HUNTERSVILLE – With one senior on the Community School of Davidson girls' soccer team, it's been a surprise how well the Spartans are doing. They beat Pine Lake Prep 3-2 in the fourth round of the N.C. 1A playoffs on May 24 to remain undefeated (17-0-0).
The victory advanced CSD to the state semifinal against Gray Stone Day on May 27.
“With us having one senior and still being able to compete so well, it’s showed us how rough and tough we need to be,” CSD coach Chad Solomonson said.
The game against Pine Lake Prep was a hard one, but the Spartans battled to stay in the lead. Lissi Gordon scored in about the 30th minute to give CSD a 1-0 lead. Pine Lake Prep evened the score a few minutes later on a goal by Jennifer Lux.
“Pine Lake never slowed down or stopped to give us a break, they were competitive all the way through,” Gordon said.
After halftime, Community School of Davidson played with a renewed energy, know Pine Lake Prep wouldn't let up. Gordon scored another goal (her second) to give the Spartans a 2-1 lead. But Pine Lake Prep rallied to tie the game at 2 on Lux's second goal of the game.
“I found that the only way I could score was to run past my opponent and get through the defensive line with the ball,” Gordon said.
In the final minutes, Community School of Davidson's Julia Grainda stepped up to score the go-ahead goal for the Spartans. The team played the clock out by making sure the ball stayed away at a safe distance from their goal.
“I never expected them to tie the game; we had no idea what to do," Grainda said. "The game showed how well the Pride has improved and was ready to play us. We knew we needed another goal so we pushed hard and it worked out. We learned to get the ball passed the opponent and then work to get it out (of bounds) off of them. This gave us a shot with a corner kick to get it as close to the goal as possible so we could get it in.”