Entering Tuesday afternoon’s match with the Northridge Knights, the Darts hadn’t lost a match since dropping a 4-1 game against Brighton in the team’s final preseason game. Since then, the Darts have reeled off four consecutive games without a loss, going 3-0-1 as they entered the second round of region games.
With another strong performance at the net by Mitch Jensen and a first half goal by John Taylor, the Darts were able to continue their winning ways by taking down the Knights in a very tight 1-0 match.
The win extended the Darts streak to five games while maintaining their tie for first place in Region 1 with Weber High School.
Davis’ game against Northridge was a tougher battle than expected, despite the first half goal that gave the Darts the only lead they needed for the entire match. With few opportunities on either side to score, it was Taylor who took advantage of a small opening to knock in his 11th goal of the season.
Taylor’s 11th goal ranks him in a tie for 13th in the state while also sitting in second place in all of 5A.
At the net, Mitch Jensen proved to be one of the tougher goal keepers in the entire state picking up another shutout this season, his seventh overall and his third in Region 1 play.
Jensen’s shutout numbers are good enough to be ranked fourth in the entire state, while leading all of 5A in the same category. His seven goals allowed so far this season is tops in Region 1, while sitting in a tie for fourth place in all of 5A.
For Northridge, the Knights were shut out for the fourth time in nine games while being held scoreless for the second consecutive Region 1 match. The Knights’ last game came against Weber on April 12, where they lost 5-0. Despite the losses, the Knights sit just 7 points behind both Weber and Davis and are tied for third with Layton and Syracuse. The Knights, Lancers and Titans each have identical 2-3 Region 1 records.
With four games remaining on its schedule for the regular season, the Darts will travel to Syracuse High School to take on the Titans Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. The two teams met back on March 27 to open Region 1 play, where the Darts beat the Titans 10-0 at home.
The Knights suffered back-to-back losses for just the second time this season, their first since dropping their opening two games to Viewmont and Ben Lomond.
Northridge will attempt to right the ship against Fremont on the road Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The Knights’ first match against the Silverwolves ended in a 2-0 win.