For many sports, the home-field advantage is about fan base and avoiding the weariness of travel.
For the Davis High field hockey team, it’s literally the field. The Blue Devils’ home field is a slick turf that allows for fast-paced, high-octane hockey.
Which is why when DHS traveled to the tall grass pitch that Bella Vista calls home on Wednesday, the action appeared half-speed. However, the Devils were still too much for the Broncos, pulling out a 3-0 Eastern Athletic League victory.
“We’re not a grass team,” DHS coach Sandie Marotti-Huckins said.
She credited the play up the middle of center Liz Leshuk, along with Andi Jackson, Kelly Ragsdale and Natalie Silver, for keeping the ball out of the middle and helping the transition to offense. DHS picked up goals from Amy Reed (unassisted), Sara Pinto (assist Silver) and Rachel Foley (assist Pinto) all in the first half.
With the tall grass not allowing for quick bursts of speed, DHS and Bella Vista settled into a slow-motion passing game. The Blue Devils are happy with the win, but even more excited about returning to their home turf.
“We’re looking forward to Saturday, to hosting Archbishop Mitty from the Bay Area,” said Marotti-Huckins of the 9 a.m. matchup.