Enterprise staff writer
ItÕs the sign of a good team when role players step up for a sick or injured colleague.
With that in mind, the Davis High boys soccer team must be a pretty good squad, as Jacob Weiss saw Herculean minutes and helped propel the Blue Devils to a 3-0 victory over Grant at Yudin Field on a blistering Tuesday afternoon.
ÒHe had a phenomenal game,Ó DHS coach Ashley Yudin said of Weiss after his versatile junior assisted on two of Cyrus GhaffariÕs three goals. ÒWe had him out on the wing … then we needed help in the middle. He was terrific for us.Ó
With Max Flye (back) and Alex Meyers (illness) on the bench, Weiss started.
After Grant and Davis (12-2) volleyed back and forth for 34 scoreless minutes in 102-degree heat, Weiss and Ghaffari dazzled their visitors just before intermission.
Weiss served a perfect ball from down the right boundary, which Ghaffari took in the box, only to be knocked down. When there was no call, the senior striker jumped to his feet, recovered the ball and delivered a hammer: 1-0 Devils.
With less than a minute left until halftime, the pair hooked up again …
This time, Weiss fed Ghaffari from the left side. It wasnÕt two blinks later that DHSÕ leading scorer buried a left-footed score.
Grant (3-3-1) Ñ in its first Delta Valley Conference contest Ñ was disciplined, quick and passed crisply, but Davis was up to the task.
ÒThey were good. Organized. Quick and technically sound,Ó Ghaffari thought. ÒBut weÕve come a long way since the start of the season. We adapted well (to the heat).Ó
Holding Pacer star Carlos Ybarra at bay (five shots, none on goal), the Blue Devils worked for their final score at 30:11 of the second stanza.
Matt AustinÕs throw-in to the attack zone found Dylan West just outside the box. West maneuvered goalward and, when he was picked up, sent a perfect center to guess who? Ghaffari made sliding contact and tucked the ball past GrantÕs out-of-position keeper Jesus Heredia.
The goal was GhaffariÕs 95th of his career and 18th of the season.
On defense, Alex Vivona, Jesus Herrera and Alex OÕHearn repeatedly sent the ball wide, making the Pacers chase. West and Quinn Kesser put real pressure on Heredia on several sparkling runs at goal and Ryan Gross and Tom Nolan played brilliantly in the final 40 minutes.
Next up for DHS is another DVC game on Thursday at 4 p.m. against visiting Laguna Creek. On Saturday, the Blue Devils host Jesuit (7 p.m. also at Yudin).
Notes: As Ghaffari closes in on 100 goals, he still wonÕt have reached the Blue Devil summit. John Brown (Class of 1996) scored 48 goals his final year in town, finishing with 128 for his career. Brown went on to play for San Diego State. … When arch-rivals meet Saturday, fans will be charged to watch Jesuit/Davis. General admission is $5, students are $3 and seniors are $2. … ÒWe could see it the second you arrive at the school … they take (soccer) much more seriously in this league,Ó was the comment of Grant coach Amnista Martinez, whose team was 15-2-1 a year ago in the Metro League. … The Pacers tied Granite Bay, 2-2, on Sept. 21. Davis lost to the Grizzlies earlier, 4-1.
Ñ Reach Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or (530) 747-8056. Comment on this story at www.davisenterprise.com