Girls soccer rankings, notes (02-11-12)

The College Park girls soccer team won its first DVAL title this season with purple-clad panache. The high-flying Falcons scored 71 goals over 22 games overall.

Dynamo Ashly Dickinson led the team — and maybe the entire North Coast Section — in scoring with 28 goals and five assists. She’s the real deal.

“She’s fast, quick, with great skill, and a great nose for the goal,” College Park coach Randy Madison said.

The Falcons’ fate in the first round of the NCS Division I playoffs, which begin on Wednesday, will probably hinge on the draw. They lost to Granada 5-2, Berkeley 3-0, Liberty 3-1, and Archbishop Mitty 2-1, all in December.

But that was then.

A turning point for College Park came with the return of Falcons goalkeeper Jordan Vaelei for the Jan. 10 game against Clayton Valley. The Falcons beat the Eagles for the first time, 2-1. Vaelei had been out since the final week of club play after suffering a concussion.

Clayton Valley avenged the loss to College Park 2-1 on Feb. 2, but the Falcons had already clinched the league title. College Park (15-5-2, 11-1-0) also boasts midfielder/forwards Jacquelyn Scharff, a fab freshman, Pilar Soudar and Mabelle Gozun, along with midfielder Kendall Stuscavage, among others.

The DVAL is no soccer juggernaut, but College Park and Clayton Valley can bring it on their best days.

GALLOPING GAELS: Hearty congratulations to coach Scott Schoenthal and the Dublin girls squad, which completed a worst-to-first rise with a 1-0 wn over Acalanes on Friday in the DFAL finale. The victory came courtesy of a Kacey Borgeson goal assisted by Katie Somerville, as Dublin inched past two-time defending champion Campolindo for the top spot.

Dublin’s enjoyed a storybook rise after finishing in last place in the DFAL the previous two years and next-to-last the two years before that. Both Schoenthal and Campo coach Ernesto Silva, whose team gave it a great ride playing all season without its top two attacking players, are contenders for Coach of the Year. The Cougars’ best senior, Valerie Margerum, and last year’s top scorer Emily Orwig have been out with injuries.

ANOTHER WOLVES-MUSTANGS CLASICO: San Ramon Valley and Monte Vista played another tight, tense, physical battle on Thursday. The host Wolves recovered from an early goal by Monte Vista’s Erin Donnelly to prevail 2-1 and clinch an outright EBAL championship.

Alexa Vandevanter delivered on both Wolves goals, each one coming when the ball deflected off a Mustang player. Were they both own goals? The debate rages. Regardless of the stats, Vandevanter was outstanding under the bright lights.

Wolves coach Mark Jones praised the play of both teams, especially the work of SRV’s Shannon Hennessy in the middle.

“She had a phenemonal game. She just won everything in the air,” Jones said of Hennessy.

In contrast to the Wolves’ wave after wave of attacks, Monte Vista played more conservatively and countered effectively with speedy Mallory Hromatko up top.

Monte Vista coach Brett LeQuesne praised both teams. He doesn’t see beating the Wolves as the impossible dream, though. “The gap is not as wide as people think,” LeQuesne said. “I hope we get another crack at them (in North Coast Section).”

LOGAN REPORT: A beat-up Logan surrendered three second-half goals in a 4-2 loss to visiting Berkeley on Feb. 4. The Yellowjackets look like the ‘X Factor’ of the NCS playoffs. Logan coach Tony Villasenor said four players, including star attacker Paloma Zermeno (hamstring), have been bothered by injuries, but three have returned.

The Colts finished as unbeaten MVAL champions for the second straight season, earning their second-ever league title. Zermeno (24 goals, 10 assists) is believed to be the No. 2 scorer in NCS, although individual stats are not yet available on ACCAL champion Berkeley, which outscored opponentts 117-9.

NCS DIVISION I PROSPECTS: EBAL volunteer John Deal has taken the time to figure the 19 prime candidates for the North Coast Section Division I field, with 16 spots available. League champs get automatic berths. Division II power Bishop O’Dowd got the HAAL automatic bid. Here’s John’s unofficial Division I tout sheet: ACCAL — *Berkeley (18-2-1 overall), Alameda (12-6-3); BVAL — * Freedom (9-7-2), Heritage (11-6-3), Deer Valley (8-9-2), Liberty (14-5-5); DVAL: *College Park (15-5-2), Clayton Valley (11-7-4); EBAL — *San Ramon Valley (16-1-4), Monte Vista (12-1-8), Carondelet (11-3-6), California (12-4-5), Granada (8-8-3). HAAL — Castro Valley (13-6-1), Arroyo (10-8-1), Mt. Eden (11-3-2); MVAL — *Logan (16-3-2), American (17-2-2), Irvington (9-7-5).

East Bay Girls Soccer Rankings (subjective):

As of Feb. 11, 2012 1, San Ramon Valley (16-1-4, 10-1-3 EBAL) 2, Monte Vista (12-1-8, 7-1-6 EBAL) 3, Carondelet (11-3-6. 7-2-5 EBAL) 4, California (12-4-5, 6-3-5 EBAL) 5, Bishop O’Dowd (17-3-2, 12-1-0 HAAL) 6, Berkeley (18-2-1, 12-0-0 ACCAL) 7, Logan (16-3-2, 11-0-1 MVAL) 8, Granada (8-8-3, 4-7-3 EBAL) 9, American (14-2-2, 8-1-1 MVAL) 10, Castro Valley (13-6-1, 11-2-0 HAAL) 11, Dublin (14-5-3, 7-3-2 DFAL) 12, Campolindo (8-4-5, 6-2-3 DFAL) 13, College Park (14-5-2, 11-1-0 DVAL) 14, Clayton Valley (11-7-4, 9-2-1 DVAL) 15, Albany (13-1-5, 6-0-5 BSAL)

Also included (in alphabetical order): El Cerrito, Encinal, Foothill, Freedom, Heritage, Las Lomas, Liberty, Northgate, St. Mary’s.

Note: Ratings will appear one more time after the NCS playoffs are completed. 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

  • Abc
  • DVAL future fan

    Thank you Matt and John for supporting girl’s soccer.

  • Matt Schwab

    Hey ABC — Saw that cool article on the ESPN site. More proof that the EBAL is one of the country’s top girls soccer league, in all seasons, and it helps explain why coaches consider winning an EBAL title tougher than even winning an NCS crown. Every EBAL games feels like an NCS semifinal.

  • mudhen

    The only team I’ve seen this year that can run with EBAL is Berkeley. They’re tough as nails and strong as dirt.
    That being said, getting past SRV is gonna be tough.

  • mudhen

    My underwhelming predictions…
    O’dowd over Tennyson
    St. Mary’s over Ygnacio
    Campo over El Cerrito
    Las Lomas over Kennedy
    Dublin over Moreau
    Piedmont over Northgate
    Albany over St Joseph
    Alhambra over Encinal

  • Goghdnfy

    What about the other goalie that played the rest of the year and what’s that, she is #10 in the bay area!!! Keep the hard work up CP!

  • Matt Schwab

    Yes,the entry ignores the Falcons other goalkeeper. My apologies to her. Every player on a varsity squad has an important role, especially when injuries take a toll. For the record: CP coach Madison praised the play of both goalkeepers.

  • Matt Schwab

    News flash: Berkeley coach Suzanne Sillett reports that Lalie Marie has 27 goals and 18 assists on the season, which would make her No. 1 in the section in total points with 72, unless there’s someone else out there we’re missing. Dickinson leads in goals scored with 28 but has fewer assists than Marie.

  • Tri-City Dude

    My predictions for at least Round 1 in D1 (they will probably be all wrong, lol!)…

    SRV beats Deer Valley
    Freedom beats Granada
    Cal beats Clayton
    Berkley beats CP
    MV beats Doughtery
    American beats Heritage
    Carondolet beats CV
    Logan beats Liberty

    As you guys can see, not too many upsets except for Freedom beating Granada, but I don’t really count a 9 beating an 8 as an upset. If I had to pick another team that might surprise, it would be #10 Heritage beating #7 American. These two faced off way back in the beginning of the season, and Heritage won that game. However, so much has changed then, and American definitley can win this game.

  • bambam

    Hi Matt

    Congrats to the two players mentioned above on their
    Accomplishments. I don’t believe that you would see those kind of numbers
    In EBAL do to the strength and balance in the league.
    With that said!! Do you post the stats at the end of the season like Matt Smith does?

  • L. Margerum

    thanks again for giving the girls some of the spotlight. Both DFAL and EBAL have some outstanding balance and talent-recognized by the seedings. I would agree with those D2 prediction, except maybe Northgate over Piedmont due to very good goalkeeper at NG (signed with Hawaii, I believe).

    As for player stats, may I suggest all teams assign a parent the job of entering those into MaxPreps where we could all see them. Pretty easy if you have the stats already-as Matt knows from seeing my iPad app called ScoreSoccer which has direct import into MaxPreps.

  • Matt Schwab

    I’m a little short on time to be able to handle comprehensive stats on all the leagues. Does Matt Smith have a brother? Kidding. I think Larry Margerum is on the right track. On another note: I think it would be cool if you guys want to chime in with some match highlights on opening night of NCS.

  • Tri-City Dude

    This should be a blast, good luck to all teams in the playoffs, and may the best team win!

  • Stich

    First result of the day: St Mary’s scores twice in the second half to defeat Ygnacio Valley in a very close hard fought game. Both teams played their tails off. Good job ladies!

  • bambam

    CVHS 0 carondelet 1 half

  • L. Margerum

    Campo 4 El Cerrito 0 as EC tried offsides traps with success at first (12 OS on campo), but breakaway goals came from 4 different players and Campo peppered the goal with 28 shots. EC goalkeeper Lipson did a great job of not letting in more (10 saves). Very clean, sharp game.

    Boys game still going on with Campo leading EC 2-0 on Sam Palano’s goals.

  • DVAL Future fan

    College Park 2 BERK 0
    CP keeper Jordan was in beast mode!
    Jacky Scharff scored on free kick from 30 yards out. Ashly Dickinson scored to make it 2-0 final.

  • Matt Schwab

    Wow! Big win for College Park. I saw Freedom take a thriller over Granada in a sudden death shootout after a 2-2 draw. Matadors’ Taylor Huston scores twice in the final three minutes of regulation after Falcons’ Angel Goss scores twice in second half. Freedom GK Tess Harrington makes save in best of five shootout to keep team alive, down 4-3, then Goss scores in the fifth round to force sudden death.

  • Tri-City Dude

    Anyone have American/Heritage or Logan/Liberty? I would appreciate it.

  • The Sweeper

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    Here is the secret; there is a FREE press blog to anyone wanting to promote East Bay girls high school soccer. FREE PR available worldwide when google inquiries ask.

    The East Bay boys soccer posts put the girls fans to shame by a factor of 1000, no kidding.

    Spread the word and get on the blog. Otherwise your chatty opinion in the stands is just that. H-E-L-L-O-!!!

  • ET


    There are doubleheaders on Saturday starting at Campolindo at 12:00/2:00, BOD at 1:00/3:00, Dublin at 5:00/7:00 and SRV at 5:00/7:00. You could easily see 4 games on Saturday if you start at Campolindo. I am also increasing the number of posts on this blog instead of being one of the 500+ on the boys side. Also congratulations to both College Park teams on advancing as #12 and #14 seeds. Also to Monte Vista and St. Mary’s for getting two teams through as well.

  • Matt Schwab

    Logan and Heritage both advanced. Check out the NCS site for updated brackets. Here is the link to Division I girls. Cheers, MS


  • Sich

    DII Predictions

    ODowd- Only 2 NCS crowns last 11 years though perennial #1 or #2 seed.
    St Mary’s- Can they shock the world like the boys?

    Las Lomas- Last time reached semis in 2006. Beat Campo 3-0 two wks ago.
    Campo- Faded in DFAL down the stretch.

    Dublin-Took DFAL has good draw to finals.
    Northgate-Played everyone only DII loss to O’Dowd

    Albany- Only 5 losses in last 3 years but underachieves in NCS
    Alhambra-Knocked Albany out last 2 years always dangerous in NCS

    Possible upset Northgate over Dublin in penalties. Alhambra over Albany ( banged up). Las Lomas Campo pick-em. St Mary’s say your prayers.

    Most likely final Dublin vs O’Dowd with O’Dowd winning and Walker the difference.

  • ncschamps

    Albany ties it with 8 left

  • Go Cal High Girls

    Cal High Girls win 1-0 at College Park despite a very rough game for the refs. Bring on SRV.

  • I am a photographer & Cal parent who typically shoots the boys games. I shot the end of the Cal – Clayton Valley girls game on Wednesday night and got some good shot of the CV girls but don’t know how to let them know other than posting here on the blog. They will be available on http://www.fjphotoguy.com later tonight. Enjoy!

    Chris G. the FJ Photoguy

  • bambam

    Logan 0 Car 1 half

  • L. Margerum

    Campo girls a completely different team today holding LL to 3 shots on goal from distance and scoring 2 in second half on great assists to advance. Campo at BOD in a rematch of a december game (1-0 BOD) and a 2009 NCS playoff 0-0 (BOD on PKs). Albany may be the real deal too.

    Spectacular second game of double header as Campo boys took a 2-1 lead but were tied up a a sweet free kick into the upper left from 25yds. Two OTs with Concord goalie making 3 game saving diving stops and Concord winning it in PKs after 6 rounds and 3 saves each for the goalies.

  • moreau82

    All EBAL semi’s and Finals

  • Abc

    Seeding committee looks to have got it right. Top 4 seeds in both brackets advance to semi finals.

  • Abc

    Albany is the real deal. Two central midfielders are very good. They were extremely impressive in their (only) loss to MVHS. Good all round squad..

  • Matt Schwab

    Hey everyone. Looks like the NCS nailed it with the seedings, 1-2-3-4 alive and kicking in Division I and II. I’ve seen five goals in the two games I’ve covered, and they’ve all been brilliant finishes. The level of finishing in girls soccer across the board is the best I’ve seen. Injuries compiling: SRV’s UNC-bound Reilly Parker is reportedly lost to a foot injury, and California standout playmaker Rachel Feldman is playing with a sore knee and a sleeve on her leg. Who’s your NCS MVP heading into the semifinals? I obviously haven’t seen SRV, Carondelet in NCS or any Div. II action. Can’t wait for the semis. Great matchups, all four.