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Blue Devil soccer bounces back

By September 14, 2010

Enterprise staff writer

ItÕs been seven seasons since Davis High has lost consecutive games in boysÕ soccer.

On Monday Ñ against an over-matched Sheldon Ñ Dylan West, Cyrus Ghaffari and the Blue Devils were determined to end their mini-skid.

With West scoring two second-half goals and Ghaffari dancing through the Huskies like Baryshnikov at his best, the locals ran their record to 7-2 with a 4-0 victory at Yudin Field.

The nonleague contest put Sheldon at 1-3-1.

ÒWe were determined to get back on track,Ó Ghaffari said afterwards. ÒWe said we wanted to get as many goals as possible. Start (fast) and get the game out of reach.Ó

Ghaffari said Davis was especially disappointed by the Friday loss at Marin Academy Ñ Òwe never lose to themÓ Ñ and said his teammates had spoken all weekend about focus and energy.

The Devils were coming off a 4-1 loss to nationally ranked Granite Bay and that 2-1 setback to Marin in overtime.

ÒThe talent is here. The keys are focus and energy,Ó Ghaffari continued.

Thanks to Alex MeyersÕ first-half score, Davis was up 1-0 just before intermission when Ghaffari beat a defender to a ball left of the goal.

Driving the back line, Ghaffari weaved to the goal and fired. His shot pinged off the backside post, right to a poaching West, who flicked the ball home. Give The Dancer the assist.

With coaches Ashley Yudin and David Robertson donning shorts, Devil TÕs, sunglasses, sunscreen and smiles, it looked very much like a day at the beach during DHSÕ second half.

The Devils outshot the visitors 11-0 after the break, and Ghaffari made it 3-0 when he worked a nice give-and-go with Quinn Kessler, resulting in the senior captainÕs left-footed blast from five yards out.

With Ryan Gross, Chuy Herrera and Alex Vivona constantly denying Sheldon and serving ball after ball back into the attack zone, DavisÕ onslaught continued Ñ at first, to no avail.

The Huskies packed eight men back, even though trailing 3-0, and survived for a while.

When Vivona set up Ghaffari in the box at 23:55, the forward tried a heel flip goalward. Save by the goalie.

With a Sheldon defender screaming, ÒStop him! Come on É somebody stop him!Ó Ghaffari won a corner kick Ñ despite a triple team. Again, the set piece didnÕt amount to anything.

But again, working magic with 80 seconds left, Herrera launched a pass from midfield, across to the left side of the goal, perfectly at WestÕs feet. A little adjustment from No. 7 and the fleet wing had his second goal.

Davis now entertains Del Oro on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Next week, the Devils are on the road at Napa and Lincoln of Stockton.

Bruce Gallaudet

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