Greetings, East Bay soccer aficionados. You are witnessing some of the country’s very best in girls high school soccer, judging by the more than 50 local players who will be signing with colleges this week.
The talent pool is deep around here. … Great goals and goalkeeping. Well-organized defenses and lots of spirit are on tap each weekday night.
There were some interesting high-powered battles last week. Bishop O’Dowd rebounded from a 2-1 loss against Castro Valley to outscore Berkeley 5-3 in a huge week in the WACC-Foothill Division.
Miranda Nild had two brilliant finishes for Castro Valley against the Dragons, and impressive Stephanie Zuniga had a hat trick for the Dragons against Berkeley.
EBAL and DFAL teams continue to beat each other up, although San Ramon Valley has five straight shutout wins and has clinched another EBAL title. Camplindo looks like the class of the DFAL. O’Dowd remains atop the WACC-Foothill Division, but the Yellowjackets and Trojans have kept the heat on all season.
College Park has clinched a second second consecutive DVAL title, and Freedom remains in charge in the BVAL.
In the EBAL, Amador Valley and Monte Vista have locked up NCS Division I at-large berths. The Dons’ storybook season got even better as they earned back-to-back shutout road wins last week over Monte Vista and California, which followed Amador’s shutout win over Granada. Amador Valley has a huge game at home against San Ramon Valley on Tuesday.
California, Granada and Foothill are all on the NCS bubble.
In the MVAL, Logan and Washington battled to an entertaining 1-1 draw, putting the surging Colts in position to earn a third straight MVAL title. But it’s not a done-deal yet. Great long throw-ins by the Huskies’ Maddie Cook. Washington played hard. Expect the Huskies to rebound well.
Here are the latest East Bay Girls Soccer Rankings.
Rankings (Through Feb. 1)
1, San Ramon Valley (15-0-4, 9-0-3 EBAL)
2, Bishop O’Dowd (18-2-1, 13-1-0 WAC-Foothill)
3, Berkeley (12-3-2, 11-2-1 WAC Foothill)
4, Castro Valley (17-2-2, 12-2-0 WAC-Foothill)
5, Amador Valley (11-6-2, 7-4-1 EBAL)
6, Monte Vista (8-5-4, 6-3-2 EBAL)
7, Campolindo (11-1-2, 9-0-1 DFAL)
8, California (7-7-5, 3-5-4 EBAL)
9, College Park (13-2-6, 8-1-0 DVAL)
10, Logan (10-5-3, 9-1-2 MVAL)
11, Granada (5-6-0 EBAL)
12, Foothill (5-6-7, 3-5-4 EBAL)
13, Washington (12-1-3, 8-1-1 MVAL)
14 (t), Freedom (11-3-2, 6-0-1 BVAL)
14, (t) Livermore (6-9-4, 2-7-4 EBAL)
14 (t), Piedmont (12-5-1, 10-3-0 WACC Shoreline)
Also noted: Alhambra, American, Carondelet, Clayton Valley, Encinal, Dublin, Heritage, Liberty, Ygnacio Valley.