NCS girls soccer updates

Welcome to a new thread for NCS girls soccer. I’ll be attending the Piedmont-Dublin Div. II quarterfinal match tonight,  where I’ll be taking lots of notes and sampling some of the Gaels’ finest snackbar cuisine.

I’m also anticipating a hard-fought match pitting the No. 3 seeded Gaels (8-8-7), last year’s Div. II runner-up, and the No. 6 Highlanders (15-5-2) as they vie for a spot in Wednesday’s semifinals. Feel free to provide updates and observations from any of the other Div. I and Div. II quarterfinals tonight. It should be an exciting night. Good luck!

I’m curious to see who prevails in the all-Cinderella D-II quarterfinal pitting No. 13 St. Mary’s and No. 12 Albany. All the Div. I matches tonight are intriguing. Cal always plays San Ramon Valley tough; Freedom and Castro Valley are two passionate teams who battle to the final whistle; Monte Vista and Foothill played two tight games in EBAL action, including a 1-1 draw and a 2-1 Mustangs’ win; and College Park, which hasn’t lost since Jan. 11 against Clayton Valley, will face a powerful Berkeley attack.

Upset alert: Just learned that top seed and defending Div. II champion O’Dowd trailed No. 8 Northgate 1-0 at halftime. Stay tuned …

Matt Schwab

  • JRR

    Anyone have a score in the Monte Vista vs. Berkeley game? Someone texted me that it was 0-0 at half.

  • Matt Smith

    I just heard it was 1-0 Berkeley with 25 to go.

  • Matt Smith

    2-0 Berkeley on a free kick off the crossbar, and then put back.

  • MVA Alumni

    Dublin 1-1 Piedmont Own goal. 15 left

  • Matt Smith

    MV scores. 2-1 Berkeley.

  • MVAL Alumni

    Dublin 1-1. Own goal. 11 left.

  • MVAL Alumni

    OT in Campolindo

  • Matt Smith

    Berkeley 2-1. 8 left.

  • Matt Schwab

    Alexa Vandevanter header goal in the 63rd minute, making it 2-0 SRV.

  • JRR

    Go BHS girls!!

  • JRR

    Heard MV-Berkeley now 2-2 and going to OT

  • Matt Schwab

    San Ramon Valley ups lead to 3-0 over Castro Valley in Div. I girls soccer semifinals. Goal by Summer Stamates. Megan Turner gets assist.

  • MVAL Alumni

    1-1 in Campo going to PK’s

  • Not Matt Smith

    End of first OT at MV
    10 to go

  • Toe Kick

    BOD score?

  • MVAL Alumni

    Piedmont Wins 2-1 (3:1). Piedmont’s gk saves 2 pk’s.

  • Not Matt Smith

    MV hits the post!
    But it doesn’t go in!

    2 to go til PK’s

  • bbrents

    Final score for MV-Berkeley?

  • Craig

    any update on MV. v Berk?

  • Matt Schwab

    San Ramon Valley girls win 3-0 with commanding second-half effort.

  • Pitchfan

    Curious if #9 on SRV played tonight. Anyone have an update on the MV-Berkeley game?

  • Caoccer craze

    Wow sounds like some bery good soccer was played tonight! Couple overtimes in boys and girls

  • Soccerfrau

    Bod 5-0 4 goals on corners. Olympic goal 3 min into game.

  • Little birdie

    BOD 5-0 against St. Mary’s
    #9 did not play

  • Toe Kick

    MV advances over Berkeley in PKs 5 to 4 so it’s an NCS D1 rematch for the title. SRV and MV tied 1 to 1 and 0 – 0 in their two EBAL games this year so it should be a good one Saturday.

  • Little birdie

    MV beats Berkeley
    Piedmont beats Campo

  • LDM

    Well played match with campo in charge in the 2 OT’s but could not get one in. Piedmont goalie Platt was outstanding in PKs and campo goalie Leksan cut off a few chances in 2nd half for campo. campo was missing their top playmaker #23 Reshke due to knee injury in previous game. Good luck to a quick Piedmont side on saturday.

  • NoName

    Ok I suck.
    SRV wins big; so much for karma, Kudos to Piedmont – I not Piedmont need conditioning.

    Now for some crow, gulp. The center referee at the MV v Bkly game was good. The fact is the crew from Contra Costa was good, no ifs and or buts.

    See you in the funny farm.

  • HSJ

    Feel a little sorry for berkeley. Better team for 63 minutes. Came with great energy & outhustled MV. After all the negativity of Saturday, I’d like to commend #22 for Berkeley. She was outstanding.

    @ No Name: agree with you. Officials were excellent. Also thought both sets of fans were well behaved.

  • NoName

    @HSJ: agree Berkeley was the better team for most of the night, but certainly not for the OT’s and PK’s. The Berkeley mid was excellent and the entire team was strong down the middle. Fast and technical. Fans were good, benches were good – hey this is what it is supposed to be like. A very good night was had.

  • MVAL Alumni

    @ LDM

    Agreed. I do believe the field was downhill for Piedmont for a lot of the game. However Campo only had one clear opportunity that Platt tipped off the post. There was the own goal on the corner kick and then in the first 2 minutes of the 2nd half the Campo girl missed a sitter wide which I thought was the best opportunity for Campo. Overall Piedmont had the best chances to score. The Campo keeper made some big saves. Piedmont played a great strategy and their defense was not easy to break down. Campo looked great even without #23.

  • Matt Schwab

    Props to Monte Vista and Berkeley for an epic battle last night. I posted this on our site but have copied a follow-up piece here:

    In a thriller, the No. 2 seeded Monte Vista High girls soccer team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat visiting No. 3 Berkeley Wednesday night in a penalty kick shootout in the North Coast Section Division I semifinals.
    The stage is set for an all-Danville girls Division I championship match for the second straight year. Defending champion Monte Vista and last year’s runner-up San Ramon Valley will meet Saturday afternoon at Dublin High. The winner will hold the all-time record for girls soccer Division I soccer titles, with seven.

    Monte Vista and Berkeley, an emerging section powerhouse with an explosive attack, fought to a 2-2 draw through regulation and 20 minutes of sudden death overtime.

    “We were second best for 63 minutes,” Monte Vista coach Brett LeQuesne said on Thursday morning. “Lots of credit to Berkeley. They put us under a lot of pressure. Franny Cerny is a fantastic player for them. Big props to my girls who kept going forward, and it finally paid off. We really seemed to change gears after our first goal.”

    After Cerny scored twice to give the Yellowjackets a 2-0 lead, the Mustangs began their gallant run. Dana Outcalt scored in the 63rd minute, and the relentless Ashlynn Goerz tied it in the 76th minute off a Mallory Hromatko assist.

    LeQuesne gave high marks to the “brilliant” Outcalt and Hromatko, who engineered the comeback. Moreover, Lynsey Hromatko, Mallory’s sister, showed great leadership ability in the back.

    “Attacking-wise, Mal Hromatko was again superb. Her work rate is amazing. Ash Goerz also worked her butt off,” LeQuesne said.

    No. 1 seed San Ramon Valley beat No. 4 Castro Valley 3-0 in the semifinals on Wednesday, getting second-half goals from Alexa Vandevanter and Summer Stamates to put the pesky Trojans away.

  • Matt Schwab

    I put this question under another thread but wanted to get it in this one as a well:

    Who’s your best 11 this season? I’ve seen some good ones but not everyone. Thoughts?

  • Matt Schwab

    I don’t believe these West Coast Soccer Club college signees have been acknowledged yet.
    So here goes:
    Rachel Leonard of Livermore, Sacramento State.
    Adaurie Dayak of Tracy, Sacramento State.
    Regan Smithers of Modesto, Cal State Long Beach.
    Grace Cabri of Tracy, Creighton University.
    Brooke Rittmann of Livermore, Air Force Academy.
    Tayler Lennier of Tracy, Holy Names.
    Amber Lennier of Tracy, Corban University (Ore.).
    Stephanie Pawek of Tracy, Dominican University.
    Ebony Ezeji of Stockton, UOP.
    Congratulations to all the girls and to Earthquakes Hall of Famer Troy Dayak, who heads the flourishing new WCSC program.

  • Matt Schwab

    We’ll be doing a live blog of the San Ramon Valley-Monte Vista girls NCS Div. I final on Saturday. Feel free to chime in with witty retorts or random facts.

  • Soccerplayer

    Yes I agree with Matt schwab, does anyone have an idea for the top 11 girls? Would be very interesting

  • Matt Schwab

    First, let’s give credit where credit is due: St. Mary’s keeper Lucia Lecce had a remarkable two-game stretch in the DII playoffs.
    In the first round, Lecce, a senior, helped the No. 13 Panthers upset No. 4 Miramonte by saving 10 shots in regulation, four in overtime and two PKs. Then Lecce had 13 more saves and two stops in PKs in a triumph over No. 12 Albany.
    Even though St. Mary’s was bounced by BOD in the semis, Lecce was brilliant and heroic overall.

  • MVAL Alumni

    0-0 Piedmont and Odowd 10 left

  • MVAL Alumni

    1st ot piedmont gk makes a big stop

  • fan

    any update from the Piedmont O’Dowd game?

  • soccerfrau

    @ Matt Schwab thanks for your coverage of the women’s side of East Bay soccer. Judging by the # of blog posts this year interest and participation is surging. Hopefully you are able to continue to provide your expert analysis and enthusiasm for all the players in the North Coast Section.

    As Hope Solo and Piedmont’s awesome keeper unfortunately know first hand it’s next to impossible to win back to back games on PKs. Of note Lecce, a senior, was a back up for three years kept working hard and had the best week of her soccer career when it mattered most.

    I think we can all agree high school soccer, especially at the smaller schools, is about players who work just as hard as their more talented and athletic counterparts getting the chance to compete. It doesn’t matter what club or level you play at if you can help your school. And while the quality of high school soccer on the field,(often frantic and overly aggressive), is easy to criticize, all that really matters is that the players take away relationships and memories for a lifetime.

    Thanks to all the players for your hard work and dedication to your teammates and schools. It was a fun season.