By Kate Lee,
The Davis High women’s soccer team crushed Monterey Trail at home Monday, April 11. Despite having one less player on the field, the Blue Devils shut out the Mustangs 11-0.
The Mustangs kicked off, but the Devils quickly gained control of the ball. Senior Gaby Herrera started off the scoring with a goal, and was soon followed by sophomore Brooke Rubinstein and junior Julia Curtis, putting the Devils ahead 3-0 less than ten minutes into the game.
Davis continued to put pressure on the Mustangs all game long.
Along with playing one person down, Davis set rules about having to pass to specific players before they could score. The Devils had great passing up and down the field, including strong passing between freshman Paige Rubinstein and her senior sister Makenna in the defense.
The Rubinstein sisters, alongside teammates juniors Josie Baca and junior Andrea Zheng, senior Alex Diaz and sophomore Ava McCray, locked down the defense and shut down any chance the Mustangs had to score. Freshman Sasha Ballowe tended the goal all game long.
Herrera, who controlled the midfield all game, soon scored a fourth goal when a Mustang foul led to a free kick for Davis. Then, freshman Maya Doms, recently returned from a broken collarbone, put the Devils ahead 6-0 with two consecutive goals. Junior Tiffany Miras also contributed two goals in the first half, and senior Hannah Deknikker scored from the far right wing.
The second half was quiet; the Mustangs did not get any seriously threatening shots on goal. Sophomore Mia Villegas and Miras topped off the game with a goal each.
“I think we played well, but it’s hard to judge how we play against a team like Monterey Trail,” Makenna Rubinstein said. “We used the game as an opportunity to work on our ball movement and other things, like finishing crosses.”
Despite the blowout, DHS still took the game seriously and tried to use it as an opportunity to prepare for a St. Francis match-up Monday, April 18.
“I think what we need to work on most is finishing opportunities in front of the goal,” Makenna Rubinstein said. “We miss a lot of crosses, flip throws and easy balls that aren’t going to come that often in big games like St. Francis or Franklin. We need to make sure when the chances come we capitalize.”