After two consecutive years of falling short in regional amateur qualification for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, the Davis Legacy took the first step towards a berth with a 2-0 win over Western Nevada FC Saturday night at the Davis Legacy Soccer Complex.
“I’m very happy with (the performance), obviously. I thought we had a number of chances and probably deserved to win,” said Legacy head coach Mark Torguson. “It was a good team that we played. We scored a very nice two goals and an absolute stunner of a second goal. I’m looking forward to the next round.”
The Legacy’s starting lineup was littered with homegrown talent as former UC Davis and Davis High stars such as Andisheh Bagheri, Brian Ford and Steven Guzman featuring.
But it was a Granite Bay native who made the first goal as a long ball found the streaking Connor Hallisey in behind the Western Nevada defense.
The attacker, who enjoyed a two-year MLS career with Sporting Kansas City, unselfishly squared the ball across the goal for Guzman to tap into the empty net in just the third minute of the game.
The Legacy continued to attack in waves, but called Davis goalkeeper Andres Olmedo into action just before the break as the netminder was forced to parry a 20-yard volley over the bar in order to keep Western Nevada off the board.
One minute into the second half, yet another Davis product made a difference as former Aggie forward Justin Leavitt doubled the lead for the hosts.
With his back to goal, the forward flicked the ball over a defender and volleyed it home from just inside the penalty box for a 2-0 lead which Davis held onto to advance to the second round of qualifying.
“I think anybody who has been involved in Davis soccer over the years knows how much quality comes out of this town,” Torguson said. “There’s been some fantastic players so we’ve picked up on that and used some of those guys that have been around … hopefully Davis will continue to produce talent and keep us good for a while.”
If Davis are going to qualify for the tournament, it can count on the support of a community that came out in force to support it — roughly 100 fans attended the match including Davis High graduate and former MLS goalkeeper Sam Reynolds.
“I think this was a fantastic night, exactly what amateur soccer should be,” Torguson said. “I think everybody enjoyed it. It was a beautiful night out here … thank you to all the fans who came out. Hopefully we can continue the tradition here on nice fall and summer nights.”