By Jackson Feldwick-Jones,
Davis High women’s varsity soccer played its rival the St. Francis Troubadours on Jan. 9 at 5:15 p.m. The game was a “blackout,” meaning all the Davis players wore black uniforms and the fans were encouraged to wear all black.
DHS won decisively 5-2 on this drizzly but still well-attended game. Goals were scored by freshman Frani Bolivar, two by sophomore Lily Byrne, and two by junior Maya Doms.
“We played really well as a unit and finished all the chances we had,” junior Alana Curtis said.
At the end of the first half DHS led 3-1 and the Blue Devils controlled the ball for most of it. In the middle of the second half the rain ceased and St. Francis appeared to be rallying, shrinking the Devil lead to one.
However, after St. Francis scored, DHS took control of the game, scoring two unanswered goals.
“When they scored we [were] kind of let down but then we regained our confidence and did well,” Byrne said.
At 6:47 p.m. the match ended 5-2, making Davis 9-0-2 and St. Francis 6-4-3.
Overall, the players were satisfied with the game.
“We finished well and passed well around the field, and the subs came on and improved the game,” junior Skye Shaffer said.
“I think it went really well and we came into the game knowing this would be a hard game so we were super prepared,” junior Yasmeen Dmeiri said.
However, the game did have some issues that the team wishes to address.
“If we were more organized on crosses that could help us a lot to prevent scoring,” Dmeiri said.
This game was special for both the rain and the unique “blackout” day.
“The ball moves faster, skips off the ground. It is a different game, you have to make adjustments [in the rain],” coach Sara Stone said.
“It improves the team’s mentality a lot because they’re excited to have fans around,” Shaffer said about blackout day.
Byrne, Curtis, Shaffer, Dmeiri and Stone all believe that the team can finish the season undefeated.