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East Bay Girls Soccer Rankings

Welcome to another high school girls soccer season that promises to offer plenty of thrills, spills and winter chills.
I’ve cobbled together some early season rankings to give you something to discuss.
Obviously, things will become clearer after the Tri-Valley Classic Dec. 19-21, as well as other nonleague blockbuster battles.
The East Bay Athletic League remains the area’s best league from top to bottom, but others are emerging.

Heritage, the 2010-11 NCS Division I semifinalist, and Division II schools Bishop O’Dowd and Dougherty Valley have formidable programs. Also, Castro Valley (HAAL), a traditional top level power, Clayton Valley (DVAL), Logan (MVAL), and Albany (BSAL) shouldn’t be overlooked. Traditional DFAL powers are Campolindo and Miramonte, and Berkeley (ACCAL) always bring a skillful mix to the pitch. Deep and powerful San Ramon Valley has earned the No. 1 preseason ranking.
Carondelet, which beat the Wolves for the EBAL, NCS Division I and Tri-Valley Classic Elite division championships last season, is in a rebuilding mode after losing 11 seniors.

East Bay Girls Soccer Rankings (subjective):
As of Nov. Nov. 28, 2011
1, San Ramon Valley
2, California Grizzlies
3, Bishop O’Dowd
4, Monte Vista
5, Carondelet
6, Heritage
7, Granada
8, Dougherty Valley
9, Castro Valley
10, Liberty
11, Clayton Valley
12, Logan
13, Livermore
14, Campolindo
15, Berkeley
Also included (in alphabetical order): Albany, Amador Valley, College Park, Foothill, Freedom, Miramonte, Piedmont, St. Mary’s, Washington.

NOTE TO READERS: Rankings are based on observation, information from coaches, history, and gut instinct. Each week coaches and serious fans should feel free to chime in with their thoughts on the state of the game, notable players, overlooked teams, hot-button issues, etc. Let’s make these girls soccer notebooks a can’t-miss read.

A LOOK ABOVE: I’ll be randomly exploring college web sites to check up on our local stars.
A quick look at the UC Davis roster reveals a large influx of local talent. The Aggies fell 1-0 to UC Irvine in the Big West tournament on Nov. 3.
In addition to former Carondelet star Rogan Dolan, the East Bay Player of the Year last season, the Aggies boast sophomore starter Ashley Edwards (San Ramon Valley); freshman Erika Emmanuel (California), senior starter Rachel Kahn (Monte Vista); freshman Ashley Loughmiller (Foothill, Washington State); sophomore Emily Irion (College Park), freshman Lexi Poppoff (Tracy), and freshman Anja Simonsen (Acalanes).

Your thoughts?

Matt Schwab

  • Jason Maratsos

    Matty…

    This should be an interesting season for sure. Beyond SRV and Cal, everyone else in the EBAL is pretty young..my Livermore squad included. I think it is fair to say SRV and Cal are the teams to beat this season..but there are plenty of teams in NCS looking to challenge. Can’t wait to see how it plays out…

  • L. Margerum

    Matt,
    Thanks for the updates on girls rankings. Looks like some good guesses. EBAL and DFAL have some of the best talent and most competitive leagues in the Region (DV won NCS DII last year and was 3rd place in league). From DFAL, the MVP, MVP-offense, MVP-defense are all back as are 8 out of 11 First team players, with exception of Campo’s Val Margerum who is out for the season with ACL tear during club season. A good source for class of 2012 and 2013 girls soccer commitments can be found at: https://sites.google.com/site/soccerrecruits/

  • OLDHAALDUDE

    Ive seen the MT EDEN girls lately and seem like they are getting it together. they recently beat a well orginized Newark team 2-0 and previously shutout Hayward High (same league)6-0. im looking forward to watching these girls take action this season!