Soccer 3-0 start the best in years

Published 11:05 am Tuesday, March 19, 2024

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

Davie’s soccer team started 2-0 with the kind of margins it needs to win by as it prepares for the brutal Central Piedmont Conference.

The War Eagles of Corbin Kopetzky buried visiting Forbush 8-0 on March 8, giving them a two-game running score of 12-1.

“We move the ball very well,” Kopetzky said. “Teams in the past had their strengths. We’re young but we look to open up options, and that’s always promising.”

Lanna Robinson had a hat trick and Jaden Sink scored twice. Getting one goal apiece were Caroline Mitchell, Caylee Willard and Sarah Andrade. The assists were made by Mitchell, Andrade and Lydia Postell.

“Caroline (a freshman midfielder) is not backing down from a challenge,” he said. “She’s going to take contact and do everything she can to win a ball.

“(Willard, a sophomore, was) pulled up last year to varsity about two-thirds of the way through the season. She’s starting and playing phenomenally right now.”

The four captains are seniors Kim Torres, Skylar Link and Lauren Colamarino and junior Sink.

“We also have our older leadership,” he said. “They’re very verbal. Our communication is probably the best I’ve had in my three years with them talking on the field.”

Davie 3, AC 2

It wasn’t an easy task, but the War Eagles prevailed against visiting Alexander Central on March 11 to achieve the first 3-0 start in 13 years.

The Cougars scored in the first 15 seconds. About 10 minutes later, Andrade tied it. Willard received a through ball and provided a 2-1 halftime lead. Davie had 3-1 breathing room when Postell deposited a free kick. Then Central closed the gap to 3-2 with 12 minutes remaining.

Davie held on to record the first 3-0 record since 2011, when it was coached by Pete Gustafson.

“They had me a little worried (in the last 12 minutes),” Kopetzky said. “It was a good matchup. They came in undefeated and they’ve played some decent teams. They played a strong press the whole game.”

Colamarino and Postell earned praise from the coach.

“Lauren did some good stuff, played some good stuff up to our wingers,” Kopetzky said. “She’s got a strong foot.

“Lydia was all over the place. She’s winning 50-50 balls that we need her to win. She cuts off angles and gets us the ball where we need it to start us on an attack. She’s been a plus this year.”

Reynolds 1, Davie 0

A Demon made an incredible shot in the last five minutes to beat host Davie in the Central Piedmont Conference opener on March 13.

“Their girl took a boot and it fell greatly in her favor,” Kopetzky said. “It went right under the crossbar, just over (Aubrie Pulaski’s) hands. It stinks, but they had a good look and they took advantage of it. I never would have thought she would have booted it as far out as she was. The girls were late to a shift. They tried to shift for a pass and she went for the home-run ball.”

Davie pushed hard against a team that improved to 4-1. It’s usually close when Davie and Reynolds meet; last year Davie won 3-1 and they tied 0-0 in the second matchup.

“That’s a tight game every time we played them,” Kopetzky said. “Somebody is going to walk out with a 1-0 win, and unfortunately we were on the losing side. It was a great ballgame on both sides. We had ample opportunities and they created opportunities for themselves.”