By Jacob Sonne
Photo by Kurt Johnson
As of late, the Davis High girls soccer team has been on a roll. The program has not lost a game since the 2014-15 season and this year, the Darts were given an opportunity unlike that earned by any other program in the state – setting the state record for most consecutive wins.
The win that clinched their record was a 13-0 shutout against Hunter on September 27. This dominating victory was a fitting representation of this streak. Rarely have their victories been decided in the later part of the game or come down to nail-biting finishes.
The team has been obliterating everything in its path in a constant hunt for perfection and championships. However, while this goal is a testament of the team’s dominance in recent years, the girls didn’t start this season with their eyes on a 37th consecutive victory (and the record has now been extended to 42 straight wins with the state semifinals coming Tuesday).
“I didn’t even really know about it until it was coming up in the next week,” senior forward Ally Olcott said.
To most schools an honor like this would be a dream to achieve, but there is a far bigger prize to this team – a state championship. Davis has won the last two Class 5A Utah state titles and sees this postseason as a chance for a “three-peat.”
“It’s a great record to have but I think at the end of the day we have a lot of unfinished business to do,” head coach Soulyvanh Phongsavath said. “We don’t want that record to define our season, we want a third straight state championship, too.”
There is definitely a pressure on this team to win a state title, however this is not the only pressure the team is attempting to live up to. Davis was recently ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today, and as Phongsavath says, “Pressure is a privilege.”
“When everyone expects you to do really well it’s hard to live up to that expectation,” senior midfielder Ellie Robinson said. “I really do believe especially with this team we’ve learned to handle pressure really well. Instead of being nervous or getting scared we’ve really had to step it up.”
Every time the Darts take the field, they’re the favorite to win. However, the girls are comfortable with the chemistry this team has built around the wins and tradition of the program.
“Team chemistry is huge,” Olcott said. “It’s probably more important than talent because if your team works together well is shows on the field and off the field, too.”
With the postseason upon us, Davis is focusing on their hopeful playoff run. Setting records and receiving national praise is great, but as the 1996 Chicago Bulls said, “It don’t mean a thing without the ring.”
Davis High senior Jacob Sonne wrote this story as part of the Preps Utah student journalism program, powered by Bank of American Fork, which will award two of our published student journalists college scholarships at the end of the school year. Sonne grew up in Texas and North Carolina and recently moved to Farmington, where he attends Davis High School. He is currently the sports segment editor for our school broadcast – DTV. Sonne enjoys playing basketball, golf and all sports. He is a die-hard fan of the BYU Cougars, Los Angeles Dodgers, Dallas Cowboys and Utah Jazz. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.