Story and photos by Kurt Johnson
Each week, Utah high school sports provides incredibly exciting moments, big wins, great plays and memorable accomplishments. This year, PrepsUtah.com will do its best to identify THE top story of each week in a segment powered by TOSH, The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital.
Here, for the week of September 19, 2016, is our TOSH top story of the week.
The last time the Davis High girls soccer team lost a soccer game was the final regular season game of the 2014 season. It was Oct. 10, 2014 when Weber knocked off the Darts 1-0 and at the time it was the third loss of the season, and the second in three contests, for Davis.
Since that day, the Darts have run off 37 consecutive wins to set a new Utah state record. It’s the longest winning streak the state has ever seen and who knows how far this group can extend it. For now, the setting of the record is our TOSH top story of the week.
The first four games of the streak came in the 2014 postseason as the Darts won a state championship, culminating with a title game win over a previously undefeated Lone Peak team. On Aug. 12, 2015 Davis saw the Knights again to open the next season and delivered a 1-0 victory that launched the Darts on to a 20-0 return trip to the top of the heap in Class 5A.
During the 2015 campaign, Davis outscored its opponents 109-8 and through 13 games this season, the Darts have scored 94 goals and allowed just three. Sitting at 13-0-0 in 2016, Davis has three regular-season games left before it tries to get to state championship No. 3 in a row.
That is head coach Souli Phongsavath’s main goal, getting another banner to add to his team’s growing collection, but the winning streak is impressive. Also impressive is the team’s recognition beyond the borders of Utah. The Darts were pronounced national champions in 2015 and are currently ranked No. 1 in the nation this season.
This year’s scores include four 8-0 wins, two 9-0 victories and two other matches that ended 13-0 and 15-0. Three three closest results in Region 2 play game against the next three teams up on the slate.
Davis beat Syracuse 4-1 Sept. 6, knocked off Viewmont 3-1 Sept. 8 and won at Layton 2-0 Sept. 13. Beginning with Thursday’s rematch with the Titans, the Darts will be tested by those three over the next eight days and they are certain to get each team’s best shot, and that’s before they get to the state tournament.
As good as Davis was last year, each of its final three postseason wins came in a closely contested one-goal game.
What makes the Darts so difficult to beat? It starts with defense. It’s hard to lose when you don’t allow other teams to score and three goals allowed through 13 contests is an amazing number.
Combine that with an overwhelming show of offensive force and you have 37 wins in a row. Olivia Wade scored 32 goals in 16 matches a year ago, when she missed some time while training with the U-17 U.S. Women’s National Team. Now a junior, Wade has 32 goals already this season through 13 contests.
Senior Mikayla Colohan is the ultimate table-setter and the record-setting midfielder thrills is picking up assists. This year, however, she is also stepping up her scoring game, with 20 goals of her own. Hailee Atwater (nine goals), Lindsay Direda (8 goals) and Ally Olcott (7 goals) are also elite scorers.
It’s hard for a team to break a record like this one in the middle of the season, but this isn’t a group that seems open to getting distracted. The Darts have their eyes on the big prize – that state title.