Wa-Hi pillaged by Pirates

Sophomore Sevanna Alvarez scored one goal and assisted on Jasmin Rodriguez’s game-winning tally with two minutes remaining in the second overtime to lift Davis to a 3-2 victory over Wa-Hi in a Big Nine Conference girls soccer match Tuesday night on the Blue Devils’ pitch.

The Pirates, now 1-2 in league and 4-3 overall, squandered a two-goal advantage before rallying for the road win.

Wa-Hi – which forced the extra periods with two second-half goals – dropped to 1-2 in the Big Nine and 1-4 overall after the hard-luck loss.

The contest was deadlocked at 0-0 through the first 34 minutes before Davis drew first blood. Laura Sevigny gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead at 34:42 off a Kayla HaGreen assist.

“Laura got the ball on the crossover,’ Davis coach Armando Garcia said. “She took it more like a 1-on-1, picked up her head and put it (in) the far side. We’ve been working with her so (it) was good for her to come through and finish.’

Davis added to its lead at 36:53 when Alvarez broke into the open behind the Wa-Hi defense.

“She has the speed and she’s tough enough where she can take them (defenders) 1-on-1,’ Garcia said. “We have her more as a midfielder so she stays back. When she’s able to get the ball, we use her as an attacker. We try to disguise her so they (opponents) don’t double team her.’

“They have a couple of quick forwards and put a couple of balls in,’ Wa-Hi coach Genie Huntemann said.

A cross from the left wing by Wa-Hi forward Melany Muro early in the second half resulted in the Blue Devils’ first goal, a point-blank shot by Taryn Hair at 55:20 that sliced the Davis advantage to 2-1.

Jennifer Keyes chalked up the equalizer to complete Wa-Hi’s comeback with 9:40 showing on the clock.

“We talked at halftime and nobody wanted to lose this game,’ Huntemann said. “We put things together. We dominated the entire game. Our forwards showed me they were hungry to score. They (the players) were giving more than they could give. Nobody wanted to come off. They wanted to make it happen.’

“At no time did they (the Blue Devils) put their heads down and think the game was over,’ Garcia said. “In the second half, they were taking it to us. For a while I thought they wanted it more than us. They were running us up and down the field and we were chasing them around.’

But in the end, it would be Alvarez and Rodriguez teaming up to spoil Wa-Hi’s gallant effort.

“We were hoping to get a breakaway,’ Garcia said. She (Rodriguez) is fast enough and got a good shot on it.’

More frustrating for the Blue Devils was the fact that it ended the match with 13 shots compared with just six for Davis.

“It’s sad because they worked their butts off,’ Huntemann said. “I don’t have any complaints about how they played at all. We were upping them with our ball skills. We don’t have as much speed, but as a team, we were working better together than they (were). It should have been our game.

“His girls played well, too,’ Huntemann said. “They had kids ready to finish offensively. Davis played a real strong game.’

Wa-Hi hosts Eastmont at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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