For a boys soccer team like Davis HighÕs Ñ which is considered one of the top teams in the area Ñ a two-game stretch that features a loss and a 1-0 win on an opponentÕs own goal is usually disappointing.
But after the Blue Devils took 41 shots on Tuesday against Monterey Trail but needed a Mustang player to accidentally score on his own goal, DHS head coach Ashley Yudin is happy with where his team is. DHS improves to 14-3 overall and 2-0 in Delta Valley Conference play. The Devils also lost a 2-1 thriller against rival Jesuit on Saturday night.
ÒWe played well during the Jesuit game and we played well (Tuesday),Ó Yudin said. ÒShort of scoring, we did all the right things. (Against Monterey Trail) we hit the bar four times. It just wasnÕt our night to put the ball in the net.Ó
The ball that did find the net came when DavisÕ Max Flye sent a corner kick into the box that deflected off a Mustang and into the goal.
Yudin uses the annual matchup against the Marauders as the unofficial halfway point of the season. At this point, the Blue Devils know they have to get better, but are confident they will do just that.
ÒIn the first half of the season, we just try to get comfortable playing with each other,Ó Yudin said. ÒAfter Jesuit, we know there are certain things we have to get better on. Now we will start to introduce some set plays. The second half of the season is about working out the little details.Ó
DHS will be back on its home pitch on Thursday at 4 p.m. against Elk Grove.