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Evan Ream: What a streak it was

Over the past couple of years, there have been several amazing streaks compiled by the Davis High girls soccer team.

365体育滚球There was the 71-game unbeaten streak that began in 2016 and didn’t end until a playoff loss in the 2018 NorCal Tournament.

365体育滚球There’s the five-consecutive Delta League titles the Blue Devils have won — which move to six as soon as Monday.

365体育滚球And then there’s, of course, the four straight Sac-Joaquin Section titles, streak which remains open-ended.

365体育滚球But one streak ended with a 4-1 loss to rival St. Francis on Friday night: a 73-game Delta League unbeaten string, which is what I’m writing about today.

365体育滚球Greatness is hard to achieve, and over a five-year period, this team has ascended to that lofty brilliance, so let’s take a look at what greatness looks like through some numbers:

* Davis last lost at Franklin on March 18, 2015. The streak began five days later with a 5-1 victory over Pleasant Grove and ended this Friday, meaning that no one beat the Devils in Delta League play for 1,782 days. That’s four years, 20 months and 15 days.

* During the streak, DHS put up a 66-0-7 record, but only365体育滚球 a 5-0-5 mark against St. Francis. The only two other teams to tie the locals were Franklin and Pleasant Grove.

* In those 73 games, Davis scored a preposterous 407 goals, while allowing just 30. That comes out to an average of 5.6 goals per game and just 0.41 goals against per game — an average margin of victory by more than five goals.

* The biggest victory during the streak came in a May 2, 2016, contest against Grant, where the Devils won, 19-0. That came just under a month after DHS had set its previous high in that time frame, a 17-0 victory, also against Grant.

* In only four games did opposing teams even score twice against Davis, with St. Francis accomplishing the feat twice. The Devils were 3-0-1 in games in which opposing teams tallied two strikes.

Obviously, this streak isn’t as impressive as the overall 71-game unbeaten streak, but it’s impressive nonetheless.

Yes, Grant and Monterey Trail were frequently blown out in double-digit fashion by Davis, but St. Francis, Franklin and, at times, Pleasant Grove, provided real challenges.

Especially in the away games, where you’d never know what the field conditions are going to be like.

365体育滚球I’ll always remember two things about the streak:

365体育滚球* I absolutely dreaded the Grant and Monterey Trail games because it was legitimately hard to keep up with the goal scoring and ensure that my game reports were accurate. In one game against The Trail, the referee had the final score as 12-0, head coach Sara Stone had it 13-0 and I had it 14-0, so I literally had to ask each and every player how many goals they scored in order to get the information correct.

* It was absolutely a foregone conclusion that the Devils were going to win, or at least draw, in every game, even against traditional power Franklin and almost always at home against St. Francis. At the time of that Franklin loss in 2015, Stone had never won at the Wildcats. Since, she’s only even tied there once.

Even though there was great soccer involved and it was truly a delight to cover such an amazing run, I’m kind of glad it’s over.

Because at least now when I show up to a Delta League game, I know it’s actually possible that DHS can lose.

— Evan Ream’s column publishes Sundays. Reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanReam.

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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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