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Blue Devils thump Trojans

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November 4, 2010 |

Enterprise staff writer

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Oak Ridge, a team used to

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getting hammered by Jesuit in Delta River League soccer play, came to town Thursday for a little Blue Devil inhospitality at Yudin Field.

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When the Trojans were finished chasing the ball for 80 minutes, Davis High\’s boys had

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fashioned a convincing 6-0 Sac-Joaquin Section first-round playoff win.

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Oak Ridge players and coaches wouldn\’t compare the Devils to the Marauders, but Trojan

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midfielder Kevin Hanson said the two teams “have different styles … and I guess both were too much for us.”

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In two regular-season games, Jesuit beat Oak Ridge 6-0 and 12-0. Make that 24-0 against two of the region\’s best teams.

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“In controlling our half and then our third of field, it was as good as it has been all year,” DHS coach Ashley Yudin said. “We found the right people most of the time, which is tough … because when you\’re attacking like that, there are 22, 23 people jammed in there.”

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So dominating was Davis that at one point, ending the first half, the Blue Devils were in the attack zone for 11 minutes of the final 12:30.

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At the time, the locals led 2-0, thanks to goals by Matt Austin: one on an assist from Alex Meyers, the other after Jesus Herrera\’s clear found Quinn Kesser, who in turn delivered to Austin.

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Remarkably, as the Devils camped in Oak Ridge territory at the end of the half, they got off only four shots and three corner kicks, accounting for zero goals.

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Then, in the second half, the floodgates opened …

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DHS keeper Erik Anderson launched a goal kick deep to Cyrus Ghaffari, who nudged the ball toward Ryan Gross. The junior captain\’s first move beat sweeper Ben Schowengerdt and it was clear sailing to the net. Gross used a left-footed sizzler to beat Oak Ridge\’s goalie at the right post.

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Three minutes later, Alex O\’Hearn found Ghaffari and the co-captain danced to within eight yards of the goal before burying No. 30 on the season.

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With the Trojans well-beaten and play intensifying in its defensive zone, Davis tacked on two more goals, both thanks to Meyers.

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His first tally was a long-distance skipper from 22 yards out. He ended the Blue Devil scoring when he poached a rebound off Austin\’s saved bid for a hat trick.

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Since getting only one goal in ties against Franklin and Grant last month, DHS has outscored its last six foes, 34-2.

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“We put that article up that said we were missing opportunities,” assistant Devil coach David Robertson said afterward. “They read it.”

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Anderson recorded only three saves as Davis outshot its visitors 32-5. Derek Pleasants replaced Anderson halfway through the second half and made several nice cleanups on loose balls in the box.

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Next up for DHS is the winner of the Napa/Pleasant Grove game. The Devils will host that Round 3 game (DHS got a first-round bye) at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Davis beat Napa earlier in the season, 3-2, on the road.

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While the Trojans\’ season ends at 7-8-1, the Blue Devils continue on at 21-3-2.

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Notes: Alec Zavala and Hyato Kawaguchi got starts for DHS. Forward Dylan West (tonsillitis) and Jacob Weiss (school project snafu) were out. Yudin tweaked the lineup, sending Austin forward. “It was critical for us to play like that, being down a number of players,” Yudin added. “It didn\’t affect us and … I was happy to see we were playing just as hard — still coming on — in the last 10 minutes as we did at the beginning.” … Lee LeVerrier was called up last week after a stellar season with the Devils\’ JV squad.

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— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at bgallaudet@davisenterprise.net or (530) 747-8047. Comment on this story at www.davisenterprise.com. To view and purchase Blue Devil sports photos, visit http://davisenterprise.zenfolio.com

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