Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Soccer Avenges Loss

Published Sunday, September 29, 2013

By BRIAN PITTS

  • Sophomore defender Isaac Campbell battles a West Stokes player. - Photo by Chris Mackie

A sluggish start cost the Davie varsity soccer team a 2-1 loss at West Stokes. But Davie had the answer two days later, getting a 3-2 payback win over West Stokes at home.
You can't win a game in the first few minutes, but you can lose it. Davie figured that out the hard way in the loss at West. Davie found itself down 2-0 in the first 10 minutes. It remained 2-0 until the half.
“I really was impressed with West Stokes,” coach Kenneth Ham said after Davie's first loss in three games. “The two goals they scored were kind of fluke goals where we made mental mistakes.
“The same thing happened against Forbush (in a 5-3 comeback win for Davie), but Forbush didn't have as talented a goalie as West Stokes. West Stokes' goalie is about 6-3. He's one of the top goalies in the state.”
Clayton McKenzie was fouled in the box, and he cashed in the penalty kick to get Davie on the board. It was his team-high fourth goal.
But Davie could not find the tying goal, despite dominating the second half.
“We held them scoreless in the second half,” Ham said. “We made some adjustments that worked, but we needed to make them sooner ...