Richard Nyce, Pettisville head boys soccer coach, looks for this year’s squad to improve on last year’s 7-11 record, and with 13 returning letterwinners this could be the Year of the Blackbirds.
All except one starter returns to the 13-year mentor.
Back are Caleb Liechty, Steven Young, Caleb Yoder, Troy King, Jacob Roth, Daniel Sauder, Alex Roth, Chris Waidelich, David Reyes, Cam Norris, Tim Iott, Jacob Deffely and Matt Storrer.
Lost from last year’s squad were Jeff Baatz and Chris Thuma.
In spite of a wealth of experience returning, Nyce said the Blackbirds need to improve on their scoring opportunities.
Nyce has compiled a 90- 95-11 record while at Pettisville. Barnaby Wyse is the junior varsity coach.
The Birds opened the season Monday, Aug. 20, against Rossford.