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

  • DVAL Future fan

    BIG game Tuesday CPHS vs YVHS. It’s not EBAL but these girls play hard and want to be league champions.

  • The Sweeper

    @DVAL Future Fan,

    CP v YV is a great rivalry. I have other plans, but please weigh in with your take on the match.

    BTW, why are you a “future fan”? Just curious.

  • The Sweeper

    Hey Matt Schwab,

    Matt Smith does an NCS bracket prediction on the boys side and I would like to see one on the girls side. Let me know if that is possible. I realize that this is quite a hassle on your part, and that some “soccer moms” are opposed to any such “wagering,” but I am just talking about bragging rights. As you know, predicting the winner on the girls side is EBAL biased, but the EBAL champ generally does not win the NCS, at least over the past 10 years.

    BTW, we are Mustang soccer club parents dating back to the early 90s, and one of our kids coaches in the EBAL. Matt Smith also knows much of the story.

    See you at the pitch!

  • Matt Schwab

    Hmmm … Not a bad call, Sweeper. I know Matt Smith does a great job, setting a high standard with his boys blog. My problem with ranking teams at the Div. II level is I rarely see them, so it’s just me, blindfolded, throwing darts at a bracket. Having said that: Predictions stimulate interest and discussion (“We’ll show Schwab!). I’m leaning toward giving it the old college try.

  • Matt Schwab

    Apologies to DVAL Future fan: I added some info. on the CP-YV pending battle this morning. Prediction: It won’t be scoreless.

  • Matt Schwab

    On another topic: With college signing day fast approaching, be sure to let me/us know of your list of signees, which can be broken down by school or club. I know Mustang always has a bunch, along with the Rage. West Coast Soccer Club has some too. Castro Valley, Berkeley and O’Dowd, the WACC trifecta, undoubtedly has some signees, in addition to the Dragons’ Ryan Walker Hartshorn (Stanford).

  • Mudhen

    You want BIG GAME? Try O’Dowd vs. Berkeley on Friday night.

  • Matt Schwab

    THAT would qualify, Mudhen. Note to self: Make sure and check all the schedules before declaring the big games of the week. I’ll talk to the boss and see how best to proceed. Are you going to be there?

  • soccerfrau

    Berkeley vs BOD was an excellent contest first time around. Where is Ryan Walker Hartshorn? Injured? BOD offense has been anemic last 2 weeks.

    Have to root for the underdog go Ygnacio Valley!!!

  • The Sweeper


    No ranking is required, just pick the brackets ala March Madness. ANYONE can do it, even you! Hah!

    Note to self: buy Matt Schwab some darts so he can guess with best.

    See you at the pitch!

  • S.Scout

    AV keeper needs to keep her attitude together and play well tonight if AV wants to beat MV.

  • mudhen

    Yep. I’ll be there, icogneto.

  • Matt Schwab

    Looks like the Amador Valley keeper had a great night, S. Scout. The stats for the match credit Nicholas with nine saves in a 1-0 win over the Mustangs. Big win for Amador.

  • KFC

    The hits just keep comin in EBAL Nice win for AV, Cal with a minor upset of Granada who is starting to struggle and Foothill/Livermore draw. No surprise that the SRV train is chugging right along. They look unbeatable

  • Matt Schwab

    Here’s the first list I’ve received of girls who will be signing next week. Congratulations to all the girls!

    East Bay United Bay Oaks Speed Demons (U18)

    (1) Kristin Moyer (Mission San Jose HS) – Portland State University
    (2) Bianca Munoz (Arroyo HS) – Portland State University
    (3) Paloma Zermeno (James Logan HS) – Portland State University
    (4) Kylie Moltzen (Mission San Jose HS) – Southern Oregon University
    (5) Reyna Buzon (Alameda HS) – Cal State University-Stanislaus
    (6) Rory Chipman (Head Royce HS) – Vassar College
    (7) Darby Nordin (Bishop O’Dowd HS) – Cal State University-Chico
    (8) Kate Ranahan (Bishop O’Dowd HS) – UC Davis
    (9) Ryan Daniel (Bishop O’Dowd HS) – University of Hawaii at Manoa
    (10) Bianca Lowe (Bishop O’Dowd HS) – Cal State University-Northridge
    (11) Emma Tinloy (El Cerrito HS) – UC Davis

  • SoccerFan

    Lexi Nicholas had a great game Tuesday and the Dons played well as a team thwarting MV on several occasions. As a parent of a Don Senior it is good to see them turning the corner and challenging the top teams.

  • Matt Schwab

    Mustang Soccer planning party for 28 college signees on Feb. 6. That’s a lot of smarts and soccer skill.

  • KFC

    Lot of great players committing to D1 schools. Congratulations to each and everyone of you who are following your dreams. This is the best post ever as a dad. Cheers

  • Kevin O

    Do you think with the lack of
    Performances by the D2 schools, we could see a 12 team bracket instead of 16?

    And remind me of the eligibility rules again please? Just because you’re at .500 against the same division or league makes you automatically in?

  • Matt Schwab

    Regarding shrinking the Div. 2 field: I suppose anything is possible, but the trend in the section is to keep expanding. More teams in the postseason means more money for NCS. Maybe someone else out there has more insight on the field-size issue.
    Here is the exact wording from the NCS website regarding at-large berths:
    21.303H Minimum Qualifying Record
    To be accepted as a participant in the NCS/Les Schwab Tires Soccer Championships, a team shall have compiled an overall
    record of at least an equal number of wins and losses or an overall record of at least an equal number of wins and losses
    against teams in its own division, or at least an equal number of wins and losses in its own league. Exception: league
    champions gain automatic entry. (Board of Managers 5/1/06)

  • Matt Schwab

    Great showing last night by Castro Valley in a surprising 2-1 win over O’Dowd. The Trojans’ spirited play reflects well on their coach Paul McCallion. Two great goals by Miranda Nild. It was O’Dowd’s first loss in league play since December 2011, when it also fell to rival Castro Valley. The Dragons’ attack has been hampered by the absence of Stanford-bound striker Ryan Walker-Hartshorn (partially torn hamstring) since late December, but Walker entered the game with 10 minutes left. She had not been training and will need some time to round into top form. The Dragons will rebound just fine. They have a great defense and an abundant of talent overall, including the likes of youth national team players Stephanie Zuniga (U16s) and Aerial Chavarin (U15s).

  • ET

    @Kevin D,

    The lack of performance by some schools may be due to the strength of their league. From a record standpoint Albany with a 12-5-2 record seems like a lock as does Piedmont with a 10-5-1 record. However, Acalanes beat Albany in the Winter Classic, but their league record in DFAL is 1-7-2, but their overall record is 8-8-4. Also Miramonte is 3-5-1 in DFAL with a 5-6-1 record overall, but beat Piedmont earlier this week. So although both Acalanes and Miramonte may just qualify, they may also be deserving. I am sure there are also other deserving DII schools playing in tough leagues or against DI schools in their league.

    I believe to qualify for NCS a team needs a .500 or better record in one of the following:

    Overall record
    League record
    Record against teams in same division (note that some leagues have a mixture of DI and DII schools)

    I would think that there will be enough DII schools for a 16 team field that are worthy.

  • soccerfrau

    In D 2 there are 16 teams that will qualify although Las Lomas is on the bubble. They will need a win against Miramonte to help the cause. Of note Encinal and Moreau (who will be lower NCS seeds) just tied highly ranked D 1 teams (Berkeley and Washington).

    Acalanes and Miramonte have work to do but should qualify, losses to D 1 teams don’t count against them.

    If Ryan Walker-Hartshorn is not 100% (and that will probably be the case), the tourney will be open. Campo is very consistent, Miramonte has Reid if she doesn’t have BB games, YV could be a team of destiny, and Alhambra and Dublin play hard.

  • Soccerfan1980

    Man…. What has this world come to where a 1-7 league record makes the playoffs? So you’re telling me, Miramonte and Acalanes will make the playoffs because they have a .500 record? It’s ridiculous considering Acalanes with that 1-7 record. Miramonte is not too much better.

  • Soccerfan1980

    Could you put together a prediction bracket for D2?

  • DVAL Future fan

    @ #2 Sweeper

    Thank you for the message.

    DVAL Future fan is just a handle I’ve had for some time. I am a parent with kids @ CPHS. Been going to DFAL/DVAL and EBAL sports since I was a kid growing up in WC. Plus I have more kids on the way to HS.

    I enjoy everyone’s insights on both the boys and girls HS soccer scene. We are blessed to so many talented athletes to watch.Thank you Matt for the Blog. Keep up the good work.

    BTW, CPHS defeated Concord 3-2 tonight to earn back to back League Championship. Coack Larry Hall says its the 1st time ever for CPHS! He should know. He started the program many years ago.

    I realize DVAL is not as competitive as EBAL but the league really has some special players. Plus this is HS soccer and on any given night….

  • @DVAL Future Fan

    How is Concords team? I have read they were solid some games but not so great in others.

  • DVAL Future fan

    I agree with your message.

    Last night Concord played a spirited match. They played hard until the final whistle. CPHS has proven offense and a top defender in Mary Stammers.
    Concord MF Kelsey Randall is a great 2 sport athlete. She scored both the goals for Concord last night.

  • Matt Schwab

    Saw a couple of exciting games this week as Castro Valley rallied past O’Dowd 2-1 and Logan rallied to tie Washington 1-1. Lots of good players and even competition. Intense, physical. Not always pretty, but all four teams played with courage and a burning desire to win a league championship. Fanning out from the balanced EBAL action, it is apparent just how deep the talent pool is for girls soccer in the East Bay. The Huskies’ Maddie Cook had a great goal, and her long throw-ins are amazing and worth the price of admission. She very nearly scored on one. Logan is surging toward the postseason.

  • Matt Schwab

    Prepare for Blast off! Here’s an amazing list of Mustang Soccer players who are moving on to college play. The signing date is Feb. 6. Big party at Mustang Soccer Complex. I counted 16 from the Mustang Blast.
    Congratulations to all the players, girls and boys.
    Alarab, Alyssa, UCLA, Blast, SRVHS
    Amack, Stephanie, Stanford, Blast, Dougherty Valley
    Christensen, Ashley, USD, Blast, Carondelet
    Clark, Hannah, BYU, Blast, Monte Vista
    Feldman, Rachel, Navy, Blast, Cal High
    Holden, Lauren, Oregon, Blast, Cal High
    Hromatko, Lynsey, Cal, Blast, Monte Vista
    Idso, Morgan, UC Santa Barbara, Blast, SRVHS
    Koski, Hannah, Cal, Blast, SRVHS
    Mamizuka, Hailey, Saint Mary’s, Blast, Monte Vista
    Pavlick, Kristen Ohio State, Blast, SRVHS
    Utley, Kayla, Cincinnati, Blast, Castro Valley
    Vandevanter, Alexa, Cal, Blast, SRVHS
    Walke, Audrey, Arizona, Blast, Livermore
    Walker, Ryan, Stanford, Blast, Bishop O’Dowd
    Watson, Camille, Cal Northridge, Blast, San Leandro
    Fetsch, Nicole, Pepperdine, Fury, Amador Valley Herwatt, Alyssa Colorado, Fury, Carondelet
    Kummer, Makenna, UC Santa Barbara, Fury, SRVHS
    Marie, Nathalie Stanford, Fury, Berkeley
    Lujan, Brianna, Humboldt State, Revolution, Kennedy
    Teichman, Roxie, Cal Northridge, Eagles, VHS
    Mulholland, Devon Azusa Pacific,Revolution,Monte Vista
    Long, Trevor, Cal, Earthquakes Academy/Granada
    Sommer, Alex, Cornell, Celtic, Head Royce
    Lark, Myles, Cal State Fullerton, Academy, Monte Vista

  • Hello

    Could there be a 12 team bracket? As of now, I see only 11 teams eligible going into the last week.

  • mudhen

    O’Dowd 5 Berkeley 3
    The jackets gave it their all but the dragons had too many weapons up top.

  • KFC

    congrats to all of the young ladies set for wednesday a few notables not mentioned I believe Haley Chow AV is going to Princeton, and Lexi Nicholas is headed to Notre Dame

  • soccerfrau

    O’Dowd scored on 4 bombs from 25-35 yds out. Berkeley #1 goalie out with injury. Zuniga with hat trick she has an incredible shot for her size.

  • trick1496

    Tuesday CP rematch against CVCHS. CP may have locked up DVAL but CVCHS wont back down

  • @Trick

    Clayton Valley has the most arrogant parents and players for every sport (Mostly Football) I have ever seen. I cannot wait to see them be eliminated in the first round this year.

  • ET


    Here are latest college commits for Lamorinda United U18 girls:

    Nadia Alaiyan, Pomona College, Berkeley HS
    Sophie Fuller, Westmont College, Miramonte
    Nina Gerson, Washington University, St. Louis, Berkeley HS
    Jessica Jara, Santa Clara, St. Mary’s
    Sophia Leksan, Loyola Marymount, Campolindo
    Coco Pearce, Pomona College, Miramonte
    Shannon Stabler, Cal Poly SLO, Campolindo
    Katie Tao, Pomona College, SRV
    Megan Turner, Stanford, SRV
    Claire Winter, UCLA, Acalanes

  • DVAL Future fan

    Trick –
    I saw most of today’s CP vs Clayton Valley charter soccer match today. I thought the ugly eagles played much more spirited than in their other matches this season. Was that something special for CP match? They didn’t seem to play their passing game and really racked up the fouls. Actually both teams did. It looked like a rugby game out there!lol