By Nathan Koh,
The Davis High men’s J.V. soccer team defeated the freshman Jesuit team 2-1 in a comeback win at home on Oct. 21.
Jesuit scored midway through the first half but Davis was able to rally to even the score near the end of the half thanks to a well-struck volley by Chris Johnson and were also able to add another goal in the second with Daniel Castro scoring on a one and one with the keeper.
“We were not ready. Warm-ups was quick and we were sore from yesterdays game,” said Mads Barso, a sophomore transfer student from Denmark.
No real threat of scoring came from either team until the first goal. Davis had chances to pull out front but continually failed to shoot it on target.
Jesuit’s goal was due to an error on a clearance by goalkeeper Matt Hill as an opposing player pressed him. Possession went straight to a Jesuit player who simply had to put the ball in an empty net as Hill was out of his goal.
After that goal, Davis completely dominated the rest of the game.
Davis’ first goal came thanks to a sparkling run by Elliot Williams to beat a defender on the run, nutmeg another, and put in a cross to Johnson who drove it into the top left corner. “I was thinking oh cool. Maybe we’ll score now,” Williams said.
During the second half, Jesuit had few quality chances do to good defense and aggressive attack by Davis.
Castro scored on a dime through ball by Jorge Rocha-Figueroa to put Davis ahead 2-1.
The rest of the game was taken to Jesuit’s third of the pitch and the ball rarely came to Davis’ defending third in a threatening position.
“Towards the end, we started getting more aggressive and played with more team chemistry,” sophomore Alex Hill said.