Blue Devils

DHS girls socker-it to Wood, 5-0

By March 10, 2011

DHS' Courtney Jimenez (5) dribbles around Will C. Wood's Allie Essert (9) during the Blue Devils' 5-0 win over the Wildcats at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

DHS' Courtney Jimenez (5) dribbles around Will C. Wood's Allie Essert (9) during the Blue Devils' 5-0 win over the Wildcats at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

These schools being thrashed by the Davis High girls soccer squad are not exactly chopped liver …

On Thursday, for example, undefeated Will C. Wood came to town — only to be dispatched with a 5-0 loss in a game during which the Blue Devils outshot the Wildcats, 25-2.

The victory puts DHS at 8-0-1 while Wood is now 4-1.

Playing on Halden Field at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium, the Devils opened a 4-0 first-half lead — taking advantage of the wind at their backs and No. 9’s frequent magic.

Less than two minutes into the contest high-octane junior forward Anna Maria Gilbertson took a nice feed from Courtney Jimenez and gave Wood something to ponder with a two-touch drive and right-footed finish.

By the time halftime rolled around, Gilbertson had added a 25-yard rocket goal and a hard-angle, right-to-left roller for another tally.

Gilbertson also assisted on a highlight score when she collected a deep ball and back-fed a perfectly positioned Dana Granger, who then let fly with a long-range bomb of her own.

“I thought Anna did a good job recognizing situations where she needed to give up the ball,” DHS coach Allen Carlson said afterward. “I thought the play where she dropped it back to Dana was just a brilliant play … and Dana finished it with a brilliant shot.

“We want to get Dana more involved in the offense.”

When Granger wasn’t stepping up, she was helping anchor a defense that didn’t allow Davis goalie Hannah Gendron to touch the ball in the first half. Second-half netminder Maddie Purves had the privilege of making the only Blue Devil save on the day.

It didn’t matter who played midfield or back line for the DHS, Wood was stymied.

In the first half, Granger, Ali Yule, Jenifer Palmer and Allie and Olivia Muller allowed the ‘Cats to get no closer than 25 yards from Gendron.

Ari Heyer, Lindsay Stebbins and Blake Bennick successfully fought the wind and some of their Davis Legacy teammates on Wood, as the trio played strong defense for the Blue Devils.

Wildcats Desarae Lewis, Karissa Seaberry, Kayla Ramirez and Breonna Robinzine were among those local club-team members who saw up close and personally what might be the 2011 Sac-Joaquin Section favorite in Davis.

“I thought we had some really good ball movement in front of the goal, especially in the second half,” Carlson continued. “I wish we had finished some of that, but the combination play was excellent.”

Twice, Gilbertson managed spot-on passes to Jimenez. Both times the midfielder was unlucky not to score. Another Gilbertson pass to Jennie Hawkins was rejected by a nice defensive effort from Wood’s Allie Essert.

Nonetheless, DHS’ final goal was one for the year-end film: a 28-yard blast from Olivia Muller, who took advantage of the Wildcats’ goalie when she ventured about 10 yards out of goal.

Muller’s left-footer was the bow on another Blue Devil gift package.

Notes: Davis will be without Gilbertson next week. She has been invited — along with 23 other West Coast prep players — to train with the U-18 national team in Carson. “I was like, ‘Oh that’s amazing … what an honor and I (am) super excited,” Gilbertson said Thursday. The week ends with a March 19 contest against Pepperdine University. “I hope it’s going to be a really good experience.” … Without Gilbertson, the Blue Devils will play at Vacaville on Tuesday, be home against Granite Bay on Wednesday and on the road at River Valley on March 18. … Carlson praised the play of senior forward Sarah Sadler, saying the former basketball player “had some nice moves. She is getting used to being back on the soccer field.” Sadler was DHS’ leading pointmaker a year ago.

— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or (530) 747-8047. Comment on this story at www.davisenterprise.com

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