JV soccer off to best start in 8 years

Published 10:17 am Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Davie junior varsity soccer team’s 2-0-2 start is no small feat.

• It is the best four-game start in eight years.

• It’s still very early in the season, but the start is a far cry from the past 12 years. From 2003 through 2015, which spans 12 years (Davie did not field a JV team in 2006), Davie averaged just 2.5 wins a year. It hasn’t achieved a winning season since 2002, when Davie finished 9-8-3 under coach Jim Caudill.

Davie rocked Glenn 4-0 on the road on March 8, four days after blanking the Bobcats 3-0.

Reece Vizcaino had two goals and an assist. Her fifth goal of the season – which gave Davie a 2-0 halftime lead – came off a long punt by goalie Maddie Tellup. Elaina Burr assisted Vizcaino’s first goal.

Vizcaino assisted Morgan Lewis’ goal. Tellup capped the scoring with an assist from Kassidie McDaniel.

“Reece is fast and has great control of the ball,” rookie coach Cody Cook said. “When she gets an open shot, she usually puts it where the keeper has no chance of saving it.”

The War Eagles played more stellar defense in a 0-0 tie at Mt. Tabor on March 10. It was Davie’s third straight shutout. It has outscored opponents 8-1 on the way to the best start since the 2008 club opened 4-0.

“We had our chances to score, but just could not connect,” Cook said.

Tellup (14 saves), defender Kam Parks and center midfielder Burr made sure Davie did not leave with its first defeat.

“We played really well,” Cook said. “Tellup played an amazing game. Parks does a great job of leading our defense and (this game) was no different. She was always there to clean up any mess that we found ourselves in. Burr is our main distributor. She does a great job of getting the ball up the field and also making sure she is back to play defense every possession.”