One of three seniors on the Rosewood boys’ soccer team, Gavin Davis has helped the Eagles fly to great heights this season.
The Eagles’ center back, Davis helped lead the Eagles to a 19-0-2 overall record. Rosewood also reached the third round of the playoffs for the third straight season and won a conference title for the first time since 2002.
“It’s so surreal, and the fact I was a part of teams that have tried, and now a part of the team that’s won it. It’s just one of the best feelings you can have,” Davis said about winning a conference title.
Team chemistry has played a big part in the Eagles’ success this season. They are friends off the field, and that friendship shows on the field.
It does not matter who scores the goals or has the assist. What’s most important is that the Eagles have fun playing with each other.
“We’re always around each other whether we’re eating, in class, at practice, or in a game, obviously,” Davis said. “Nobody is ever left out.”
As the team’s center back, Davis’ primary role is to defend the area directly in front of the goal and prevent opposing players from scoring.
He enjoys seeing the entire field and making sure opposing players are unable to score any goals.
Davis, the rest of the Eagles’ backline, and goalie Benjamin Peacock have done a great job of keeping opposing teams off the board. So far this season, the Eagles have only given up 12 goals.
“It’s almost like being a linebacker in football. You see everything coming at you, and you’re able to pick it apart and defend the goal,” Davis said.
Davis, Peacock, and Ty Rouse are the Eagles’ three seniors. They are making sure to have a memorable senior season and had no problems stepping into leadership roles.
“It’s a lot of responsibility, but I feel like, with the three of us, we handle it well,” Davis said. “The boys respect us tremendously.”
After graduating from high school, Davis already has his next steps planned out. No matter what happens during the rest of the playoffs, Davis has already made a significant impact on the Rosewood boys’ soccer program.
“I’m actually in college right now. I’ve got night classes for a trade,” Davis said. “I want to be a welder, and I think it’d be really cool to do that. There’s a lot of opportunities with it in the world.”