This last week was definitely one for the Davis High Boys Soccer team. With two significant games secured under their record, the eyes and attention of Region 1 are all on the Dart’s. As the result of the two games, the Dart’s are now tied with Weber High for first place in their region.
Tuesday’s game could have arguably been one of the most important games in the Dart’s season. Against their long time rival Layton High, who was ranked 1st in the state and 5th in the nation, according to Desert News. Players like Tyson Siddoway and Eli Nixon had played significant roles in Region 1, as Nixon leads the region with 11 goals. To most, the Lancers were feared and their undefeated record portrayed them as untouchable.
However as the Dart’s starting 11 lined up on the rainy field and listened to “The Empire” pray for another victory. The Dart’s were unfazed and stood strong, for the Lancers had held the rivalry cup for the past 3 years. Giving the Dart’s the perfect excuse to leave it all on the field and that’s exactly what they did.
From the moment the Lancers kicked the ball off, the tension between the two teams shook throughout the stands. While the first half was a hard fought battle, the Dart’s defense ultimately shutdown Layton’s star forwards. With the defense led by goalkeeper Noah Larkin, who is currently leading 6A in shutouts and has only been scored on twice. With nowhere to run, the Dart’s offense exceeded expectation and closed the game out.
Towards the end of the first half Pedro Silva took advantage of a corner kick and placed the ball on the 18. After the two teams scrambled to win the ball, the ball found Zach Kennedy who finished it in the back of the net. With the half ending with the Dart’s up 1, Souli Phongsavath gathered the team together, and both teams knew the next goal scored would ultimately control the rest of the game.
Knowing what they had to do, that’s exactly what they did. Minutes after the start of the second half, leading scorer for the Dart’s, Josh Harwood led the team on a breakaway and found the keeper off his line, hitting a shot outside the 18 and the ball fell in behind the keeper. Josh Harwood also went on to close the game out with another goal. Taking a free kick and finding the back of the net.
Later that week the Dart’s went on to beat Syracuse for the second time, and finish the week with 6 points. In the last week the Dart’s beat the number one team in 6a, they continue to lead the state in shutouts, and have proven to finish what they started and win trap games. Leading to the question, are the Dart’s bound to win region?