Wednesday , August 13, 2014 - 10:55 PM
KAYSVILLE – Preseason isn’t just a time of learning for the players on the field, but also the coaches on the sideline.
Wednesday night against Sky View under the lights of the football field at Davis High, Davis girls soccer coach Souli Phongsavath experimented with a new formation during the first half.
The results weren’t what he hoped.
“First half is on me because I switched formations up and switched things I didn’t need to,” Phongsavath said. “I thought it would fit our personnel better, but the girls were comfortable with a certain formation and that’s what we found out today.”
Davis managed to win 1-0, but only after switching to a 4-3-3 formation in the second half. Phongsavath implemented a A 3-5-2 formation in the first half. The 4-3-3 formation was also what Phongsavath used in Davis’ 6-1 victory over Logan Tuesday.
Senior Madi Garlock responded to the halftime switch by scoring in the 48th minute to give Davis the only goal it would need. Garlock had another chance minutes later but her shot was pushed just over the crossbar.
“I think she was more comfortable with what her role was (in the second half),” Phongsavath said. “In the first half she played a wing back and in the second half she played wing. She had never played wing back in her life. She was just more comfortable. That’s the Madi from (against Logan), that’s the Madi from club and from last year as well.”
Garlock acknowledged she was more comfortable with her second-half role.
“(As a wing back) I have to get back on defense which is a little more running, so I like being a forward a little bit more,” Garlock said.
Freshman Halle Moffat and sophomore Abbie O’Brien split the shutout with Moffat in the net for the first half and O’Brien in for the second.
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