In a community that is noted for its environmental concern, the Davis High girls soccer team might have gone counter to that reputation on Friday.
With a defense that melted an accomplished Juneau-Douglas offense, the Blue Devils almost drove the Crimson Bears to extinction, 6-0, at Yudin Field.
It was the fourth DHS win over their frequently frozen visitors, who had beaten Vacaville, 2-0, the night before. The Bears finished third in Alaska in 2010 with a 14-2 record.
“We knew how good they were,” Juneau coach Matt Dusenberry said afterward, allowing that his girls might have been a little tired.
Dusenberry and his girls arrived at the San Francisco airport just 10 hours before the Vacaville game on Thursday. With no rest for the weary, the Alaskans played Monterey Trail on Saturday, then flew home Sunday morning.
The Devils — ranked third in the nation by Adidas-affiliated coaches — blasted nine shots in the first 15 minutes, but they were to no avail. Bears goalie Kelsey Blacks was living a charmed life:
– In the first 50 seconds, Davis had three shots and a corner kick, but no joy.
– Later, an Anna Maria Gilbertson flick hit the crossbar and DHS teammate Olivia Muller was right there to poach a goal — except she slipped and Blacks recovered to make the save.
– Blue Devil Courtney Jimenez threaded a nifty through-ball to Kilie Englehardt, whose one-on-one confrontation with Blacks was rejected.
But with the heat Davis provided, fans could see the Juneau Icefield dripping.
Finally, at 17:06 of the first period, glaciation began.
Gilbertson, with a circuitous, 40-yard dalliance through the defense, finally slipped a salmon past this Blacks Bear.
Five minutes later, another slab of ice fell when Muller’s rocket hit the crossbar, but Sarah Sadler was Johnny-on-the-spot to make it 2-0.
Meanwhile, Devil goalie Hannah Gendron looked like a seal on an ice floe. Nothing to do … just hanging out. Eventually, she was asked to pick up a soft shot at the 25-minute mark.
With Clara Goin (just up from junior varsity this week) and Blake Bennick playing well, and the normal defensive efforts of Dana Granger, Ali Yule and Jenifer Palmer paying dividends, the Devils continued the attack.
Ari Heyer’s corner kick found perfectly positioned Kate Latsch for a 3-0 halftime bulge.
DHS coach Allen Carlson loved the way his backline “repeatedly returns the ball quickly … putting the offense it good position.
“You know, this was a physical team and I thought we played well … all the way around.”
That physicality Carlson talked of didn’t really show until the second half.
With Juneau defenders Lia Domke, Sophia Wahto and Marlena Sloss sending Blue Devils flying, it looked like a different game — until 8:56 into the period.
The Bears had a good possession that saw forward Sarah Tarver move the ball into scoring position. Suddenly, Granger stepped in and, just like that, Davis was on the attack.
Heyer received the pass and found Jennie Hawkins, who made it 4-0.
Later, Sadler and Gilbertson added the final-margin tallies.
Maddie Purves was in the cage during a second half in which Alaska got ZERO shots off. For the game, DHS outshot its opponents, 33-2. Corner kicks were 10-0, Devils.
Next up for Davis (10-0-1) is a Tuesday home encounter with Elk Grove (4-2-2). The 4 p.m. game is a Delta Valley Conference contest.
Notes: When the Bears left Juneau — the Alaskan capital, which is only accessible by air or boat — it was 39 degrees and raining. Add the 50 mph winds and the Juneau-Douglas girls were “delighted with this weather (75 degrees and sunny),” according to their athletic director, Sandi Wagner. … DHS has outscored its opponents 63-2 so far this spring.
— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or (530) 747-8047. To view galleries and purchase prints of Blue Devil sports photo, visit http://davisenterprise.zenfolio.com