by Marty Simpkins
WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest’s girls soccer team won their first home game of the season in a 6-0 victory over Rolesville in the Devil’s Cup April 21, but the biggest moment of the night was raising $2,000 for charity.
During the 1960s, Wake Forest and Rolesville were separate high schools. Wake Forest’s mascot was the Red Devil and Rolesville’s was the Blue Devil.
Their rivalry ended in 1971 when the two schools formed to become Wake Forest-Rolesville High School. In 2013, Rolesville High School became a separate high school again and the rivalry was reborn.
This was the first time in school history the girls soccer program held a charity for the Vs Cancer Foundation. They donated $1,000 to Vs Cancer and $1,000 to Laura Hartman, a Wake Forest High School teacher who has been in and out of the hospital with a blood virus.
"I thought it was great," Wake Forest coach Jeremiah Mattingly said. "We wanted to try to raise $5,000 per year, but it’s okay for the first year. Next year, we’ll hype it up a little more to get the community more involved."
"It’s always a great thing to be a part of this," Rolesville coach James Smetana said. "The atmosphere was definitely better than a usual soccer game."
Thanks to the boys game in the fall, Wake Forest has raised over $3,000 total for the school year.
Wake Forest will officially present the check of $1,000 to the Vs Cancer Foundation May 4 in their last match of the regular season at home against Enloe.
In the soccer match between the Cougars and the Rams, Wake Forest scored five goals in the first half. Three of the goals came within the last seven minutes of the half.
Wake Forest’s Lexi Murray scored with less than four minutes left in the game to make the final score 6-0. Hannah Dion scored a goal and recorded an assist in the victory.
The Cougars ended their four-game losing streak and are now 1-5 at home.
"We were attacking out wide and with more aggression," Mattingly said. "We were kind of passive in our last few games. I told the girls to go forward and get after the goal."
As for Rolesville, they drop to 3-16. They are still winless against Wake Forest since the girls soccer program started in the spring of 2014.
"We still have a lot of room for improvement, but it’s there," Smetana said. "Last year, we only had one win. This year, we have three. We’re continually looking to improve. The girls have come back after tough losses."