By Hanah Wyman,
The Davis High men’s varsity soccer team fell to Jesuit 2-1 in a close game at home on Monday, Oct 12.
Ending a back-and-forth first half in a 0-0 tie, the teams appeared to be evenly matched.
However, Jesuit got going in the second half; Marauder Mitch Johnson found the net to tally the first goal of the game after being awarded a penalty in the Davis box.
Despite the goal, Davis defense stayed solid the whole game. Senior Buddhika Ratnisiri and freshman Aaron Mayr played strong throughout.
Keeper Connor Judd had multiple impressive saves to keep Jesuit strikers at bay for the majority of the first half, allowing Davis to keep up offensive pressure provided by seniors Ricky Gonzales and Jonathan Miras.
Soon after the first goal, the Jesuit offense was able to get another ball in the back of the net off of a free kick.
In the final minutes of the game, senior Liam Mayr sent a ball across the net that just missed and rebounded off the cross bar. This set senior striker Thomas Lloyd up for a clean finish to provide the only DHS goal of the match.
Senior captain Matthew Rowen and junior Kyle Cuvelier provided midfield support for the duration of the contest, setting up multiple shot opportunities throughout.
Junior Alex Hill credits the loss to an inability to score early on.
“It killed us not being able to put any balls away early in the game from Jay Craft and [Ricky Gonzales],” he said.
Hill added that while his team played a good game, it was frustrating to lose.
“Overall it was a pretty good game, but we were super bummed because we know we could have won,” Hill said.
DHS next takes on Sheldon on Wednesday, Oct. 14 on the road.