JV girl’s soccer shreds winless streak
Published 9:23 am Thursday, April 1, 2021
By Brian Pitts
The breeze you felt Friday evening was Davie JV soccer coach Johnny Oceguera breathing a sigh of relief. The JV’s long winless streak is over.
Davie kicked off its season by playing three games in five days last week. The first two were shutout losses: 3-0 at Reynolds and 9-0 at home to West Forsyth.
Oceguera found reason for optimism in the opener; it was 1-0 with seven minutes remaining.
“While the score does not reflect it, we had a great first game,” he said. “We had a bunch of first-game nerves with a bunch of freshmen. The ladies played great, though, with only having two subs and really only one near the end of the game.”
Goalie Sophia Aguayo made18 saves on a day when Davie was outshot 21-2. Ashley Newsom, Holt Carter and Bree Hart also held their own.
“Sophia played a great game,” he said. “Ashley and Holt led an aggressive defensive charge, and Bree did well, winning a lot of balls in the air and pushing our offense forward. I believe as long as we can stay healthy this could be a great year.”
WF 9, Davie 0
Two days later, the War Eagles experienced a frightful loss to the Titans, who took 26 shots to Davie’s one. Aguayo was terrific again with 17 saves.
“A highlight would be that Sophia has 35 saves on the season,” Oceguera said. “That’s amazing in two games.
“We’ve got a lot to work on. I am proud of the ladies for keeping their heads up.”
Davie 4, N. Iredell 0
The War Eagles entered the nonconference game at North Iredell with an 0-33-4 drought. They had only managed 10 goals in those 37 games. They broke the streak emphatically, marking the first win since 4-0 at Glenn on March 2, 2017.
“We played as a team and got the W,” the second-year coach said.
Lidia Ramirez scored two goals in the first half. Madison Hayes did the scoring in the second half. Hayes and Liliana Romero had one assist each.
Among the difference-makers were Aguayo (11 saves), Newsom, Ashtyn Andrews, Jackie Ortega and Hart.
“Newsom and Andrews did an excellent job holding down the defense, and Ortega and Hart did a great job handling the middle both on offense and center mid.
“This was their third game this week, it was hot and we had just recently received news that one of our starting offensive players is out for the season – and we didn’t have another starting defensive player for this game,” he said. “Yet they held strong and got the W they deserved.”