On Saturday, Yorktown’s (Va.) Aminata Davis put on her white jersey, ready to become a state champion. With two braids in her hair, the junior defender strutted onto the pitch with a quiet confidence.
For nearly 70 minutes, the Yorktown Patriots and the Kellam Knights were evenly matched vying for the Class 6 state crown, but with 12 minutes remaining, Davis ended the scoreless drought. Standing near midfield, it was perfect timing. As Kellam tried to clear the attack, Davis got the ball, and after one touch, she had a perfect view of the goal.
“If you have an opportunity 30 yards out, take the shot,” coach Hannah Davis said.
From 33 yards out, Aminata Davis sent the ball soaring over the right shoulder of the Kellam keeper, and the crowd erupted as the ball hit the back of the net. She was swarmed by her teammates in celebration.
Aminata Davis’ performance led Yorktown to a 1-0 state championship victory, earning her JWS Player of the Week honors.
Great video of @ASA04GirlsECNL standout Aminata Davis' game-winning goal yesterday for @YHS_GirlsSoccer in the @VHSL_ Class 6 girls state championship game!#TeamArlington pic.twitter.com/ovaBXAzNlg— Arlington Soccer (@arlingtonsoccer) June 12, 2022
Great video of @ASA04GirlsECNL standout Aminata Davis' game-winning goal yesterday for @YHS_GirlsSoccer in the @VHSL_ Class 6 girls state championship game!#TeamArlington pic.twitter.com/ovaBXAzNlg
With Aminata Davis as a strong defensive and offensive weapon, the team finished with a 22-1-1 record. The Patriots gave up only eight goals all season. On the attacking front, she recorded five goals and four assists.
“She kind of has this sixth sense of where she’s supposed to be on the field,” Hannah Davis said. “She does a great job of pushing forward on offense.”
A leader on and off the pitch, Aminata Davis enjoys working with kids. In her free time, she helps them improve their soccer skills and volunteers at her mother’s preschool.
She dreams of becoming a pediatrician. At a young age, she became enthralled by medical dramas like “House.”
“I’m surprised my parents let me keep watching,” she said as she laughed.
STATE CHAMPS!!!! pic.twitter.com/fkWh8QZHJn— Yorktown Athletics (@yhssports) June 11, 2022
STATE CHAMPS!!!! pic.twitter.com/fkWh8QZHJn
She’s been hooked on science ever since. Last summer, she volunteered at the Center for American Indian Health at Johns Hopkins University. She helped distribute a book for Indigenous children about COVID-19, “Our Smallest Warriors, Our Strongest Medicine: Overcoming COVID-19.”
“I’m part Native American, so I enjoyed seeing all of the locations that the book was going,” Aminata Davis said.
Next fall, she’ll join the Brown University soccer team and begin her journey toward becoming a doctor, trading in one white uniform for another.
Nika Anschuetz is a contributing writer at Just Women’s Sports. Follow her on Twitter @nlanschuetz.