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High school girls soccer blog/rankings

Welcome to the second cut of the East Bay Area High School Girls Soccer Blog. And yes, I know, it needs a better name. 

This week we’ll break out the 2012/13 rankings for the first time, pay homage to some local stars, and point out some emerging teams.

EBAL UPSIDE DOWN: Tuesday was a night of surprises in EBAL girls soccer.

The biggest shocker was Livermore’s stunning 1-0 win over Monte Vista on a goal by Arizona commit Audrey Walke in the 22nd minute off a Danielle Lacombe assist.  Upstart Amador Valley improved to 2-0 in the EBAL with a win over Carondelet, and California rebounded from its league-opening loss against Monte Vista with a 2-2 draw against San Ramon Valley.

Now, how about them Cowboys. They hadn’t won a league game since besting Granada in Febuary 2010 — the very month that pop singer Beyonce Knowles won six Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it).”

Livermore was 0-10-4 in the EBAL last season, after going 0-12-2 and 1-10-3 in the previous two league seasons. So every league win is big for the Cowboys, who dropped their EBAL opener 3-0 against Amador Valley on Dec. 12.

Livermore, under coach Jason Maratsos, boasts 10 senior returning seniors. Its other college commits are Amanda Nunes (Fresno State), Kylee Southwell (UC San Diego) and Marissa Scheid (UC San Diego). Look out for Livermore.

MUSTANG HONORED: Monte Vista senior defender Lynsey Hromatko, a Cal commit, was selected to the 2012 NSCAA High School Girls All-Region VIII team (California, Oregon, Nevada).

Monte Vista coach Brett LeQuesne gives Hromatko high marks.

“Phenomenal leader,” LeQuesne said. “She’s basically been a four-year starter who’s been a leader from day one in the way she plays and the way she acts. This year she’s had a more vocal leadership role.”

MVAL LOOKING GOOD: The MVAL looks to be on an uptick, with Washington roaring back to prominence, defending champion Logan looking solid as usual and American looming as a viable threat. The Huskies, who faced Moreau Catholic on Thursday, have quality wins over California and Livermore and a draw with Foothill. Senior Megan Ravenscroft leads Washington with 10 goals and two assists.

The Huskies are for real. Circle the date: Washington travels to Logan on Jan. 8 at 6 p.m.

O’DOWD ROLLS ON: Speaking of good games: The always impressive Bishop O’Dowd girls soccer team (5-0) travels to Berkeley (5-1) on Friday. The Yellowjackets’ lone loss came in their season opener against Clayton Valley Charter, 1-0.

DVAL DOINGS: College Park and Ygnacio Valley were tied for first place two games into DVAL play. The Warriors are led by Julia Curran, who had 10 goals and two assists through 10 games. The Falcons’ Jacquelyn Scharff did all the scoring in a 3-0 win over Northgate.

CAMPO IN COMMAND: Campolindo beat Alhambra 3-0 in an early showdown to earn the Cougars third consecutive shutout victory in DFAL play.

NILD DESERVES A HIGH FIVE: Castro Valley’s Miranda Nild accomplished a rare feat with five goals in the Trojans’ 9-0 win over Hayward, almost a double hat trick.

MORE HONORS FOR BOD’S RWH: O’Dowd’s Stanford-bound senior Ryan Walker-Hartshorn has earned another prestigious award. She was named to the 2012 NSCAA Youth Girls All-America team. Hartshorn, who led the Dragons to the NCS Division II title last season, was named Gatorade California Player of the Year in May, and was also selected as BANG East Bay High School Girls Soccer Player of the Year. The Dragons (5-0) will compete in the Excalibur Tournament in Santa Ana, Dec. 26-28.

WOLVES PACK POWER: San Ramon Valley coach Mark Jones said his team “reloaded pretty well” on offense this year after losing nine players to graduation. The competition is bearing the brunt. The Wolves beat Foothill 3-0 on Thursday, thanks to two goals from Alexa Vandevanter and another from Kristen Pavlick. They look solid at every field position.

 

Rankings (Through Dec. 20)

1, Bishop O’Dowd (5-0, 4-0 WAC-Foothill)

2, San Ramon Valley (5-0-1, 2-0-1 EBAL)

3, Monte Vista (3-1-1, 2-1 EBAL)

4, Logan (4-0-1, 3-0-0 MVAL)

5, Berkeley (5-1-1, 4-0-0 WAC Foothill)

6, Castro Valley (7-1, 4-1 WAC-Foothill)

7, Washington (8-0-2, 4-0-0 MVAL)

8, California (3-3-2, 0-1-2 EBAL)

9, Granada (2-1 EBAL)

10, College Park (7-1-2, 3-0-0 DVAL)

11, Campolindo (5-0-2, 3-0-1 DFAL)

12, Amador Valley(6-4, 3-1 EBAL)

13, Carondelet (1-2, 0-2 EBAL)

14, Freedom (3-1-0)

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

Also noted: Albany, Alhambra, Dublin, Heritage, Livermore, Piedmont.

Matt Schwab

  • DVAL Future fan

    Matt,

    Thank you for posting your early rankings. I totally agree with the O’Dowd team being ranked #1. I have seen these players compete in HS/Club they are very good, young and well coached.

  • Matt Schwab

    Thanks DVAL Future Fan. I was very impressed with O’Dowd last season. Although I haven’t seen them in person this year, I’ve heard lots of good things. I see they’re playing in the Excalibur tournament in Santa Ana rather than the Tri-Valley Classic.

  • Matt Schwab

    For those who think Livermore is ranked too low — and I know you’re out there — you might be right. But you can’t completely ignore those few little blemishes on the Cowboys’ record. I will reflect on the rankings and monitor closely any future scores, and will adjust accordingly. If you think I’m off my rocker, feel free to chime in.

  • ET

    Campolindo beat Dougherty Valley 2-1 to go into the winter break 4-0-1 in the DFAL and 6-0-2 overall. Campolindo tied CP 2-2 in a non-league game so the ranking of CP and Campo at #10 and #11 seems reasonable. Campolindo’s team is mostly the same as last year’s team that lost to BOD 1-0 in non-league and 2-0 in the NCS semi’s. Saw that BOD beat Berkeley 1-0 yesterday. Campolindo plays BOD in a non-league game on January 14th at BOD. Should be a great game to watch. Maybe Matt will check it out.

  • soccerfrau

    Berkeley outplayed BOD ( better possession, more aggressive, better overall technical ability). The lone goal was on a 30yd free kick that the goalie got a hand on. Credit BOD for the result but they looked average. Still the favorite in D 2 though.

  • Matt Schwab

    The Yellowjackets always seem to have good skill, but have struggled in NCS. You have to go back to 2007 to find Berkeley advancing past the first round. They appear to need that breakthrough win in the postseason. Once that happens, they might really take off.

  • KFC

    I know it was early in the season, but didn’t Berkeley lose to Clayton Valley? A team who has managed just 3 goals in 9 games? It seems to me that its a bit early to claim a crown I am sure BOD is solid, but cmon man….better than any ebal team?

  • Matt Schwab

    These are the early rankings. Just giving people something to chew on. … There will be some fluxuation in the rankings after the Tri-Valley Classic. Berkeley did beat California 3-0. Not sure what happened vs. Clayton Valley in the ‘jackets season opener. Anyone have an update on O’Dowd in the Santa Ana tournament?

  • KFC

    Last I heard BOD was in semi’s down south. Some interesting results at TVC this weekend…Congrats to SRV on their championship

  • KFC

    BOD goes down to Edison in the Semi’s Wish they woulda stayed home to see where they would shake out up here, but a nice showing none the less