East Bay Girls Soccer rankings (Jan. 19)

I spent some time trying to update the East Bay girls soccer rankings on Wednesday night, and by the time I stopped yanking my hair out I began praying to the soccer gods for strength and guidance.

No clue. The competition is that close.

The EBAL is crazy balanced and exciting. Four teams entered action Thursday night each within a point of first place: San Ramon Valley and Carondelet were tied at 4-1-2 with 14 points, one point ahead of Monte Vista (3-0-4) and California (4-2-1). Granada looms in fifth.

California made the biggest mark on Tuesday, beating defending NCS Division I champion and two-time defending league champ Carondelet 3-1. Rachel Feldman and Morgan Collyer scored for the Grizzlies, who also scored on an own-goal. Collyer, who has nine goals this season, also struck in California’s entertaining 1-1 draw with Monte Vista on Jan. 12.

San Ramon Valley and Monte Vista battled to a 2-2 draw on Tuesday, in an exciting game that had a little bit of everything with an emphasis on skill. The Mustangs play outstanding defense and counter well with speed and confidence. San Ramon Valley wears defenses out with flurry after flurry.

The Wolves finally had their breakout win on Thursday night with a 5-2 rout of the Grizzlies. After Cal cut an early 2-0 deficit in half on a Collyer goal, the Wolves inserted the dagger on a goal by Alexa Vandevanter, the hero in the draw with Monte Vista with a goal in the 73rd minute. Allie Dutto and Melissa Lewis added the fourth and fifth goals. Speedy Reilly Parker had a nice night with three assists.

In the MVAL, co-leaders Logan and American are veering toward a Jan. 26 first-place showdown in Union City. The Eagles and Colts drew 3-3 on Jan. 3.

In the BVAL, Deer Valley and Freedom have surged ahead of the Brentwood schools, Heritage and Liberty, but it looks like it will be a fight to the finish.

In the DFAL, Campolindo has taken command with the Cougars’ clutch win over second-place Dublin along with the Gaels’ toe-stubbing against Dougherty Valley.

The HAAL remains Castro Valley and Bishop O’Dowd’s world. The first-place Trojans and second-place Dragons will meet in Castro Valley on Jan. 24. Mt. Eden is becoming a really nice HAAL story. The Monarchs, who have struggled mightily through the years, are in the hunt. They have lost only to O’Dowd 4-0 this season.

In the BSAL, Piedmont and Albany are jousting for supremacy.

East Bay Girls Soccer Rankings (subjective):

As of Jan. 19 (at 9 p.m.), 2012

1, San Ramon Valley (11-1-3, 5-1-2 EBAL)

2, California (10-4-1, 4-3-1 EBAL)

3, Carondelet (7-2-4. 4-1-3 EBAL)

4, Monte Vista (7-0-6, 4-0-4 EBAL)

5, Logan (11-2-2, 6-0-1 MVAL)

6, Granada (8-4-1, 4-3-1 EBAL)

7, Bishop O’Dowd (7-3-2, 4-1 HAAL)

8, Campolindo (8-1-2, 6-0-1 DFAL)

9, Berkeley (8-2-0, 3-0-0 ACCAL)

10, Castro Valley (6-4-0, 4-0-0)

11, Piedmont (5-1-1, 3-0-0 BSAL)

12, American (11-1-2, 5-0-1 MVAL)

13, Dublin (10-4-1, 5-2-0 DFAL)

14, Albany (9-0-3, 2-0-3 BSAL)

15, Foothill (5-5-3, 2-5-1 EBAL)

Also included (in alphabetical order): Alhambra, Amador Valley, Clayton Valley, College Park, Heritage, Irvington, Livermore, Mt. Eden, Ygnacio Valley.

Source for records: maxpreps.com. Corrections: Email 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

  • The Sweeper

    Hey Matt Schwab (and not Matt Smith this time),

    I like your thinking on the girls soccer rankings.

    I also appreciate your quandry with the rankings. But rest assured, the NCS seeding committee will not fret or give it much thought, and and they will get it wrong, yet again.

    I’ve got a fiver that says EBAL will not get the #1-#4 seeds. So save the hand wringing.

    Just curious, when was the last time SRV took the girls EBAL title?

  • Prep Fan

    Sweeper/Paydirt: SRV last won the girls EBAL title in 2004, although they somehow were able to win NCS 4 years in a row between 2006-2009 without being league champs. Don’t know how you can think the NCS seeding committee is capable of getting things wrong :).


  • DV Fan

    Don’t count Deer Valley out. There is alot of talent on that team that is coming out now. Our keeper was seriously injured in our last game threw our momentum off and caused a league loss, but that won’t stop us in the future!

  • Matt Schwab

    Hey DV fan — What happened to the goalkeeper? What was her name? We are trying to get updated information about her condition. Any insight you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

  • DVAL future fan


    Thank you for the update on women’s soccer. The rankings must be a challenge! One of the lesser know teams that is having a breakout season is the College Park Lady Falcons. With a perfect 7-0 record in the DVAL this season.
    I know you appreciate getting updated season information. If you can forward to me your email I’ll send you a summary of the DVAL league stats.
    Keep up the work with women’s soccer in Bay area. It’s appreciated:)

  • Tri-City Dude

    Hey guys, any thoughts or predictions on how the HAAL and MVAL will play out? I am from the Fremont area, so I’ve been to some games involving teams in these two leagues. I have to admit that I was impressed with a lot of teams I’ve seen.

  • Matt Schwab

    Just got off the phone with American coach Jerry Losson, one of the better guys I’ve met in high school sports. He really likes his bunch this year, saying the girls play hard for each other and have bought in to his ping-it-around style and emphasis on team defense, rather than focusing on marking out one star. If the Eagles and Logan can avoid tripping up in their next matches, the stage will be set for a championship showdown between the two.
    My email is mschwab@bayareanewsgroup.com

  • Matt Schwab

    College Park is on my radar. They seem to be gathering steam after some tough nonleague losses to Berkeley, Liberty and Granada in December. I’m seeing nice wins over Clayton Valley and much-improved Ygnacio Valley.

  • DVAL future fan

    Wow! just heard about the keeper from Deer Valley. Horrible concussion! I have noticed many women’s soccer athletes getting injured this season. Knee’s injuries, concussions, etc….What is it? Turf? I am curious if anyone out there has information to share.
    Lastly, please pray that DV player Kara Leffle has a positive recovery from her concussion. What a keeper!

  • Maybe we’ll see Casey Jones (Western Guilford,James River) for Elon.