'Jackets boys ready for next step (08-16-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ, Sentinel Sports Writer   
Friday, 16 August 2013 08:42
Landan Haley (left) and members of the Perrysburg soccer team play three team keep away during practice at Buttonwood Park. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - There is no cap on the value of experience.
Coming off a season that was a bit of an experiment with two freshmen and four sophomore starters, Perrysburg's boys soccer team is ready to take the next step this fall.
The Yellow Jackets return seven starters and 14 total players from last season, which resulted in an 8-8-2 record.
"We had a young team," said 12th-year head coach Mike Timbrook. "It took them quite a few games to get in the swing of playing against kids a year or two older than them and the speed of the game."
Perrysburg's inexperience was evident early as the squad started 1-6-1 before going 7-2-1 in its final 10 games. 
"We're way ahead of last year's team, talent-wise and confidence-wise," said senior midfielder Michael Bosworth. "The experience is much better this year."
Although the 'Jackets will still possess a relatively young team again this year, with 12 juniors, five seniors and three sophomores, Timbrook believes last season will be beneficial towards the upcoming season.
"It's trying to be consistent without making the young mistakes," Timbrook said. "They're juniors, but they've got that year under their belt of what I will consider being pushed around.
"The expectations are pretty high this year," he continued. The learning experience was pretty good. ... That gave them a heads up as to what to work on during the offseason."
Perrysburg will have returning players in all areas of the field, including junior Kyle Rowan at goalkeeper.
The 'Jackets will look to use their speed and ball-possession skills in order to breed success, especially in the difficult Northern Lakes League.
"Against some of the better teams in our league ... that will be a key factor in our games against them," Bosworth said of the team's speed.
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