Greenville soccer coach saw improvement this year


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:43 am on Thursday, October 25, 2012

Greenville’s Jacob Bracey, right, battles for position during a game this season. The Yellow Jackets finished the year 5-13 overall.

GREENVILLE — The Greenville boys soccer season didn’t go as well as coach Chris Hamman would have liked it to.

The Yellow Jackets finished with a 5-13 overall and 2-8 in the O-K Bronze Conference. That was fifth out of the seven teams in the conference.

“I thought we improved as the season went on,” Hamman said. “Going from the White to the Bronze the competition didn’t get any easier. The competition was tough from top to bottom. I know Forest Hills Eastern and Cedar Springs had strong teams this year.”

One of the things that Greenville improved on was passing, he said.

“I thought we started to pass the ball better,” he said. “We started to play a little quicker. To compete with the good teams you have to play quicker. The speed of the game is important because you use the speed of the ball to pass around them and make them chase the ball.”

But finishing plays could have been better.

“You can always score more goals,” he said. “The finishing aspect of soccer is important, especially when you’re not getting a lot of chances against good teams. Unfortunately we didn’t always do that.”

Hamman talked about a few players who he thought stood out this season.

“Neil Frank is a junior this year so he’ll be back next year,” Hamman said. “I think Neil is someone who is going to be important to the team next year. “

I think some of the other guys who will be seniors next year like Michael Krogman. He scored a lot of goals for us and he’ll be a cog in the machine next year.

“The other one who was a sophomore was Dair Smith. I look for him to step up and play a pretty important role next year too.”

Hamman likes his chances next season, especially since he’s seen the teams in the Bronze once.

“I think we’ll be fairly strong,” he said. “It’s always sort of difficult to look down the road for next year. I think some of the juniors will step in to the leadership roles. I think we’ll do OK. And after spending a year in the Bronze we got a chance to see teams we never saw before so we’ll be a little bit more prepared next year.”

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