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JV ROUNDUP: Strong week for Devil teams

By October 6, 2010

The Davis High junior varsity field hockey squad faced three tough teams this past week, carding a 0-2-1 mark in the games.

On Wednesday, the Blue Devils faced Pleasant Valley. The teams were evenly matched and the outcome could have gone either way, but in the end, DHS dropped a 1-0 decision.

The localsÕ core defense of Maddie Yeaman, Megan Dickson, Emmanuelle Cordier and Elizabeth Leshuk stopped the Vikings on multiple offensive attacks. Only one ball got past the defensive unit and, unfortunately for Davis, it was enough for a Pleasant Valley win.

The Blue Devils played a strong second half, but just couldnÕt seem to find the back of the cage. Jenna Plasterer provided many passing options up the wing in a strong performance for DHS.

On Saturday, the Devils played Monte Vista to a 0-0 tie in a nonleague contest.

Davis kept the ball on its offensive half of the field for the majority of time, but again couldnÕt get the ball over the goal line. Emily Barber came out strong and didnÕt stop until the final whistle blew, while Shelby Stahl sent a nice through ball to Hannah Kaplan for a near goal. Rachel Paul was a strong presence in the midfield, staving off defensive threats and transitioning the ball to offense. DHS continued to connect passes and threaten the goal but to no avail.

On Monday, the Blue Devils traveled north to take on the River Valley, but came home with another 1-0 setback.

Most of the first half was played in the middle half of the field for an evenly matched game. Davis picked up its level of play in the second half and made more advances on the goal, as Natalie Silver continually pressured the Falcon defense with her quickness and strong stick skills.

The Devil midfield had a strong showing with help from Daley Glander and Kelly Ragsdale, who performed well both offensively and defensively. Despite DHSÕ many advances to the offensive end of the field, it was River Valley that scored the lone goal of the game.

The Blue Devils will be at home today for a matchup against Corning at 3:30 p.m..

JV boys soccer

It was a rollercoaster of a week for the Blue Devil boys JV soccer squad.

Playing three games, DHS opened with a 5-0 white-washing of Grant, continued in Delta Valley Conference play by topping Laguna Creek, 6-0, before dropping a Saturday nonleague match to Jesuit, 6-2.

On Monday, the Devils kicked off against Grant with Oscar Alvarado and Kian Bagheri starting as center midfielders. Davis soon exhibited its dominance over its opponent with 75 percent ball possession.

The scoreboard was opened near the 16th minute, when Alex Raya sent a ball to Collin Holtz for a quick tap into GrantÕs net. Twenty minutes later, a relentless attack by Brian Birt saw him deliver to Antonio Rodriguez, who sent a quick ground shot to the right of keeper for the second score.

Minutes before the end of the half, Rami Rashmawi captured the ball on the Blue Devil side of the pitch, skillfully maneuvered forward through the center toward the Grant goal, only to send a classic measured pass to the sprinting center defender, Naji Dmeiri, who drilled home a third tally.

The second half opened with the same pressure by DHS. Five minutes into the half, Bagheri sent a steaming ball in from 25 yards out for DavisÕ fourth tally. Then, Scott Yamamoto received a keeper-flicked ball from a corner kick and rebounded with a header to close the scoring.

What appeared to be a sure lone goal by Grant was snatched away from the feet of a determined forward with a heroic dive by Devil freshman keeper Matt Linvill.

Wednesday, Lee LeVerrier back from injury, joined Bagheri at center midfielder and DHS outplayed Laguna Creek.

The start of what would turn into a memorable performance by Ian Soffos (four goals and two assists), came early as the Blue Devils scored two minutes in. Defensive anchor Dmeiri drove the ball through the center, to Holtz, then to Soffos who opened his stream of goals.

Minutes later, Soffos received a deflected ball that originated from Bagheri, tapping it into the box for his second score. Within 11 minutes, Soffos had put in his third goal and at around the 16th minute, Soffos delivered to Cameron Cuvelier for DavisÕ fourth tally.

The second half exhibited the same dominance by the Devils, with strong performances by several freshman players, including Rashmawi, Alex Perez, Paul Hinton and Alexander Nelson.

Within 25 minutes from the start of the half, Perez drove the ball to Holtz, who passed to Soffos to score DHSÕ fifth Ñ and his own fourth Ñ goal. Later, Soffos dribbled through the right of the pitch and crossed over to Holtz, who drilled in a nifty header.

Then Saturday, the Blue Devils faced off against Jesuit.

Playing a solid first half, DavisÕ skilled keeper Tyler Darrah was instrumental in a 2-2 halftime tie Ñ with LeVerrier and Raya keeping the Devils alive with a goal each.

In the second half, Jesuit outplayed and outscored Davis and finished the game on the right side of a 6-2 score.

JV cross country

The DHS cross country team sent its junior varsity, sophomore and freshman runners ÑÊalong with a trio of varsity boys Ñ to the Scott Bauhs Invitational in Pleasanton on Saturday. In a unique format, race divisions were by grade level instead of the usual varsity and JV.

The Blue Devil junior boys won their division with a low score of 82 points and were led by top 20 finishes from varsity runners Danny Pugh (11th), Andrew Croft (15th), and Dan Gonzalez (16th).

Other top DHS boysÕ performances included ninth-place finishes by Dan Rowen (freshman race) and Sugal Sutter (sophomore race), while senior Nico Higuera was 22nd.

Top finishers for girls included Michaela Joerger (18th in the freshman race), sophomore Lauren James (18th), junior Maggie Campos (35th), and senior Kathy Dooley (12th).

Shauna Simon and Grace Calhoun took 20th and 23rd, respectively, in the sophomore race.

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