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Davis' early goal gives Fike a 1-0 win over Rocky Mount

September 25, 2012
Rocky Mount High School

WILSON - Monday’s game had barely started when Fike’s Carson Davis scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal against Rocky Mount, catching the Gryphons by surprise for a 1-0 varsity boys soccer win at Fike.

The Demons, who improved to 7-4-1 and 2-1 in the 3-A Big East Conference, afforded themselves more opportunities than Rocky Mount, and while they took good shots against the Gryphons, the majority were just off the mark.

Rocky Mount fell to 3-6-1 and 1-2 in Big East play.

Fike outshot Rocky Mount 20-9, but their first shot of the game was the one that counted.

In the third minute, midfielder Jason Howe played a ball up to a sprinting Davis on a breakaway. Davis made it look easy from just inside the 18-yard box, booting the ball to Rocky Mount goalkeeper Drew Thompson’s right and out of his reach.

“I’m glad we jumped on them early,” Fike coach Toni Varacchi said. “I thought we had the better opportunities of the game across the board, but we just struggle with the same situations and can’t finish.

“I think we did a really good job in the second half of playing more to feet rather than looking to play that long ball into space and try to have one of our forwards run it down.”

Rocky Mount appeared barely aware the game had begun, and already the Gryphons were down 1-0.

“We had a slow start,” Rocky Mount coach Drew Nick said. “It’s kind of been our nemesis this year. You can’t start slow, you’ve got to play every minute.

“Everything else was a pretty even game. They had their chances, we had ours. If you take away the third minute when we let them walk it in, it’s an even game.”

The Demons desperately tried for an insurance goal in the second half, taking 13 of their shots in the final 40 minutes. Fike defenders Drayton Williams, Dante Pittman, Dawson Proctor and Will Benson kept the Gryphons at bay, beating Rocky Mount strikers to the balls that found their way into Fike territory.

“They stepped up, they played aggressive,” Varacchi said. “They weren’t sitting back. They won the ball, basically. Anything that was played to their man they were picking up, they were able to step in front and win.”

Freshman goalkeeper Matt Brown earned the shutout for the Demons, making four saves.

Thompson countered with five saves on six Fike shots-on-goal.

Wednesday, Fike travels to Northern Nash for a game at 7 p.m. while Rocky Mount hosts Southern Nash at 5 p.m.

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