East Bay Girls Soccer Rankings (Jan. 28)

Here are the latest East Bay Girls Soccer Rankings, along with some thoughts on the current league races.

Monte Vista, the defending NCS Division I champion, appears to be hitting stride in the EBAL with improved health. Foothill is making a nice move from the bottom part of the standings. The Livermore schools, Granada and Livermore, are looking to bounce back after going a combined 0-4 last week. But it’s like splitting hairs trying to sort out the EBAL underneath the Wolves and Mustangs, in their current form.

Amador Valley is 3-1-1 in its last five games and is shaping up to be a nice story for coach Tim Gray. Consider that the Dons finished 5-9-7 overall and 2-6-6 in the EBAL in the 2011-12 season, after going 7-11-4 and 3-9-2 the previous year. Today, they’re 9-6-2 overall, 5-4-1 in league and rank No. 2 in the league in overall scoring with 28 goals and second in league scoring with 16 goals.

California, after an injury-plagued slow start, will be a tough nut to crack with the return of standout playmaker Rachel Feldman, who is headed to the Navy. Scoring has been the Grizzlies biggest challenge. Last week Feldman helped them rally past Livermore 2-1 after Cal played well in a 1-0 loss against San Ramon Valley, in which Grizzlies goalkeeper Lauren Holden stopped back-to-back penalty kicks.

There’s a couple of rivalry matches  this week that I’m planning to cover for the newspaper: Logan at Washington at Tak Fudenna Stadium on Jan. 31, and Bishop O’Dowd at Castro Valley on Jan. 30.

In a BVAL showdown, title contenders Freedom and Heritage will meet on Jan. 31 in Brentwood.

Underneath first-place Campolindo in the DFAL it’s pretty chaotic. Dublin, which is 2-0-2 in its last four games, is beginning to press the pace, but Dougherty Valley and Alhambra remain dangerous.

And, yes, there’s a big DVAL battle pitting Ygnacio Valley and host College Park at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The first-place Falcons lead the Warriors by three points in the standings. The teams have combined for 122 goals this season.

Rankings (Through Jan. 27)

 1, San RamonValley (13-0-4, 7-0-3 EBAL)

 2, Bishop O’Dowd (16-1-1, 12-0-0 WAC-Foothill)

 3, Berkeley (10-2-2, 9-1-1 WAC Foothill)

 4, Monte Vista (7-4-4, 5-2-2 EBAL)

 5, Castro Valley (15-2-2, 10-2-0 WAC-Foothill)

 6, Amador Valley (9-6-2, 5-4-1 EBAL)

 7, Washington (12-1-3, 8-1-1 MVAL)

 8, Granada (5-4-0 EBAL)

 9, Campolindo (9-1-2, 7-0-1 DFAL)

 10, California (6-6-5, 2-4-4 EBAL)

 11, College Park (13-2-6, 8-1-0 DVAL)

12, Foothill (5-5-6, 3-4-3 EBAL)

 13, Livermore (6-7-3, 2-5-3 EBAL)

 14 (t), Logan (9-5-2, 8-1-1 MVAL)

 14 (t), Freedom (8-3-1, 3-0-1 BVAL)

 15 (t), Heritage (9-3-3, 4-0-2 BVAL)

15 (t), Piedmont (10-4-1, 8-3-0 WACC Shoreline)

Also noted: Alhambra, American, Carondelet, Clayton Valley, Dublin, Ygnacio Valley.

Matt Schwab