Beaty a positive for JV. soccer

Published 9:20 am Thursday, August 25, 2022

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

Davie JV soccer coach Scott McBain liked a good bit of what he saw in the season opener at West Cabarrus on Aug. 15. Unfortunately, lightning prevented the second half from being played, it went down as a 1-0 loss and Davie’s losing streak grew to 19.

By the time the lightning stopped, it was time to get the varsity game going.

“We had opportunities, and I think in the second half we would have corrected some of the mistakes and maybe neutralized the game and who knows what the outcome could have been,” McBain said after his Davie coaching debut. “At halftime we would have visited what happened on the front side and maybe made a good comeback on the back side. We didn’t have that chance, unfortunately.”

There were lots of positives, foremost among them Isaiah Beaty, a freshman who is brilliantly fast.

“We played pretty well,” he said. “We played to our strategy, which was to draw them to our half of the field so we could get some distance from the midfield and do a breakaway. That’s how we play the game because we have a speedster with Isaiah. The guy’s got rocket speed. He’s got a lot of potential. He’s a talented kid and a smart kid. I think down the road he’s going to score a lot of goals. We’re trying to set him up by giving him 30, 40 yards of running room so he can pull away from defenders. In the first practice game, he scored five or six goals with breakaway speed.”

McBain was encouraged by Davie’s ability to string together passes.

“I would say possession-wise, they had us 55-45,” he said. “If you go by the amount of time spent on our half versus their half, they probably had us 70-30. But if you go by the number of passes connected, we probably had just as many passes as they did.

“We’ve got a good, solid team. I’m excited to join in on this.”

Notes: Davie did not, however, have much to cheer about in the second game. It lost 4-0 at home to South Iredell on Aug. 17. … The roster includes Jase Orrell, Jake Kittleson, Alex Hernandez, Jaxon Cruse, Erik Pope, Evans Steele, Nathan Nuckols, David Fishel, Roger Luna, Owen Tomlinson, Miguel Arellano, James Chesson, Ariel Rodriguez, Brock Dufur and Gage Whitaker