Davis (Utah) finishes atop Super 25 girls soccer rankings

Davis (Utah) finishes atop Super 25 girls soccer rankings

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Davis (Utah) finishes atop Super 25 girls soccer rankings

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Davis (Katyville, Utah) won the Super 25 national title (Photo: Davis High)

Davis (Katyville, Utah) won the Super 25 national title (Photo: Davis High)

When Davis High in Kaysville, Utah, won the state 5A girls soccer title last season, it came as surprise. The expectation was that a group of players who had been playing together since they were 11 would blossom into state champs as seniors.

Well, Davis repeated as state champions this season and did one better, finishing as the No. 1 team in the nation in Super 25.

Davis was selected for the top spot in the final USA TODAY High School Sports/National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll for the fall season.

“We were a year ahead of schedule last season in some ways,” coach Soulyvanh Phongsavath said. “I coached many of them in club when they were 11 or 12 and probably, nine of the seniors have played together since they were really young. They have such a great chemistry.

“We thought that this senior class would be one looking to do special things. This year, we thought the sky was the limit with the potential to repeat and run the table. To motivate them a little bit coming off the hype from the last year, we thought if we stayed focused, we could possibly win a national championship.”

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Behind nine Division I players, Davis finished 20-0. Olivia Wade, who plays on the U17 national team, led 5A in Utah with 32 goals. Haylee Cacciacarne was named the state’s top girls soccer player and Mikayla Colohan, who had 15 goals and 37 assists also was recognized as the state’s top girls soccer player by a different organization.

Phongsavath said the turning point of the season was an October game against Viewmont under the lights on Viewmont’s football field. Davis missed a penalty kick, gave up a penalty kick and then scored an own goal. Davis would come back to 3-2.

“Despite doing all those things, we were able to grind out a win and respond to adversity,” he said. “It was a good wakeup call. We had to be focused if we wanted to finish this thing, run the table and win another state championship. The girls realized that if we are not focused, we can lose. Anybody can beat us at any given point in time if we don’t take care of ourselves.”

McDonough (Owings Mills, Md.) finished second followed by Massapequa (N.Y.), Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) and Glastonbury, Conn.

Colts Neck (N.J.) jumped into the Super 25 at No. 6 after its victory against previous No. 1 Northern Highlands (Allendale, N.J.).

No. 18 Upper St. Clair (Pittsburgh) and No. 23 St. Joseph’s (Trumbull) were the other two newcomers.

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