By Matt Schwab
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 at 1:25 pm in Girls soccer.
Here are the latest girls soccer rankings, with a few notable changes.
I’ve also tacked on a list of players who will be signing this week. It’s another impressive group, but I’m sure some players are missing. Check it out, and let me know who needs to be added.
Unbeaten Monte Vista, guided by Brett LeQuesne, is No. 1 ranked in the NSCAA girls high school poll for the second straight time. The Mustangs have two draws with San Ramon Valley, with the Mustangs prevailing once in PKs. The Danville rivals will meet again on Feb. 13 at San Ramon Valley, as part of a doubleheader which will also see the schools’ formidable boys soccer teams squaring off. Circle the date.
Improving Carondelet and Heritage have forged into the top 15 this week, and Berkeley has edged past San Ramon Valley into the No. 2 spot. The Wolves have been struggling with their offensive rhythm, although a 2-0 win over California, which always plays the Wolves tough, had to give San Ramon Valley a shot of confidence. Granada had a nice week with a draw against San Ramon Valley and a win over Foothill.
In other leagues, College Park fended off Northgate 2-1 and remained unbeaten in the DVAL.
In the DFAL, Miramonte surged past Campolindo in the rankings after another excellent week, with back-to-back shutouts over Dougherty Valley, which surprised Campolindo, and Las Lomas.
Someone please help me sort out the BVAL’s top four … Brentwood rivals Heritage and Liberty battled to a draw, but Deer Valley held its ground with a win over Pittsburg and a draw with Freedom.
Logan will enter Tuesday’s showdown against longtime rival Washington riding a five-game winning steak. The Colts benefit in MVAL play from their tough nonleague schedule.
Nice to see that Berkeley’s information is now being posted on maxpreps.com. The Yellowjackets are for real. They routed Castro Valley 5-0 on Jan. 24 and have outscored their past three opponents a combined 14-1. They have allowed one goal in their last nine matches. Plus, they play an attractive brand of touch soccer. Friday’s game against visiting O’Dowd will be huge.
Let’s try to get some more names in this blog: Post some of your favorite players, and explain why you are selecting them. It could be anyone, from a youth national team pool selection to a girl who is giving it her all and setting a great example for her teammates. I’m looking forward to seeing what you can come up with.
As of Feb. 3, 2014
1, Monte Vista (16-0-2, 9-0-1 EBAL) — Beat California 2-0; Beat Livermore 2-1
2, Berkeley (12-2-1, 9-0-1 WACC-Foothill) — Beat Encinal 5-1; Beat Mt. Eden 4-0
3, San Ramon Valley (13-0-5, 7-0-3 EBAL) — Tied Granada 0-0; Beat California 2-0
4, Bishop O’Dowd (10-3-1, 6-1-0 WACC-Foothill) — Beat Tennyson 6-0, Beat Alameda 2-1
5 (t), Amador Valley (9-5-2, 5-4-1 EBAL) — Beat Livermore 6-1; Tie Carondelet 2-2
5 (t), California (9-4-3, 3-4-3 EBAL) — Lost to Monte Vista 2-0; Lost to SRV 2-0
7, Castro Valley (12-4-3, 7-2-1 WACC-Foothill) — Beat Piedmont 1-0; Beat Arroyo 6-0
8, College Park (17-3-0, 8-0-0 DVAL) –Beat Mt. Diablo 6-0; Beat Northgate 2-1
9, Miramonte (9-2-1, 6-1-1 DFAL) — Beat Dougherty Valley 2-0; Beat Las Lomas 5-0
10, Granada (5-7-2, 4-5-1 EBAL) — Tie San Ramon Valley 0-0; Beat Foothill 1-0
11, Campolindo (12-1-3, 6-2-1 DFAL) –Beat Alhambra 2-0; Lost to Dougherty Valley 2-1; Beat Alameda 3-1
12, Liberty (8-2-5, 4-1-1 BVAL) — Beat Freedom 4-3; Tie Heritage 2-2
13, Logan (9-4-3, 9-0-1 MVAL) — Beat Moreau 1-0; Beat Newark Memorial 3-1
14, Deer Valley (9-4-2, 4-1-1 BVAL) — Beat Pittsburg 5-0; Tied Freedom 1-1
15 (t), Carondelet (3-6-4, 2-5-3 EBAL) — Beat Foothill 3-0; Tie Amador Valley 1-1
(15 (t) Heritage (9-7-2, 3-1-2 BVAL) — Beat Antioch 6-0; Tie Liberty 2-2
Others: Albany, Alameda, American, Foothill, Freedom, Saint Mary’s, Piedmont.
Precious Akanyirige (Foothill) Baylor
Hailey Balma (Monte Vista) San Diego State
Andrea Boehm (Amador Valley) Sacramento State
Allie Dutto (San Ramon Valley) UCLA
Haylie Grant (Heritage) Florida State
Taygan Grundy (Mission San Jose) Navy
Melissa Lewis (San Ramon Valley) Cal
Haley Lukas (Foothill) Cal
Jamie Van Horn (San Ramon Valley) Pepperdine
Remi White (Monte Vista) UCSB
Hailai Arghandiwal (Dublin) Santa Clara
Haley Cache (Dougherty Valley) Northwestern State (La.)
Lexi Nicholas (Amador Valley) Notre Dame
Brianna Nicholas (Amador Valley) Army
Kesy Platt (Piedmont) Sonoma State
Morgan Pearce (San Ramon Valley) Point Lomas-Nazarene
Brielle Preece (Granada) Pepperdine
Kylee Smith (Heritage) Sacramento State
Sarah Toelkes (Heritage) SMU
Sarah Wilkinson (Livermore) UC Irvine