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High school girls soccer rankings

By Matt Schwab
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 at 11:00 am in Uncategorized.

It is looking more and more like a Danville school will win the North Coast Section Division I girls soccer championship again this season.
But which one? Not an easy call.


San Ramon Valley and Monte Vista have met in the NCS final in each of the past two years, with the Wolves prevailing 1-0 in 2013 and the Mustangs 1-0 in 2012. The Mustangs upended San Ramon Valley in penalty kicks in the Tri-Valley Classic championship match on Dec. 21. Thus, Monte Vista vaulted from No. 33 to 10th in the Girls Winter Soccer FASB 50 rankings — one spot ahead of the Wolves.
The Wolves and Mustangs will meet twice more in EBAL action, and a date in the NCS final for a third straight year seems entirely plausible.
Looking around the area, it promises to be another fun-filled and pretty balanced season.
In the EBAL, California, always competitive under coach Lee Munson, could challenge the top two, although the Grizzlies’ 5-0 loss to the Mustangs in EBAL action on Dec. 12 had to sting a bit. Hard to predict what will happen among Amador Valley, Foothill, Granada, Livermore, and Carondelet, in the strong league with three rookie head coaches.
Bishop O’Dowd, which has won the last two NCS Division II titles, looks very good again, but the Dragons were without standouts Stephanie Zuniga, Ariel Chavarin and the coach’s daughter, Haley Nishimoto for the Classic. Health could play a key role for the Dragons in the big matches.
Always solid Castro Valley, the 2010 NCS champion and 2013 semifinalist, boasts a dangerous attack, led by fast and skillful forwards Miranda Nild and Jasmine Edwards. It looks like another three-team joust for the top spot in the WCAL-Foothill among the Trojans, defending champion O’Dowd and Berkeley.
Campolindo looks like the class of the DFAL again, but there’s lots of quality teams nipping at the Cougars’ heels. Young, but lively, College Park merits a slight edge in the DVAL, in what shapes up as a three-team battle among the Falcons, Clayton Valley Charter and Northgate. James Logan, off to a slow start, record-wise, against strong competition, looks to rule the roost again in the balanced MVAL.

East Bay High School Girls Soccer Rankings

As of Dec. 31, 2013
1, Monte Vista
2, San Ramon Valley
3, Bishop O’Dowd
4, California
5, Campolindo
6, Castro Valley
7, Berkeley
8, Freedom
9, College Park
10, Amador Valley
11, Foothill
12, Heritage
13, Granada
14, James Logan
15(t), Clayton Valley Charter
15(t), Piedmont
Others: Acalanes, Alhambra, Carondelet, Dublin, Las Lomas, Liberty, Livermore, Saint Mary’s, Northgate.

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  • Girls Soccer rules

    Matt, thank you for the rankings.
    Top 5 schools have good teams and then a significant drop off in my opinion this year. Interesting that Carondelet is not ranked this year. The new coach must not be impressing anyone. This team gets good talent every year and isn’t ranked above several marginal school programs. Hopefully with league play starting up we will see big improvement across the board for girls soccer.

  • soccerguy

    Piedmont did have a close 3-2 loss to o’dowd a couple of weeks ago. Piedmont has speed and good tactical strategies. I think they will be a contender for the section title again. Castro valley can be dangerous when they get healthy. Alameda has a really strong midfield they can out run anyone. Berkeley has good control of the ball and the game and can contend again for a run in NCS.

  • Tim

    Girls Soccer Rules: not sure how close you are to Carondelet program, but are you aware the school/program has a new policy of no freshmen on varsity/JV? This means that the new coach is working with what was available for last years coach. Shame, because you are right about the talent. There are two or three freshman that could help any EBAL team right now! The new coach is going to be very good. I just don’t think you will see that fully this season.

    As for the rankings/season predictions, it’s way too early to tell. MV & SRV have started well but both have squeaked out some victories. SR didn’t have their way with under strength B.O.D at the TVC & MV were forced to sweat out victory vs Berkeley (who also didn’t field a full strength side). Both teams need to find a better level of consistency because in the EBAL, anything can happen…. And usually does!

    And don’t sleep on the non-EBAL teams. The gap continues to get closer & closer. Castro Valley have been solid (but not spectacular) thus far & in Nild, may have the best player in the area. Berkeley have a great squad & will be hard to defeat.

  • KC

    Thanks for the rankings Matt. Monte Vista and SRV played a very entertaining final in the TVC. Both teams are loaded with talent. As far as the Carondelet thing, the message being sent is purely AYSO. Everyone plays and they don’t really care if they win or lose. Unfortunately, that will keep several of the talented girls from returning in future seasons

  • Girls Soccer rules

    @Tim: Thank you for pointing that out about Carondelet. I have know some families over there that weren’t happy last year. KC seems to think the soccer philosophy has changed too.
    I agree with you about CV player Nild. she’s something special.
    Matt and all, what are other players to watch this season?

  • soccerguy

    Well here are some division 2 girls to watch if you see these teams play:
    Miramonte: Maguire maggie(so)- leads team in goals(8) and has her team with a 5-1-1 record so far.
    Campolindo: Emily Orwig(sr)- leads team in goals(11) an assists(5) while leading her team to an 8-0-2 record.
    Las Lomas: Kathryn August(so)- leads team in goals(5), Gabrielle Brown(jr)- leads team in assists(7) and they have their team at a 3-0-4 record.
    Tennyson: Alexandra Loza(jr)- leads her team in goals(8) and assists(7). She has her team at a 7-4 record so far.
    Albany: Ya Davis(jr)- leads her team in goals(5) versus tough competition. She has her team at a 5-5 record.
    Ygnacio Valley: Julia Curran(sr)- leads team in goals(13) an assists(7), Karla Ramos(jr)- second in goals(11).
    *if you have anyone else in D2, post it please. D1 will come soon.

  • soccerfan910

    De la salle does the same. Only freshman on frosh, soph and juniors and jv and juniors and seniors on varsity. Obviously the boys side has a deeper talent pool but still

  • KC

    Difference is the DLS boys are playing to win every game. Deeper talent pool…yes. and for what its worth, SRV typically carries mostly Jrs and Srs as well, but that is purely on the amount of talent they have coming out of Mustang. The problem evolved last year when the coach chose to start 3 freshman (two of whom were all league) over upperclassmen. That coach is no longer there and neither is the competitive fire to win an NCS title. Nothing wrong with that, just a different philosophy

  • Tim

    There are very few freshmen that play varsity on the boys side. It is much more common on the girls side. SRV, I don’t believe have any Frosh, but that isn’t from a non-Frosh policy. California has one Frosh, MV has two (I think both start).. MV also proved you can win with Frosh, winning NCS with 9 of them playing. But KC is correct. Each school has their own philosophy on how the program is run. Last years didn’t work for some parents & this years won’t work for others. It’s near impossible to keep EVERYBODY happy!

  • soccerguy

    I think campolindo needs to be above BOD. Campolindo has a better record and BOD has some key players out(one that is out for the year).

  • Tim

    Campo is a good team but their strength of schedule so far has been far easier than BOD. Campo’s one quality result against a D1 school is vs College Park. BOD has played SR (NCS champs), Bullard & Buchanan (runner-up/champ of their sections).

  • Girls Soccer rules

    Campo vs BOD is a hard one to rank…I agree with soccerguy that BOD has significant injury to zuniga and missing last years starting keeper. Campo did play College Park very early in season and both teams were missing top talent. I believe Campo came out on top 2-1in that one. The teams have tied each other the privious 2 years. This is a tough one! I do believe theres a significant drop in team play after the top 5 in your rankings.
    Who can discuss top division1 high school talent?

  • KC

    D1 Talent is well dispersed through NCS…Nild has been mentioned. Cant look past Ally Dutto from SRV who is headed to UCLA, Lexi Nicholas out of AV heading to Notre Dame, Haley Lukas from Foothill who is headed to Cal, Jamie Van Horn from SRV headed to Pepperdine. There is a bevy of young talent at Monte Vista, SRV, and Carondelet Disappointed to hear Zuniga is down (headed to Colorado) as she is a powerhouse

  • Girls Soccer rules

    I agree with KC on D1 talent being dispersed throughout NCS. Love to hear about the up and coming stars and diamonds in the rough stars that don’t play for a danville school or private school.Not saying these players don’t train hard but love the underdog story. HS sports focus does a nice segment on players like this that are overcoming obstacles or have overcame something early in life. These are my favorite players. If anyone out there knows of a player like this… please share.

  • Pez

    I’ve watched Miramonte a couple of times and I think they are underrated.

    On the topic of forcing frosh/soph kids to play down, I think its a double-edged sword. I know at Miramonte there are enough good girl soccer players to make one good team. So the varsity coach seems to prefer to move up promising frosh players and push down soph/jr kids that perhaps have less upside or are less polished. Every year we have an annual ritual of pretty good soph/jr players quitting rather than moving down. Results are that we have promising frosh kids sitting the bench on varsity that could be getting experience on JV and a woefully bad jv team made up of kids that have basically played little soccer mixed with a couple of pretty good kids that got bypassed. Further result is that once on jv there is likely no chance you will ever make it up to varsity regardless of how hard you work, so of course they will eventually quit. Acalanes has enough kids for three teams while Miramonte barely has enough for two.

    My point is that building one squad is different than building a strong HS program. The “eat what you kill” mentality is fine for club sports, but a HS program needs to consider participation and inclusion. Sometimes that leads to decisions that are less intuitive and more attuned to building a program as opposed to winning a couple extra games in one season. Just food for thought from watching a dysfunctional program at work.

  • Girls Soccer rules

    I saw Miramonte

  • LL Dad

    Las Lomas 2, Acalanes 0
    Las Lomas now 4-0-4, 1-0-3 DFAL with ties against Campolindo, Miramonte and Dougherty Valley.

  • Girls Soccer rules

    Go Knights! Once a Knight always a Knight! Besides the LL Soccer coach is a real character. I saw College ParK beat Northgate this week. good week for LLHS.

  • KC

    Acalanes Struggling with a team full of freshmen from what I understand. Anyone have any insight on why the upperclassmen aren’t playing? I know of a few very talented girls that bypassed HS Soccer this year

  • Santosfan

    DLS regularly has a few sophs on varsity. This year there are 3.

  • Tim

    @Matt – what games will you be watching tonight/tomorrow?

  • Girls Soccer rules

    Might be that BOD is ranked a bit too high. The loss vs Berkeley last weekend proved they will not be the offensive powerhouse they were last season.they beat Berkeley last year 3-0 and 5-3.

  • Matt Schwab

    I went out to attend the Campolindo-Dublin girls game on Friday, but our schedule had it wrong. I thought it was going to be at Dublin instead of Campo, so I missed it. Looks like Campo won big.

  • soccermom

    Hi, can someone tell me how many teams go to the NCS playoffs for Div. 1? Thanks

  • Gamer

    Group of 16 teams

  • Gamer

    Girls soccer rules- I would not count out BOD, they have a great coach who is one of the few coaches that has won club state championships and high school ncs championships on multiple occassions in the same year.

    Jon Nishimoto also has 2 national pool players as well, unfortunately one has a torn acl, but the other is a game changer…

    FYI