Coach satisfied with first year as War Eagle soccer coach

Published 9:21 am Thursday, May 19, 2022

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By Brian Pitts

Davie Enterprise Record

The Davie soccer team completed a very satisfying season when it gave Glenn a 9-0 beating on Senior Night for Christine Cao, Katie Shupe and Eryn Smith on May 11.

All the players for first-year coach Corbin Kopetzky pulled from the same rope and the War Eagles took significant steps while going 6-9-3 overall and 3-8-1 in the Central Piedmont Conference. Not only did they match the highest win total over the last six years, they outscored opponents 36-25. By allowing just 1.3 goals per game, they represent one of the top defenses in the program’s 32-year history.

“It was a great way to end our season,” Kopetzky said. “They cried a little bit. That’s a difference from coaching boys soccer and wrestling to girls soccer – the tear level is a little higher. They said that’s the best senior year we could have asked for. Another one said I’ve enjoyed every second of the season. They laid the foundation.”

Shupe racked up four goals against Glenn and Lexi Kulis had two. Emily Garner, Cao and Sarah Andrade had one apiece.

When it was over, Kopetzky highlighted the trio of seniors – midfielder Shupe, forward Cao and defender Smith.

He said of Shupe: “If I could have her for four more years, I absolutely would. She can dominate in the middle. She moves the ball well. She’s an all-around player. She’s a great player on the field and a great kid off the field. She’s always positive. I’ve never heard a negative comment come out of her mouth. She tries to nurture the younger ones.”

On Cao: “She gave me everything she had from the time she subbed in until the time she subbed out. She can fly. I put her on the wings a lot. If I needed her to chase a ball from goal line to goal line, she would do it. She’s another great person off the field. She was maintaining five classes this year. She’s very smart.”

And on Smith: “I got lucky. All three of the seniors are outstanding people. You’re not going to find many people better than Eryn. She had a bad injury before I got the job. She got cleared around halfway through the season. She would do whatever she needed to do to get better, regardless of playing time. She was very committed to everything. She was at almost every workout through the fall and winter. She’ll do anything I ask, and that’s all I can ask for.”

Notes: The Bobcats (0-16) dropped their last 12 games by nine-goal margins and got outscored 118-3 for the season. … Davie finished sixth in the seven-team CPC. The standings: West Forsyth 12-0, East Forsyth 8-2-2, Reagan 6-5-1, Reynolds 5-5-2, Mt. Tabor 5-7, Davie 3-8-1, Glenn 0-12. … Davie’s top three scorers for the season were Kulis (10 goals), Shupe (eight) and Rebecca Devericks (four).