The Davis High women’s varsity soccer team took down visiting Rocklin in an easy 5-1 win on Wednesday, Dec. 7. As the rainfall grew stronger, so did the Devils.
Davis started off strong with a goal from sophomore Maya Doms within the first 10 minutes. Senior Julia Curtis kept the pressure up with good runs down the left flank until sophomore Chella Grattet put the score at 2-0 Davis with an outside shot from the left that sailed over the Rocklin keeper’s head into the top right corner of the goal.
The Devils continued to work the ball around on the sides with strong plays by junior Sarah Postema. Still in the first half, Doms gained possession of ball in the center and beat three defenders to chip the ball into the right corner, making it 3-0 for the Devils.
Good midfield play from players like sophomore Alana Curtis and a rock-solid defense from juniors Ava McCray and Lisa Howard and senior Camille Renaud kept the Rocklin offense at bay.
This game marked Curtis’ first time playing on varsity.
“It’s a huge honor getting to play on such an incredible team. I already have had to step up my game to adjust to the game speed which is making me into a better player,” she said.
In this particular game, the Devils expected the score to be much closer, having beaten Rocklin by one goal in the Section Championship last spring.
Despite the rain and cold temperatures, the Devils never let up the pressure, putting in two more quick goals. Junior Brooke Rubenstein sent a fast cross to Julia Curtis, who headed it low to the left corner. Rubenstein followed up with one of her own, juking a Rocklin defender and chipping the ball from outside the goal box.
However, there are still improvements to be made.
“We have to work on our transitions from offense to defense but I think that will improve as we play more games together,” Alana Curtis said.
The visiting Thunder managed to sneak a score in off a direct kick from handball outside the Blue Devil goal box, but this was the only dent Rocklin could make on the dominant Devils.
“Even though the expectations are really high this year, we still need to stay focused and work on training,” senior and captain Sidra Bugsch said.
With a start like this however, the team is excited for future competition.
“I’m super excited for the game against Carandelet. It should be a really competitive game,” Bugsch said.