North’s Rappaport scores soccer hat trick
Published 9:06 am Thursday, September 30, 2021
The county’s middle school soccer teams lost three of four games last week. The exception was North Davie’s 4-1 home win over Ellis on Sept. 20.
Max Rappaport had a hat trick and Hunter Stephens had the other goal as the Wildcats halted a 4-game losing streak and beat Ellis for the second time.
“We played good,” North coach Daniel Gamble said. “We had a lot of good stuff, a lot of good pass combinations. We had many more shots that we hit the crossbar on – just barely missed.”
The goal for Ellis (1-5) came from Branden Martinez. “He played incredible on both ends of the field,” coach Susan Jones said.
Despite the loss, there were more highlights for Ellis. One was David Fishel, who had 14 saves.
“Seager Brooks and Will Jones stepped it up big time to fill the shoes of one of our missing defenders,” Jones said.
The Wildcats’ momentum was squashed by visiting Canterbury on Sept. 23. The score was 6-0 as North slipped to 4-5.
South Davie suffered lopsided losses at Summit (6-1) and at North Carolina Leadership Academy (9-0).
Andy Dejesus Longares scored his team-high fifth goal against Summit on Sept. 20. Summit was a runaway winner in the rubber match. South (1-8) won the first meeting 4-3 and Summit took the next matchup 3-2.