ND soccer unlucky in 2-0 loss

Published 9:25 am Thursday, October 7, 2021

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North Davie soccer coach Daniel Gamble felt like his boys outplayed visiting North Carolina Leadership Academy on Sept. 30. Sometimes you’re just unlucky.

“We controlled 75 percent of possession, but we just couldn’t get it in the net,” Gamble said after a 2-0 loss dropped North to 4-6. “We were the better team, especially in the first half. It was a tough loss.”

Both goals were scored in the opening minutes. It was the Wildcats’ second hard-luck loss to NCLA; the first meeting ended 3-2 in double overtime.

“We were without two starters, Porter Spann and Ethan Christie,” he said. “Of course, we’ve been without Ethan most of the season.”

Summit 6, Ellis 1

Even though it was on the wrong end of a lopsided score at home on Sept. 30, Ellis did not play bad.

For coach Susan Jones, it was thrilling to see Luis Salas and Eric Martinez step up, to see Seager Brooks score off an assist from Osiel Romero and to see Nathan Harding, Brandon Gammon and Owen Tomlinson work vigorously on defense. David Fishel put on a show in the net.

“We were down two of our best players unexpectedly, but we had Luis and Eric return,” Jones said after the Jaguars fell to 1-6. “The boys are so used to playing with no subs and missing players they didn’t miss a beat. They were incredible making adjustments while playing again with very little rest because we only had one sub.

“Osiel is one of our two main strikers and had to play a completely new position today for the benefit of the team. Nathan, Brandon and Owen continued to work hard creating our defensive line.”

Fishel did everything he could at goalie.

“David had another incredible game with about 20 saves,” she said. “These were not easy saves by any means. He was always aggressive, often diving out and meeting the other players one on one to beat them to the ball. Our entire team was very proud of him and took the time to tell him how awesome he did.”

Wesleyan Christian Academy beat host South Davie 8-0 on Sept. 28. The Tigers are 1-9.