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Youth roundup: Matrix wins one of three Davis soccer titles last weekend


Davis Matrix player Julia Alali works her way past a pair of Elk Grove defenders at the recent CUFA tournament. After the locals won that match by three goals Alali scored three straight game-winners to help her team to a tournament title. Courtesy photo

From page B2 | June 26, 2014 |

The Davis Matrix, a girls U14 soccer team, rolled through the recent Come Up For Air Tournament before edging their local rivals, Davis Alliance Odyssey in the championship match.

The Matrix got off to a slow start, falling behind the Elk Grove Velocity in the first two minutes of the opening game before pulling ahead for a 5-2 victory. Davis’ Nancy Avoce and Carolanne McLennan helped their squad turn up the defense from there and Julia Alali tied the game before the teams traded penalty kicks to make it 2-2.

In the second half, local keeper Karynna Lopez made several point-blank saves, Alali scored again and strong midfield play from Hana Wood and Kelly Zhang — who scored Davis’ first-half penalty kick — set up Lucia Ferrer’s tally.

Next, a match against Elko Indar Futbol was evenly matched until Wood drew a PK, which was converted by Alali for a 1-0 win. The locals’ shutdown defense was paced by Jessica Barber and Erin Benedict, while offensive pressure was provided by Celeste Kaplan, Fiona Strachan-Payne and Khalia Pergher.

Another tight game followed as Davis and the South Tahoe Futbol Avalanche were tied at 1-1 for most of the way before Alali once again scored the winner.

In the all-Davis championship contest, neither team found the net through the first three quarters as Matrix defenders Avoce, Barber and Benedict slowed the powerful Odyssey offense. Strong midfield play by Strachan-Payne and Maddie Spangler set up offensive chances and, fittingly, it was Alali who put in the title-winning tally.

Apex soccer

The Davis Legacy Apex, a U13 girls soccer team, went undefeated in four matches to take first place at the recent Cal Cup tournament.

In its opener, Apex beat the San Juan Spirits, 3-1, behind goals from Sasha Ballowe, Maya Doms and Carrisa Rodriguez. Assists in the victory came from Elizabeth Bermudez, Doms and Adeline Umphress.

Game 2 was another dominating Davis win as it got scoring from Alysa Azevedo, Doms, Neelam Bandhu and Ballowe to top the River City Rebels, 5-0.

The locals matched that score in defeating the Sonoma County Alliance in their next outing, as goals by Doms, Ruthie Mitchell, Bandhu and Azevedo pushed Apex into the title match.

The final was a closer contest, but Davis managed to capture the championship with a 2-1 win over the Eureka Youth Strikers. Elly Bermudez and Doms had local assists on tallies from Ballowe and Azevedo.

On their way to the tournament crown, Bermudez, Aris Carson, Erin Jessop and Natalli Melgoza paced the Apex defense Jilian King and Annie Mitchell roamed the midfield with purpose and Claire Duisenberg and Vera Resendez led the front line. Davis keepers Sydney Geisler and Sydney Galvan let in just one goal each at the event.

Stampede soccer

The Davis Legacy Stampede, a U13 girls soccer team, used a sterling defensive performance — the locals did not allow even a single goal in four games — to win the U.S. Club West Regionals.

Matched against the Cal Blues in the first round, Davis posted a 2-0 victory as Niya Allen and Anne Ayotte found the net.

The Stampede beat Sac United by the same score in the next round as Grace Barger tallied with a long shot that spun through the keeper’s hands and Jordan Davis sealed the shutout when she converted a PK earned by Ainsley Carroll.

In their third straight 2-0 victory — this time against the Cal Cougars — the locals saw Ayotte assist Davis for the first goal before midfielder Lily Bryne got past the backline to complete the scoring.

That sent the Stampede to the championship contest, where it kept the tradition of 2-0 wins alive as Ayotte scored twice in a rematch with Sac United.

But in each game, it was the impenetrable defense of Yasmeen Dmeiri, Leah Eccles, Skye Shaffer, Julyana Lara, Sydney Moore and Grace Carlson, along with a flurry of great saves from Davis keeper McKenna Lutzker, that was the key.

Diablos baseball

The Davis Diablos, a seventh-grade baseball team, concluded its successful spring by taking second place in the USSSA June Jamboree tournament last week at Mather Sports Center.

The locals got off to a slow start, dropping their opener, 9-1, then falling to the El Dorado Hills Rush in a back-and-forth affair that ended 10-4. Against the Rush, Travis Cosgrave singled, doubled, walked and scored twice, while Shaan Nagal had a single and two RBIs for the Diablos, who tied the game at 4-4 after six innings. Zac Carrel threw four strong innings for Davis.

Facing the Chico Aces in Game 3, the locals jumped on top 5-0 then cruised to an 11-3 win that featured lots of offense. Joining the hit parade were Carrell (three hits including a double, two RBIs, three runs), Casey Freese (triple, two RBIs, three runs), Lance Prussel (three hits, two batted in), Sean O’Hara (two singles, two RBI), Billy Easton (two hits, run), Charlie Easton (double, two runs), Cosgrave (double, RBI), and Hank Schaaf (single, RBI). Billy Easton nearly went the distance on the mound, allowing just two hits in 6 1/3 stellar innings.

Charlie Easton matched his brother’s strong pitching in the championship-game rematch against the Rush and the Diablos got slick fielding from shortstop Caden Neel and catcher Schaaf. After falling behind early, Davis scored three times in the final two frames and left the bases loaded in losing 5-3.

Aftershock softball

The Davis Aftershock, a 14U DYSA all-star team, had an eventful weekend at the Piece of the Rock Tournament in Rocklin, highlighted by an 11-5 win over Woodland on Saturday.

Davis opened the event with a close 12-9 loss to Sunrise before dropping a 15-0 decision to the eventual tourney champions from Southern Oregon.

Next up was Woodland and the locals wasted no time taking control with a six-run top of the first. After scoring five more in the second, the Aftershock led 11-3.

Abbie DeWitt threw four strong innings for Davis in the victory, while the offensive explosion was paced by Lauren Aquino, Abby Sutcliffe, Chloe Bolamos and Mikayla Stillwell. Shortstop Rachael Bernauer made her presence felt by turning an impressive double play.

The two teams matched up again Sunday in a game that featured a seven-run third inning by the locals but saw Woodland rally with three in the bottom of the fifth for an 8-7 walk-off win.

Caitlyn Miller had the big Aftershock hit in the third — a three-run homer — Aquino reached base three times and Caylee Ade was brilliant in the circle.

Davis 10U softball

Davis’ 10U all-star softball squad had another strong showing at last weekend’s Piece of the Rock tourney, winning three games at the two-day event.

The locals opened with an 8-3 victory over the Elk Grove Gold as pitcher Zoe West struck out 10 and hitters Halle Gabriel (3-for-4) and Shelby Harry (2-for-3) led the way. Jordan Zuniga added a double for Davis, Madison Rutherford and Maya Zingara had singles and Lindsay Taylor scored a run and stole a base.

Rutherford (three strikeouts) and Taylor combined in the circle next as the locals got past Rocklin by the same 8-3 score. Harry and Kristine Schmitz had two hits each in the win with Bella Hyder adding a key single. Zuniga was magical at second base.

Davis suffered a narrow 9-8 loss to Roseville in its next contest, falling despite Grace Scheuring’s steal and run scored.

The locals then used 13 hits to pound West Sacramento 15-0. Olivia Waldren’s three-run homer was a highlight, Lily Geischen crushed a key single and Carolena Morales stole two bases for Davis, which got strong pitching from Rutherford (five strikeouts) and Hyder (three).

In the finale against Five Cities, Chloe Adams paced the local defense when she snared a hard line drive but Davis fell, 11-2.

Boys rugby

The Davis boys rugby sevens teams continued their tournament season in Dixon on Sunday with the varsity squad taking third place and the JV side playing tough in a couple of close losses.

Going 2-2 on the day, the varsity team used two long tries from Yared Haile to pull away from Sierra Foothills and win the third-place game, 21-7. Anthony Pedroia added the other Davis try, while Michal Goodison made all three conversion kicks.

During the tournament, Haile finished with four tries, while Pedroia and Matthew Meyers put up two each and Goodison nailed seven of 10 kicks and had try of his own. Additional contributions came from Ricky Houck, who scored the first try of the day, and Bailey Murray, whose hard running and tenacious defense were key.

For the JV squad, Eben Kohn had two tries and three conversion kicks on the day.

Both Davis teams will play through July and new players are welcome to try out the sport at any time. For information, contact Mike Goodison at 530-902-1312.

DARTS swimming

Several members of the Davis Aquadarts joined forces with Arden swimmers — forming a DART team — and posted strong showings at the recent Arena Grand Prix event last weekend in Santa Clara.

While several local swimmers reached the finals, some of the best finishes came from Chenoa Devine and Paige Maynard.

Devine was 12th in the 1,500 freestyle (17:03.60), took 15th in the 400 individual medley (4:56.33) then joined Emma Barksdale, Joanna Curry and Claire Pinson to swim an 8:31.68 in the 200 free relay.

Maynard added an 18th-place finish in the 200 butterfly.



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