LAURINBURG — Former Scotland head soccer Colin McDavid returned to his old stomping grounds Wednesday night, and his current squad, Hoke County, picked up an important victory in his return to Laurinburg.
The Bucks secured their first win of the season, defeating the Scots 4-1 thanks to a pair of goals from Mikayla Langhirt.
Hoke (1-7-2, 1-1-1 Southeastern Conference) scored three first-half goals and held a 4-0 advantage with less than 12 minutes remaining in the contest before Scotland (2-7, 1-2) broke through with a score to avoid the shutout.
“We created more chances tonight, we’ve been working a lot on combining and working on combinations and it worked a little bit tonight,” McDavid said after the victory.
“They take directions quickly, they’re young to game just like Scotland’s players. I’ve been having a great time just having a group that is so coachable and following directions. We’re growing.”
Iyanna Jones and Optavia Sinclair added one goal apiece to help the Bucks end their winless streak. Hoke settled for a 2-2 tie in their SEC opener last week against Richmond Senior and fell to Lumberton 8-0 on Monday, but the Bucks scored in the first 10 minutes of Wednesday’s tilt against Scotland and didn’t look back.
Scotland head coach Abbi Giaier said after the loss that early deficit negatively affected the mindset of some of her girls.
“We have a problem of picking our chins up after stuff like that — 3-0, that was kind of tough to get them pumped,” Giaier said. “The game’s not over, you still have 40 minutes left.”
It didn’t help that the Scots were on the wrong side of a couple officiating rulings that didn’t go their way, though Giaier said she was happy to see her team play with more fire in the second half.
“We picked up our aggression after we realized what was happening throughout the game,” Giaier said. “(Hoke) was extremely aggressive and they have quite a few fast forwards and we had to adapt to that, which took some time.”
Two minutes after Hoke extended its lead to 4-0, Emma Gray Beacham answered with Scotland’s lone goal at the 11:45-mark.
Scotland will hit the road today for its third contest this week when it battles Southern Lee in Sanford.
Logan Martinez can be reached at 910-506-3170. Follow him on Twitter @L_Martinez13.