By Matt Schwab
Friday, December 23rd, 2011 at 10:29 pm in Uncategorized.
It was hard to find a weakness on the San Ramon Valley High girls soccer team at the 36-school Tri-Valley Classic in Danville this week.
The Wolves, No. 6 in the ESPN FAB 50 Girls Soccer rankings, took the Invitational Division title with a 3-0 win over Logan on Tuesday at Mustang Soccer Complex.
The Wolves are big, aggressive, skilled at every position, and devastating on set pieces, particularly corner kicks, as they crash the goal.
But they didn’t represent the only storyline at the Tri-Valley Classic. Other local squads made their mark.
Granada (4-0 Gold Division), for one, outscored four opponents a combined 13-4 after opening play in the East Bay Athletic League with wins over Amador Valley and Foothill. The Mats’ Brooke Rittmann has been on an scoring tear.
Despite its loss in the final, Logan was impressive overall. The Colts beat defending champion Carondelet and highly regarded Bishop O’Dowd, also playing Monte Vista to a 2-2 draw in a crossover game.
The Dragons notched a visually impressive 2-0 win over a strong El Camino Real-Woodland Hills in their Classic finale.
Emerging Monte Vista had a big second day. In addition to the draw with Logan, the Mustangs routed Nevada power Bishop Gorman 4-0 with some picturesque finishing.
“We got better every game,” Monte Vista coach Brett LeQuesne said. “We had two great games (on Tuesday). We probably should have won them both, but we’re getting chances now, and we’re shooting.”
And they’re scoring. Three Mustangs, Mallory Hromatko, Hailey Balma, Ashlynn Goerz, each had two goals overall.
Albany was a power player in the Silver Division, going 4-0, including handing Miramonte and Acalanes its only losses in the division.
Dublin had 2-0 victories over three teams, Ygnacio Valley, Berean Christian and Concord, and a 0-0 draw with Northgate. The Broncos wound up 1-0-3.
Berkeley was 3-1 in the Gold Division with a 3-2 loss to Liberty. The Lions were also 3-1 with their lone loss to Granada.
East Bay Girls Soccer Rankings (subjective):
As of Dec. 23, 2011
1, San Ramon Valley
2, Bishop O’Dowd
7, Monte Vista
15, Castro Valley
Also included (in alphabetical order): Amador Valley, Campolindo, Clayton Valley, College Park, Dougherty Valley, Foothill, Irvington, Mt. Eden, Northgate, St. Mary’s, Ygnacio Valley.
NOTE TO READERS: Rankings are based on results in key games, observation, information, and gut instinct. Coaches, serious fans and players should feel free to chime in with their thoughts on the state of the game, notable players, overlooked teams, hot-button issues, etc.