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“Inside Girls Soccer” blog alive and kicking

Greetings, high school girls soccer fans.

The new winter season is in full swing, and I’m back to share some stories and a little insight about the leagues, teams and teenage players in the East Bay.

I have over 20 years of experience as a soccer player and soccer writer, having covered the 1999 Women’s World Cup and 1994 World Cup, both in the United States, along with international, professional, college, high school, and youth matches galore.

I was fortunate enough to cover the FC Gold Pride women’s team in its drive to a 2010 WPS championship at Cal State East Bay, before the team folded. I also covered the San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer for much of last summer in its drive to an MLS Supporters’ Shield.

I enjoy the game and feel that this one of the country’s best soccer regions, especially for girls, thanks to the area’s great youth clubs and passionate soccer families. Some notable Tri-Valley juggernaut clubs are Mustang Soccer, Pleasanton Rage, San Ramon Soccer, and West Coast Soccer.

So feel free to share any facts, statistics or anecdotes about your favorite soccer players with me and the readers. If you know of a  player (your niece?) who is setting a high standard, or who’s poised to land a college scholarship, don’t keep it a secret. Let us all know.

Also, many of our best local players are now tearing it up in college. Feel free to chime in with updates.

I’m expecting another fantastic season.

Here are a few items just to kick things off:

COLLEGE PARK’S BIG ‘HALL’

College Park is off to a flying start this season, with plenty of punch on the field and a boffo braintrust on the sideline.

The big news is Falcons coach Randy Madison has added soccer sage Larry Hall as a co-coach. Hall brings decades of coaching experience. Plus, he has a lot of talent to work with. The Falcons have several key players back from last year’s DVAL championship squad.

College Park will have its first annual girls soccer Alumni Game on Dec. 22. Kickoff is 2 p.m. Rumor has it, the tacos will be mighty tasty.

MR. STATS HANGS UP HIS CLIPBOARD: After a five-year run as the EBAL girls soccer stats guru, John Deal says it looks like he will “retire” this year, although he’ll be helping out here and there.

It’s a big loss.

Local coaches and soccer scribes knew where to turn for numerical insight. Deal was the real statistical deal.

As he was cleaning out his files, Deal provided one final gem — a breakdown of the EBAL’s 30-plus years of dominance in the NCS playoffs.

Current EBAL teams have won 30 of the 31 NCS championships at the top level, topped by Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley with six apiece. The Mustangs bested the Wolves 1-0 in last season’s championship game. Granada and Amador Valley are tied for second with five NCS titles apiece.

Livermore is the lone EBAL team without a section title, but current Cowboys coach Jason Maratsos is determined to bring the program to a formidable level.

Other Deal nuggets: Over the last five years (2008-2012), the EBAL has had at least five of its eight teams in the NCS field.

It must be pointed out that other Bay Area leagues have been making inroads. Freedom upended Granada in penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw in the second round of the Division I playoffs last season, and upstart College Park, as the No. 12 seed, gave California a battle before falling 1-0 in the quarterfinals. MVAL champion Logan lost 1-0 to Carondelet also in the quarterfinals.

Still, as Deal points out, the EBAL had a record of 27–5–6 (.789 winning percentage) in the 2011-12 season against non-EBAL NCS Division I teams.

TROJANS COACH RETURNS

Paul McCallion, who guided the Castro Valley High girls soccer team to its first North Coast Section title in 2010, is back coaching the Trojans after taking a season off.

The Trojans beat Tennyson 4-0 on Wednesday in the Western Alameda County Conference (WACC) to improve to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the WACC. In 2010, McCallion’s Trojans beat San Ramon Valley 2-1 the NCS Division I championship match to finish the season 25-0-2. The Trojans became only the second non-EBAL school to win a section title at the top level in girls soccer, dating to 1982.

 

Need: TCAL standings; WACC Shoreline Division standings

 

BVAL STANDINGS

Freedom 2-0-0 1.000 

Heritage 3-1-1 0.700

Pittsburg 3-3-1 0.500

Deer Valley 1-2-0 0.333

Antioch 2-5-0 0.286

Liberty 0-1-1 0.250  

DVAL STANDINGS (nonleague)

College Park 3-0-1 0.875

Ygnacio Valley 4-2-2 0.625

Northgate 2-2-1 0.500

Concord 2-2-1 0.500

Clayton Valley 1-2-1 0.375

Mt. Diablo 1-4-0 0.200

Berean Christian 0-2-0 0.000  

DFAL STANDINGS

Alhambra 1-0-0 1.000 1 3 1-1-0 0.500

Campolindo 1-0-1 0.750 12 3 3-0-2 0.800

Dublin 1-0-1 0.750 8 4 3-0-3 0.750

Las Lomas 1-1-0 0.500 7 1 2-1-0 0.667 7

Dougherty Valley 0-0-1 0.500 5 13 2-2-3 0.500

Acalanes 0-1-1 0.250 17 7 2-1-2 0.600

Miramonte 0-2-0 0.000 4 7 1-3-0 0.250  

EBAL STANDINGS (nonleague)

San Ramon Valley 2-0-0 1.000

Carondelet 1-0-0 1.000

Monte Vista 1-0-1 0.750

Amador Valley 3-2-0 0.600

California 3-2-0 0.600

Livermore 1-1-0 0.500

Foothill 0-0-2 0.500

Granada 0-0-0 0.000 0 0 0

 

MVAL STANDINGS

Kennedy 1-0-0 1.000 13 6 3-1-0 0.750

Newark Memorial 1-0-0 1.000 3 10 1-2-0 0.333

Logan 1-0-0 1.000 6 3 2-0-1 0.833

Washington 1-0-0 1.000 14 5 5-0-2 0.857

Moreau Catholic 0-1-0 0.000 9 3 2-1-0 0.667

Irvington 0-1-0 0.000 6 8 1-3-2 0.333

Mission San Jose 0-1-0 0.000 28 10 3-3-0 0.500

American 0-1-0 0.000 19 11 4-2-1 0.643  

WACC STANDINGS (Foothill Division)

Bishop O’Dowd 2-0-0 1.000 14 2 3-0-0 1.000

Berkeley 2-0-0 1.000 18 2 3-1-0 0.750

Castro Valley 2-0-0 1.000 22 0 4-0-0 1.000

Alameda 0-1-0 0.000 7 12 1-5-1 0.214

Arroyo 0-2-0 0.000 4 14 1-4-0 0.200

Mt. Eden 0-2-0 0.000 9 18 2-4-1 0.357  

Source: maxpreps.com

Matt Schwab