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League play revs up again after the holiday break, as a showdown looms in the Mission Valley Athletic League and other league-leaders will start their push for the postseason.

A battle for first place in the MVAL looms on Tuesday, when defending champion Logan (5-4-1, 4-0-0) hosts unbeaten Washington (8-0-2, 4-0-0), which has come of age after going 2-14-4 overall and 2-8-2 in league last season. Huskies senior Megan Ravenscroft leads the team with 11 goals and two assists.

Campolindo is on a four-game winning streak heading into Wednesday’s showdown against host Dublin, which had an 0-1-1 mark against the Cougars last season.

San Ramon Valley (EBAL), Campolindo (DFAL) and College Park (DVAL) appear to have the inside shot at league championships, but much work lies ahead.

The BVAL, which kicks off this week, looks like a pick ‘em, with defending champion Freedom having a slight edge over Brentwood battlers Heritage and Liberty and the rest.

The new West Alameda County-Foothill Division features a menacing triple threat in Bishop O’Dowd, Castro Valley and Berkeley, but the Dragons are proving very tough to beat. O’Dowd owns shut out wins over the Trojans (4-0) and Yellowjackets (1-0). A date to circle on the calendar is Jan. 18, when Berkeley travels to Castro Valley.

In the DVAL, College Park won its showdown with Ygnacio Valley 3-0 last week. Jacky Scharff, who leads the Falcons with 13 goals, scored what proved to be the winner in the 66th minute to break a scoreless draw.

It looks like it will be battle royal for the top spots in the EBAL. San Ramon Valley has the most dynamic attack in the area, but the rest of the EBAL teams have notable strengths. Teams can steal a point against the Wolves with bunker-and-counter strategies.

Improved Amador Valley, Monte Vista and Granada are bunched in a tie for second, each with 2-1 marks. But improved Livermore looks like it’s going to stick around to the finish with a veteran lineup. Foothill, California and Carondelet all have reasonable chances to crack the top three. It may come down to which team not named San Ramon Valley can get hot on offense.

FALCONS PRESENT MEETS FALCONS PAST: College Park players, past and present, met on Dec. 22 in an alumni game. The alumni players wore special white jerseys that they were allowed to keep as a gift from the varsity team. The game was fun-filled with lots of good-natured ribbing on a rainy day. The players were treated to a beautiful double rainbow after the match. Perfect.

Rankings (Through Jan. 7)

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, Castro Valley (9-1-2, 5-1 WAC-Foothill)

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

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 (10-1-4, 4-0-0 DVAL)

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

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

14, Livermore (5-3-2, 1-1-2 EBAL)

15, Freedom (4-2-0)

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

Matt Schwab

  • DVAL Future fan

    College Park High School only loss this season was to a non-NCS opponent – Mitty. They have played several quality soccer teams (Campo, Freedom, Castro Valley, YV, Dublin and Liberty. The finished 1st in the TVC Gold division. I can see them in the top 10 rankings before the season finishes. They play CVCHS on Friday. This is always a tough league match.

  • Matt Schwab

    I see that Washington beat Logan 4-1 and Livermore tied SRV 0-0. Wow! Monte Vista and Foothill drew 1-1. California took a wild 4-3 decision over Amador Valley … Looks like the EBAL is crazy balanced. Interesting scores. There’ll be some shuffling in the rankings next week. College Park could well move up into the top 10. Stay tuned …

  • Craig

    Heritage opened league play with a 5-1 drubbing of Deer Valley last night, a team they tied 3-3 last year; good opening statement!

  • KFC

    EBAL is anyone’s game. No such thing as an upset this year. The question is gonna be who gets left out of the NCS tourney due to a sub 500 record that otherwise would drum most other opponents. Crazy stuff…

  • ET

    Campo beat Dublin 3-0 while Alhambra lost to Miramonte 5-2. After first half of league play, standings are as follows pending resuts of the Las Lomas – Dougherty Valley game.

    Camplindoo 5-0-1 (16 points)
    Alhambra 3-2-1 (10 points)
    Dublin 2-2-2 (8 points)
    Miramonte 2-3-1 (7 points)
    Las Lomas 1-2-2 (5 points)
    Dougherty Valley 1-3-2 (5 points)
    Acalanes 1-4-1 (4 points)

    Campolindo visits Acalanes on Friday and then plays at Bishop O’Dowd next Monday. Should be a good game and see if Campo can give BOD a good game.

  • ET

    In Miramonte’s 5-2 win over Alhambra, Megan Reid scored 3 goals and had 1 assist. And that was after she played in a 5:30 basketball game at Acalanes and scored 7 points. Miramonte was leading the basketball game 50-8 at halftime, so Megan Reid probably left the basketball game at halftime to get to the soccer game at Miramonte which started at 6:15. Oh and Megan Reid had 4 steals and 8 assists in the basketball game as well.

  • KFC

    Geez…SRV goes 6-0 over Amador??? Crazy. Carondelet gets a first EBAL win over Livermore…should make for an interesting match up Saturday between these two .

  • KFC

    OK….my bad…..SRV over amador 3-1 Much more legit…Sorry for the bad info

  • Mudhen

    O’Dowd is gonna play Berkeley in early Feb. This will be as good as any NCS final.

  • SoccerFan

    Interesting watching the normal EBAL battles. As usual, as the league season starts, the 8 EBAL teams beat each other up. Similar to last season when the EBAL went 27-5-6 (0.789) versus non-EBAL NCS D1 teams, EBAL went 21-6-5 (0.734)this season.

  • Matt Schwab

    Livermore suffered a tough and painful 1-0 loss against Carondelet on Thursday. Cowboys’ standouts Audrey Walke and Pooja Patel suffered injuries in the first half. Walke went to the hospital after suffering a bad ankle sprain and is possibly out for season.

  • KFC

    hey Matt..were you there? yes there were a few unfortunate injuries to white and poona (she was back after 10 minutes) but the fact is that the EBAL is up for grabs…..carondelet looked pretty damn good

  • KFC

    by the way…pooja came back into the game and the carondelet d stepped up to a lot of opportunity

  • 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.

  • soccerfrau

    Interesting result for Clayton Valley. Ygnacio Valley is back in the hunt for a league title. When is the last time a team other than College Park or Clayton Valley has won the DVAL?

  • Top Of The Box

    KFC…I must laugh at your assessment of Carondelet. Livermore lost its two best players…one for basically 70 of the 80 minutes…and the other for about 20 minutes, not 10. Carondelet is 1-5 in EBAL because they are young and play kickball. If you think kickball looks “pretty damn good” then…I guess they did look good. LOL.