Davie soccer outshoots Reynolds, but game ends in tie

Published 1:01 pm Tuesday, April 25, 2023

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

The good news: Davie’s varsity soccer team shut out Reynolds on the Demons’ home field on April 19.

The not-so-good: The unlucky War Eagles fired 18 shots, none of which found the back of the net. Despite dominating the action for 100 minutes, they left Winston-Salem with a 0-0, double-overtime tie.

After losing 3-1 to Davie on March 15, which marked Davie’s first win over the Demons in seven years, the Reynolds coach used a different strategy this time. He jammed people in the box and played not to lose.

The tie left Davie (4-6-2 overall) 3-4-1 in the Central Piedmont Conference, while Reynolds (3-7-4) moved to 2-4-2 in the league.

“They kind of parked the bus on us,” coach Corbin Kopetzky said. “(Reynolds’ coach) changed tactics on us. They crowded the box pretty heavy. They were putting eight girls in the box every time we came down the field. We opened up some opportunities. We outshot them and had more corner opportunities. Unfortunately, we didn’t have luck on our side.”

Aside from the inability to crack the crowded box, the War Eagles gave Kopetzky exactly what he had hoped for.

“We dominated pretty much every aspect of the game,” he said. “We fed the ball pretty heavy through Lexi Kulis, and she made some outstanding plays to the corner. She had a few opportunities off of through balls. The scoreboard doesn’t reflect how well we played.”

Midfielder Emily Garner and the back line of Jaden Sink, Riley Almond, Skylar Link and Kim Torres played superbly.

“Emily is everywhere she needs to be,” he said. “She causes so many turnovers in the middle. She is a field general.”

Notes: Whenever Reynolds did manage to get a shot off, goalie Avery Yount (three saves) was there for Davie. … Two days earlier, Davie and East Forsyth were tied 0-0 at halftime in Kernersville. East, though, broke through in the second half and beat Davie 3-0. East improved to 7-3-1 overall and 5-1 in the CPC. … Davie’s JV lost 7-0 at East Forsyth and 4-0 at Reynolds. There were bright spots against Reynolds, including impressive strides from goalie Gracie Finley. “Much better team play than we showed against East,” coach William Boswell said. “There was no score for over 18 minutes into the match. We came very close to shutting out Reynolds in the second half. I can’t thank Gracie enough for her work in goal. She continues to learn the position, showing improvement in every game. She always does something to impress me.”