Enterprise staff writer
On Oct. 5, DavisÕ boys soccer team squeaked past struggling Monterey Trail 1-0 in a Delta Valley Conference soccer game. The Blue Devils needed the Mustangs to score an own goal to turn the trick.
But that was then; Thursday is now.
Outshooting visiting Monterey Trail 41-2, Davis High took an 8-0 decision at Yudin Field and left no doubt about that 1-0 game being a fluke.
ÒA lot of teams take eight, sometimes nine, back on defense,Ó DHS coach Ashley Yudin explained. ÒWeÕve been working on it, talking about it.Ó
The preparation worked as the Devils put the pedal to the metal early…
Unlucky to score off the opening kickoff when Cyrus Ghaffari and Dylan West almost pulled off a 2-on-1 attack, Davis assaults came in waves until Ñ finally at 14:02 Ñ Ghaffari danced through the defense and served a pinpoint pass to Alex Meyers, who converted. It was the ninth shot on goal for the locals.
Less than three minutes later, DHS midfielder Jacob Weiss trapped a Julio Zamora outlet pass, released quickly to Ghaffari who instantly found Matt Austin, who made things 2-0.
With only 88 seconds to intermission, Weiss and Ghaffari worked Monterey goalie Jaime Vega out of position as Ghaffari scored his 103rd career goal.
Up 3-0 at the break, the score could have been higher, but twice West was flagged for offsides (once just before converting a headed assist from Weiss that was disallowed).
The Mustangs (2-16-1, 0-8 in DVC) had been dominated by the quicker Davis crew. Outshot 21-0 at the break, the Devils had 10 corner kicks to none and goalie Erik Anderson had touched the ball only three times (the first time at 21:35).
Davis (18-3-1, 6-0-2 in league) had worn out its visitors and it showed early in the second period.
Within 20 minutes after halftime, the Blue Devils had made the score 7-0.
At 46:01, Austin tapped a perfect pass between two defenders to an unmolested West for the goal.
West, who was just back after missing four games with a quadriceps injury, said his leg was sore, but that he was glad to get back. The difference between a 1-0 hand-wringer and ThursdayÕs blowout, he felt, was due to the fields.
ÒWe played our last couple games on (artificial) turf and we werenÕt very good,Ó the wing said. ÒWe play better on our field.Ó
Up 4-0, Davis had four more goals coming.
Already providing two assists, Weiss scored on two headers (assists by West on both and Austin on the first).
Later, with Ryan Gross and Ghaffari setting him up, Austin scored with authority.
Finishing off Monterey Trail was Ghaffari, thanks to Quinn Kesser setting the stage.
Derek Pleasants replaced Anderson in the Davis goal during the second half, giving Anderson a chance to play a little offense late in the game.
ÒWe practiced our defense during the week,Ó Alex OÕHearn explained afterwards. ÒWe werenÕt going to have them break us down.Ó
Notes: From the Taking Care of Business Dept.: Franklin is now (7-0-1 in DVC. Davis coach Ashley Yudin says itÕs Òkinda funÓ coming down to the end each year with the Wildcats. The Devils and FHS meet here next Thursday (3:30 p.m.) for what appears to be the Delta Valley crown. ItÕll be the third straight year the two teams have met in the final week for the pennant. ÒReally we donÕt follow how theyÕre doing,Ó Yudin smiled. ÒWe just have to take care of our own business and weÕll be okay.Ó …Max Flye is no longer with the Blue Devils (practice attendance). …Davis plays Elk Grove Tuesday on the road.