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.