When the Davis High field hockey team dropped a game on Corning High’s home turf last month — its first regular-season loss since 2011 — it hurt.
But that wound has since healed, and the Blue Devils prescribed for the Cardinals a 3-0 shutout when they visited Brown Stadium on Monday. Rachel Foley scored all three of DHS’ goals.
It was a time to recuperate for Davis (11-1-2), which was coming off of its only other loss of the season, a 2-1 decision against Chico on Friday night.
In that defeat, the Devils allowed seven penalty corners to give their Eastern Athletic League rivals the upper hand.
But DHS afforded Corning no penalty corner opportunities whatsoever on Monday. In fact, the locals never even permitted the Cardinals a shot on goal.
Meanwhile, Davis was busy breaching the Corning net on the other end of the field. Foley, a junior, nabbed two back-to-back goals, off assists from Hannah Denton and Sara Pinto, to make it 2-0 by halftime.
And the onslaught continued in the second half when Foley launched another successful shot into the Cardinals’ exposed net to complete her hat trick.
The offensive effort was backed by a Blue Devil defense that never let the visitors gain much ground past the midfield, ensuring a quiet end to Monday’s bout.
But it was less effort than DHS coach Sandie Marotti-Huckins was looking for, especially after seeing how intense her girls were in Friday’s showdown.
“I knew we wouldn’t play with the same intensity as in the match against Chico, given all the hype that was built up,” she said. “But I wanted to see a little more.
“We honestly just came out and played with the minimal amount of effort that we needed to in order to win. I mean, we played a good game, but nothing outstanding.”
The Devils will need to fire themselves up for two more contests this week. On Wednesday, DHS goes on the road to face a Bella Vista squad that is looking for revenge after the Blue Devils bucked the Broncos, 2-0, on Sept. 17.
The locals then come back home for a 10 a.m. matchup against Archbishop Mitty on Saturday. Davis fell 4-0 to the team from San Jose in the 2011 campaign, and was edged out again by the Monarchs, 1-0, last year.
“Saturday, especially, is going to be a tough game for us — probably the toughest of the season,” Marotti-Huckins said. “I want to see better play on both ends for it.”