The Davis High School girls soccer team is ranked No. 3 in the nation in the first National Soccer Coaches Association of America high school spring rankings released this week.
Davis (11-0-1) is ranked behind No. 1 Harrison (13-0-1) of Kennesaw, Ga., and Liberty (0-0-0) of Liberty, Mo.
St. Mary's of Stockton at No. 9 is the only other California team to be ranked in the top 20.
Davis beat St. Mary's 2-1 in the Feb. 26 St. Mary's Classic tournament championship match. Davis also has a 1-0 win over perennial power St. Francis, which has won seven of the last eight Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championships. The lone exception was Davis in 2007.
Davis' only blemish this season is a 1-1 tie in the season opener Feb. 25 to Oak Ridge in the St. Mary's event. The Blue Devils later beat Oak Ridge 2-0 in the tournament.
Davis is ranked No. 1, St. Mary's No. 2, Sheldon No. 3, Rio Americano No. 7 and Granite Bay No. 8 in the NSCAA Region VI poll that includes teams from California, Colorado, Wyoming and Alaska.
In the other major national girls soccer poll, the ESPN Rise Fab 50, Davis is ranked No. 16 and St. Mary's No. 18 in this week's rankings.
After beating Juneau of Alaska 6-0 in Davis today, coach Allen Carlson's Blue Devils have outscored their opponents 53 to 2.
In scoring two goals today, junior striker Anna Gilbertson leads Davis in scoring with 18 goals.
Davis, which beat Monterey Trail 5-0 in Thursday's Delta Valley Conference opener, returns to action 4 p.m. Tuesday against visiting Elk Grove (4-2-2).
- Bill Paterson