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.