Ellis soccer races to 3-0 start

Published 1:25 pm Tuesday, March 14, 2023

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The Ellis soccer team opened the season by winning three games in three days.

The Jaguars pulled out a 2-1 win at Canterbury on March 6 behind the scoring of Kate Chaffin and Aadalyn Steelman and the goal keeping of Addison Cline, a sixth grader who played beyond her years in her first ever game.

One day later at South Davie, Charlotte Watson and Ellis crushed the Tigers 9-1. Watson pumped in four goals. Olivia Smith and Steelman had two each and Gracyn Coleman one.

At North Davie on March 8, Chaffin scored twice and goalies Keylin Andrade and Cline combined for a shutout as Ellis blanked the Wildcats 4-0. Watson and Makenna McGowan had the other two goals.

What makes the fast start all the more impressive is Ellis has zero eighth graders.

“Dan Cagle, a long-time coach who has coached several different levels throughout the area, is leading the team,” coach Mike Morgan said. “McGowan, Coleman, Smith, Kate Scott, Makenzie Willard, Piper Davis, Addison Lakey and Grace Gilliam have played stifling defense in all three games.”