Taylor Gonzalez scores 2-goals in Lady Wave 2-0 season opening win over National Trail
The Lady Wave opened 2021 OHSAA regular season play with a 2-0 shutout victory over the visiting National Trail Lady Blazers.
“It’s a great way to start the season,” said Lady Wave head varsity soccer coach, Dave Ernst. “It kind of accentuates all the work we have done starting in December, the month of June and July and starting in August. Obviously you can only win one at a time but it’s nice to win the first one.”
The teams played to a 0-0 standoff after 40 minutes of play heading to the halftime break.
“Halftime was two different emotions,” Ernst stated. “National Trail was very excited to be 0-0 at half – I wasn’t. We should have been better.”
“I thought we could have been a little more concentrated,” Ernst continued. “We could have been a little more focused, a little more precise with our passes. Just overall expected better out of them – we try to hold them to a higher standard.”
Greenville got on the board at 36:11 in second half play with Taylor Gonzalez finding the back of the net with an assist from McKenzie Pressnall to give the Lady Wave a 1-0 advantage over the Lady Blazers.
The Lady Wave took advantage of a second Gonzalez goal with an assist from Josie Madden at 12:35 on the second half board to give Greenville a 2-0 lead that would prove to be the final score of the night.
“The girl that had one of the best games was Josie Madden,” said Ernst. “Josie played one of the best matches she has ever played – really light years from just last weekend. Abby Raffel did a great job on the goal obviously having a shutout. Taylor Gonzalez with two goals, Mckenzie Pressnall having an assist, Josi having the other assist. As a whole the team played well – they can play better but they played well.”
“It is the greatest emotion a coach can have when you didn’t play the best but you still won,” added Ernst.
The Lady Wave and the girls from National Trail had a friendly food drive competition leading up to the season opener for both schools.
“Part of the initiative with the First Football Friday, you had to do something community driven,” Coach Ernst said. “When I talked to coach Stewart at Trail he said let’s do a food drive and let’s have a little competition between us.”
“National Trail collected just under 350 pieces of food and Greenville collected a little more than 500 pieces.”
“We won that competition,” Coach Ernst said with a smile,” and it goes to our local food drive.”
Coach Ernst gave his take on high school athletics being more than just wins and losses.
“Our prospective of a high school coach is not only to make them better athletes but to make them better young adults,” Ernst concluded following the season opening win. “Greenville has a good bunch of kids.”