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East Bay Girls soccer rankings

Campolindo High senior defender Devon Bruzzone is 1-for-1.

Her first goal of the season came on her first shot of the season and produced a 1-0 Cougars’ win over host Dublin on Friday.

The big victory moved Campolindo past Dublin into first place in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League, pending Wednesday night’s results.

Maybe Bull’s-eye Bruzzone should shoot more. Campolindo coach Ernesto Silva probably wouldn’t complain.

“It’s funny because our coach has said, ‘Why are the defenders even practicing? They haven’t taken shots in four years, and then I happened to score,” Bruzzone said with a laugh after Friday’s match.

 On the goal, Bruzzone pounded a long shot from the right side, the ball dipping over the goalkeeper into the far corner in the 11th minute.

Bruzzone gave full credit for the goal to her skillful teammates.

“They set it up perfectly,” she said.

SCORING GOALKEEPERS: Everyone gets into the scoring act at Campolindo. The team’s dynamic goalkeeper Sophie Leksan, one of the heroes against Dublin with seven saves, also happens to be the Cougars’ leading scorer with four goals.

She is known to hammer the ball into the opponent’s goal on free kicks before scampering back to her own penalty area.

As for Bruzzone, the soccer world awaits her next attempt on goal with bated breath.

Speaking of goal-scoring goalkeepers. California standout Lauren Holden had a goal — on a 60-yard rip against Amador Valley — and two assists in two Grizzlies’ wins last week.

PARTING SHOT: The Campo-Dublin match was excellent. The Gaels attacked impressively and with gusto in the second half despite being stymied by Leksan. The Cougars showed some nice skill and poise and strong organization. The game was a fine advertisement for the DFAL.

Dublin represents one of the area’s best stories, an emerging program under coach Scott Schoenthal.

“I was very proud of my team tonight,” Schoenthal said after the game. “This is the kind of team we’re going to have to play to be able get where we want to go, and I thought we gave them a good match.”

Schoenthal said keys to the Gaels turnaround has been getting the girls to believe that they could be successful and to work together.

“We have a lot of talented players and they play on different club teams,” he said. “We’ve had to build a common understanding of what we’re trying to do do. The girls have bought in. I have a great coaching staff. We’ve had some success early, and it’s kind of fed on itself.

UPSETS SPECIALS: Carondelet inches ahead of San Ramon Valley for the top spot in the latest rankings, courtesy of the Wolves’ surprising 0-0 draw against upstart Amador Valley on Tuesday. California was also upended by Foothill. Young Monte Vista may be the area’s hottest team with three straight league wins, including a 3-2 win over Granada that was one for the oddity file — all five goals in the match came in the first 24 minutes.

East Bay Girls Soccer Rankings (subjective):

As of Jan. 11 (at 3 p.m.), 2012

1, Carondelet (6-1-3, 3-0-2 EBAL)
2, San Ramon Valley (9-1-2, 3-1-1 EBAL)
3, Logan (8-2-2, 3-0-1 MVAL)
4, Monte Vista (6-0-4, 3-0-2 EBAL)
5, California (8-3, 3-2-0 EBAL)
6, Granada (4-2-0, 2-1-0 EBAL)
7, Bishop O’Dowd (7-2-2, 4-1 HAAL)
8, Albany (8-0-2, 1-0-2 BSAL)
9, Berkeley (7-2-1, 2-0 ACCAL)
10, Campolindo (6-1-2, 4-0-1 DFAL)
11, Castro Valley (need record)
12, Dublin (10-3-1, 4-1 DFAL)
13, American (9-1-2, 3-0-1 MVAL)
14, Piedmont (5-1-2, 3-0-1 BSAL)
15, Foothill (5-3-2, 2-3-0 EBAL)

Also included (in alphabetical order): Alhambra, Amador Valley, Clayton Valley, College Park, Heritage, Irvington, Miramonte, Livermore, Ygnacio Valley. Source for records: maxpreps.com.

Corrections: Send to mschwab@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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 any soccer-related issues.

Matt Schwab

  • bambam

    Hi Matt

    I believe your rankings are getting closer to mine. My
    Rankings mean didly though, so good job. I have seen your top 11 play and they should all
    Remain in the top 11 slots.

  • larry5546

    Matt,
    Thanks for posting the girls stories-captured the game well. There is some really good soccer being played in the East Bay this year and lots of parity. Saw BOD 1 at Campo 0 game in december and there was a lot of speed and talent from BOD-they are probably the team to beat in DII.