SANTA ROSA — Only one week into the season and with a 2-0 record, the Davis High boys soccer team went into this weekend’s Bay City Classic tournament excited just to get a lot of time on the pitch.
Playing four games in Santa Rosa, the Blue Devils accomplished that goal, and came away with a couple of wins and a tie against a strong opponent.
“We tried a lot of different positions and different formations and it was really a positive experience for us,” said DHS head coach Alex Park. “The defense only allowed four goals in four games so that was really good. Both keepers played well, the back line played well, the midfielders played well, everybody did a good job and it allowed us to really possess the ball.”
The Devils opened with a 1-0 win over Roseland as Rami Rashmawi scored a goal off a cross from D.J. Villegas. Then, following a 1-0 loss to Drake, Joe Rainer found the net for a long goal in a 1-0 victory over Bella Vista.
In the final game of the day, Davis faced off against a talented Tamalpais squad. The contest finished in a tie as Rainer scored once, then Brian Birt pounced on a deflection off a Raunak Manandhar shot and sent the ball into the net.
“They are a good team so to get a tie against them, I think we played our best game of the tournament,” Park said.
There was a scary moment late in the game when captain Alexander Nelson and a Tamalpais defender hit heads in midair. Nelson took a hard hit and Park said he probably needed stitches but should be OK.