Soccer puts up fight against West Forsyth
Davie’s varsity soccer team remained winless last week. The good news is it put up a fight against West Forsyth.
The day before at Reynolds, though, Davie was not competitive. In the Central Piedmont Conference opener on Feb. 9, the Demons won for the third time in four games, 7-1. The gap was 5-0 at the half.
“The first half was not our best moment,” coach Nathan Stephens said. “We had a better second half with adjustments.”
Danny Torres scored Davie’s first goal of the year on a beautiful free kick from 25 yards out.
“We’re still trying to find what works best with this group,” Stephens said. “Unfortunately, the shortened season didn’t allow for (much) nonconference preparation.”
The next day against visiting West, the War Eagles (0-4, 0-2 CPC) stayed with the Titans (4-2, 2-0) in the first half before falling 4-0.
“By far our best effort yet,” Stephens said of the 1-0 first half. “We had a no-quit, give-it-all attitude and every player contributed.”
West pulled away in the second half to pick up its fourth win in a row. But sophomore Peter Marks earned praise for his fill-in work at goalie.
“Peter stepped up in goal tonight while Angel (Gonzalez) is coming back from injury,” he said. “It was only Peter’s second varsity game and he showed what he can become.”
Although the result was the third loss in four games, the JV War Eagles hung in there against West Forsyth and delivered some blows of their own in 4-2 defeat.
After the Titans built a 3-0 lead, Nolberto Vargas and Sam Rosser scored back-to-back goals to get Davie back in the game. Rosser, who owns four of Davie’s seven goals, assisted the Vargas goal.
But Davie could not come all the way back.
“Offensively we did well,” coach Johnny Oceguera said. “We just need to play our speed and that should fix some of the errors there. Defensively we had a lot of mishaps. This could have easily been a 2-1 game in our favor. Will Davis and James Little had shots on goal. Will really played a great game (at center midfielder), winning the ball and having great control. Caleb McDaniel had some great saves.”
Depth is likely going to be an issue all season. “It’s tough when we only have one sub and it looks like they have a whole other team on their bench.”