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Devils stay perfect ahead of rivalry game

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The Davis High girls soccer team is still undefeated thanks to a 4-1 victory over Sheldon on Tuesday at Playfields Park, but arguably the biggest test of its young season comes today.

365体育官网Facing rivals St. Francis on a small pitch in Sacramento at 4 p.m., the Devils will have their work cut out for them against an 11-1-1 Troubadours side that has historically played DHS much better at home.

“I’m hoping that being undefeated and having that momentum heading into today is enough,” said head coach Sara Stone. “This game has been a rivalry for so long, so much of it is driven by emotion, school pride, so much goes into it. Tactically, just being aware of what it’s like to play on a field that’s 20-yards shorter and 20-yards more narrow than what our girls have been playing on their whole life.

“They train on it and they play on it more than we do, so they’re probably more adapted to it, so it’s just how we’re going to respond to the conditions,” Stone added.

If Tuesday’s game is any indication of form for the locals, though, St. Francis could be in for a long night as DHS won its fifth straight game at the expense of Sheldon to move to 5-0-2 overall on the season.

Davis put the game away early, with junior Summer Baron firing from 18-yards out to make it 1-0 just 18 minutes into the match.

365体育官网Five minutes later, freshman center-forward Olivia Johnson doubled the advantage for the hosts after volleying the ball into the upper-corner of the net from close range.

365体育官网Despite missing key midfielders Megan Looney and Franny Bolivar due to illness, creating chances proved easy for Davis, which made it 3-0 eight minutes after the break, with Baron cutting inside to tally her second strike of the night.

And though the Huskies pulled one back on a deft chip, senior captain Lily Byrne made sure to get in on the fun in the 69th minute.

365体育官网Though she appeared to be crossing from the corner of the box, both Sheldon’s defenders and keeper misjudged the ball and — given that it was on target — it nestled calmly in the side netting for the final strike of the night.

Evan Ream graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Southern Oregon in Ashland, Ore. He loves soccer more than any person rationally should. "Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that."- Bill Shankly

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