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Youth soccer: No subs? No problem for the second-place Matrix

By From page B2 | May 29, 2014

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Olivia Johnson takes the ball down the field as her Davis Domination squad, playing as South Africa, competes in the Davis World Cup on Saturday. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

The Davis Matrix, a U14 girls team, had just 11 players — no substitutes — but powered through seven games at last weekend’s Davis World Cup to emerge in second place.

In the opener, the locals used goals from Alissa Casillas, Erin Benedict, Hana Wood and Laurel Krovetz, and two tallies from Lucia Ferrer to dominate the Concord United Sparks, 6-1.

Following a 1-1 tie with Bishop, two earlier goals from Krovetz — the first off an assist from Khalida Pergher just two minutes in — helped the Matrix blank the PHMSA Firestorm, 3-0. Maddie Spangler had the final Davis goal and the stingy defense was paced by Nancy Avoce, Benedict and Ferrer.

The locals took another early lead in beating the Palo Alto Typhoon, 5-1, as goals from Wood, Casillas (two) and Krovetz made it 4-0 at intermission. Midfielders Karynna Lopez, Fiona Strachan-Payne and Claire Williams played key roles in that victory.

On the tournament’s final day, the Matrix fell behind for the first time in a game against Truckee, before Pergher’s penalty kick tied things at 1-1. That’s how regulation ended, and Davis used shootout net-finders from Pergher, Ferrer and Wood — along with great goalkeeping from Lopez — to advance to the semis.

Braving the heat against the MDSA Fury, the locals got great defense from Benedict, Avoce and keeper Lopez and two goals from Pergher in a 2-0 win that sent them to the finals.

Two more goals from Pergher helped the Matrix stay close in the championship contest, but eventually Mountain View prevailed, 5-2.

Insanity

The Davis Insanity, a U12 girls squad, reached the semifinals of the AYSO World Cup, taking fourth out of 16 teams in its division.

Despite a 2-1 loss to the eventual champion Visalia Velocity in the opener, the locals showed their strength by taking a 1-0 lead on a cross from Caroline Duncan to Carmen Saez.

Offensive pressure — from Gia Fanucchi and Katrina Haws — along with shutout defense, led by Abigail Johnson, Aedyn Gravely, Averi Brayton, Elise Jacobson and keeper Katie Stachowicz, paved the way for Davis’ first win. The Insanity beat the Menlo Park Massacre, 2-0, behind goals from Julia Albertson, off a nice feed from Angela Herrera, and Maya Wood.

Next, a 2-1 loss to the Pleasant Hill Wicked was followed by elimination-game wins over the Mt. Diablo Legends (4-1) and the Mt. Diablo Heat (1-0).

Albertson got things started in the first victory, scoring less than a minute into the contest, then adding another goal in the second quarter. After the Legends tied the game, Duncan and Johnson both tallied off of set-ups from Duncan to clinch the win.

In beating the Heat, Albertson scored the lone goal in the first half off an assist from Wood, who preserved the triumph with a late, stellar defensive play.

That set up a semifinal rematch the Wicked, who notched a 1-0 win over the locals on a goal that bounced off the crossbar.

Blazers

The Davis Blazers, a U16 boys team playing as Nigeria, took third place at the recent World Cup.

After a gutsy run through bracket play, the locals edged Mountain View (Switzerland), 1-0, in the quarterfinals on Nathan Leyva’s winning goal.

Davis found themselves on the wrong end of another 1-0 score in the semis, then bounced back for a thrilling win over Menlo Park (Kenya) in the third-place match.

Blazer goals from Andrew Roessler and Alex Osleger sent the 2-2 game into penalty kicks, where Matt Grabert, Jake Batchelor, Aaron Moore and Scott Korinke found the net. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Korinke stopped three of four attempts, the last one triggering a roar from the crowd as he was carried off by teammates in celebration of the win.

Ninjas

The Davis Ninjas, a U10 boys team playing as Germany, captured fourth place in the Blue Division at last weekend’s World Cup.

Reaching the quarterfinals behind strong bracket play — especially from defenders Jason Hein-Gilley, Daniel Aurich, and Connor McSorley, along with midfielder Ethan Talbert — the locals pounded the Pleasant Hill Vikings, 5-1. Scoring in the win came on two goals each from Arman Varjavand and Ben Norton and Jose Lopez’s single tally.

Following a semifinal loss to the American Canyon Barcelona, the Ninjas took on a strong Foster City United squad in the consolation contest.

Despite an early goal from Varjavand, Davis trailed 2-1 at intermission before Matt Young tied things up early in the second half. Two more Foster City goals were followed by a tremendous individual effort by Young, dribbling through several defenders to set up Andrew Wong’s tally. But, at 4-3, it was as close as the locals would come.

AYSO soccer

Coaches are needed for the Davis AYSO’s Elite Program, which fields boys and girls teams in U10, U12 and U14 divisions in the fall.

Coaches and players involved in the Elite program will be eligible for AYSO Select in the spring of 2015.

Tryouts for players will be held in June and the deadline for coaches to apply is Saturday.

Coaches can apply at www.surveymonkey.com/s/N2F6KNC and more information is available by emailing [email protected]

Enterprise staff

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