October 12, 2011
Why Davis High boys soccer reloads, never rebuilds

Davis High School boys soccer seemed to fly under the radar earlier this season.

Then within a three-day span, the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division I runners-up tied then nationally ranked Granite Bay 0-0 (Sept. 21) and No. 1 Jesuit 1-1 (Sept. 23).

The Blue Devils' showing wasn't a complete surprise for veteran coach Ashley Yudin.

"Those weren't cupcakes that we played," Yudin said after the Jesuit draw. "Going into the week, we didn't know where we stood. Now we know we can compete and play well."

Unlike most other programs, Davis doesn't rebuild.

Yudin likes to keep a steady balance of juniors and seniors on his roster.

"It's that consistency that makes the program good every year, and why we're going to be in the thick of it every year," Yudin said.

The Blue Devils get a test 3:30 p.m. Thursday when Grant pays a visit to Davis in a match-up of the top two teams in the Delta Valley Conference.

Coach Alex Gutierrez' Pacers are 15-1-2 and 3-1 in league, with the only loss coming 1-0 to the Blue Devils (11-1-4, 5-0) and an Alex Raya goal Sept. 27 in Del Paso Heights.

Although unranked nationally, the Blue Devils are No. 12 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Region VIII poll. Cherry Creek of Aurora, Colo., is No. 1.

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