Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week, Jaden Davis, Sand Creek girls' soccer

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Photo - Sand Creek's Jaden Davis is the Peak Performer this week. Monday, March 20, 2017.  Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Sand Creek's Jaden Davis is the Peak Performer this week. Monday, March 20, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

Sand Creek coach Jeremy Tafoya looked over the stats after Thursday's 9-1 win against Palmer and took pause at the sight of Jaden Davis' six goals.

He texted his sophomore to see if it could have been a clerical error.

"I thought it was like four and then I was like 'six, is that right?'" Tafoya said. "She was like 'yeah, it's six', and I was like 'whoa.'"

The Scorpions fielded only 10 players that afternoon against the Terrors with many of their girls en route to Las Vegas to take part in the Players Showcase, a club soccer tournament in front of college coaches from across the country.

Sand Creek's Jaden Davis is the Peak Performer this week. Monday, March 20, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette 

But Davis, her team's most creative scorer and blessed with blistering speed, stayed around long enough to lead her short-handed team to its third straight victory of the season before she scurried to the airport to catch a flight of her own.

Then, in Vegas, she scored two more goals for her club team.

"She's on a mission this year," Tafoya said.

Davis, only a sophomore, is quickly becoming one of Sand Creek's most prolific players in program history. She set the team's freshman goal-scoring record last season with 13 and added the single-game record Thursday.

And now with 11 goals in just three games - eight of those coming last week - she is The Gazette's Peak Performer of the Week and the chase for the season-scoring mark could be next.

Tafoya is sure to remind Davis of the bar set by his daughter Christina, who had 30 goals for the Scorpions in 2014.

"He's just straightforward about it," said Davis, who watched Christina play for Sand Creek when she was the team's ball girl. "Like, 'this is the record'. He just wants me to know because he knows I have the potential of beating it."

Tafoya says he pushed Christina in the same way as a sophomore after her older brother, Donald, set a school record with 22 goals. Christina matched the 22 and went on to have the program's best individual season with 87 points as a senior.

"I just like to challenge them, 'hey, here you go. Here's your number'," Tafoya cracked. "It's kind of fun."

Those numbers won't be Davis' main motivation, though.

"Her biggest attribute is her will to win," Tafoya added.

Perhaps the biggest number for Davis will be seven - as in seven combined wins over the past two seasons for Sand Creek.

Davis says she is hopeful the Scorpions can take a step forward. How far they've come as a team will be evident next month during league play in the 4A/5A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference, where the Scorpions haven't won a game since 2014.

"I think we have a really good chance to compete with (the teams in the league)," Davis said.

"We've worked really hard to come to where we are right now. It's about going out and playing for each other."