Soccer loses to Reagan, Reynolds

Published 10:13 am Thursday, April 22, 2021

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After being idle for 13 days, Davie’s varsity girls soccer team walked into the teeth of the Central Piedmont Conference and lost 4-0 at Reagan on April 13.

The unbeaten Raiders (7-0 overall, 5-0 CPC) recorded their third straight shutout and snapped Davie’s two-game winning streak. Reagan, which led 2-0 at halftime, has outscored opponents 25-4.

Two days later against visiting Reynolds, Davie played strong defense until it lost its steam. The halftime score was 0-0; the final score was 2-0 Demons.

“I was very pleased with the ladies tonight,” coach Nathan Stephens said. “We just ran out of steam in the end. We were down to two subs by the end of the game. By the middle of the second half, we were doing what we could to hold on. They played their hearts out. They did exactly what I asked them to do, which was not give up. If a couple things go differently and if we’d had a full squad, I think we could have pulled the upset.”

Among the positive signs were sophomores Riley Almond and Avery Yount. Almond had to step into an important role with Emily Garner sidelined by injury.

“With Emily being out, Riley played the entire game,” Stephens said. “She took the center defender role and was very confident. She’s really impressed me with who she is, how she plays and how she handles herself. She doesn’t play like a sophomore and first-year varsity player. She plays like someone who is older and has a lot more experience.”

He said of Yount, the goalie: “I was real happy with Avery. She was very aggressive. She stepped up her game. She played with confidence. We’ve been talking to her about becoming more aggressive and being more vocal as well, and she did that. She had some good saves, especially in the first half.”

While Davie fell to 3-4 overall and 1-4 in the CPC, the Demons improved to 4-3, 3-3.

Junior Varsity

Davie’s JV was torched at Reagan, 9-0. After beating North Iredell 4-0, Davie was idle for 17 days.

“We were missing two starters, one being my keeper (Sophia Aguayo),” coach Johnny Oceguera said. “Sophia Heagle and Ruth Rodriguez stepped up to play goalie and did a good job. While the score didn’t reflect it, we didn’t play terrible. We just made too many mistakes that Reagan capitalized on like goals off free kicks and penalty kicks.”

A home game against Reynolds offered a little relief. Davie (1-4, 0-4 CPC) still lost 3-0.

“While it was a tough loss, the ladies didn’t play awful,” Oceguera said. “They only took 10 shots to our four. Aguayo had four saves and Heagle had three. Both ladies played well. It could have easily been a one-goal game.”