Sunday, April 26, 2015

Storm of Blue Devil offense overwhelms Herd

From page B1 | April 16, 2013 |

The wind seemed to be at the backs of Davis High girls soccer team on both ends of the field as they blew right past Elk Grove on Monday.

And it was on that afternoon’s strong gusts that the Blue Devil shots sailed, bringing them a 4-1 Delta Valley Conference victory at Yudin Field.

It was history nearly repeating itself, as DHS defeated the Thundering Herd, 4-0, at Yudin Field in 2012. With Monday’s result, the Devils improved to 12-4-1 and 4-1 in league play, while Elk Grove drops to 4-6 and 3-2.

Aggression was the name of the game for Davis. Certainly it was for Kalani Ratnasiri, who began her assault early in the first period by assisting the runs of her squadmates and shooting twice herself within the first 10 minutes.

The Blue Devils seized their chance at 13:20, when Sophia Hernandez tied up Elk Grove’s defenders — then slipped the ball to Gabriela Herrera, who was wide open for the first goal of the game.

With the Thundering Herd offering little work for local goalkeeper Madison MacKenzie, the DHS girls kept pressing the attack with Clara Goin and Olivia Haass making strong moves.

Those first 25 minutes especially pleased Devil coach Sara Stone, who said the stretch displayed the true ability of her squad’s offense:

“It was the best I’ve seen them play in a while. We were able to combine as a unit in the offensive third, and we got a lot of creative opportunities to make goals.”

The remainder of the first half was a battle for possession in the midfield, with neither side gaining ground. Still, the locals led the EGHS in shots, 9-2, and on the scoreboard, 1-0, at intermission.

After the break, Davis continued to devise scoring opportunities until Hernandez saw one of those windows, a deflected shot that had left Elk Grove’s defenders scrambling. Her stroke was true and it put the Blue Devils up, 2-0, 23 minutes into the second period.

The local girls began to take advantage of everything that came their way, like Kylie Tierney’s free kick at 30:50. Her shot was sent over the head of the Herd goalkeeper Gabriella McDaniel, and wedged a further gap on the scoreboard for DHS.

Ratnasiri earned the last goal of the night for the Devils, nailing a straight shot after a run at 34:15.

The DHS shooting onslaught continued through the final whistle, eventually overshadowing Elk Grove by a difference of 19-4 in attempts.

However, one of the Thundering Herd’s handful of shots hit the net when their squadron of forwards, led by Breanna Avila, found a break.

Still, there was much to praise about the Blue Devil defense, starting with Makenzie Delaughder’s constant presence on the wing, which consistently repelled any advance from Elk Grove.

“Really, everyone contributed,” Stone said. “Everyone picked it up after Emily Gao, one of our standout midfielders and defenders, got hurt during the game. I was proud of the character of our players at that point.”

DHS is hoping for a quick recovery by Gao as a showdown with Franklin, the leaders of DVC, looms at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Yudin Field. The defending league champs already boast a 1-0 win over DHS this year.

“I’m hoping the momentum really carries us through to that game,” Stone said. “Winning is going to take us capitalizing on offensive opportunities, because we may not have one again.

“We’re also going to need to be organized on defense, and not give Franklin the ability to win the ball.”

— Reach Brett Johnson at [email protected] or 530-747-8052. Follow him on Twitter at @ReporterBrett



  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .


    Davis team wins world robotics championship

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Spring storm delivers late rain, snow to Northern California

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Nepal quake death toll exceeds 1,800

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

    At the Pond: Plenty of pleasures in our bioregion

    By Jean Jackman | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Dog park marks anniversary with cleanup

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Rail-safety bill passes Senate committee

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Free Family Bike Clinic set Sunday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Pioneering organic chef presents her memoir Monday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Suspect in UCD assault arrested

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A4

    Watch them in action

    By Julia Ann Easley | From Page: A5

    Stocks rise on tech earnings; Nasdaq adds to record

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

    Dodd speaks as part of public policy series

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

    We did it (together)!

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10

    $2.72 million judgment ordered against Dollar Tree Stores

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

    UCD hosts bike auction Saturday, May 2

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    Fly Fishers to hear about advanced streamer tactics on Tuesday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    Bicycle activist will speak Monday at Hall of Fame

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11 | Gallery



    Those texts still linger

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B6

    New ways of giving locally and beyond

    By Marion Franck | From Page: B6

    Study questions accuracy of tumor gene mapping

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A12

    Poker proceeds help youths

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

    Invest in water of the future

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

    Water, water everywhere?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

    Mayor’s Corner: A spirit of renewal permeates Davis

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12

    More work to do for a safe Picnic Day

    By Our View | From Page: A12

    Anaheim, where The Force is with you

    By Sebastian Onate | From Page: A13 | Gallery



    Davis gets two baseball wins in two days

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1

    Grizzlies dominate young Blue Devils on Senior Night

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Energy, fan-friendly happenings highlight UCD spring football game

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Blue Devil golfers capture CAL Invitational title

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    UCD roundup: Aggies reach water polo semifinals

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

    Blue Devil swimmers are up to the challenge

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Babich brings the heat as DHS girls stick it to Oak Ridge

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B12 | Gallery

    DHS softball struggles continue against Sheldon

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B12 | Gallery





    History comes alive in ‘The Sacramento Picture’

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A1 | Gallery



    Yolo County real estate sales

    By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A7

    Big Italian food, sports bar to fill Little Prague

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A7 | Gallery

    Davis Roots hires new general manager

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

    Comcast announces speed upgrade

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8



    Whitney Joy Engler

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    Valente Forrest Dolcini

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6



    Comics: Sunday, April 26, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B8