The Lady Eagles (1-2) took on Davie County and played the visitors virtually even in the second half, but lost 3-0.
Davie County plays in the Central Piedmont Conference with Mount Tabor, North Davidson, R.J. Reynolds and West Forsyth, so the school is used to heavy competition, said Coach Matt Richardson.
“I try to get a fairly competitive nonconfererence schedule,” the coach said.
The War Eagles, he noted, “have several girls who are very skilled. They’re a big team.”
His own team, he said, “ was a little shy about mixing it up contact-wise in the first half. I told them at the half we have to be more physical.”
Davie scored two goals in the first half. On one of those plays, a Davie player had a breakaway and saw a teammate running along with her.
She passed the ball to her teammate, and Central goalkeeper Chandler Muffon moved accordingly. Unfortunately, the teammate completely missed the pass.
The ball kept rolling to a third player who booted the ball hard into the goal before Muffon could react.
Despite giving up three goals, Richardson said of his keeper, “Chandler had a phenomenal game. She saved several really dangerous balls and limited their goals. She definitely kept the score lower than it could have been.”
On offense, he said, “We couldn’t get anything going attack-wise. Our shots were limited. When we did have them, they didn’t fall.”
In the second half, the Golden Eagles responded to the coach’s call for more aggression.
“I am really proud of our effort in the second half. We came out and played physical. We used our bodies fairly well. ... We won more balls in the midfield. It did lead to a few more chances in the second half.”
That second-half effort should give Central a psychological boost as it travels to Davie for a rematch on Wednesday.
“I’d like to see us put two halves together. We’ve had tremendous second halves in all three games.”