East Bay Area Girls Soccer Rankings

San Ramon Valley moves into the top spot of the East Bay Area Girls Soccer rankings after earning a second consecutive Tri-Valley Classic championship in the Invitational Division.

The Wolves, ranked No. 2 in the state in the elitesoccer.com top 40, remained unbeaten with a 2-0 win over Buchanan-Clovis in the championship match at Mustang Soccer Complex. With a high-octane attack, the Wolves, earned their sixth Classic title overall in the top division, also beating James Logan 5-0, Santa Margarita-Rancho Santa Margarita 3-1 and tying powerful Archbishop Mitty-San Jose 0-0. Mitty is ranked sixth in the Elite Soccer state rankings.

San Ramon Valley (8-0-2) has outscored 10 opponents 32-4, but the Wolves defense was dinged by a counterattacking California in a 2-2 draw in EBAL play on Dec. 18. The Wolves’ Kristen Pavlick and Summer Stamates scored against Buchanan, and Melissa Lewis and Alyssa Alarab had assists.

Bishop O’Dowd, which slips to No. 2 this week, represented Bay Area soccer very well at the Excalibur Tournament in Southern California last week. The Dragons roared into the semifinals with wins over Walnut (2-0), Mater Dei (1-0) and Temecula Valley (3-0), before losing 2-0 against Edison-Huntington Beach in the semifinals.

The Dragons drew 0-0 with powerful Los Osos-Rancho Cucamonga in the third-place game.

Unfortunately, O’Dowd and San Ramon Valley won’t meet this season as they compete in different divisions in the postseason.

CLASSIC SPURS DEBATE: Lots of intriguing scores in the Tri-Valley Classic, which can be explained in part because of attrition. The hard-fought games come in rapid succession.

Carondelet dropped its first two Invitational Division matches by a goal against Buchanan and El Camino Real before besting Monte Vista and Logan each by a goal. It will be interesting to see if the Cougars, who have struggled getting traction in EBAL play, can continue their surge in the new calendar year.

College Park and Freedom both had solid efforts in the Gold Division. The Falcons tied Castro Valley 1-1 and beat BVAL power Liberty 2-0, before a 1-1 draw against last year’s NCS Division II runner-up Dublin. Freedom topped Foothill and Dublin in the Classic. Last season Freedom won a bruising battle against Granada in the NCS Division I playoffs in penalty kicks before the Falcons fell to San Ramon Valley 3-0 in the quarterfinals.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Here come the Cowboys. Livermore moved into the rankings with three excellent results, including a 1-0 win over Monte Vista, a scoreless draw against California and a 2-0 win over and Heritage.

Rankings (Through Dec. 31)

1, San Ramon Valley (8-0-2, 2-0-1 EBAL)

2, Bishop O’Dowd (9-1-1, 5-0-0 WAC-Foothill)

3, Berkeley (6-2, 5-1-0 WAC Foothill)

4, Monte Vista (4-3-2, 2-1-0 EBAL)

5, Logan (5-3-1, 4-0-0 MVAL)

6, Castro Valley (9-1-1, 5-1 WAC-Foothill)

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

8, Granada (2-1 EBAL)

9, California (4-3-2, 0-1-2 EBAL)

10, Amador Valley (6-3, 2-1-0 EBAL)

11, College Park (7-1-3, 3-0-0 DVAL)

12, Carondelet (3-5, 0-2 EBAL)

13, Campolindo (6-0-2, 4-0-1 DFAL)

14, Livermore (4-3-1, 1-1-1 EBAL)

15, Freedom (4-2-0)

Also noted: Alhambra, Dublin, Foothill, Heritage, Liberty, Piedmont, Ygnacio Valley.

Matt Schwab

  • mudhen

    It’ a shame we won’t see O’Dowd and San Ramon play each other. Those girls are tough as dirt and could beat most of us old codgers on this blog in a fair fistfight. Credit to College Park for the draw with Castro Valley. I watched that game and it was a defensive slugfest.

  • Matt Schwab

    Good to hear your thoughts, Mudhen. I received a few extra vacation days during the holidays and was unable to watch any of the Classic for the first time in years. Nice “old codgers” reference as well. It’s hard to compare and contrast teams accurately by just looking at scores. I think soccer novices would be surprised to see just how physical and intense these girls games are.

  • scoreboard

    Matt – How is Las Lomas this season? Thinking about going to LL vs Northgate on Friday. Worth the trip?

  • Matt Schwab

    Hmm … Looks like Las Lomas and Northgate will be a competitive game. Both teams hovering around .500 overall: Las Lomas is 1-2-2 (DFAL) and 2-2-2 overall and Northgate 0-2-1 in the DVAL and 5-4-3 overall, according to maxpreps.com.

  • Scoreboard

    Ok sounds good. I usually follow the boys NCS soccer but am trying to support the girls side a bit more.

  • Matt Schwab

    I went ahead and added Ygnacio Valley to the also noted section of the rankings. The Warriors are 11-2-2 overall and 3-0-0 in the DVAL. They haven’t played the toughest of schedules, but 11 wins out of 15 games is pretty solid. We’ll learn more when they face College Park on Jan. 3.

  • james quijano

    Ygnacio valley is doing very well and had a mixed schedule. They tied saint Marys, who knocked them out of ncs last year. In fact, Yv was dominating and through a goalie mistake, they gave up the tie
    They also went 4-0 in the Tri-Valley classic silver division against Antioch, Acalanes, Deer valley and Mission San Jose.
    Best rivals Northgate and Clayton Valley, which is accomplishments in itself
    Not saying they are number one in the area but they are a proven team at the moment

  • soccerfrau

    Actually YV has played a very solid schedule of mostly NCS bound Div 2 teams. Game against College Park for 1st place coming up on Thursday. IMO a way better game than Las Lomas vs Northgate. Bonilla is a really fun player to watch.

  • DVAL Future fan

    Girls soccer –
    College Park 3 YV 0

  • DVAL Future fan

    YV is a top team in the DVAL. They remind me of the 49er’s in the 1980’s “Sooo many weapons to beat you”. plus their keepers can make very athletic saves. I noticed after the CPHS game that their player stats had typos in them. The final score was 3-0 CP but it shows 3 YV players scored 5 goals.

  • MVAL Fan

    Washington beat Logan 4-1 on Tuesday in MVAL.

  • DVAL Future fan

    CVCHS scored on a late corner kick to beat CP 1-0. The keeper for CVCHS is very athletic and did a superb job stopping shots all night from attacking Falcons. The goal was one of the few opportunities CVCHS had in the match. CVCHS defense made it count by playing a full house in the box to protect the keeper. The two teams play again in the season finale Feb. 5th.