Soccer team hangs with touted opponent

Published 1:39 pm Tuesday, March 14, 2023

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

The Davie varsity soccer team is still looking for its first win, but it did leave a home nonconference game against North Davidson on March 8 with a confidence-building tie.

Davie (0-2-1) went toe to toe with an opponent that went 16-5-3 and made a deep run in the 2022 3-A playoffs.

“We played well,” coach Corbin Kopetzky said after the 1-1 final. “We moved the ball well. The first half was the best half we’ve played this season, and they’re a very good team. They made it to the semifinals last year, so it was nice to see us competitive with the 3-A state semifinalist. We’re very similar teams.”

After a scoreless first half, Jaden Sink gave Davie the lead when her free kick was deflected into the net. The Black Knights made a free kick of their own to tie the score.

Sink was terrific as usual, but she had plenty of help as Davie held a second straight opponent to one goal.

“Sarah Andrade played excellent,” Kopetzky said. “If there was a ball, she was there. Lauren Colamarino moves the ball very well in the middle. She does exactly what I expect her to do, and she holds the middle down with Emily Garner. Emily plays lights out. She was all over the place. Sometimes she’s too aggressive, but she’s where she needs to be to make plays happen.

“Riley Almond had a really good game. They attacked her a lot and she held her own pretty well. Lexi Kulis is coming back from an injury. We got her some minutes and I know what I’m getting out of her every day.”