The Napa High boys soccer team, coming off a two-game losing streak at the end of busy week, bounced back with a monumental 1-0 victory over perennial power Davis at Memorial Stadium on Wednesday night.
Junior striker Juan Leon scored on an assist by sophomore Irving Flores in the 25th minute, and the Indians (5-2) held off a furious second-half attack by the Blue Devils.
The third goal scored all season against Davis (4-1-3) helped Napa hand the visitors their first loss of the year. It was also the first time the Indians have defeated Davis since head coach Rogelio Ochoa’s first season at the Napa helm in the fall of 2012.
“Davis is very composed, very disciplined. They are a very well organized team and they definitely challenged us today,” Ochoa said. “But our defense did a really good job holding their attack. Only a couple of times did the ball get past them, and my goalkeeper didn’t have to make one good save tonight.
“Our strikers always keep defenders busy, too, Leon with his speed and Lalo (Eduardo Blancas). They (opponents) can’t go up too much because they’ll be vulnerable in the back.”
It was a far cry from last Friday night’s 7-2 home loss to Montgomery (5-1), which has since won twice more and is on a five-game win streak.
“Montgomery is a tough, tough team,” Ochoa said. “I was impressed by Montgomery’s physicality. Usually when you play teams that are big and strong, they’re not too skillful, but they were both. They really challenged us.
“They also got us in our fifth game in seven days, so we were a little tired, but that’s not an excuse. That’s where your depth and your bench have to come in.”
For the season, Blancas leads the Indians with four goals, while Julio Alonzo and Leon each have three, and Mateo Villanueva and Javier Acuna have one apiece.
The Indians have 24 days until their next game, against University on Jan. 6 at Memorial Stadium.