Davis celebrates after scoring on American Fork in overtime to win the 6A girls soccer state championship at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
SANDY — Davis coach Souli Phongsavath had all the faith in the world in his blue-collar, underrated defense heading into Friday’s 6A state championship against American Fork’s vaunted attack.
That defense proved itself once again on the big stage of Rio Tinto Stadium, blanking the Cavemen 1-0 as Davis won a heart-stopper in overtime for its first state championship since 2016.
Annie Haycock buried the winner on a corner kick four minutes into overtime as Davis avenged a 1-0 loss to American Fork in the state title game last season.
“I just think we had more confidence coming in. It was just the mindset. Last year it was a little bit of ‘We’re just happy to be here,’ and playing on this big stage maybe got to our heads a little bit,” said Phongsavath. “But this year we were on a mission and we were not going to settle for anything but the state championship.”
It was only fitting that the decisive moment came on a corner kick because Davis had a ton of them during the championship tripleheader nightcap on Friday.
Caroline Bitner opted for a short corner to Grace Nicol, who American Fork didn’t get pressure on nearly fast enough before she whipped a shot in from the edge of the penalty.
Somehow her shot didn’t go in despite ricocheting off the crossbar and then post. The initial rebound came out to Halle Lund, who tried to square up a shot but mishit it, with the ball only rolling a few yards. It turned out to be the best assist of her life.
6A girls soccer championship
Final@davishighdarts 1, @afhsevents 0 (OT)
— Annie Haycock scores the game winner on a corner kick as Darts win first title since 2016. pic.twitter.com/3CYVGm9M1d
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Haycock was standing just a few yards in front of Lund, and she turned her hips quickly and ripped a shot into the back of the net, immediately getting mobbed by teammates in front of goal.
“I feel like I’m on top of the world,” said Haycock, a junior. “I could not have done it without my team.”
The match throughout regulation was very even, with both teams creating chances through the run …read more
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