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Friday, 19 May 2017 13:50

CSD can change 'the personality' quickly

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CSD players celebrate a goal by Eliza Robinson (18) against Union Academy. CSD players celebrate a goal by Eliza Robinson (18) against Union Academy. Justin Parker

Community School of Davidson clung to a 1-0 lead in the third round of the 1A soccer state playoffs Wednesday, and the match with Union Academy was shaping up to be the Spartans’ first test in awhile.

Then, in a matter of moments late in the first half, the Spartans struck with three goals to take control and get the separation they needed in what turned into a 5-1 victory.

“We’ve got a lot of dynamic goal scorers,” said CSD coach Chad Solomonson, whose team is seeking its third state title in four years. “We were fortunate to get goals when we did because I didn’t think we were controlling the game. But the goals changed the personality of the game.”

It was all CSD (23-1) after the barrage that included two Eliza Robinson goals off Lissi Gordon corner kicks, along with a Gordon goal off her own rebound. By the time Robinson’s second goal found the net, CSD had a 4-0 lead with a minute remaining in the half.

Still, Solomonson saw the match with the No. 8 Cardinals (21-2-2) as the kind of challenge his team needed after outscoring its opponents 163-17 this spring. The 2017 campaign has been one of domination for the reigning state champions, and staying sharp through that success has been the most significant obstacle at times.

“We need games like this,” he said. “I knew this was going to be our first real test (in the playoffs). We got some of the sloppiness out.”

Gordon had the match’s first goal in the opening moments, and Emily Koch added one in the second half. Sarah Brown scored Union Academy’s goal.

CSD will host No. 3 Bishop McGuinness (19-2) in the fourth round at 6 p.m. Saturday at Pine Lake Prep’s athletic complex in Mooresville. It’s the third year in a row the teams have met at this juncture.

CSD defeated the Villains 3-1 a year ago, but it was Bishop that snapped CSD’s 34-game win streak and knocked the Spartans from the fourth round of the playoffs in 2015. The Villains won that match 4-3 en route to a state final appearance.

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