Wednesday, April 1, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

DHS soccer comeback secures second place in DVC

0501dhssoccer3W

DHS' Sophia Hernandez, middle, celebrates with Makenna Rubinstein (3) after the first of Hernandez's two goals in the Blue Devils' 3-1 home victory over Elk Grove on Wednesday. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

By
From page B1 | May 01, 2014 |

Thanks to two goals from Sophia Hernandez, the Davis High girls soccer team rallied to defeat Elk Grove, 3-1, on Wednesday at Yudin Field.

The Senior Day victory meant the Blue Devils (15-3-3) finished at 7-1-2 in Delta Valley Conference play, good for second place, ahead of the Thundering Herd (10-3-2, 6-2-2). Franklin won the league.

Though seniors Natalie Silver and Brooke Palmer were recognized in a ceremony before the game, Hernandez — a junior — stole the show with two well-taken goals to give DHS momentum heading into next week’s Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

“Sophia is crafty,” said Devil head coach Sara Stone. “She’s one of those people where you can kind of fall asleep on her and the next thing you know, she’s behind you. She has quickness but you don’t see it until she’s beyond you.”

After Elk Grove took the lead in the 23rd minute on its only shot of the half, Hernandez responded 13 minutes later when a free kick from Palmer was deflected out to freshman Julia Curtis.

Curtis then played the ball out wide to sophomore Makenna Rubinstein, who cut the ball back onto her right foot and lofted an in-swinging cross to the back post. The ball sailed over all the Herd defenders and was met with a one-time, right-footed volley from Hernandez that nearly ripped a hole in the back of the net.

Davis dominated the first half — attempting nine shots to Elk Grove’s one and keeping possession in the opposing half for the majority of the period — but was unable to capitalize on its good play, leading to a 1-1 deadlock at the break.

Sixteen minutes after intermission, Curtis found herself one-on-one against the Thundering Herd goalkeeper.

As Curtis slid into the ball to try to put her shot on goal, the Elk Grove netminder crashed into Curtis, giving the referee no choice but to call a penalty.

The Blue Devil freshman got up and calmly dispatched a low shot into the left corner of the net. Though the goal turned out to be the eventual winner, Curtis remained emotionless as her teammates surrounded her in celebration.

For the locals, the newfound lead was one of their few comebacks of the season.

“We’ve talked about that,” Stone said of playing from behind. “We haven’t been in a lot of games where we were behind. But it shows our development as we come into postseason. I think that the girls were fired up for the game, it being Senior Day.”

Twenty minutes later, the result was sealed when freshman Sidra Bugsch won a ball in the midfield that went straight to Hernandez.

Though Hernandez was more than 35 yards out from goal, she decided to strike a driven shot toward the net.

The shot knuckled, swerved and dipped, ending up over the Elk Grove goalkeeper but under the crossbar as the crowd of roughly 200 rose to their feet and exalted.

That goal confirmed the fourth straight win for DHS since moving to a 4-4-2 formation. The Devils have a +22 goal differential in those games.

“I plan on it,” Stone said when asked if she would continue to use the formation in the playoffs, which begin Tuesday.

“With the personnel that we have, it’s helpful and it has kind of allowed us to spread the game out a little more. They have 11, we have 11, but when we set up in that formation, we’ve been more successful.”

— Reach Evan Ream at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanReam. View galleries and purchase prints of Blue Devils sports photos at http://davisenterprise.zenfolio.com.

Comments

comments

Evan Ream

Evan Ream graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Southern Oregon in Ashland, Ore. He loves soccer more than any person rationally should. "Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that." - Bill Shankly
  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Food Bank springs for year-round assistance

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
     
    Next-generation GMOs: Pink pineapples and purple tomatoes

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Dismal snowpack gets one more measure

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Funding sought for slain vet student’s pets

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

    AquaMonsters open summer registration

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    Woodland Library’s community room reopens

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Museum celebrates Easter with candy-filled eggs

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Easter egg hunt set Sunday at Atria

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Tamblyn presents a comedy concert

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6 | Gallery

    Cancer fighters will gather Saturday for Relay For Life kickoff

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    Poet laureate emerita celebrates at book-release party

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    UCD gets grant to look at open access to published research

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    Odd Fellows will host a big birthday bash

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    AARP’s free tax-prep services continue

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    Round up at the registers for Davis schools

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    ‘Sip and Shop’ kicks off Child Abuse Prevention Month

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    Pain management lecture slated April 8

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

    Seniors invited to join new social group

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A8

     
    Pence Gallery: See artists at work during Garden Tour

    By Natalie Nelson | From Page: A10 | Gallery

    .

    Forum

    This is no way to run a city

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

     
    Get informed on organics program

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    Bicycle bells are my birthday wish

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: B4

    Shootings showed need for MRAP

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

     
    Program sparks lots of questions

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    Is Davis on the cusp of an evolutionary change?

    By Rich Rifkin | From Page: B4

     
    Will containers block cyclists’ path?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    We have no room for another cart

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

     
    Groom’s parents overwhelmed

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

    .

    Sports

    Aggies get ready for Hawaii by rolling over St. Mary’s

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    UC Davis represents well at Final Four in Indiana

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Descalso looks back at Aggie days, ahead to new Rockies gig

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Blue Devils drop softball game at CBS

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    JV/frosh roundup: DHS younger girls soccer squad stomps Grant

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    UCD roundup: Nunez powers Aggies to softball win

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    Gibson’s heroics ensure a DHS split at Boras Classic

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B10

    .

    Features

    Spring is a busy time for honey and hives

    By Dan Kennedy | From Page: A8 | Gallery

     
    .

    Arts

     
    Fiery bluesman brings guitar pyrotechnics to The Palms

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    Bluesman and guitarist Buddy Guy comes to Davis

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics