Davie pushes East, Reagan in close soccer matches

Published 2:27 pm Tuesday, May 2, 2023

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

Davie’s varsity soccer team came oh so close to taking East Forsyth, which is tied for second in the Central Piedmont Conference, to overtime. Then Davie gave Reagan a run.

The War Eagles are doing stellar work on defense, which is not anything new. If they could just find some offense, their spot in the CPC standings would look much different.

Coach Corbin Kopetzky remained positive following 1-0 and 2-0 losses last week. He knows they’re giving it everything they’ve got.

“They’re great people, great students,” he said. “They work very hard and they’re great players. But we’re in a tough conference. Sometimes you’ve got to take small victories. The small victory (against East Forsyth) was we played with them for almost the full 80 minutes.”

Davie hosted East on April 24. East is tied with Reagan for second in the CPC at 7-2. Davie is tied for fifth. Davie pushed East to the very end before losing 1-0, the goal coming at 78 minutes. It was closer than the first meeting, which was 3-0.

“(The goal) was a perfect run and a perfect ball,” Kopetzky said. “We held them for 77 minutes. It’s unfortunate and I hate it, but it’s progress that I’ll take.”

He gave credit to midfielder Emily Garner and the wrecking crew on defense.

“(East’s coach) said we’re so hard to break down because we’re so strong defensively,” he said.

Reagan 2, Davie 0

Two days later in Pfafftown,  Davie held Reagan scoreless until eight minutes into the second half. The Raiders’ second goal came on a penalty kick.

How stubborn have the War Eagles’ been? Five is the largest margin of defeat all season. This was the fifth loss to a CPC rival by one or two goals. They are that close to breaking through and contending with the top teams in the league.

“It’s hard to walk away mad at a loss when you play like we did,” Kopetzky said after Davie fell to 4-8-2 overall and 3-6-1 in the CPC. “We showed up at Reagan with the same energy and same intensity. They battled and did what they were supposed to.”