What was expected to be a close match between the second- and third- place teams in the Delta Valley Conference quickly turned into a rout on Wednesday as the Davis High girls soccer team thoroughly dominated Laguna Creek, 6-0, at Yudin Field.
Sophia Hernandez and Julia Curtis each scored two goals for the Blue Devils (13-3-3, 5-1-2), while Makenna Rubinstein and Suleikha Sutter found the net against the Cardinals (5-6-2, 3-3-2).
“I was super stoked with the result, but more importantly, just our style of play,” said DHS coach Sara Stone. “This is the second game we played a 4-4-2. I think the personnel we have is allowing us to do more.”
The opening moments were nervy for Laguna Creek, with the Devils pressuring their opponent’s goal constantly.
In the 18th minute, junior Renee Schuman played a 20-yard grounded ball to the feet of Curtis, who was near the penalty spot.
Curtis’ back was to a Cardinal defender, but her first touch took her around the defender who had no choice but to foul Davis’ freshman striker.
Sophomore Gaby Herrera stepped up to take the spot kick, but couldn’t convert a low shot to the left that the Laguna Creek keeper was able to parry away.
Just four minutes later, Hernandez drove a ball across the box that found Rubinstein at the far post.
The sophomore outside midfielder controlled the ball off of her chest, opened up her hips, and calmly chipped the ball over the LCHS goalkeeper into the upper right corner of the net.
“Something we were talking about was just maturity, being able to respond in those situations, and secondly, the difference between being good and great,” Stone said when asked about the team’s response after Herrera had her penalty saved. “We’re going to make mistakes, but we’ve gotta respond to those mistakes. I was pleased with their response.”
After the opening goal it was smooth sailing for the Blue Devils.
Rubinstein returned the favor to Hernandez just a minute later, hitting a first-time left-footed cross that Hernandez, a junior, headed off of the far post and into the back of the net for her second headed goal in as many games.
Six minutes after that, a left-footed through ball from Herrera found Curtis, who slalomed her way through three defenders and finished into the bottom right corner with the outside of her right foot from 12 yards out. That made it 3-0 with 11 minutes still to play before halftime.
After the break, Curtis and Hernandez each scored again by chipping the goalkeeper, while Sutter tallied on a well-taken penalty kick that she drew after getting tripped up in the box.
“I’d say it was one of our top five games (this season) for sure,” Stone said. “I think we got some momentum early on and I think we were able to roll with it. I think it was one of our top games energy-wise.”
Notes: DHS outshot Laguna Creek (29-1), shots on goal favored the Devils (19-0) and Davis had six corners to the Cardinals’ one. … Curtis scored on a counter attack after Laguna Creek’s only corner was cleared in the 47th minute. … The Cards’ only shot occurred in the 80th minute. It went about 20 yards to the right of the Blue Devil goal.
— Reach Evan Ream at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanReam.