It was another Saturday full of fireworks for FC Davis men’s and women’s teams. After both groups handily won their games a week ago, the Lions and Lionesses were on tilt with two of their most difficult matches of the season.
First up were the Lions for a noon kick off in SF. A top of the table clash against NPSL powerhouse El Farolito was awaiting the team. After a traffic filled ride into the heart of San Francisco, the Lions took control of the match early and never looked back. The scoreline at half was 1-0 courtesy of a finish from Titus Washington. While the scoreline was tight, Davis was was on the brink of pushing more goals past the Bay Area side with their size and speed.
After halftime the flood gates opened. The Lions hit four unanswered goals, with Evan Barrett causing problems along the right side all afternoon long. The benefactor was Titus Washington, who was able to secure a hat trick off clinical finishing in front of the net. The game finished 5-1 in favor of the men in black and gold, putting the team in sole position of first place after three games.
"I'm proud of the progress since our first preseason game," said FC Davis center midfielder Caua Soares. "Each match more guys are connecting and things are clicking. We are here to win and now we prepare and shift our focus to Saturday."
At 7:00pm it was the much anticipated WPSL home opener for the Lionesses. Playfields was packed as our local stars hit the field for the very first time in club history. The team did not disappoint, putting four goals past Pleasanton Rage after an entertaining 90 minutes of play.
Tiffany Miras scored the first ever home goal for the Lionesses. The finish came off a smooth sequence of play, when Miras found the ball at the back post and headed it home in the first 10 minutes of the match. Shortly after Ari Coronado calmly finished a through ball to put the Lionesses up 2-0 at half.
In the second half it was more of the same, with Autumn Bersch and Tami Kwong scoring goals for the Lionesses. When the final whistle blew, the scoreline was 4-1 for Davis.
"Playing in the first ever home match was so special for me and I know for the team as well," said local star Gaby Herrera. "Being able to play in my hometown in front of my family, friends, and the community is one of the greatest feelings."
Coming up next week, the Lionesses will be on the road with a trip to Fresno while the Lions host Sacramento Gold in the Causeway Clasico, 7:00pm at Playfields. Tickets can be secured for the Clasico by clicking the link HERE.