Davis girls soccer maintaining strong grip in Region 1Sep 15, 2023 10:32AM ● By Josh McFadden
It’s been a long time since the Davis girls soccer team has lost a game – Sept. 27, 2022, to be exact.
The Darts, defending Class 6A champions, are now 9-0 this season and 4-0 in Region 1. That’s 14 consecutive wins for the team. The last few games, however, have not been easy.
Davis defeated Farmington 2-0 on Tuesday in a game played on the Darts’ home field. The Phoenix, the last team to beat Davis, played a tough second half against the Darts, holding them scoreless. Fortunately for Davis, Mya Williamson and Cadence Packer scored first-half goals to give the team a cushion. Katie Willard and Tessa Franks assisted on the goals, and goalie Elesha Magley got the shutout. It was the fourth time this season the senior didn’t allow a goal against an opponent. She has 13.5 shutouts in her career.
Last Thursday, Sept. 7, Davis had an even bigger challenge when it faced Layton at home. After a scoreless first half, both offenses came alive in the final 40 minutes. Davis scored three times, while the Lancers put two goals on the board. Brooklyn Phongsavath had two goals for the Darts, and Calie Clark added one. Lydia Neville and T’maea Eteuati had assists in the one-score victory. It was the first time all season the stout Davis defense surrendered more than a single goal in a contest.
Through nine games, Phongsavath leads the Darts with eight goals. Second on the team are Willard and Emerson Taylor, who have four apiece.
This Thursday, the Darts play at Weber, a team they defeated 5-0 on Aug. 24. On Sept. 19, Davis travels to Fremont.
Sitting at 2-3 in Region 1, Farmington is in fourth place. The Phoenix are 6-5 overall.
Preceding Farmington’s loss to Davis was a 1-0 shutout win over Fremont, its second shutout of the season and first in region play. Though Farmington has been on the wrong end of three league games, two were by just two goals, and one was by one goal.
Eleven Phoenix players have scored this season, led by Taytem Grant, who has six goals on the year. Macey Call is a close second with five goals. Grant, along with Claire Rencher, leads the team with three assists. Emmy McKeon and Isabelle Jones have each played goalkeeper this season, getting 1.5 and 0.5 shutouts, respectively.
Farmington can move up the league standings this week when it hosts Syracuse on Thursday. The Phoenix will then play on the road again on Sept. 19 when they take on Weber. The last time Farmington and Syracuse met on the field, the Phoenix prevailed in a shootout.