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Latest East Bay Girls High School Soccer Rankings

By Matt Schwab
Monday, January 13th, 2014 at 8:17 pm in Girls soccer, Uncategorized.

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.

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  • Tim

    @Matt are those stats league or overall?

  • KC

    Thanks for the update Matt. Quick look at EBAL and I think you will have MV and SRV walk off. Every other team has shown weakness and incosistency. Amador looks good, but dont let the result against Carondelet fool you. Lopsided score in that game did not tell the story as it was 3-2 15 minutes into 2nd half and Carondeletg pushed everyone forward and left centerback and keeper on an island to hold back the counters. All 6 goals were uncontested open lanes where it pretty much was a pregame shooting drill

  • Tim

    Watched Amador play MV last night. Glad I did. The Amador keeper, Nicholas, is amazing. The game could of been closer to 4-0 if not for the high flying saves pulled off. AV created some chances (were much better second half) but never really put it together in final third.
    Still lots to play for in EBAL. According to MV parent, even though undefeated, they haven’t had it easy. Carondelet & Livermore both gave them scares last week. SRV while getting the job done have not been as dominant as past seasons.
    I’ve seen carondelet twice and they impress me. I don’t think their record is a reflection of how could they are. They have a very good keeper & back line, and a team that chases down everything. I would back them to improve results going forward.
    Elsewhere, I think Berkeley could be a dark horse when NCS rolls round. They have a very good coach, good size & athleticism and good goal scorers. Last season they lost to MV on PKs (after being 2-0 up) in the semi final. I can see them pushing on this year & breaking the EBAL dominance.
    Castro Valley will hold their own against anyone. As a few have pointed out, they have quite possibly the best player in NCS in Nild. This girl is a game changer.
    Heritage looked strong when I watched them although I hear Freedom is the team to beat in that league (sorry, I don’t get out to see BVAL games often).
    College Park are still the team to beat in their league. Scharf continues to score goals this season as she did last year. CP record possibly inflated by weak strength of schedule. Would like to see them schedule games vs top half of EBAL next season.

  • KC

    Agree whole heartedly on Lexi Nicholas. She is the real deal and should have a nice College career at Notre Dame (curous if she is having second thoughts on her commitment now that Randy Waldrum has stepped away from the program)…We’ll see on Signing day next month

  • Girls Soccer rules

    @TIm Thanks for the update. i am curious what is going on with Carondelet HS. You and KC seem to have good knowledge of EBAL.They won NCS and seem to get top talent from all around the East Bay. Of course they play in the big EBAL league loaded with good talent and excellent coaching but they aren’t even on this top 15 list. I don’t mean to sound disrespectful to any student athlete’s or HS programs. Are teams like CVC, Alhambra, LL really better than Carondelet?

  • LL Dad

    No disrespect taken! Las Lomas 1, Dublin 0 at Dublin. Come on out and watch Campo at LL Friday night and I think you will see some real good soccer. First match between the two was a 2-2 draw at Campo to open league play.

  • KC

    No Disrespect Taken Carondelet has taken some lumps with the new coaching change. there is no shortage of talent but more of a matter of where the talent should play, and what formation it will get figured out at some point

  • Tim

    6pm?

  • Tim

    I have 3 thoughts on your questions. But I will take LL dad up on his offer & go watch Las Lomas & Campo before offering them. They may change as a result.

  • LL Dad

    Tim, that’s great! I think you will see a good match and some quality soccer. I will give no input at this time so you can watch and enjoy with an open mind. I hope to be at game also to watch my daughter, but my older son plays on LL Boys Varsity who are at Campo at same time, but… Hate how they schedule league games!

  • Girls Soccer rules

    @ LL Dad – Being Alumni of LL I always will root for the Knights. Good school and great memories! Met my wife at LL:) I still believe Campo is playing at a higher level of play than most other teams in East Bay. I have watched both teams play earlier in season. Prediction 4-1 Campo. Please post your thoughts after the match. I could be wrong….I usually am!
    How’s the new LL coach? sounds like the Knights are competitive.

  • ccc

    Miramonte defeated Campo last night 2-1. At the mid season break, they are now tied with the same league results.

  • LL Dad

    LL coach in his 2nd year. As my daughter is one of 5 freshman (young LL team, will be good for years to come) I only have these first 10 games and a couple months of training to go on, but… I like what I see on the field and the girls really seem to respond to him. They are competitive and most of all seem to be having a lot of fun. LL has been very good to our family academically, athletically and socially!

    I am a SRV High alum, played soccer at SRV and Mustang back in the day so I have EBAL roots and understand the never ending discussion of EBAL soccer vs “the rest of the world”!

    One simple difference between EBAL and DFAL is simply size of schools. EBAL is 2,200 average while DFAL is 1,200 (DV excluded as they are D1 and not long for DFAL) Think if you combined Campo and Miramonte (2,400) and had one team. That team competing in the EBAL would be very competitive if they had the same student body size to pull from. Cal High (2600), AV (2600) MV (2300) etc…

    Best of luck to all teams tonight and tomorrow night, and most of all, have fun!

  • Tim

    Completely agree about schedule. SRV & MV have scheduled their games against each other so that both varsity teams play at the same location. Gets the teams playing in front of big crowds & makes for an excellent atmosphere. It’s also the two times a year, they get to see each other play. Other schools should follow suit.

  • Girls Soccer rules

    Could you imagine Campo/Miramonte combined? Hatfields and McCoys er maybe closer to Rockefellers and Carnegies. lol

  • Girls Soccer rules

    Could you imagine Campo/Miramonte combined? Hatfields and McCoys er maybe closer to Rockefellers and Carnegies. lol

  • Tim

    @LL Dad – So made it to the LL/Campo game tonight. My first viewing of both teams. Here are my thoughts:
    Campo won 1-0. Goal scored off a dead ball situation (corner) and was a little scrappy. LL probably feel like they did enough for a point, but in my opinion, Campo were just a little bit better.
    LL stadium is a really nice facility. The second half crowd was one of the better crowds I’ve seen at a HS game (besides TVC final).
    The game was enjoyable. Both teams had two or three 1v1s but were wasteful in front of goal. The pace is definitely slower than EBAL games but that allows for some better passing.
    Team wise, both played in very organized systems, defended with players behind the ball. Campo seemed to have more athletes/speed & had better build ups (without creating much).
    Player wise, #22 for Campo was the best player on the field. Very smooth on the ball. 1st half played more central and found the soft spot between the two lines. 2nd half she was moved wide which helped LL more than campo. Campo’s #11, the CM covered a lot of ground made some timely tackles & interceptions.
    For LL, I thought the two CB’s were the pick of their players. #14 was good coming out of back with ball at feet (tired towards the end) & #20 was excellent as a cover defender.

  • Tim

    @girls Soccer rules: I’ve been following NCS for more than a few years now. So, I question the Carondelet as a powerhouse line. According to the NCS website, CHS has only won 4 titles in 32 years, one of those was a DII title. Not exactly powerhouse stats. (for the record, SRV has the most titles – 6, MV & Granada 5 each).
    Since moving to the EBAL, league titles have been hard to obtain as well (two I believe).
    Here’s the thing with HS soccer: there is a lot of luck involved!! Carondelet’s recent success 08-11 was because they had an incredible incoming Frosh group in 08 (members of the mustang sc earthquakes). Before that, Foothill’s domination (the Carly Payne era) was a result of 8 talented Frosh coming in same year (from Rage). Castro Valley’s win in ’10 was on the back of a strong group of seniors that came in together as Frosh (from Northstars, including 2013 Pac12 winner Micaela Castain). Monte Vista’s 05 win based on the back of 12 incoming players from the same club team (mustang fury). MV’s current success is based on core group of Mustang Mavericks.
    My point is, all successful HS teams are usually because a large core of the most successful club teams enter at the same time. The one exception to the rule? SRV, who have have been in every NCS final since 05, winning 5 titles in 9 years. SRV has not had that large incoming Frosh group like other schools but instead had a constant stream of good players, starting with the “fab 5″ mustang spirit kids. Then 5 more kids, & 5 more kids…. So instead of having 2/3 good years, then having to rebuild, SRV for 9 seasons has been able to maintain & replenish their squad. Given their entire program went undefeated last season, I expect them to be right there again.

  • Tim

    Part II: are teams in Matt’s list really better than Carondelet?
    After watching the game tonight, I think Campo may be a little too high. Carondelet result wise deserve to be off the list but the team I saw were actually pretty good (seriously stunned by their record). CVC beat Carondelet preseason & have played several EBAL teams. Berkeley’s two loss were to Cal & MV but beat highly rated (well, I rate highly) Amador. Deer Valley seem worth their value, but I think Carondelet beats the others on the list.

  • KC

    Carondelet will have trouble beating anyone the rest of the year based purely on the fact that the girls want to play one way and the coach insists on playing another. The loss to Granada (who is average at best) came from 2 breakaway goals and an uncontested (but good) shot from 10 yards with no pressure from a defender. Its a hot mess and nobody is having fun

  • KC

    What is sad is they have talent that is being used all the wrong ways and the coach is just stubborn

  • Tim

    Sounds like the players are being stubborn as well. It may not be how they want to play, but it’s the style chosen & perhaps they need to be more willing to buy in to what the coach wants.
    While you (and I) may not like the 3 at the back, it does have its benefits & I get why the coach is playing that way. I also think you may be overrating the talent on this squad. While going to a back 4 may help conceding goals, I don’t think this team has the scorers to change results. The best thing about this team is how hard they work together for 80 minutes. But there holes talent wise, that won’t or can’t be addressed even with a change in formation.
    End of the day everyone has an opinion on how they want to play (coach, player, parents, neutral observer). We won’t all agree.

  • KC

    Actually, the players have not been stubborn at all. They have and continue to play hard in the formation and positions the coach sees fit. Benefit to playing 3 in Back? Yes its an offensive oriented system that is critical to press in the offensive third (which they don’t) and depend on weak side outside mid to get back and cover defensively on counters (which they don’t) It’s not being coached. The result is 19 GA in 6 games and only 5 scored. There has been no adjustments midgame or in practice. BTW—Of the big 4 pro leagues (BPL, La Liga, Serie A, and Bundesliga) exactly 9 0f 72 teams play a 3 back formation. I respect your opinion and that of others on this topic and encourage debate. Regarding Carondelet’s record/history, yes they have only one D! title, but the fact they had qualified for 9 straight tournaments until last year shows a rich recent history of excellence

  • Girls Soccer rules

    @ Tim, @ LL DAD – Thank you for the game summary. I agree with your Campo observation…better build ups without creating much. This score indicates a good match. I stand corrected on earlier Campo/LL game prediction. lol

  • Girls Soccer rules

    @ Tim Thanks for the message. Nice to have your experience with Girls soccer to think about . I appreciate your DFAL/EBAL comments(except I don’t see eye to eye with you on Carondelet but I am going off recent success). If possible, I would be interested in your thoughts on BVAL and DVAL? Do you ever watch any of these matches?

  • Tim

    @KC I didn’t say I agreed with the back 3 but it is the coaches choice. And yes, not many teams use a back 3, although one that does, Juventus have pretty good success in Italy using it. Foothill also play in same formation & have done well.
    If making NCS is the barometer for being successful, then James Logan, Berkeley, College Park, CVC, Cal, Washington can be considered even with Carondelet.

  • Tim

    I don’t get out past PH so I don’t see many BVAL matches. I did watch a few of this teams this season at the TriValley Classic. Same goes with DVAL, although I’ve seen a lot of CVC & a bit of CP this season. Watched Northgate at TriValley. So, I’ve seen a lot of the teams but not a lot of league matches.

  • KC

    Again…I love the debate…Nothing wrong with how Juve plays and might I say 7 of the 9 teams I mentioned playing a 3 back formation are Italian. How about this…of the Champions league round of 16, there is not a single team playing 3 Back formation. CHS has struggled because playing 3 backs have put the defense in multiple 1v1 situations that don’t emphasize 2nd defending which is a huge part of what these kids are taught in club. You cant expect a 16 year old kid to be able to cover a 50 x 30 yard patch of turf with no help. Funny you mention Foothill as they are the only league win CHS has to this point. I will stand by my opinion that CHS has,IMO, every bit as much takent as the other EBAL teams short of SRV and MV, but it isn’t being utilized even remotely properly

  • Girls Soccer rules

    Me too. watched several BVAL matches in TVC. So What are your thoughts of the DVAL this season? From what I hearing so far NG, CVC,CP seem to beat up on each other any given day. Who comes out on top? CP Keeper is really strong this year. NG new coach seems to have the broncos on the rise and CVC is scoring goals this season.

  • Tim

    Northgate coach, Mike Kelley very good. NG alum. He’s in year 2 & I think the improvement is there for all to see. CP still has Scharf, who if memory serves me correctly, was leading scorer last season. The goal scoring pace is a little slower but she remains a threat. I like CVC & I think Scott Booth does a nice job with them. CVC plays the harder schedule in the league. Would like to see CP schedule more EBAL teams next year. Issue with CVC is that they lack the one true stud on their team. They are a good team & play well together, but without that gamechanger, they find it tough against better teams.
    You mention the CP keeper and I agree. I have to say, I’ve been impressed by the quality of keepers in NCS this season. While Nicholas is probably the best, there are others: livermore’s keeper has been performing excellently this season, I saw the LL & Campo keepers do well on Friday night. I’m told Miramonte keeper is very good. MV has a trio of good keepers. Carondelet keeper is very good. With so many good keepers, results are never guaranteed & upsets will happen.

  • KC

    Should be an interesting start to the week in the EBAL, Monte Vista and San Ramon lock horns for the second time this season. I felt like SRV had the better of the play in the Tri-Valley Classic game that ended in a 1-1 Draw (championship decided on penalties to Monte Vista). Buta home game for MV might tip the scales. San Ramon coming off a tough result (draw) vs Livermore might have a little extra energy. This game starts at 4pm ahead of the boys. May have to go down to witness some quality soccer. Easily could be the NCS Final pairing that will meet again in a couple of weeks. If they do meet in the finals, there will definitely be no Infamiliarity