Brachen scores to beat Reynolds in OT

Published 9:23 am Thursday, April 21, 2016

Even though Davie’s varsity soccer team dropped five in a row between March 14 and April 7, the War Eagles were not ready to wave a white flag.

Instead of folding up, they showed resolve. Instead of limping to the finish line, they picked up a win for the ages, beating Reynolds for the third time in history.

Davie broke the five-game slide with a 9-0 home win over Parkland on April 11. Claire Devereaux and Jessica Navarro had three and two goals, respectively. Emily Muchukot, Katelyn Hernandez, Ana Almazon and Madison Riddle added one each as Davie raced to a 7-0 halftime lead. Contributing assists were Melani Anderson, Faith Bokeno, Hernandez, Jaci Grachen and Annie Kinder.

Routing a flimsy foe like Parkland didn’t entice anyone to predict a win at Reynolds on April 14. The Demons rocked Davie 4-1 on March 14, so the War Eagles were a decisive underdog. What’s more, they were 2-44-3 in the all-time series.

That’s what made the 1-0 victory in overtime something to behold. “It was awesome,” coach Kerstin Steinour said.

It was a freshman, Grachen, who delivered the gritty victory with the game’s only goal five minutes into the first 10-minute overtime. She scored off a header from Devereaux.

“We never gave up during the game,” Steinour said. “One thing that hurt us last time was giving up after Reynolds scored. We were fierce and never let down.”

Mary Tellup and Riddle played big roles. Riddle played goalie in the first half, then played defense in the second half and OT. Tellup played goalie over the final 60 minutes. And then there was relentless defense from Anderson, Allie Carter, Katherine Watts and Erin Gniewek.

“We shut down their main scorers and controlled the ball,” she said. “They had more shots on goal than we did, but we controlled the game better. Our two goal keepers did great, and so did our defense at shutting down their attacks.”

The War Eagles (6-7 overall, 2-5 Central Piedmont Conference) had lost three straight to Reynolds, including a pair of 2-1 dogfights last year. This was the first win over Reynolds since a 5-2 overtime decision in 2014.