Women’s soccer off to strong start

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Women’s soccer coach Sara Stone organizes a team meeting on the field during halftime. The Devils won 2-0.

By Bailey Mknelly,
BlueDevilHUB.com Staff–

The Davis High women’s soccer team emerged from its first game of the season with a 2-0 win against Whitney on Monday, Feb. 29.

After a few close misses in the first quarter, junior Tiffany Miras made the first goal on a penalty kick.

After another extremely close miss by junior Julia Curtis and a corner kick, freshman Ruthie Mitchell scored the second goal of the game. However, during the third quarter, Mitchell injured her knee and had to be escorted off of the field.

Because this was the first official game of the season, players say there are a few bugs left to work out, like communication.

“I think it’s just that we haven’t played together enough so we don’t know each other’s styles,” junior Andrea Zheng said. “So maybe if we learned more about each other, like who wants it at their feet, who wants it in the air, who wants it into space, then that would help us gel a lot better.”

Junior Sidra Bugsch noticed that the team sometimes failed to follow through on goals, leading to many extremely close–but missed–shots.

“I think we need to improve being first to the ball and winning it off the punts, and I think we need to work on playing through the midfield more,” Bugsch said.

Although coach Sara Stone agrees that communication and organization are areas that the team needs to work on, she was proud of the overall performance.

“I think our quality of soccer’s where it needs to be,” Stone said. “We have a lot of young players so I think they’re just trying to get acquainted and kind of learn the expectation and tradition but I think overall everyone is responding well and doing everything that’s asked of them.”

After a solid start, Zheng is already looking to the postseason.

“We’re definitely hoping to make playoffs, and late May is our goal right now,” she said. “The rest of the season is looking really good; we’re building a really strong team for the rest of the year and I think it’s going to be a really great season.”

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