BRISTOL - Some of the fondest memories growing up for St. Paul girls soccer senior captain Kendall Davis were spent with her grandfather, Adam Brocki.
Growing up, the two shared a special bond over the sport that helped shape Davis’ love for the game.
“My grandfather [has been one of my bigger influences],” Davis said. “He loved soccer. He used to watch it all the time with me. After school, he would come to games with me and we watched the World Cup all the time together.”
Davis first started playing soccer at the age of four when her parents, Suzanne and Jeffrey, signed her up. Her passion for the game has evolved over time and the talent level she brings to the sport has been on display this season with 22 goals scored, leading the team.
With the broken foot injury to teammate Julia Dess earlier this season, Davis has taken on even more responsibility as the Falcons’ primary scorer.
Recently, Davis reached a milestone feat, becoming the all-time leading goal scorer for St. Paul with 63 career goals elapsing the record held by Helena Pereira, the daughter of Falcons assistant coach Flavio Pereira.
“I’m so happy that I broke the record,” Davis said. “I didn’t know I was going to be able to do that and it’s because of my team they pass to me to set up goals and I’m just out there to finish them.”
On the field with Davis is her sister, Addison. A year younger than Kendall, as a junior, Addison has come into her own on the field and the two have developed a sisterly bond on the field, using each other as motivation to become even better on the field.
“I feel like we both know where we’re going on the field,” Addison said. “I can just tell what she’s going to do. Sometimes she gets mad at me and tells me to pass it harder, but overall I think we do pretty well together.”
Davis’s other sister, Reagan will also be attending St. Paul next season and playing soccer for head coach Jim Husbands.
“I’ve coached a lot of sisters,” Husbands said. “A lot of times it works out to a situation where one pushes the other. In this case you have [Addison] and Kendall that play different positions. Addison’s probably the best defensive player in the NVL and Kendall is one of the best scorers. They’re each pushing the other one to be better.”
Davis has relished being a leader for the Falcons and fellow captain Briana Senese and her both want to conclude their high school careers with a state championship title.
“Being her co-captain I know that we’ve both really stepped up to the plate and wanted everybody to succeed this year,” Senese said. “She really motivates me to become a better player and having each other helps us perform better and become a duo on the field.”
This year’s St. Paul team features some younger players with freshman starting at the varsity level, notably starting keeper Nina Zwolinski and defender Hannah Stanford.
For Zwolinski, a player that has a lot of expectations for herself during her Falcons career and after high school, seeing the success of Davis and how she handles it is something that Zwolinski has taken notice of.
“She’s a really good captain,” Zwolinski said. “She’s always been really nice to everybody and even just joking around with the freshman. She doesn’t exclude us from anything but she also takes charge during practice and games.”
With all of the success Davis has seen, the last goal she wants to accomplish has been her ultimate goal since stepping foot on the St. Paul campus as a freshman, winning that state championship.
“It would be great,” Davis said. “I’ve always wanted to win states and it’s something I want to do before I leave and I know the team does too. I would never forget it.”
The state tournament begins next week for St. Paul and her opportunity to do so is there. The success the team has had thus far and the team bond that captains Davis and Senese have helped grow as leaders will play a big part in how for the Falcons go.
Nonetheless, Davis’s name and what she has accomplished for the St. Paul program will always be part of what has been a illustrious high school soccer career.
Although, there will always be a missing part.
Brocki passed away during her freshman year at St. Paul so he didn’t get to see her break the record, another memory the two would have shared together.
“I wish he was here to see it,” Davis said. “I know that he would have been so happy for me.”
One thing is for sure, Davis wouldn’t have gotten to where she is in the sport of soccer without the relationship that they shared.
Davis’s role as a captain, leading scorer, all-time St. Paul goal record holder, granddaughter and sister is something anybody could be proud of and the Falcons will miss Davis as she moves to the next phase of life in North Carolina attending college and playing Division II soccer at Belmont Abbey.
“She’s really motivated me to keep working hard,” Zwolinski said. “She’s helped me stay calm after letting in a goal whether it be during a game or in practice she’d always be there to help me get over it. This is her and the seniors last year so we want to make it the best.”
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