KAYSVILLE – Before the Darts even hit the soccer field to start its season, girls’ soccer coach Souli Phongsavath was excited about looking at his roster.
More specifically, the depth from top to bottom that the Lady Darts have.
“We have about eight or nine players that are committed to Division I schools,” Phongsavath said. “This is probably the most talented team we’ve had here at Davis in a while, and they’ve got great chemistry with each other.”
The Darts played a pair of games last week, beating Logan 6-1 to open the season and then beating Sky View 1-0.
The ability to score and score quickly will be evident for Davis moving forward, which may take the pressure off of some of the close games the Lady Darts played last year.
Davis was 7-5 in region play, losing most of those games by a single goal.
“I think you look at those games and say ‘hey, those were one-goal games and we played really well,’” Phongsavath said. “This year we’re going to figure out how to win those games. We were young last season and that may have attributed to it; this year they are already learning how to finish off games.”
Three key players that will help the Darts make a strong run this year are seniors Madi Garlock, Ireland Dunn and Kenzie Bell. Garlock, the team’s only captain this season, scored the lone goal against Sky View last week and consistently “sets the tone of the offense” during games.
“She has all the tools of a leader and that’s why she’s our captain,” Phongsavath said.
Dunn scored a hat trick in the team’s 6-1 win over the Grizzlies and has been lauded for her ability to break down defenses in her final year at Davis High School.
Bell, a solid defender, has played well on the back line for many years for Phongsavath and the Lady Darts and is always easy to work with.
“She a very coachable player,” he said. “She does everything you ask of her and plays hard.”
A pair of juniors, Hailee Cacciacarne and Regyn Youngberg, will also see some solid playing time for Davis this season. Youngberg is entering her third season as a starter for Davis and “is great at defense while also helping set up the offense.”
One hole that still isn’t completely filled is at goal keeper. Sara Beecher graduated, leaving as many as four keepers vying for more playing time as the season continues.
The team’s goals, he said, are simple: compete in region and get into state.
“We have the team to do that this year,” he said. “We’ve already been in a tight game and seen that our players won’t panic when the game is close, so that’s nice to see. We always want to compete in our region and we’ll see what happens.”
Davis was 12-6 overall in 2013 and was 7-5 in Region 1. The Darts lost to Brighton in the quarterfinals of the 5A state playoffs.
Lady Darts 2014 schedule
8-12 @ Logan
8-13 SKY VIEW
8-19 @ Lone Peak
8-26 @ Viewmont
9-11 @ Fremont
9-16 @ Northridge
9-23 @ Syracuse
9-30 @ Weber
10-2 @ Layton