Richard Nyce, Pettisville boys soccer coach, has spent 15 years at the helm of the Blackbirds and looks to the return of “key letterwinners” to lead his squad to a successful season.
The Birds finished 5-13 last year. Nyce has compiled a 100-117-14 overall mark.
The Birds are senior-laden this season. Returning are Eli King, defense; Jakob Waidelich and Matt Hulbert, forwards; Josh Liechty and Ethan Brakefield, midfield; and Dustin Nofziger, keeper.
“Our conditioning and intensity” are strengths,” said Nyce.
“We have to improve our scoring opportunities and need to develop leadership on the field to help during the flow of play.”
Barnaby Wyse is the junior varsity coach.
The Birds open their season at Lake, Saturday, Aug. 16.