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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Updated: September 30, 11:53 AM ET
'Tornado' helps Wildcats spin in right direction

By Joe Trost
Special to ESPNRISE.co.

When you look at Scott Davis, odds are you won't be blown away by his stature.

Scott Neuqua
Scott Davis has 13 goals and nine assists for FAB 50 No. 6 Neuqua Valley.
But when 5-foot-6, 140-pound Davis steps on the field, there's no question the Neuqua Valley (Naperville, Ill.) senior forward is a handful for opposing opponents this fall.

"Scott is a relentless pursuer of the ball and creates a good percentage of our scoring chances with hustle plays," said Neuqua Valley coach Tony Kees, who returned to the high school sidelines this season after spending last year with the Chicago Fire Academy. "He also is quite technical on the ball and has very quick feet.

"His value to us is clearer when he's not in there. No one else among our front runners combines the energy with the skill as well as he does up top."

One of seven siblings -- five of which are boys -- Davis is used to a chaotic atmosphere. He actually took pride in the fact that Kees referred to him as a little "tornado" on the field for the Wildcats.

"I try to do the little things, whatever I can to help us win," said Davis, whose team now stands at 16-0-1. "I'm not a captain, but I know my play or what I say can help motivate our team when needed."

Davis (13 goals, nine assists) led Neuqua Valley to its first Pepsi Showdown title two weeks ago at Toyota Park, as the Wildcats captured the title of largest high school tournament in the Midwest part of a doubleheader with the Chicago Fire. He was named tournament MVP.

"We looked at that tournament before the start of the season and knew it was going to be tough," said Davis, who is looking at Northwestern and Northern Illinois for soccer. "We never thought about winning it, but just wanted to focus on playing the best we could against the competition we were facing.

"It was an unbelievable atmosphere to play at Toyota Park with the Chicago Fire. We saw the Fire players walking down the same tunnel we walked, and that will probably be the final time I'll ever have a chance to play on a field and at a stadium like that."

Davis, who returned to action Tuesday night after sitting out two games with a left ankle injury, now has his eyes on a state title and letting everything else play out from there.

"It's cool to be mentioned as one of the top teams in the nation, but we're not worried about that stuff," Davis said. "We just want to keep our focus and do what we have to do in order to be ready for the state playoffs."