SHP girls struggling without soccer standout Davidson


The Sacred Heart Prep girls are trying to get through the opening few weeks of the soccer season without Stanford-bound senior Tierna Davidson.

Davidson currently is with the U-20 women's team that is competing in the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Sacred Heart Prep, meanwhile, is 1-2 in her absence.

Davidson was one of 20 players named to the squad recently by head coach Michelle French. The squad includes 12 pre-college players, of which Davidson is one.

Davidson represents the De Anza Force and is listed as a defender. She is the only player from Northern California on the team.

The tournament begin last Friday and continues this weekend with semifinals Friday. The third-place and championship game will be Sunday.

The Americans opened with a 2-2 draw with Mexico before toppling Panama, 6-1, on Sunday. Davidson started both matches.

The U.S. sits tied with Mexico atop Group B as both team have four points and a plus-five goal difference after Mexico also claimed a win in the day's earlier game, beating Haiti 5-0.

The U.S. and Mexico will vie for top spot in the group on Wednesday when Mexico faces Panama and the U.S. plays Haiti.

With Canada looking strong and sitting atop Group A, the U.S. will be keen to put in a high-scoring performance against Haiti in order to give itself the best possible chance of claiming top spot in Group B and avoiding a potential semifinal match-up with its northern neighbor.

The tournament semifinals are scheduled for Friday with the two winners earning automatic berths to the 2016 FIFA Women's World Cup. The winner of the tournament's third-place match Sunday is also awarded a place for the 2016 U-20 Women's World Cup in Papua, New Guinea.

Former members of the U-20 team include Palo Alto High and Stanford grad Teresa Noyola and ex-Stanford All-American Kelley O'Hara.

Davidson has missed SHP's first three matches -- a 2-0 loss to St. Francis, a 4-0 victory over Hillsdale and a 1-0 loss to Marin Catholic.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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