Girls soccer earns first playoff berth in 8 years

Published 9:35 am Tuesday, May 21, 2024

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

The Davie soccer team’s luck in close games is as bad as you’re going to see.

When the War Eagles fell 1-0 at home to Mt. Tabor on April 29, it was the second straight game that ended in 1-0 defeat. It dropped their 2024 record in one-goal games to 1-5. It meant they’re 2-13 in such games in Corbin Kopetzky’s three years as coach. Think about that.

But despite all the devastating losses, Kopetzky’s girls never gave up. They scared the daylights out of heavily-favored West Forsyth in the first round of the 4-A playoffs, losing 2-1 in the final seconds in controversial fashion. It was quite incredible how 30th-seeded Davie nearly bounced the No. 3 seed.

The Tabor game was Davie’s third straight loss. The Spartans scored the game’s only goal with 25 minutes remaining.

“We created a decent amount of opportunities,” Kopetzky said. “We were moving down the field. The keeper made some big stops for them.”

And then: “We are closing score gaps, we are creating more goals and letting less in than we did a year ago and two years ago. They don’t quit and they play hard. It’s a build and we will get there.”

Fuller Kate Holt is a sophomore who has split time on JV and varsity, but she is a girl you want on your team.

“Fuller Kate went in and did everything I asked her to,” Kopetzky said. “She played a heck of a game. She played a little bit everywhere. At center forward, she crashed their goal. She opened up a shot for herself. She forced their center backs to make decisions. She played some left and right wing. It’s hard to find kids that are going to give me more effort than Fuller Kate. I can take heart and effort and do a lot with that.”

While Tabor improved to 10-6-1 overall and 6-5 in the Central Piedmont Conference, Davie slipped to 5-7-2, 2-7-2. But senior Maddie Hayes, junior Jaden Sink, senior Lauren Colamarino and senior Kim Torres were big reasons Davie hung with Tabor all night.

“Maddie stepped up at outside back,” Kopetzky said. “She’s been filling in for an injury. We know what we’re getting from Jaden every night. Lauren locked down the midfield a lot. She shuts down a lot of fast breaks and puts us in a decent amount as well. If you ask somebody to play with more heart than that kid (Torres), it would be hard to find one. She gives every ounce of it to soccer.”

West 5, Davie 0

Davie put up little resistance at West Forsyth on May 1, falling behind 4-0 in the first half and watching the Titans roll to 14-2-1.

Davie 9, Parkland 0

Sink drilled four goals and Lydia Postell followed up with a hat trick as Davie halted the four-game dry spell with a breezy win at Parkland on May 7.

Colamarino and Caroline Mitchell added goals as Davie dropped the Mustangs to 2-17.

Davie 9, Glenn 0

In the final regular-season game on May 8, Caylee Willard rolled up three goals and Davie cruised to its highest win total in eight years.

Postell and Colamarino had two goals apiece and Renna Welborn had one as Davie improved to 7-8-2 overall and 4-8-2 in the CPC. It’s the most wins since Davie went 8-11 in 2016. The Bobcats closed at 4-14-1.

Kopetzky had to sweat as the War Eagles waited for the state-playoff pairings to be released. They wound up receiving their first berth in eight years. They weren’t just happy to be in Clemmons on May 13, they brought more oomph than West could have imagined and held a 1-0 lead. West would survive in the final 20 seconds. Details on that amazing showing will appear next week.