CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- George Washington boys soccer Coach Tom Hopper finds himself in a situation most coaches would dream of.
The Patriots return nine starters from last year's team that lost in the regional semifinal to Parkersburg South. Also, of the 11 players on the pitch, GW has 10 seniors starting.
The Patriots showed off their depth on Monday in a 4-0 victory over Spring Valley at Coonskin Park's Schoenbaum Stadium in front of a crowd of about 75 fans.
"It could be a coach's dream, or it could be a coach's nightmare," Hopper said. "We have never had a team with this many seniors. The challenge is going to be getting some of the underclassmen in, and get some experience for them."
Of the four goals against the Timberwolves, three players scored for GW. In upping their record to 2-0, the Patriots have tallied six goals with five kids finding the back of the net.
Hopper knows he has a lot of different weapons at his disposal, and the fact that they have been playing soccer together since they were 5 years old makes the Patriots even more dangerous.
"You saw how well they move the ball and how they relate to each other," Hopper said. " That makes the weapons even more powerful. They know how to make things happen and sometimes I think they can read each other's minds."
The nine senior starters include goalkeeper Garrett Phillips and position players Daniel Glines, Connor Boyd, Mark Dundervill, Drew Davis, Peter Nelson, Bailey Johnson, Noah Miller and Andrew Wells. Senior Logan O'Hara also joined the starting lineup this season.
The Patriots have 15 seniors on their varsity roster of 22, including Clay Thomas, Graham Plantz, Joey Aluise, Caleb McDaniel, and Watts Shumate.