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