ELK GROVE — A first-half goal by Elk Grove set off a chain of events that sent the Davis High girls soccer team to a 2-0 road loss on Monday against the Thundering Herd.
The goal, a 35-yarder off a free kick, along with the fact that the Blue Devils (11-2-2, 3-1-1 Delta Valley Conference) may have been looking ahead to a Wednesday match at rival Franklin, had DHS a bit out of sorts.
“We really just haven’t lost, so once we got into that position (playing from behind), we weren’t used to it,” Devil coach Sara Stone said after her team lost for just the second time this season. “We waited to long to turn it on.”
Davis actually dominated play in the early going before that Herd goal changed the complexion of the game. Still, the locals had their chances, and hit the bar at least four times.
“It was a frustrating game for us because we had a lot of opportunities,” Stone said.
But none of them found the net and the loss was costly in a DVC race that is close at the top. Stone said the Blue Devils are now in third behind first-place Franklin and Elk Grove.
DHS plays that road game against the Wildcats, who are the defending Sac-Joaquin Section champions, on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
“Wednesday’s game (is) critical,” Stone said. “I’m hoping the girls will respond.”