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Davis shuts down Syracuse, 2-0
by Shain Gillet
Sep 24, 2009 | 916 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SYRACUSE — Katie Taylor had a goal and an assist and Sammi Swan scored a goal as the Davis Darts defense kept another opponent from scoring in a 2-0 win against Syracuse Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s been a challenge that we’ve set for ourselves as far as getting back into the playoffs,” said Davis coach Souli Phongsavath. “If we want to go deeper into the playoffs, we need to play better defense, and they’ve done that for several weeks now.”

Davis’s first goal came with 4 minutes to play in the first half, when Swan scored to put the Darts ahead. The goal was set up by Taylor, who sent in the pass from midfield to a well defensed Swan. After a couple of moves she found an opening and sent it to the back of the net for a one-goal lead.

Swan almost had a second goal in the contest; however, the referee blew his whistle for an offside penalty after she had already scored. After a conference with the side judges, her goal was taken off.

The Lady Titans offense didn’t remain quiet, however. During the first half, they had three good shots on goal against Dart goal keeper Jamie Wilkinson. She had turned them down all three times, including a wide open shot from a Syracuse player.

The Darts second goal came in the second half by Taylor in injury time. She was able to break away after taking a free kick from midfield. She flew past three Titan players and shot in the opposite direction of the Syracuse goalkeeper for the two goal lead.

Syracuse also had a goal taken away in injury time that could have cut Davis’s lead in half; however, another late offside call negated the goal, and the game ended with a Darts victory.

“Syracuse plays tough,” said Phongsavath. “They play hard and have shown to be dangerous offensively. I’m glad we played well and got the win.”

Missing in action were a few key players for the Darts, specifically Kenzie Harrison, whom Phongsavath said was resting a minor injury.

“We have a few others with little injuries, not just her,” he said. “So we’ve been resting them as much as we can. It’s nothing major.”

Davis has put together 10 straight wins since losing to Layton in their second game of the season. Of those wins, they have also shut out their opponent eight times.

The win gives the Darts an 11-1 record and a seven point advantage over the Fremont Silver Wolves. They’ll play against Weber on the road today.
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