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Youth soccer: Davis AC Milan reach third in U.S. soccer rankings

By From page B3 | May 08, 2014

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Stampede player Anne Ayotte (14) is congratulated by teammates including Sophia Karperos, left, and Jordan Davis, right, after scoring the go-ahead goal in Davis' championship game win over Manteca at the Davis Super Clásico. Courtesy photo

The Davis AC Milan, a U15 boys soccer team, is now ranked third in the nation after winning the prestigious Northern California Champions League, where they beat out previous U.S. No. 1 De Anza.

The locals (4-0-3) clinched first place in the elite conference following a 1-1 tie with Ballistic and a 2-1 victory over the Stockton Monarcas on consecutive days late last month.

Against Ballistic, Davis took a lead when Cameron Peuse sent a pass that Milo Morales bashed into the net. Throughout the rest of the game, Bobby Scott, Isaiah Alba, Sam Elwood, Santiago Moreno and Dan Shuman dominated the midfield, while Sammy Walker and Ricky Gonzales attacked relentlessly, but Milan couldn’t convert on several opportunities.

Late in the contest, Ballistic found the equalizer on a long kick after a scramble in the box.

Facing Stockton, the locals again scored first as Peuse was dragged down in the box and Morales converted the penalty kick. Minutes later, Morales chested a Gonzales pass and eluded the keeper to make it 2-0. This time, Davis held on for the win behind several strong save from keeper Robert Ortiz and strong defense Jovanni Morales, Kyle Cuvelier, Jaleel Dmeiri, Buddhika Ratnasiri, Matteo Sorrentino and Ryan Strong.

Hawks

The Davis Hawks, a U10 boys team, advanced to the finals of the Pacifica Fog Classic last weekend, its fourth consecutive championship appearance.

Davis opened by squeaking past the Pacifica Piranhas, 3-2, on a wet, foggy field. A long-range goal by Josiah McCarthy was the difference.

The Hawks were at their best in the next outing, dominating the Saratoga Riptide, 5-1, behind the defense of Asher Rose, McCarthy and keeper Ben Riely. The only Saratoga goal came on a late penalty kick.

Needing a shutout win to reach the championship game, local midfielders Colin Walsh and Jason King set the tone and goals from Jackson Trisch and Connor Beck keyed a 4-0 victory

In the finals, Davis fell by that same score to the MDSA Diablos.

Matrix

The Davis Matrix, a U14 girls team, took fourth at the Pacifica Fog Classic, falling to the hometown rival Galaxy in the consolation contest.

Despite strong midfield play from Davis’ Hana Wood, Bella Heeren and Claire Williams, and the quick reflexes of keeper Karynna Lopez, the locals’ opener against the Revolution ended in a scoreless tie.

The next two matches were shutout wins, starting with a 3-0 victory over Menlo Park that featured goals from Megan Kong, Kelly Zheng and Lucia Ferrer. The stingy Matrix defense was paced by Nancy Avoce, Laurel Krovetz and goalie Erin Benedict, while Maddie Spangler’s passing was key to the offense.

That was followed by a 4-0 win over the Typhoon that featured a hat trick from Khalida Pergher and a goal from Korvetz that was assisted by Fiona Strachan-Payne.

Finally, in a 1-0 loss to the Davis Galaxy, Alissa Casillas provided strong offense pressure and Benedict made several point-blank saves.

Stampede

The Davis Stampede, a U13 girls team, won the annual Super Clásico, Cinco de Mayo Edition last weekend at the Davis Legacy Sports Complex.

The locals went 2-1 in the prelims — including wins over the Bay Area Gryphons (3-0) and the Fresno Alliance (3-1) — then edged the Oakland Bay Oaks Bombers, 1-0, in the semifinals.

Two late goals in the championship contest — including Anne Ayotte’s go-ahead tally — sent Davis past a talented Manteca squad. Sophia Karperos and Jordan Davis, among others, made key contributions to the Stampede’s success.

Insanity

The Davis Insanity, a U12 girls team, finished fourth at the Pacifica Fog Classic.

Highlight-reel saves by keeper Katie Stachowicz and brick-wall defense from Angela Herrera, Elise Jacobson and Abigail Johnson paced the locals to three straight shutouts in pool play.

Despite offensive pressure from Gia Fanucchi, Davis settled for a scoreless tie in the opener before topping the San Bruno Celtic, 2-0 on goals from Aedyn Gravely and Julia Albertson.

A 3-0 victory over the Menlo Park Black Holes featured crisp Insanity passing and ball control that led to two goals from Caroline Duncan (one off a pass from Averi Brayton) and one by Maya Wood (from Katrina Haws).

In the consolation game, Davis gave up two quick goals to the Menlo Park Fireballs then played great defense the rest of the way. Carmen Saez provided offensive pressure and Albertson broke through for a goal, but it wasn’t enough in a 2-1 loss.

Hurricanes

The Davis Hurricanes, a U10 girls team, earned first place at the recent El Palo Alto Tournament, opening with shutout victories over Mountain View (2-0) and the Menlo Park Meteors (4-0).

Goals in those games came from Molly Mahoney, Susanah Estrada, Alexis Garrett, Devon Morris and Addison Magness, who tallied twice.

Charlotte Macaulay, Ella Herringer and Kiana Bagheban paced the local defense, with Morris playing well in goal.

The first day of the tournament concluded with Mahoney taking second in the Goalie Wars.

A 2-0 victory over the Menlo Park Red Sox — with goals by Estrada and Magness, both off assists from Bethany McElhern — sent the Hurricanes to the championship contest. There, guest player Olivia Johnson scored the lone goal as the locals topped Palo Alto.

Legacy tryouts

The Davis Legacy Soccer Club will hold tryouts on May 16-18 for age groups U15-U18 (birthdate falls between Aug. 1, 1996, and July 31, 2000.)

The coaching staff includes state, national and international licensed coaches, high school coaches and college coaches. Kids interested in playing competitive soccer should come to the tryouts. For more information (times and location) and to register, visit http://davislegacysoccer.org and click on TRYOUTS.

Enterprise staff

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