Reagan soccer holds off winless Davie

Published 1:52 pm Tuesday, September 19, 2023

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Davie’s varsity soccer team is still searching for an elusive victory. After visiting East Forsyth pulled away from Davie in the second half, the War Eagles gave Reagan a run before falling just short in a dogfight on the road.

Against East on Sept. 11, Davie was only behind 1-0 at halftime. But East dominated the second half to raise its records to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the Central Piedmont Conference.

Junior Gage Whitaker had Davie’s goal, with an assist from freshman Dylan Cassetta.

Two days later, Whitaker scored again at Reagan, but it wasn’t enough. Reagan took a 2-0 lead in the first half and held on as the Raiders improved to 5-5-1, 2-1. Davie fell to 0-9, 0-3.

Junior Varsity

Although Davie’s JV lost 2-1 to East Forsyth, it’s hard to imagine Davie playing much better than it did in its second 2-1 setback of the season.

The halftime score was 1-1 thanks to a goal by freshman Hunter Stephens.

“My team played beautifully,” coach Scott McBain said. “It was very close and could have gone our way.”

East broke the tie late in the game.

“It was a brilliant goal,” McBain said. “We need to close better.”

Two days later, the War Eagles fell 4-1 to Reagan. It was a frustrating day because it wasn’t like Davie (3-3, 0-2 CPC) was overmatched. It competed on even terms for much of the game with an opponent that won for the sixth time in seven tries.

“We gave up two easy goals in the first 10 minutes,” McBain said. “Then we battled back. Then with a few minutes left, we gave away two more easy goals. We had some defensive mistakes. The game was closer than the score reveals.”

After a 2-0 first half, Andy Longares cut Reagan’s lead in half. It stayed 2-1 until the late stages. The loss certainly wasn’t the fault of Kevin Ramos, Devin Hernandez and Stephens.

“Several players looked really good,” he said. “Kevin, Devin and Hunter all played strong. We’re going to get our share (of wins); we’re still developing.”