If the soccer gods magically placed any one of these teams in the EBAL — Bishop O’Dowd, Castro Valley, Berkeley, Washington, College Park — how would they do?
I’m assuming that most would expect O’Dowd to contend for a top spot, but the EBAL is no picnic. Every game feels like a North Coast Section semifinal. Playing super-intense, high-level contests twice a week can beat up even a pretty good team, mentally and physically.
It’s one thing to say you upended California or Livermore on a given afternoon, and still another to follow said win (or draw) with matches against the likes of San Ramon Valley and Monte Vista and Granada, back-to-back-to-back.
Not to sound like some soccer snob here. I’m just trying to spur some debate. I’m enjoying being able to give girls soccer some much-deserved attention.
Here are the latest girls soccer rankings during this crazy season.
Rankings (Through Jan. 13)
1, San Ramon Valley (10-0-3, 4-0-2 EBAL)
2, Bishop O’Dowd (11-1-1, 7-0-0 WAC-Foothill)
3, Granada (4-1-0 EBAL; missing score vs. MV)
4, Castro Valley (9-1-2, 5-1 WAC-Foothill)
5, Berkeley (6-2, 5-1-0 WAC Foothill; missing two scores)
6, Washington (10-0-2, 6-0-0 MVAL)
7, California (5-4-4, 1-2-3 EBAL)
8, Amador Valley (7-5, 3-3-0 EBAL)
9, Monte Vista (4-4-3, 2-2-1 EBAL; missing score vs Gra.)
10, Livermore (5-4-3, 1-2-3 EBAL)
11, Campolindo (8-0-2, 6-0-1 DFAL)
12, College Park (11-2-4, 5-1-0 DVAL)
13, Carondelet (4-7, 1-5 EBAL)
14, Logan (5-4-1, 4-1-1 MVAL)
15, Freedom (7-3-0, 2-0-0 BVAL)
Also noted: Clayton Valley, Dublin, Encinal, Foothill, Heritage, Liberty, Piedmont, Ygnacio Valley.