JV soccer takes a big step at West

Published 1:56 pm Tuesday, April 11, 2023

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

Davie’s JV soccer team didn’t pull a magical upset when it visited West Forsyth on March 29, but the 3-0 loss was a step.

In fact, it was a big step for a program that has dropped 18 straight games, including a 0-5 record in 2023. The margin was only 2-0 until late in the game.

There was a lot to like, especially after losses of 8-0 to Reynolds, 9-0 to Reagan and 7-0 to Mt. Tabor.

“We demonstrated tremendous improvements,” said coach William Boswell, who joined the staff after the season began and took over the JV squad. “After disheartening losses to Reynolds, Reagan and Mt. Tabor, the ladies showed their growth as a team, keeping the Titans off the scoreboard for 25 minutes. The final goal came with under four minutes remaining.

“I told the team after the game that I’d like to take credit for the improvement, but it is they who put in the work and executed during the match. If they can continue to improve throughout the season, the second time through the conference should prove much more satisfying.”

Being able to contain West’s attack was a testament to defenders Ella Little and Monica Ramirez and goalie Gracie Finley.

“Much praise for the result has to go to the defense, anchored by the veteran leadership of Ellis and Monica,” Boswell said. “I can’t heap enough praise on Gracie – first for being willing to play goalkeeper and second for taking such great strides to improve her play in each subsequent match.”