(Perryville) The Perryville boys soccer team is poised to have a strong 2023. Just two seniors graduated from last year’s squad that fell in the district semifinals by way of penalty kicks against Saxony Lutheran. The Pirates expect to have 10 seniors on the roster this fall.
Head coach Jerry Fulton is entering year 16 at the helm of the Pirates. He says there will be a lot of speed across the pitch.
Fulton, a five-time Boys Soccer Dream Team Coach of the Year, was asked if any of his players exude coach-like abilities when they’re on the field.
Fulton expects sophomore Waylon Huber to enter the season as the starting goalkeeper.
For any team, the time between the first practice and the first game may be spent trying to figure out who the starters and key role players are. Fulton says there isn’t much tinkering to do at this point.
Perryville won the Class Two state title in 2014, finished second in 2015 and 2021, and they have two other district titles outside of those years. Despite the post-season success, Fulton doesn’t like to think too far ahead.
When talking about the depth of Pirates, Fulton mentioned that he wants everyone to stay healthy, of course, but he says he could plug in anyone to start and it would not hurt the team. That’s not something he’s gotten to say too much in his 16 years coaching the Perryville boys.
Perryville has a record of 257-105-1 under Fulton. The Pirates open their campaign on Tuesday, August 29th at Cape Notre Dame.