Greetings, girls soccer players, parents, coaches, team trainers, referees, and aficionados. The first edition of the 2013/14 East Bay High School Girls Soccer Blog has arrived.
We’re talking goals, assists, saves, nutmegs, scholarships, college connections, rankings, and whatever else makes your futbol boat float. The upcoming season will be one of change in the EBAL, with new coaches at Granada, Livermore and Carondelet. Thus far, I know of one newbie: Bob Montano has been hired to replace Jason Maratsos at Livermore. Big cleats to fill. Jason did a bang-up job getting the Cowboys on nearly equal footing with the EBAL hierarchy — no small task. One EBAL veteran coach said Maratsos deserved coach of the year consideration last season. … Carondelet and Granada have yet to make an announcement about a new coach. … If you know of any coaching scoops, feel free to share because that’s what this space is all about, scoops.
Here’s something impressive: The Cal women’s team has nine players from the East Bay Area, among those six from the EBAL, including three from San Ramon Valley. It’s a great testiment to the level of play we get to see on the high school fields.
Here are Cal’s East Bay-rooted players: Lynsey Hromatko (Monte Vista), Tamara Aboumrad (Mission San Jose), Mekenna DeBack (Miramonte), Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick (Amador Valley), Hannah Koski (San Ramon Valley), Kory Lamet (Carondelet), Grace Leer (San Ramon Valley), Celeste Martore (Castro Valley), and Alexa Vandevanter (San Ramon Valley). Fitzpatrick has started 16 games this season and is tied for No. 2 on the team in goals, with six, and points, with 16. Vandevanter, the East Bay High School Player of the Year last season, has made nine appearances and one start. Lamet, Leer and Martore have each played in 16 games, and DeBack has played in 13 . The Bears are 9-3-5 overall and 2-3-3 in the Pac-12 Conference, but are coming off back-to-back 1-0 defeats at Oregon State and Oregon.
Also worth noting: A local quartet is figuring prominently at No. 7 Stanford. Freshmen M Stephanie Amack (Dougherty Valley) and D/F Ryan Walker-Hartshorn (Bishop O’Dowd) have each seen significant minutes. Senior D Natalie Griffen (Amador Valley) has been starting, along with Amack. Also, Stanford freshman Megan Turner (San Ramon Valley) had two goals in 16 games played.
Former Castro Valley star Micaela Castain is tearing it up at Washington State, leading the Pac-12 in goals, assists and points.
Although I write mostly about girls soccer in this space, I would be remiss in not mentioning that my old golfing buddy Keith Switzer of Newark has been hired to coach the Livermore High boys team. Score one for the Cowboys. Switzer has a solid track record as a player and a coach, and as a DJ.
Early rankings will come in about three weeks. Cheers, MS