ELK GROVE — Heading on the road to face a plucky Laguna Creek squad that was coming off of a tie with defending Sac-Joaquin Section — and Davis High rival — Franklin, the Blue Devil girls soccer team really wanted a win Monday.
And on a day that featured tough weather conditions, Gaby Herrera’s goal late in the first half gave DHS that victory, 1-0.
With the Delta Valley Conference win, the Devils (10-1-2) improved to 2-0-1 in league play, while the Cardinals (3-4-1) fell to 1-1-1.
“They had just tied Franklin so I figured they would be a hard-working, hustling team and that’s exactly what they were,” Davis coach Sara Stone said of Laguna Creek. “It was important to us to get this win, especially after hearing that they had tied Franklin.”
Though the Blue Devils got their only goal on a play that started with a corner kick by Julia Curtis, and ended when Brooke Palmer set Herrera up with a short pass, DHS had a lot of other chances.
“We didn’t play poorly, I’ll take a win any day,” Stone explained. “It was pretty miserable (conditions), I think it was windier there then it was (in Davis). And after spring break, we are just trying to get back together and get organized and still working to find the best matchups for us on the field.”
The Devils saw Hannah Thompson play another strong game in the midfield, while Kasey Carlson did a good job setting things up out of the back.
Davis is back on the pitch Wednesday for a 5 p.m. home game against Monterey Trail.