For the past few seasons, the Davis and Chico high school field hockey teams have duked it out for Eastern Athletic League supremacy. But after their 1-0 road win over the Panthers on Tuesday, it looks like the conference belongs to the Blue Devils in 2012.
Already sensing the Devils’ superiority after a loss to DHS (12-0 EAL) last month, Chico tried the only thing it could think of to slow the local offense: packing most of its players in the defensive circle.
The strategy kept the game close, but Davis standouts Kylie Drexel and Kayla Robinson are too talented to shut down for an entire game. Robinson set up Drexel for the Blue Devils’ only tally.
“It was an amazing goal,” said DHS coach Sandie Marotti-Huckins. “Kylie just played out of her head. We had shot after shot, but, of course, when there’s seven or eight defenders in the circle, it’s tough to score.”
And it was another boring game for Devil goalkeeper Ally Weir, who wasn’t asked to make a save.
“It was our defense keeping the ball out of our 25 and our midfield controlling (play),” Marotti-Huckins said.
Next up for Davis is a 4 p.m. Friday contest against Huntington Beach.