SANDY—Stop me if you’ve heard this before. No, don’t stop.
Davis High’s girls’ soccer program certainly hasn’t stopped, and seemingly it can’t be. Friday afternoon at Rio Tinto Stadium, the Lady Darts made it three straight state 5A titles with a 2-1 victory over determined Fremont. With the win, Davis stretched its winning streak to 44 games, continued its torrid pace of scoring differentials (they outscored opponents 112 to 8 this season), and showed the strength of a program that lost six seniors from last year’s team to Division 1 schools and still beat all comers.
Perhaps most importantly, the Darts dodged the target they seemed to have on their backs all year long.
“Everyone kept gunning for us all season,” said junior superstar Olivia Wade. “This year, everybody was against us.”
The Silver Wolves, who lost 1-0 to Davis in the state semifinals last year, proved to be tough competitors from the gitgo on Friday. Neither team even got a shot on goal for the first 16 minutes, and it was on the Darts’ third corner kick that Davis finally tested Fremont goalkeeper Morgan Green. She made the save.
With 17:32 left in the first half, Wade scored on a rebound, her 39th goal of the season, then made a celebratorial slide into the northwest corner of the field. The Darts were on the scoreboard, and seemingly a single goal might be enough.
That lead lasted just 21 seconds. Fremont’s Courtney Talbot found the ball after a missed defensive inside and pushed it past Kendyl Baker to tie the game at 1-1. Davis coach Souli Phogsavath admitted post-game that it made him a bit nervous.
“The girls never seemed to panic,” he said. “I think that’s what moved them to come back so quickly.