“Now we’ve seen them, so I think if we see them again at sections, the result will be different.”
That was Davis High boys soccer coach Alex Park after his team lost a 1-0 decision to Jesuit on Saturday night at Capital Christian Stadium.
For the Blue Devils (9-4-3), it was an introduction to a high level of competition — Jesuit (17-0-3) is ranked in the top five in the nation by NSCAA — that they have seen in only a couple of other games this season.
But DHS held its own, especially on defense where senior goalie Andres Olmedo blocked his second penalty kick in as many weeks and Park said his back four defenders — seniors Rami Rashmawi, Alexander Nelson, Alex Perez and Ajay Klein —were tremendous.
“Everybody played with a lot of heart, they were all going 100 miles per hour the whole game,” Park said. “It was a good game, a fun game.”
The Devils actually missed a penalty kick of their own in the opening half, and both teams went scoreless after the break in this defensive battle.
Davis gets back into Delta Valley Conference play this week, hosting Elk Grove on Tuesday (4 p.m.) before playing at Franklin on Thursday. The locals are 3-0-1 against DVC opponents.