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By Matt Schwab
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 at 1:44 pm in Girls soccer.

Things are heating up. The previous week brought some surprising scores, a few statement wins and balanced competition overall.

The biggest surprise came with upstart Livermore’s 1-1 draw against No. 2 San Ramon Valley. The outcome undoubtedly will give the Wolves a little extra motivation against host arch-rival No. 1 Monte Vista on Tuesday afternoon.

The wild and woolly MVAL boasts a four-team logjam atop the standings: Logan (5-4-2, 5-0-1); American (8-1-4, 3-0-3), Irvington (4-3-3, 3-0-3) and Newark Memorial (6-3-2, 4-1-1). Logan has been walking the high wire in league play with three one-goal wins.

In the DFAL, surging Miramonte did the pack a favor by upending pace-setting Campolindo 2-1. Two-sport star Megan Reid had the winner in the 71st minute off a Cecilia Gee assist. Maggie Maguire had the tying goal in the 69th minute, also assisted by Gee. Miramonte keeper Mali Tehaney made 11 saves. Reid also had four goals against Alhambra.

Consequently, Campolindo (10-1-2, 5-1-1 DFAL) and Miramonte (7-2-1, 4-1-1) are in a virtual tie for first, and  Alhambra, Las Lomas, Dublin and Dougherty Valley are all jockeying for position underneath the top two.

College Park keeps rolling out quality results in the DVAL Also in Division II, St. Mary’s leads the TCAL with a 6-0 mark and has outscored its first 10 opponents overall 26-5.

 Some scores that caught my eye:

 Bishop O’Dowd 2, Castro Valley 0: Strong statement win by the Dragons on goals by Haley Nishimoto and freshman Kira Debro.

 Las Lomas 1, Dublin 0: Young Knights continue to show promise. They also competed well in 1-0 losses against Alhambra and Campolindo.

Livermore 1, San Ramon Valley 1: Credit the Cowboys for a gutsy effort against the high-octane Wolves attack. Livermore Ashley Morton made 11 saves, and Sierra Clark scored off a Makenzie Farro assist in the 45th minute to clinch the draw. The Wolves’ Rachel Speros scored off a Morgan McGarry assist in the 38th minute.

College Park 3, Livermore 0: The Falcons handled the Cowboys showed they can step outside their league and still do damage. Jacquelyn Scharff scored twice to highlight the effort.

Deer Valley 3, Freedom 1: The Wolverines get the early jump in the balanced BVAL, upending the Falcons. The championship chase might come down which team gets hot in the second half.

California 2, Amador Valley 1: Strong week for the Grizzlies, who have won three in a row, and a tough week for the Dons, who also dropped a close one against Monte Vista.

As of Jan. 20, 2014

1, Monte Vista (13-0-1, 6-0-0 EBAL)

2, San Ramon Valley (11-0-3, 5-0-1 EBAL)

3, Berkeley (9-2-1, 7-0-1 WACC-Foothill)

4, California (9-2-1, 3-2-1 EBAL)

5, Bishop O’Dowd (8-3-1, 4-1-0 WACC-Foothill)

6, Amador Valley (7-4-1, 3-3-0 EBAL)

7, Castro Valley (9-3-3, 5-1-1 WACC-Foothill)

8, College Park (12-3-0, 6-0-0 DVAL)

9, Campolindo (10-1-2, 5-1-1 DFAL)

10, Miramonte (7-2-1, 4-1-1 DFAL)

11, Granada 3-6-1, 2-4-0 EBAL)

12, Deer Valley (7-3-1, 2-0-0 BVAL)

13, Foothill (5-4-2, 1-4-1 EBAL)

14, Freedom (6-1-3, 1-1 BVAL)

15 (t), Alameda (6-3-3, 3-1-2 WACC-Foothill)

15(t), Logan (5-4-3, 5-0-1 MVAL)

Others: Albany, Alhambra, American, Heritage, Las Lomas, Liberty, Livermore, Saint Mary’s, Piedmont.

 

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  • Girls Soccer rules

    any predictions on playoffs? or too early to tell.

  • Girls Soccer rules

    Who won the MV vs SRV match today?

  • KC

    Cal v Carondelet….CHS coach finally let the girls play a flat back four where they are comfortable…The result…a 2-0 halftime lead. Second half back to AYSO and the game ends in a draw. For those that argue Carondelet has no talent, I simply ask you to look at he first half of this game.

  • KC

    MV and SRV Drew 0-0

  • Girls Soccer rules

    Thanks KC.

  • Matt Schwab

    Monte Vista hit the crossbar twice and was more dangerous on the attack overall. Good game. Typical rivalry game. Defenses were well-organized as expected, but the attacking was very direct. Stalemate.

  • KC

    Thanks for the reports Matt….looking like these two could be feeling each other out with expectations of another NCS final

  • Girls Soccer rules

    I agree with KC but would love to see a non ebal team strike fire and crown a new champion.

  • Tim

    I really think Berkeley could be that team.

  • Tim

    Sounds like a typical SR MV game.

  • Lion17

    Liberty beat Deer Valley 4-1 last night, 2-1 in BVAL, and 6-2-5 overall, went to NEPS two weeks ago, and tied FAB 50 # 28 Ursuline, and # 5 Flower Mound from Texas. In NEPS, went 1-0-3 overall, only allowing 1 goal against. Liberty is now tied for 1st place in BVAL. Thanks.

  • mudhen

    Maybe, but they will have to do better than they did the first time they played Monte Vista

  • Girls Soccer rules

    @Tim. Agree with you on Berkeley. They have good team speed and an excellent center back (Hudson). They almost pulled it off last season vs MV.
    Castro Valley has excellent FW play (Edwards/Nild) but I am unsure of their defense.
    College Park has excellent defense and keeper play with some good scoring threats too.
    Can any of these non ebal teams knock of MV/SRV??

  • Matt Schwab

    Thanks for the update on Liberty. The rankings will be adjusted accordingly next week. These East Bay rankings are based on results from before this week. I was waiting to see how the BVAL teams fared in league action before going to crazy with adjustments. Hadn’t personally seen any information from Liberty on the NEPS tourney, but doing well there, while impressive, is no guarantee of success in the NCS playoffs. It does show the Lions are a formidable side that can beat just about anybody.

  • Tim

    @matt Schwab: what happened with the Pitt/Heritage game? Do you have further info?

  • Matt Schwab

    Heritage won 6-1, according to maxpreps.com. Didn’t see any information in the paper today. I wasn’t on the copy desk last night, so I’m not sure if it was called in or not.

  • Tim

    Wasn’t there a stoppage for fighting?

  • Matt Schwab

    News to me. Anyone else out there know what happened?

  • BVAL Fan

    @Tim @Matt Schwab
    Heritage player aggressively pushes Pitt player. Heritage player yellow carded and starts to walk off field. Different Pitt player approaches yellow carded Heritage player from behind and punches her in back of head. Teammates go to support and small melee ensues, couple more punches and pushing/shoving from multiple girls. Gets broken up pretty quick. Ref calls it a game w/~ 20-25min left in second half.

  • in the know

    Pitt was being Pitt pulling shirts when Heritage player pushed off and received a yellow card that’s when the cheap shot came from Pitt and melee insured refs broke it up Pitts coach stood there and yelled Pitts principal was in the stands and did nothing until they got on the bus. Pitts JV girls started to come out of the stands to get involved with things when a campus supervisor stopped them the Heritage girls went to the center of the field while Pitt continued to argue with the referees. The game was called with 26 min left in the second half 6-1 Heritage over Pitt

  • Lion17

    i’m sure some red cards were handed out, might affect outcome of Heritage vs Freedom game tonight, if players are suspended?

  • in the know

    1 red card and it was for the cheap shot

  • in the know

    1-1 tie Heritage v Freedom

  • KC

    SRV and MV keep chugging along…everyone else in EBAL is cannibalizing each other….Livermore and Carondelet draw 1-1, Foothill and Cal draw 2-2 Parody at its best but many deserving teams may not have the record to make NCS

  • Soccer fan 41

    Which teams are playing well and may be poised to make a deep run in ncs this year? Besides mv and srv of course

  • KC

    Not to be a jerk, but….Nobody….MV is poised to take the whole shebang for the next two years. They flat out have the most talent of any team in Northern California. SRV could upset them but that is it. Odowd is great but D2…Berkeley? meh…If I am vegas its MV 2-1 odds, SRV 3-1 odds and the field at 8-1

  • Tim

    Chugging along? Yes. Convincingly? No. SRV scored in the first min last night vs an Amador team with Nicholas in goal. Couldn’t get through again. MV fell behind last night & by the sound of it, woke up in the 2nd half to score a couple of goals in quick succession. Both these results could of been different.
    I agree that these 2 should (barring a major setback) finish league 1 & 2, but both can be beaten. EBAL keepers are really impressive this season. Neither SRV or MV are blowing teams away with a lots of goals (possession maybe, goals no), so games are still open to be won by their opponent. I can see MV dominating game, then conceding on a breakaway or set piece.
    And as is always the way, each team will step up their game vs these two so SRV & MV have to be on every game. That’s easier said than done with High School kids with so much on their plate.
    Aside from those 2, I agree – The rest of the league is canabalizing (love the term KC) each other. Any team on any day. Again, with each team having very good keepers, it makes for tough competitive matches.

  • Tim

    Best team doesn’t always win. When SRV won 4 in a row, they weren’t the best team. I want to say one of the first two wins was as a #4,5 or 6 seed. MV won two years ago & they weren’t the best team (although to your point, we’re one of the best two teams)
    Keep in mind, CAL has only lost a couple of games – to MV (they had a stinker) & SRV (played much better by all accounts). They usually play to a well organized team formation vs both. Both times I watched Berkeley, I’ve been impressed. I really wouldn’t sleep on them. I would have them as #3. Don’t forget about Castro Valley & Nild. College Park & Scharf & keeper.
    Until SRV & MV starting scoring more regularly, they will allow teams with an opportunity. Soccer is after all, a funny game.

  • KC

    Whats interestin is the only team in EBAL above 500 in league play other than srv and mv is Cal at 3-2-3 Don’t remember when the last time the table looked like that. Lots of parody. With regards to Amador, they actually played the last two games without Lexi Nicholas. Freshman Juliet Allen has taken up the spot between the posts. She is VERY solid and would start for any of the EBAL schools aside from Carondelet. Can anyone let us know what is up with Nicholas? Hopefully not a major injury.

  • soccermom

    Hi, can anyone tell me how many teams go the NCS playoffs for Div. 1? Is it 16? thanks

  • KC

    yes

  • Gamer

    Here are my thoughts on the teams

    MV is a very direct team with speed and a group of kids that have played together for along time:
    Not a very good possession team and relies on the long ball which over time is easy to defend with good coaching and post season play. None the less a dangerous team- strong contender this year, but stronger next year

    SRV – is a good possession team with some very good players and a very organized squad, would be my pick for the title run, their best chance for another ncs title is this year, strong defense and good goalie with the least goals allowed in the ebal

    Crandolet and Livermore are similar and populate the filed with pace

  • Tim

    Rolled Ankle I what I hear. Nothing that should keep her out for a long time. Great backup while she recovers. I would add Emerson from MV over carondelet keeper & her.

  • KC

    Leah Emerson a very good keeper. All of the girls mentioned aside from nicholas train together and are close friends at Mustang

  • Tim

    Any WACC scores?

  • KC

    Much talk of the quality of Goalkeeping in NCS and specifically in EBAL. I think it is worth noting that 3 of them are part of the US Soccer National team pool for their age group in 2013 (Nicholas U-18, Collins U-15, and Allen U-14) All three are rated by Top Drawer soccer in the IMG 150 and in the top 10 of Goalkeepers for their Graduating class in THE COUNTRY! (Nicholas #9, Collins #10, and Allen #3) Pretty impressive.

  • Girls Soccer rules

    @ KC is one of these keepers you mention above from Livermore? Just curious because she looked impressive in the matches I’v e seen this season. College Park Keeper Katy McLaughlin is very good too.

  • Soccer fan 41

    Not too many goals scored on College Park this season. Maxpreps shows them on a good win streak and 6-0 in DVAL thus far

  • KC

    The girls mentioned were from Amador and Carondelet.