of the game out here,” continued Gettinger. “You see the alumni taking the high school kids and those coachable moments – hey, maybe look for this and you see a lot of that out here. It is definitely a spirit of helping these guys get better.”

Greenville alumni get a dazzling play in annual game at Harmon Field. (Gaylen Blosser
Greenville gets spirited play in the annual boys alumni soccer match. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Greenville Green Wave 2022 alumni boys soccer match. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
GHS alumni boys soccer match a Greenville's Harmon Field. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Greenville alumni players take a moment to enjoy a goal in the teams win at Harmon Field. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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