Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Great defense and enough offense lift DHS girls soccer

From page B1 | March 06, 2013 | Leave Comment

DHS' Gabby Herrera, at left pressuring a Rocklin player, had both Blue Devils goals on Tuesday in a 2-0 win at Yudin Field. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

Yet again on Tuesday, the Davis High girls soccer team used a stellar defensive performance from its back line to earn a shutout. But this time — unlike last week’s scoreless tie against Will C. Wood — the Blue Devils actually found the net as two timely goals from Gabby Herrera got them past Rocklin 2-0.

The contest started off slowly, with both teams struggling to control the middle of Yudin Field, forcing each other into several turnovers apiece.

After DHS (7-2-1) settled down and got into its ball-possession offense, opportunities came easily.

Midway through the half, Herrera played a perfectly lofted ball to Kalani Ratnasiri, who took a great touch and found herself one-on-one with the Thunder goalkeeper. Ratnasiri tried to perform a chip shot, but the ball deflected off the Rocklin keeper’s back and bounced just wide of the far post.

The Devils quickly generated another opportunity after Ratnasiri’s near-goal. Through effective local teamwork, junior Brooke Palmer sent a beautiful wall pass to a waiting Herrera, who was just outside the 18-yard box.

Herrera turned the defender on her back, performed a fake shot to get the next defender in the air, and curved a wind-aided shot into the bottom corner of the goal.

Just before halftime, Davis sophomore forwards Jaha McClean and Suleika Sutter were able to create a chance due to careless defending by the Thunder (1-1-1).

McClean received the ball after a corner kick clearance and, unbeknownst to the Rocklin defense, Sutter was streaking behind them. Sutter received the ball 20 yards out from the goal, but her effort ended up going right in the keeper’s hands, keeping the Blue Devil lead at 1-0 at intermission.

Just like in the opening period, the beginning of the second half was a struggle for the midfield. The DHS back line of seniors Megan Casey, Jenna Farboud and Kylie Tierney and sophomore Olivia Haass stamped out any chances the Thunder could create before they fully developed.

“I’m most pleased with our back line,” said Blue Devil coach Sara Stone. “I think they’re really organized and they’re keeping their shape really well.

“You can’t play offense until you play defense, I’m a firm believer in that. They (the defense) make everyone look better around them.”

The strong Davis defense allowed the offense to struggle for a while, but 10 minutes into the half, sophomore forward Sophia Hernandez electrified the crowd by rocketing a Cristiano Ronaldo-esque shot that just missed the goal.

Later, after one of the Devils’ corner kicks, the Thunder attempted a counterattack. But sophomore defender Renee Schumann stuffed a Rocklin ball-handler at midfield, beat two defenders and sent a low cross to a waiting Herrera, who put away her second tally of the day.

Though that would end the scoring, the locals had a chance for several more goals. They generated nine corner kicks and took 12 shots in the contest.

“We’ve been trying to work on those opportunities, whether it’s a corner kick or a cross that we’re not finishing,” Stone said. “The great teams are able to capitalize on those situations. So we’ll continue to work on that and maybe fine-tune who’s gonna be where in the box when those situations happen.”


Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy



Frank, Peterman, Davis Bicycles! get us from here to there

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Family fiction in miniature showcased at bookstore event

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Local professor subdues unruly man on flight

By Adrian Glass-Moore | From Page: A3

Rotarians, students, teachers, parents collaborate on planter boxes

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

Yolo Crisis Nursery is in crisis; please help

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Meditation, Buddhism classes offered

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Seniors can get tips for getting around town

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

School has garden plots for rent

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Sugar overload, on ‘Davisville’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Check out the night sky

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Hop to it: Easter Bunny meets Davis history tour

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Garden doctor: Veggie gardening available year-round

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

Animal expert explains dogs’ thinking

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

Central Park Gardens to host Volunteer Orientation Day

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

Are we there yet?: Self-reflections of a would-be stage mom

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A8Comments are off for this post



Urban forest under siege

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

Drought care for our trees

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6



UCD pen allows 19 hits in Causeway rout

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

DHS softball struggles in nonleague outing

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Devils open Boras Classic by splitting games

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

JV/frosh roundup: DHS sweeps a trio of baseball games

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Baseball roundup: River Cats get by Grizzlies at Raley

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Sports briefs: Stanford sends Aggies home with a lacrosse loss

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery





See Flower Power exhibit at Gallery 625

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Red Union Blue inks record deal

By Landon Christensen | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Craft Center exhibit explores ‘Possibilities’

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

RootStock to host wine themed plein aire exhibit

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

The California Honeydrops to bring danceable groove to The Palms

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery







Comics: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B6