Kittleson, Rivera score hat tricks for JV soccer

Published 12:57 pm Tuesday, April 18, 2023

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After the improvements shown in the match against West Forsyth, the Davie JV soccer team was eager to hit the pitch when Glenn visited Davie on April 12.

The hungry War Eagles romped 6-0 to stop an 18-match losing streak.

There were a few concerns for the girls entering the match – due to injuries, illnesses and varsity call-ups. A team that could have a bench with as many as 10 players would take the field with only two girls on the bench. Instead of worrying about getting playing time, now the players would be left wondering if they’d be able to get a rest.

“Typically, only one or two girls would stay on the field for the full 70 minutes, but in this match five played the entire match,” coach William Boswell said. “All of the substitutions were made to help keep the defense and midfield fresh, permitting us to deny Glenn chances when they did successfully launch attacks.”

After not scoring since opening conference play, Davie (1-5, 1-4 Central Piedmont Conference) opened the scoring just three minutes in with a goal from a determined Isabel Kittleson. She added a second goal later in the half.

“I was most impressed with our final goal of the half,” Boswell said. “A counter-attack was created with one minute on the clock.  As midfielder Angie Longares moved forward with the ball, I saw all the elements we strive for in practice come together. Jaylene Rivera made a run that spread the defense, allowing Longares to split the defense with a pass that permitted Rivera to take the ball straight to goal and record her first goal of the season.

“In the second half, my focus was trying to ensure I could provide a rest to any player that may have needed it.”

Kittleson and Rivera each scored in the second half to finish the game with hat tricks.

“The game provided a lot of positives for the girls,” Boswell said. “As much as I wanted them to enjoy the feeling of the win, I also wanted them to realize what created their successes. I also wanted them to mentally prepare for the work that would be necessary to see improved results against other conference opponents the second time through.”

This was Davie’s first win since 4-0 at North Iredell on March 26, 2021.