For the third straight season, the Davis High girls junior varsity soccer team completed an undefeated campaign.
With wins over Franklin and University high schools, the Blue Devils finished 19-0-2.
Avenging an earlier 2-2 tie with FHS, Davis prevailed 5-2 in the Delta Valley Conference finale at Yudin Field on May 3.
The Blue Devils got on the board first when keeper Margaret Lawson sent a long punt down the right flank against a strong breeze. The boot was carried deep into Wildcat territory by midfielder Ju-A Son, who then found striker Kalani Ratnasiri with a centering ball.
Ratnasiri beat the central defense and the keeper with several quick touches that left her wide open for an easy finish — her team-leading 21st goal of the season.
Franklin answered to tie 1-1 shortly thereafter with a penalty-kick conversion.
The Wildcats took the lead briefly when the Devil defense failed to clear a loose ball in the box following a corner kick.
Just before halftime, Emily Gao volleyed in a ball in the box following a corner kick from Kylie Tierney.
The Blue Devils took command in the second half with their best all-around team performance of the season, according to head coach Robert Smith.
The defense, led by central defender Jenna Farboud, completely throttled the Franklin attack, and the central midfielders — Ellarie Hernandez, Brooke Palmer, Makenzie DeLaughder and Della Woods — controlled the tempo and provided excellent distribution to create multiple scoring opportunities, he said.
Tierney’s corner deliveries ultimately provided the key to unlock the Franklin goal, as she sent in three perfect corner kicks that all were finished one touch.
The go-ahead goal was provided by a charging Emily Barber, who deflected Tierney’s corner off her chest past the keeper inside the near post. The second goal of the half was a thing of beauty as Tierney’s corner floated past the far post directly to a waiting DeLaughder, who finished in clinical fashion with a powerful header inside the far post.
Barber combined again with Tierney to head in the final goal.
The win gave Davis the DVC crown with a league record of 9-0-1.
In a game that pitted the the Blue Devils vs. the Red Devils, Davis ended the year with a convincing 3-0 road win against University High School of San Francisco.
The Red Devils came into the game with only two losses on the season, but were no match for DHS.
The Davis defense — led by defenders Gretchen Huston, Gabby Gutierrez, Nelly Romero and Capriana Christian — stifled the UHS attack, limiting the Red Devils to but three meaningful attempts on goal.
The Blue Devils pressured the UHS goal throughout the match with more than 20 shots on goal.
However, it was a PK that yielded the first goal for Davis, as Kylie Tierney buried the penalty following a hand ball in the box by UHS.
The second half was all Davis, and the pressure finally resulted in a goal. Tierney continued to break down the defense with her crosses from the left wing.
She finally connected with Emily Gao at the top of the box and Gao rifled in a left-footed shot from 12 yards out.
Emily Barber completed the scoring for the game and the season as she weaved her way through the right-side defense and finished with a blast from 15 yards out.
On the season the Davis JV outscored opponents 113-7.
Boys JV lacrosse
It was a valiant effort for the Blue Devils against powerful Piedmont, but the Davis High boys junior varsity lacrosse team came up short on the road last week, 6-4.
A defensive first half saw the Highlanders take a 3-0 lead at intermission.
Although the Blue Devils dominated the ball throughout the third quarter, they had trouble connecting with the net.
Eventually, Ryan Amesbury broke through for the Devils, followed by Logan Davis’ assist to Shaun Smith, who fired a rocket home, bringing DHS within a tally.
However, Piedmont was up to the task and scored two quick goals to maintain control at 5-2.
But the Devils weren’t finished… One goal each by Amesbury and Smith brought Davis to within a goal, but the Highlanders added one last goal to provide the margin of victory.
After the game, some of the team members had the chance to meet Billy Joe Armstrong, lead singer of Green Day. Armstrong’s son plays for the Highlanders.
During Friday’s game, the Blue Devils played tough in each zone — offense, midfield and defensive end.
Austin Leck won all of his 11 face-offs and Max Guida led in takeaways with three, followed by Smith with two, and Gus Realyvasquez, Davis, Aidan Delplanque, Michael Thompson and Nilesh Haile each stealing one.
Amesbury led the Blue Devils in groundball control followed by Davis, Realyvasquez, Leck, Connal Hart, Guida, Thompson and Daniel Pardee.
Amesbury and Smith — besides scoring the goals in Friday’s game — were the top two scorers for the Devils on the season: Amesbury had 20 goals and Smith tallied 16 times. Delplanque and Andy Miller shared the No. 3 spot, both contributing six goals to the Davis arsenal.
Leck battled the Blue Devils’ opponents in face-off situations 196 times, winning 108.
Amesbury showed strong leadership in ground ball captures, grabbing 93 this spring. Other players with strong ground ball statistics included Hart (58), Davis (49), Guida (39), Realyvasquez (37) and Smith (34).
Many of the Blue Devils contributed to the 894 ground balls captured this season, with Leck, Thompson, Haile, Pardee, Delplanque, Aidan Prien, Alexander Lutkenhouse, Miller, Blake Dunn, Vikram Prathap and Spencer Zenner all tallying double digits in ground balls scooped up.
The Blue Devils forced 144 turnovers — Hart getting 22 of them. Guida contributed to the season’s defense with 14 takeaways and Haile forced 13 turnovers.
Many other players caused turnovers, including Delplanque, Prien, Lutkenhouse, Miller, Leck, Dunn, Pardee, Graham Linley, Realyvasquez, Ewing, Davis, Thompson, Amesbury, Weiss, Smith and Zenner.
Under head coach Josh Rottman and assistant Zach Mosle, DHS won five games.
DHS frosh/soph track
Davis High boys and girls frosh/soph track teams dominated their dual meet against visiting Laguna Creek last week.
The boys won 92-21 and the girls prevailed 101-6.
Reported winners for the Blue Devil guys included Patrick Bronzan in the 110-meter hurdles (18.69) and Benjamin Crook in the 300 hurdles (47.19).
Maito Okamoto (12.32) captured the 100-meter dash and Kevin Sorensen (24.55) earned first in the 200. Sugal Sigal Sutter’s 10:57.56 captured the 3,200 and Tim Wright’s 5-10 won the high jump.
For the local girls, Alicia Demaree won both the shot put (26-4) and discus (72-8) while Eva Dicker took the long jump (13-11 ½) and the 100 (13.70).
Lauren James’ 6:00.89 won the 1,600 while Laura Daggett went 13:55.23 to win the 3,200. Damicela Grace Calhoun (2:45.69) won the 800. Kaz Angell (1:11.68) won the 400.
Charlotte Rock (29.47) won the 200 and Danielle Gantar won the high jump with a 4-6 effort.