It was Senior Day for Davis High’s nine graduating girls soccer players on Monday.
A late-arriving coach Sara Stone’s word-association tribute to her 12th-grade veterans was read by Blue Devil Athletic Director Dennis Foster before the locals laid waste, 8-0, to visiting Monterey Trail.
While seniors Mackenzie Delaughder and Natalie Ho contributed first-half, game-changing goals, it was a passel of sophomores and freshmen who supplied most of the DHS firepower at Yudin Field.
As so often happens in soccer, the superior team — in this case Davis — was beating its head against the wall in missing its first seven shots during the initial six minutes of the game.
At 7:02, the Mustangs could no longer hold water …
Delaughder ran down a long, unanswered cross and returned it to the box, where freshman Gaby Herrera settled the ball and blasted home the Devils’ first score.
Four minutes later, Herrera flicked a shot goalward. It hit off a Monterey Trail defender, rolling invitingly to a poaching Ho, who made things 2-0.
When Delaughder won a scrum to the left of goal, her one-touch tap at 18:11 put the game on automatic pilot.
Before intermission, local sophomore Sophia Hernandez got busy — first assisting on Jaha McClean’s tally (she’s another 10th-grader), then showing terrific persistency from about 15 yards out …
Hernandez wound up and fired, but a Mustang defender smothered the attempt. Fortunately, the blocked ball came to rest at Hernandez’s feet, and her second-chance rocket had no opposition.
DHS led 5-0 at the half.
The “kids” continued their onslaught in the final 40 minutes …
Blue Devil senior Jenna Farboud provided Hernandez with a perfect lay-off pass and the sophomore nailed another goal at 48:45.
With backliners Megan Casey, Olivia Haass and Kylie Tierney helping Farboud and Clara Goin keep pressure on The Trail (DHS keepers Maddy Purves and Madison MacKenzie had no saves and only one touch between them), 10th-grader Suleikha Sutter took Ho’s pass in front, turned and let loose to make it 7-0.
As shadows lengthened (this game had a 5:40 p.m. start) and the clock wore down, Herrera took advantage of a bad Mustang clear and provided the final advantage with a goal at 65:11.
Davis (15-4-1, 8-1) remains in a first-place deadlock with Franklin (14-3, 8-1) in the Delta Valley Conference. The Blue Devils travel to Elk Grove (7-7, 6-4) in the league’s Wednesday finale, while the Wildcats meet Monterey Trail.
Lopsided statistics showed complete DHS domination on Monday as the locals outshot their guests 48-0. The Devils had seven corner kicks to none for the Mustangs.
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In honor of the seniors, underclass Blue Devils presented Purves, captains Tierney and Farboud, Kalani Ratnasiri, Delaughder, Goin, Casey, Emily Gao and Ho with flowers and a gift bag before a crowd that eventually swelled to more than 230.
Foster announced Stone’s one-word impressions of each of her seasoned performers …
Goalkeeper Purves: “Positive, genuine, real, thorough, certain.”
Midfielder Gao: “Talented, clever, skilled, intelligent, expert.”
Midfielder Delaughder: “Versatile, mobile, whimsical, fluid, adaptable.”
Defender Casey: “Determined, persistent, strong-minded, strong-willed, decisive.”
Defender Farboud: “Consistent, dependable, logical, steady, constant.”
Forward Ho: “Energetic, full of life, animated, dynamic, tireless.”
Forward Ratnasiri: “Modest, unassuming, quiet strength, understated, prolific.”
Defender Tierney: “Reliable, trustworthy, solid, honorable, stable.”
Midfielder Clara Goin: “Tough, sturdy, strong, cohesive, conditioned.”
Notes: The Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs run May 7-18. …With their eight goals and clean defensive slate, the Blue Devils have now scored 67 and allowed just 10. They’ve outscored their last six foes 42-3. Stone was looking for combinations “to make us more dangerous.” Apparently she’s found them.
— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-747-8047.