The resemblance is clear. The youngest Devanny siblings both approach soccer with a relentless determination untainted by fear. Both are junior captains for Concord High, inspiring confidence in their teammates and making the Crimson Tide Division I contenders.
The differences are also clear. Grace Devanny uses her athleticism and fight to score goals for the Concord girls’ soccer team. And her twin, Liam Devanny, uses his athleticism and fight to stop goals as the keeper for the Concord boys’ soccer team.
“One is putting the ball away and one is trying to keep it out, but there are lot of similarities between them, too,” said Phil Tuttle, the head coach for Concord’s girls’ soccer team who has also worked with Liam at the club level. “There’s just a real quiet confidence about both of them and I would say their work rate is up there with anybody I’ve ever coached at the high school level.
“That’s one of the biggest things I’ve seen with Grace, and with Liam as well, is they always want to keep working, keep progressing, keep getting better. Every single day they make the decision to bring that to the field and say, ‘I am going to outwork everybody I’m playing against and do as well as I possibly can, not based off how good another team is, but just bring my best to the field every day.’ And I think training Liam and training Grace you see that in both of them.”
Grace earned D-I Honorable Mention honors in 2016 after helping the Tide to a 12-6 record and a spot in the quarterfinals. This year she’s already scored an eye-popping 17 goals in 12 games to lead Concord to an 8-4 mark, but that’s not all she does. Tuttle has also used Grace in the midfield as a playmaker and as a center back to solidify the defense as needed.
“Part of the fun of having a player like Grace is that you could put her just about anywhere and she’ll do a really good job,” Tuttle said. “I think at the high school level we coach a number of people who…