It took 14 shots — eight of them on goal — but, after nearly a full half of dominating play from the Davis High field hockey team Wednesday, the Blue Devils finally broke the deadlock on a Sarina Buchanan goal two minutes before intermission.
After that, DHS cruised to an easy 8-0 win over River Valley in the season opener for both teams at Brown Stadium.
In a complete performance, the Devils outshot the Falcons, 40-0, and the result was never really in question, despite the amount of time it took Davis to open the scoring.
“It felt good to play. We’ve been practicing for 2 1/2 weeks,” said veteran Blue Devil coach Sandie Marotti-Huckins. “It felt good to get them out there and see what we could do against someone other than ourselves. We’ve been practicing with (only) 13 people on our team, just offense against defense.”
DHS started strong, immediately taking it to the visitors in such a resounding manner that it wasn’t until eight minutes into the game that River Valley even had the ball in the Devil half of the field.
Davis controlled nearly all of the play, patiently working the outside channels of the field to try to create numerical advantages on the sides of the field.
But despite the dominance, the locals couldn’t find the back of the net until Buchanan poked home a back-post rebound 28 minutes into the contest.
One minute later, Buchanan helped double the Blue Devil lead when she cut the ball back from near the end line on the right side to the middle of the box where Darby MaGuire was able to easily finish just before halftime.
DHS didn’t take its foot off the pedal coming out of the break, scoring just two minutes in when captain Rachel Foley found MaGuire at the far post. And the rout was on.
“I think we did some things well; we moved the ball well (but have) a lot to work on still,” said Marotti-Huckins. “We kind of knew that we were going to win, but we wanted to look good winning and execute the things we practice. We have a ways to go to play the better teams.”
Foley then added two goals of her own before Buchanan quickly scored again to make it 6-0.
Sophomore Nicole Pugh scored the seventh and eighth goals of the game to round out the Devil scoring.
Notes: Thanks to strong play from the Davis defense, a good deal of it by junior Whitney Sacramento, goalkeeper Danielle Mentink didn’t have to touch the ball until 5:29 remained. On that play, she gathered up a River Valley clearance that traveled all the way to her box.
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