By Sebastian Gonazales,
The Davis High men’s varsity soccer team shut down its league opponent, Elk Grove, on Tuesday Oct. 15 in a 3-0 victory at Yudin Field.
With a goal from forward Joe Rainer and two from outside back Rami Rashmawi, the Devils were able to rebound after a loss to arch-rival Jesuit on Oct. 12 and improve their record to 10-4-3.
With the memory of Tucker Bone’s game-winning volley from Saturday night still fresh in their minds, the Devils started the game fast and ready to take out their vengeance on the Thundering Herd. Just eight minutes into the match, center forward Rainer used his head to thump an aerial cross from teammate Brian Birt into the back of the net, making the score 1-0.
But despite testing the goalkeeper on multiple occasions, the lone goal was all the Devils could muster up in the first half.
However, the offense kicked on again late in the second half. With only five minutes left in the match, after a beautifully weighted free kick from defender Alexander Nelson, Rashmawi found himself wide open. He attacked the ball and doubled the Devils lead with a hammering header past the helpless keeper.
But DHS, specifically Rashmawi, was not done.
Four minutes later, he again had the ball with space in front of him. Showing delightful skill, Rashmawi glided past three Thundering Herd defenders and finished the play with a thundering left footed shot out of reach of the Thundering Herd goalie.
After Tuesday’s game, DHS head coach Alex Park said his whole team played well, especially the defense, which has now given up only one goal in the last four games, but the team still has things to work on.
“We need to improve our finishing,” Park said, “[We need to] make sure we put balls away early. We don’t want to drag the game out.”
With momentum now back in their favor, the Devils hope to keep the ball rolling when they take the field Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Franklin.