By Isabella Ainsworth,
Less than four minutes into the Davis High men’s varsity soccer game against Monterey Trail, senior Ricky Gonzales scored the first goal, starting a trend that would lead to a 6-1 win in the Oct. 5 match.
Later, junior Kyle Cuvelier put another one in, making it 2-0. About midway through the first half, senior Liam Mayr drove the ball up the left side of the field and charged his way around the Mustang defenders before sending a pass into the penalty box for sophomore Elija Alba to tap it in for another goal.
But Monterey Trail was not to be beaten so easily. A shot from a Monterey Trail player barely past the half line sent the ball soaring over the heads of Devils and Mustangs alike before finally arching down into the goal to make the score 3-1.
“We had our heads down after the first goal because usually [the other team’s players] start scoring after that,” Gonzales said.
But in this case, they didn’t. Monterey Trail’s first half goal would be their only one.
Even though head coach Alex Park thought that his players did not play the second half as well as they could have, he admitted that they “ended the game well,” scoring three more goals–one more by Gonzales and two by sophomore Agustin Villegas.
Gonzales, while happy with both his own performance and his team’s play, did not think that there was anything spectacular about the gameplay; exactly how Park wants his team to feel.
“We talked a lot about being consistent,” Park said.
This game marked the first time this season that DHS has won three games in a row.