The Juneau-Douglas girls’ soccer team returned earlier this week from its annual California trip, and coach Matt Dusenberry said things went well — aside from arriving in Sacramento a mere two hours before the first whistle.
But the late arrival didn’t seem to affect the Crimson Bears too much.
Juneau-Douglas shut out Vacaville 2-0 in the first game of the trip and for it being just the second time the girls had played outside this year, Dusenberry said he’s happy with the result.
Sarah Tarver picked up right where she left off last season, scoring the first goal of the year off an assist from Rebekka Ord. Tarver also contributed an assist in the game with Rebekah Badilla capitalizing for the goal.
But it was the second game of the trip that Dusenberry had his eye on as a true test.
And that it was.
Davis High School, the No. 3-ranked team in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, took it to the Bears with a 6-0 win. Davis is now well into its soccer season, sitting at 21-4-2 on the year, while JDHS is just getting started.
Juneau-Douglas made up for the loss to Davis by handling Monterey Trail by a score of 7-0 to finish the road trip on a high note.
Tarver, Badilla, Ord, Dorothy Brent, Caitlin DeRocher and Sid Browning all got in on the scoring, with Tarver connecting on two goals. Solana Ashe, Brent and Tarver each picked up an assist, and Daffodil Alinson assisted out on two scores.
Juneau-Douglas is back in town and ready for its first game against in-state competition as the Bears square off against crosstown foe Thunder Mountain at 6:15 p.m. on Friday at TMHS.
It will be the Falcons’ season opener.