Here are the latest East Bay High School girls soccer rankings.
It’s been a bit of a struggle sorting out the puzzle with so much parity among the leagues, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Consequently, any team that gets on a roll against quality opposition can surge quickly into the top 10.
The BVAL will begin slugging it out this week. Freedom, seeking a third consecutive league title, appears to have an edge in a close vote against Brentwood schools Heritage and Liberty, along with Deer Valley. Berkeley had a big win over Bishop O’Dowd in the WACC last week, and Logan has taken command in the MVAL. Amador Valley has looked sharp in the first round of EBAL play, keeping co-leaders San Ramon Valley and Monte Vista honest.
Campolindo made a strong statement with a 4-0 win over visiting Dublin in the DFAL, after the Gaels took a 4-2 win over Miramonte. The Matadors, however, moved into a tie with Dublin for the 15th spot in the rankings with Monday’s 4-1 win over Alhambra. Miramonte’s impressive two-sport star Megan Reid scored all four of her team’s goals.
Amador Valley’s Olivia Cotton is coming off a week for the ages. She scored four goals on five shots in the Dons’ 6-2 win over Carondelet. She also scored the winner in a 1-0 triumph over Granada. She has seven goals and eight assists for 22 points in the EBAL. The Dons have a big week ahead with tough matches against Monte Vista and California. Stay tuned.
In Division II, Hercules’ junior whirlwind Lourdes Onwuemeka has also been on a tear. She scored twice in a 3-2 loss to Pinole Valley, and in a 6-1 win over De Anza, she scored five goals and had one assist. She has 23 goals this season. The talented sprinter in track and field is getting looks from local colleges.
Congratulations to Troy Dayak, who heads Livermore-based West Coast Soccer and oversees the Granada girls program. Dayak will be honored Friday night at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention in Pennsylvania as the National Coach of the Year for youth girls. The ultra-dedicated Dayak coaches five WCS teams, and his three-year-old club is making consistent marks in major competitions.
A former Earthquakes star defender and U.S. national team player, Dayak credits his players, staff coaches, team parents, and his own family for any success he’s obtained with WCS.
East Bay High School Rankings
As of Jan. 13, 2013
1, Monte Vista (11-0-1, 4-0 EBAL)
2, San Ramon Valley (10-0-2, 4-0 EBAL)
3, Campolindo (9-0-2, 4-0-1 DFAL)
4, Berkeley (7-2, 5-0-0 WACC-Foothill)
5, Amador Valley (7-2-1, 3-1 EBAL)
6, Bishop O’Dowd (4-1-0 WACC-Foothill)
7, Castro Valley (7-3-3, 3-1-1 WACC-Foothill)
8, Freedom (6-0-3)
9, College Park (10-3-0, 3-0 DVAL)
10, California (7-2-1, 1-2-1 EBAL)
11, Granada 2-5-1, 1-3 EBAL)
12, Foothill (5-3-2, 0-3-1 EBAL)
13, James Logan (4-4-2, 4-0 MVAL)
14, Alameda (5-3-2, 3-1-1 WACC-Foothill)
15 (t), Miramonte (7-2-1, 3-1-1 DFAL)
15 (t), Dublin (6-2-3, 2-1-2 DFAL)
Others: Alhambra, Clayton Valley Charter, Deer Valley, Heritage, Las Lomas, Liberty, Northgate, Piedmont, Saint Mary’s.