PHOTO: Senior Chella Grattet, who scored a two of the team’s eight goals, weaves through Pitman defenders. (Courtesy: C. Lossin)
By Gabriel Lee,
The Davis High women’s soccer team fought through wind, rain and hail to best Pitman high school 8-0 in its second game of the section playoffs on Feb. 15.
Davis opened the playoffs with a 10-0 win over Edison high school on Feb. 13. After their win Friday, the Devils will face Oak Ridge on Feb. 19 in the tournament’s semi-finals.
DHS opened the scoring in the fourth minute when senior Annie Mitchell found the back of the net off of an assist from fellow senior Maya Doms.
Four minutes later, senior Chella Grattet doubled the lead off of a rebound when Doms rattled a shot off of the crossbar.
Grattet scored another off of Doms’ third assist to put the Devils ahead 3-0 12 minutes into the game.
DHS kept its foot on the gas with a goal from sophomore Francesca Bolivar, two from Doms and two from junior Sydney Moore.
“Going into the game the whole team was really focused on playing our best and proving why we are ranked number one,” Moore said. “We were really happy with result. The weather was awful but the team played through it and scored some really awesome goals.”
In addition to the harsh weather conditions, Davis had to overcome injuries to multiple key players.
“It was hard not being able to contribute to the win,” said junior Lily Byrne who is battling an injured ankle. “Sometimes you have to trust your teammates to get a win and that’s exactly what they did.”
As DHS continues its playoff run, the prospect of a “four-peat”–winning four straight section titles– is becoming a serious possibility.
“As a senior, the four-peat means everything. We have worked very hard all season to get to this point and we want to continue our reign as the top team in our section,” senior Madi Johnson said.
According to Moore, the team has found its success off of a simple ideology. “We just want to stay focused on our goal, play every game like it is our last and continue to prove why we are seeded number one,” Moore said.