Men’s soccer ties with Napa in last non-league game

Senior Ethan Hessl fights for the ball in a previous match against Rocklin on Monday, Aug. 31. DHS tied Napa on Sept. 11.

By Judy Park, Staff–

The Davis High men’s soccer team tied 1-1 in a heated match against Napa on Friday, Sept. 11.

Before the game, junior Alex Hill noted that in many previous matches, the team had come out really tired and sloppy but that this time, he wanted to change that.

“My expectation for this game is to start out strong, start out fast and excited and be able to put some quick goals away,” Hill said.

Unfortunately, things didn’t quite go according to plan and it was the Indians who landed the first goal five minutes into the match.

Fortunately, senior Sebastian Gonzales evened out the score with a penalty shot later in the first half.

The second half saw both teams playing strong defense and keeping the number of shots low. Senior Thomas Lloyd nearly made a header goal, but barely missed it.

As the match came to a close, the plays sped up and the players became more desperate to score. Napa ruthlessly attacked the defenders, but senior Buddhika Ratnasiri and freshman Aaron Mayr kept up their solid line of defense, preventing the Indians from scoring for the rest of the game.

“We played with a lot of heart and we started off pretty slow in the beginning but we got better in the end. Our team played better than I expected,” Hill said of the tie.

DHS finished non-league play with a 3-3-2 record and will open league play Monday against Elk Grove.

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