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Youth roundup: Matrix posts two dominating soccer wins


Davis' Matthew Grabert, second from left, and Nathan Leyva, middle, compete for the ball during the Blazers' game against Concord. The locals fell, 6-3. Courtesy photo

From page B2 | March 13, 2014 |

The Davis Matrix, a U14 girls soccer team, won two games by a combined score of 11-4 on Saturday at Nugget Fields.

Davis opened the doubleheader by powering past Pleasant Hill, 7-1. The Matrix came out strong early with goals by Hana Wood and Khalida Pergher.

Meanwhile, a coordinated local defense — paced by Kelly Zheng, Nancy Avoce, Lucia Ferrer and Madeline Spangler — prevented Pleasant Hill from scoring in the first half. Davis then poured in goals from Laurel Krovetz, Khalida Pergher, Megan Kong, Hana Wood and Bella Heeren.

Next, facing American Canyon, the Matrix got a hat trick from Kong and a goal from Pergher in a 4-0 victory. The locals dominated the ball thanks to good passing and control by Alissa Casillas, Claire Williams and Erin Benedict, and Davis keepers Fiona Strachan-Payne and Karynna Lopez halted all attempts to score.

Hurricanes soccer

The Davis Hurricanes, a U10 girls soccer team, started fast on Saturday but couldn’t hold off a second-half charge in a 4-2 loss to the Pleasant Hill Extreme.

The locals got two quick goals from Susan Estrada, but it wasn’t enough.

Still, the game was competitive through the final whistle.

Blazers soccer

The Davis Blazers, a U16 boys soccer team, looked like it was on track to post its third straight win over the Concord United, before a late surge gave Concord a 6-3 victory.

Davis attacked the United goal early and took a 1-0 lead when Alex Osleger broke through. The Blazer defense made that advantage hold up through halftime, allowing David Roque to make it 2-0 off an assist from Nathan Leyva early in the second half.

That score, however, woke up Concord as it went on a 4-0 run to take a two-goal lead. Roque scored off a corner kick from Jacob Batchelor to cut the deficit to 4-3, but that was as close as the locals would come.

Knights U15 lacrosse

The Davis Knights’ U15 boys lacrosse team played an A division game and a B division contest last week, winning both in impressive fashion.

Hosting the A division Lamorinda Shock on Saturday, the Knights took a big lead, then held on for a 12-8 victory.

The two squads were evenly matched through the first quarter, which ended in a 2-2 tie, but Casey Aikawa’s face-off wins helped Davis get more opportunities. They began to pay off when goals from Eli Veazy and Nathan Soeth helped the locals enter halftime with an 8-3 advantage.

After the break, a nice goal by William Johnson, who scooped up a blocked shot and slid it into the net, gave Davis its 10th goal. Wade Matern was strong between the local pipes.

The Knights then beat the B division El Dorado Hills Trojans, 10-2, Sunday.

With David Zingaro in goal, the Davis defense was stifling throughout the game, and Luke Maffly led the locals with a hat trick. Another Knights highlight came from Neil Welch, who took a pass from Johnson, rolled right around the goalie and sent a backwards shot into the net.

Faustino Villarreal-Blozis added an assist in the victory.

Knights U13 lacrosse

The Davis Knights’ U13 Blue boys lacrosse team has won four of five games, including a Sunday victory over Pleasant Grove that put the locals in first place over the Eagles.

That 4-3 road win came despite Davis falling behind 2-0 early and playing 10 different times with a man down.

For the Knights, Tanner McNamara scored two goals — including one while being checked by Pleasant Grove’s goalie — single tallies came from Nick Mahoney and Justin Qvistgaard. The local defense was paced by Logan McNamara, Kyle Difuntorum, Lucas Griffiths and goalie Gerad Christin-Lichtenhan, while Corbin Russo was strong in the midfield.

On Saturday, the Knights edged Folsom, 2-1, behind goals from Tanner McNamara and Qvistgaard, as well as stingy defense led by Difuntorum, Charlie Streeb, Logan McNamara, Christian-Lichtenhan and Griffiths.

Later that day, Davis suffered its only loss as they fell, 4-0, to the Gold Country Stampede — the top-ranked U13 squad in Northern California.

Earlier this season, the Knights used four goals from Mahones and got two from Stanly Topeta and one from Kevin Halozan in a 12-3 win over Central Marin. Defense was the story of the day in an 11-0 victory over Walnut Creek, with Tanner McNamara and Christian-Lichtenhan teaming up in front of the cage. Lucas Kinder had a goal to help the Davis offense in that game.

Diamonds gymnastics

For the third time in three meets, Davis Diamonds gymnast Kyra Lee, 13, exploded off the table to win the Level 7 vault at the recent Byers Junior Olympic Invitational. Lainey Swanson (Xcel Platinum) and Gabriela Caceres-Fernandez (Xcel Silver) also won vault for Davis, while Alexandra Lee (Level 4) and Jenna Shepard (Level 2) each took second on beam.

Kyra Lee’s 9.475 was enough to take vault and help her finish ninth all-around (34.775), a few spots in front of teammate Colleen Peterson, whose 16th-place finish included taking seventh on beam.

In the middle division of Level 7, Emma Clark’s 35.95 just missed the prestigious 36, but was enough for a bronze in the all-around. Nicole Bradshaw swung bars for sixth place behind Clark. Marishke Pretorius and Sonia Sutton made strides in the youngest division, where they finished 12th and 13th overall.

Diamond Isabela Martinez went 4-for-4 at Level 9, using a sixth-place finish on floor to take ninth all-around.

In a competitive Level 8 session, local Kate Miller vaulted a powerful piked Tsukahara to capture sixth place on her way to 12th all-around and Micaela Everitt was ninth on beam. Karolina Perkins finished 13th all-around in the youngest division.

Vivian Lee made her Level 5 debut, going 4-for-4 including a bronze on beam to finish 10th all-around in the youngest division. Competing in the middle division, Brenna Peterson also hit every routine, placing fourth on vault — where she tied with teammate Maeve Kelly — and ninth all-around. Diamonds Katie Borowsky and Carmin Fisk also performed well.

Davis’ Haylee Aquino used a dynamic handspring to earn bronze on the Level 4 vault, then took seventh all-around, while Emma Rebhun grabbed bronze on the uneven bars. Kathleen Sheridan’s charming floor exercise earned seventh place and Nadia Mayer was solid on beam, where she took fourth.

Among the youngest Level 4 gymnasts, local Alexandra Lee was solid on three events — most notably the beam where she took silver — to capture ninth all-around. Teammates Bethany McElhern (10th), Anissa Morgan (11th) and Alannah Griesemer (12th) were right behind in the all-around and Maren McGuire was 12th.

At Level 3, Davis’ Veronica Gagon accomplished her goal of scoring above 9 all four events, taking silver on beam and fourth in the all-around (36.45), just ahead of teammate Chloe Nelson (35.975). Charlotte Stevens was 10th all-around, with Ava Guistino in 12th.

In the youngest division, Sarah Bennetts took bronze on both vault and floor on her way to fifth all-around, while Sophia Kohler (fifth on vault and beam) was 10th and Sofia Patriquin finished 13th.

Diamond Olivia Rebhun placed fourth on vault and beam to take sixth in the Level 2 all-around. Teammate Kyla Greenhut was fourth in the oldest division after taking silver on bars and beam. The beam title was won by Davis’ Jenna Shepard with an 8.95.

In addition to her Xcel Platinum vault gold, Swanson grabbed beam silver and bars bronze to tie with teammate Kyra Mayfield (silver on bars) for the all-around silver. Kaelyn Perkins swung a dynamic bar routine to place fourth and sixth all-around at Xcel Gold.

Caceres-Fernandez supplemented her Xcel Silver vault gold with a bronze on beam to take third all-around, while Alexandra Freedland-Wolford was fifth on vault and sixth all-around. Emma Thompson was right behind in the all-around after taking fourth on bars.

Among the youngest Xcel Silver gymnasts, Diamond Elena Philips vaulted to a silver and finished seventh all-around.



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