By Ashton Corsetti
Photo by Dave Argyle (DBA Photography)
“Twelve seconds left of the game, Ireland does what she normally does,” said Davis High freshman Olivia Wade.
Nearing the end of the second overtime of its state semifinal game, the Davis team prepared to go into a penalty-kick shootout. Team captain Madi Garlock, senior, worried it would be her turn to shoot in PKs.
“So much pressure,” she said, as “everyone watches you take one kick that should be in the goal.”
At that moment, with 12 seconds on the clock, the game turned in the Darts’ favor, as junior Regyn Youngberg passed the ball to junior Ireland Dunn.
“I got the ball and I was like, ‘We don’t have a lot of time left, and we won’t have any more chances,’” Dunn said. “I shot it, hoping it would go in.”
The ball flew into the net, suddenly marking the end of the game.
“It felt so good,” Dunn said, “right when the goal went in, to look at my teammates and see how excited we all were to finally get to where we wanted to be.”
This victory sparked a stampede of students rushing out to the field to congratulate the girls with hugs and screams.
“I looked around and everyone was cheering,” Garlock said. “I couldn’t even believe it.”
Players said that the win felt dreamlike; this game, however, was only a checkpoint.
“It was surreal to actually be there and know that we were going to Rio Tinto,” Dunn said. “We knew this was our year from the beginning. We wouldn’t stop until we got to the finals and won.”
Garlock spent the season as the team’s lone captain. Teammates mentioned lessons she taught them as a team. Wade, for instance, remembers a particular message on the bus ride to Rio Tinto Stadium for the state final.
“She always helped us focus on now,” Wade said. “You always want to compete for a state championship, but Madi always said we have to take it game by game. You can’t skip ahead; this game is as important as the next game.”
Although Garlock taught to focus on one match at a time, she had a wish to be granted before she graduated.
“In the beginning of the season,” Garlock said, “everyone always says, ‘Let’s take state, let’s take state,’ but this being the seniors’ last year, it’s either do or die–you’ll have no other chances.”
The team continued through until they arrived at Rio Tinto, the final mark, the winner of this game would be the state champions. As the game wound down, a foul sent Davis to the 12-yard spot for a penalty kick that would expand its lead to an insurmountable two goals over unbeaten Lone Peak, and Wade was selected to take the shot.
“It’s all silent,” Wade said, “and you’re just sitting there, then the referee blows the whistle, then you think, ‘Alright, it’s my time to shoot.’”
This freshman, who has already committed to play collegiate soccer at Brigham Young University after high school, made the kick that put the state championship on ice. It was the first Davis girls soccer state championship since 1995.
“Winning state in itself is such a cool thing,” Wade said, “and even if I didn’t take that shot it would mean the world to me.”
In the end, the girls attributed their success to the talents and friendships they made within the team
“I think everyone has a lot of talent, and they’re the most talented team since I’ve been here,” Youngberg said. “I felt like it was separated into classes, but this year, I feel like everyone came together and had a goal to win state.”
The Darts held on through a furious late Lone Peak rally and took home the trophy with a 2-1 win.