By Kate Lee,
The Davis Blue Devils bested the Monterey Trail Mustangs 6-0 in the last men’s JV home soccer game of the season on Oct. 29.
The Devils started off the first half a little slowly. Although the Devils made many good runs, the linesman was the Monterey Trail’s best defense, calling Davis offside frequently.
Jay Kraft finally broke the ice, penetrating the Mustangs’ defense and slotting in the first goal of the game.
Matthew Rowen, Ryan Strong, Buddhika Ratnasiri and Alex Dhond patrolled the back line, keeping Monterey Trail at bay.
Despite challenging the Mustangs’ defense and goalkeeper for the rest of the opening period, the score remained 1-0 at halftime.
With twilight settling in and the Yudin field lights coming on, the second half began with a barrage of Devil goals.
First, Kraft one-touched a well-placed assist from Kyle Cuvelier past a helpless Monterey Trail goalkeeper.
Then Sebastian Gonzales sent a beautiful cross to Luis Coronado, who headed it home for the tally.
Gonzales soon followed that score with another assist, this time to Matt Cheung, who slammed the ball into the back of the net, making the score 4-0.
While DHS was dominating in attack, the Devils’ defense continued to do their part in the second half. Goalkeeper Matt Hill came off his line to make some good plays, while Matteo Sorentino and Chris Marelich kept the Mustangs scoreless with mistake-free defense.
Later in the half, Cheung snuck in another goal off of a rebound to make it 5-0.
Ethan Hessl finished off the scoring for Davis with a blast from the top of the penalty area.
Davis coach Jesus Mata thought his team finished nicely. “We had a slow start the first half. When we are playing teams that aren’t up to par with us, we sometimes start slow, but we really picked it up in the second half,” he said.
Marelich agreed. “Since this was our last home game, it was really nice to finish strong.”
Rowen was also satisfied in his last home appearance of the year. “The defense was solid and the offense found six moments of brilliance.”