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Latest East Bay High School Girls Soccer Rankings

Here are the latest East Bay high school girls soccer rankings, along with a few random comments.

Monte Vista clinched at least a tie for the East Bay Athletic League title with wins over surging Carondelet and Amador Valley last week. The Mustangs’ Mallory Hromatko hit the target twice against the Dons, anchored by goalkeeper deluxe Lexi Nicholas, who made 21 saves in the match. Monte Vista’s back four is outstanding. No. 2 Berkeley validated its ranking with a 1-0 win over No. 4 Bishop O’Dowd. Granada is on an uptick in the League of Death. Miramonte continues its full-force march in the DFAL and looms as a threat to Bishop O’Dowd in NCS Division II, a year after the Matadors bowed out in the first round against St. Mary’s on penalty kicks. Miramonte’s basketball/soccer demon Megan Reid continues on her scoring binge. What are Reid’s college plans? Inquiring minds want to know. Heritage got a cluch 2-1 win over Deer Valley in the League of Death II.

As of Feb. 10, 2014

1, Monte Vista (18-0-2, 11-0-1 EBAL) — Beat Carondelet 2-1; Beat Amador Valley 3-0

2, Berkeley (15-2-1, 13-0-1 WACC-Foothill) — Beat Arroyo 7-0; Beat Bishop O’Dowd 1-0

3, San Ramon Valley (14-0-6, 8-0-4 EBAL) — Beat Foothill 2-0; Tie Carondelet 1-1

4, Bishop O’Dowd (11-4-1, 7-2-0 WACC-Foothill) — Beat Castro Valley 5-0, Lost to Berkeley 1-0

5, Amador Valley (9-6-3, 5-5-2 EBAL) — Tie Granada 1-1; Lost to Monte Vistsa 3-0

6, Granada (6-7-3, 5-5-2 EBAL) — Tie Amador Valley 1-1; Beat California 3-0

7, Miramonte (11-2-1, 8-1-1 DFAL) — Beat Alhambra 2-0; Beat Dublin 6-0

8, College Park (19-3-0, 10-0-0 DVAL) – Beat Berean Christian 3-0; Beat Ygnacio Valley 2-1

9, California (9-5-4, 3-5-4 EBAL) — Tied Livermore 0-0; Lost to Granada 3-0

10, Castro Valley (12-5-3, 7-3-1 WACC-Foothill) — Need score vs. Alameda

11, Carondelet (3-6-4, 2-5-3 EBAL) —Tie San Ramon Valley 1-1; Beat Northgate 4-0

12, Campolindo (12-2-4, 6-2-2 DFAL) – Beat Alameda 3-0; Tie Acalanes 1-1

13, Logan (11-4-3, 11-0-1 MVAL) — Beat Washington 2-0; Beat Irvington 2-0

14, Liberty (9-2-6, 5-1-2 BVAL) — Beat Antioch 6-0; Tie Deer Valley 0-0

15 (t) Heritage (11-7-2, 5-1-2 BVAL) — Beat Deer Valley 2-1; Beat Pittsburg 4-0

15 (t), Deer Valley (9-5-3, 4-2-2 BVAL) — Lost to Heritage 2-1; Tie Liberty 0-0

Others: Albany (11-5-1), Alameda (11-5-3), American (11-2-6), Foothill (6-8-4), Freedom (8-2-5), Livermore (3-11-5), Piedmont (11-6-3), Saint Mary’s (12-2).

 

Matt Schwab

  • Matt Schwab

    Megan Reid, sore foot and all, put on another impressive show in Miramonte’s 2-0 win over injury-plagued Campolindo last night. Two great goals assisted by freshman Samantha Devecchi. Reid entered the match midway through the first half at Campolindo after playing one and a half quarters of the Matadors’ basketball game at home against Dougherty Valley, scoring four points. …. Campolindo played without its injured top two scorers. Campo coach Ernesto Silva indicated he was trying to preserve some injured players with an eye on the bigger picture.

  • Matt Schwab

    Congrats to both Granada for nailing down a playoff spot and Monte Vista for completing an unbeaten EBAL season to go with its Tri-Valley Classic Invitation Division crown. San Ramon Valley, the defending NCS Div. I champ, has had some injury issues. Still, the Wolves have plenty of firepower to advance to the championship round for the ninth consecutive time. Looking forward to the Div. I and II playoffs.

  • Soccer fan 41

    Are there any more bug games to be played tonight?

  • Lion17

    Freedom 0 Liberty 0 – Liberty wins BVAL title with league record of 6-1-3 and 10-2-7 overall.

  • KC

    Now for something completely different….I enjoy looking at the Box scores in the morning to check up on teams, results and more than anything the kids who are playing well for their teams. One thing never ceases to amaze me. There are a few boxes from a few teams (College Park in particular) that obviously don’t understand what a save is. Every game both keepers are credited with 15-20 saves (I have seen as high as 25) yet the score is usually1-0/2-1. People taking stats…listen…A save is considered an intentional shot on goal that would otherwise score if the goalkeeper (or another defender) was not able to get to. I am sure the goalkeeping is solid, but I cannot remember a time when I ever saw a keeper make 20 saves in a game that ended with 1 goal against. A shot that sails 20 feet over the goal is NOT a save, Its NOT a shot on goal. Now that being said, if a team is actually putting 20 shots on goal and only scoring once, there needs to be some concentration in practice on finishing…..back to our normal programming

  • Goalkick

    Berkeley and Castro Valley play; both will get into NCS but could have an impact on the committee for seeding purposes. Alameda plays Arroyo; could help Alameda’s seeding case. Cal plays at Carondelet; Cal will get in but a win could help their seeding case as well since they’ve struggled in closing the season. Sadly, a win by surging Carondelet would have them fall one game short of eligibility (too bad the 5-0 win over Castro Valley doesn’t count).

  • Tim

    I 100% agree. Part of the problem is coaches give the stat job to a kid on the bench who has no idea. So every touch is a save. I saw the AV keeper had 21 saves vs MV. While I wasn’t at the game, I have seen several MV games this season. I find it hard to believe they even had 21 shots in the game!!
    Speaking of box scores, would be nice if coaches/teams would call in scores.

  • Goalkick

    Ok… after last night’s games (and after watching MV – SRV), here’s my latest take on seeding for the NCS D1 bracket.

    1. Monte Vista (EBAL Champ)
    2. San Ramon Valley (gets the nod over Berkeley to SOS)
    3. Berkeley (WAC-F Champ)
    4. College Park (gets the nod over AV with AV’s tie)
    5. Amador Valley (1-0-1 vs Granada)
    6. Granada (closed out season strong incl 3-0 over Cal)
    7. California (6-0 versus non-EBAL teams inc 3-0 over Berk, 2-0 over Heritage and 1-0 over Castro Valley)
    8. Liberty (BVAL Champ and 1-0-3 in Texas Showcase)
    9. Logan (MVAL Champ)
    10. Freedom
    11. Heritage
    12. Deer Valley
    13. Alameda (beat Castro Valley twice)
    14. Castro Valley
    15. Clayton Valley
    16. American
    Seems that while eligible, Newark Memorial and Irviington (and Mt. Eden if they can best BOD) will get left out.

  • Matt Schwab

    A pet peeve of mine as well, KC. We stopped running shots on goal in soccer boxscores for much the same reason. No continuity in the reporting of the stats to the newspaper. I sometimes think the people keeping “saves” in some quarters believe that if the ball winds up in the keeper’s hands, for any reason, it’s a save. Or maybe the person keeping the stats is simply the keeper’s best friend and is puffing up the numbers.

  • Goalkick

    Think it’s mostly lack of understanding of what constitutes a save. Based on my past experience in keeping and collecting saves, lots of confusion. There are some do count saves as times the GK touches the ball.

  • DVAL fan

    Congrats to the Lions girls soccer team. The BVAL is a tough league. GL in NCS

  • Matt Schwab

    Just got a few details from Granada’s come-from-behind 2-1 win over rival and host Livermore on Thursday. Sophomore Emilie Allum scored the game-winning goal in the second half, after Taylor Huston tied it off a Megan Amick free kick. Livermore’s Tori Nicolo scored in the first half off a Sarah Wilkinson throw-in to produce a 1-0 lead. Great effort from both teams, but it was a win the Matadors had to have.

  • Tim

    Results from tonight anyone?

  • Goalkick

    Especially impressive after playing Carondelet in a tough battle the evening before. Shows lots of heart.

  • KC

    Carondelet beats Cal with a goal in the 78th minute,,,2-1

  • Guest

    berkeley beats castro valley 3-1

  • Tottenham

    Berkeley should get the #2 seed. Undefeated in league with an impressive double over O’Dowd. 2 Losses at beginning of season should be discounted as a few players were not yet playing due to club responsibilities.

  • KC

    cmon now…making excuses for losses early in the season due to club? those lo9sses came in DECEMBER what club commitments did anyone have after thanksgiving? thats a load of garbage. Berkeley is a solid team with two loses…both to EBAL teams. other than odowd, they have played a weak schedule…they are a 4 seed at best just an opinion

  • Lion17

    Thanks DVAL Fan

  • Tim

    To be fair, they had players missing up to the weekend before they played MV. Because those players (playing for BayOaks & BOD coach) missed previous games/meetings, they only play limited time vs MV. That being said, it is what it is & other teams were in the same boat.
    And KC is correct. Unfortunately for Berk, their strength of schedule is not great. Losing to two EBAL teams will push them to #3 seed. MV & SRV should get 1 & 2. Who gets 4/5 also interesting.

  • KC

    actually Bay Oaks played their last game on Dec 30 and Berkeley played their first game on Dec 4, The loss to MV didnt come till the 9th Every team was missing players over that slot with the San Diego Tournys but those concluded on Dec 30 That being said…quality team with some great players could go a long way

  • Goalkick

    Finished strong in the 2nd half. Puts them just one game short to qualify for NCS.

  • KC

    Over? Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Interesting things ahead

  • Goalkick

    Figure no more than a #3 seed for Berkeley. Had a very good year winning WAC-F but don’t think BOD is as strong as past years and Castro Valley is certainly down. See SRV as #2 seed. If you compare the two. SRV has 6 wins over NCS D1 eligible teams, Berk 5. Common opponents: MV – SRV 0-1-2 and Berk 0-1; CAL – SRV 2-0 and Berk 0-1; AV – SRV 2-0 and Berk 1-0. Both beat Clayton Valley. While D2, 2 wins over BOD are good but not enough to offset SRV’s wins over other EBAL opponents such as Granada and Carondelet.

  • Goalkick

    Could always play today, win would get Carondelet eligible.

  • KC

    Tapping finger to my nose

  • Soccer fan 41

    4-5-6? Av, cp, granada? Who gets the edge?

  • alameda supporter

    No predictions about NCS should be made until the committee makes their seeding of teams. Your seeding list continually favors the bigger schools in the valley and minimizes the efforts of schools who may lack the million dollar athletic facilities. These schools can compete and show heart and effort. If Maxpreps.com is up to date let the scores reflect the quality of a program not assumptions.

  • Goalkick

    If directed at me, no intention to offend anyone. I value all of the young ladies who work very hard and compete. Wish them all the best. My daughter has long graduated and gone so I have dog in the fight. Taking a shot at seeding was only meant for fun, like picking the NCAA basketball pool. Used Maxpreps for information and if a game or two was missed, certainly wasn’t intentional. As for favoring, the “big schools in the valley with million dollar facilities”, facts are facts that EBAL has won every NCS, save one ( a very good Castro Valley team got one a few years back) and they win 80%+ versus non-EBAL teams. While dominate, there are some other good teams and players outside the EBAL. As for the facilities, certainly figure there are some differences but I do know the complex where Castro Valley plays is better than at least one of the EBAL teams. They have NO facility, practice wherever they can squeeze in and often play their “home games” at their opponents. Again though, hope all the teams play great in the tournament and if an underdog wins it all, fun for me.

  • soccerplayer

    The San Diego tourneys finished on November 30th. Bay Oaks played their last game in North Carolina for the US Youth Soccer National League on December 8th. The Bay Oaks players on Berkeley High didn’t play in any of the first 3 preseason games and only played in one half of their final preseason game. With the Bay Oaks players playing full time on Berkeley, Berkeley went undefeated.

  • KC

    I stand corrected and apologize to those talented players…I think They have the game to give it a go vs. the EBAL teams…Still don’t think anyone has the game to beat Monte Vista….true Juggernaut. Good luck to all of the ladies embarking on Playoffs!

  • Tim

    @Matt: are you going to cover today’s seedings in any way?

  • DIV II Fan

    Berkeley is a # 3 seed and I’m a BHS grad. #2 or #3 is the same thing you would rather not be # 4.

    DII Seeding Predictions
    1. Miramonte
    2. BOD
    3. Campolindo
    4. Las Lomas
    5. Alhambra
    6. Piedmont
    7. Dublin
    8. Albany
    9. Northgate
    10. St Mary’s
    11.Concord

    But really 6-11 could be any combination you want because they have mixed results against each other. After #11 there are eligible teams but they aren’t really that strong.

  • Goalkick

    DI Seedings are out:
    #1 – Monte Vista
    #2 – San Ramon Valley
    #3 – Berkeley
    #4 – College Park
    #5 – Amador Valley
    #6 – Liberty
    #7 – Deer Valley
    #8 – Freedom
    #9 – Granada
    #10 – California
    #11 – Logan
    #12 – Alameda
    #13 – American
    #14 – Castro Valley
    #15 – Clayton Valley
    #16 – Heritage

    So… 1st Round games on Wednesday @ 7PM:
    Heritage @ Monte Vista
    Clayton Valley @ San Ramon Valley
    Castro Valley @ Berkeley
    American @ College Park
    Alameda @ Amador Valley
    Logan @ Liberty
    California @ Deer Valley
    Granada @ Freedom

    Good luck to all!!!

  • BVAL Fan

    How does Heritage get the #16 seed while Deer Valley gets the #7, especially looking at strength of schedule???

  • KC

    Congrats and good luck to all. Carondelet made a vailiant effort to close the season and actually had a game scheduled for yesterday to get to qualifying, but unfortunately the other team was unable to field a team on a holiday weekend, Looking forward to following all of these great athletes and teams to the Championship game

  • Goalkick

    BVAL Fan… to be honest, I have no idea. I was quite surprised at how the committee handled the BVAL. Certainly saw 4 teams getting in… but I ordered them Liberty, Freedom, Heritage and Deer Valley with the lowest one seeded at #12. Heritage and Deer Valley split head-to-head with each winning one game and Heritage had 3 wins versus 2 wins for Deer Valley against NCS qualified teams. Deer Valley had 5 of their 12 wins over D2 teams compared to 0 for Heritage. Certainly seem “on paper” to be close but I’d had Heritage higher than Deer Valley due to SOS. Wish them both best of luck but Heritage’s 1s round draw of Monte Vista is a toughy.

  • Goalkick

    Yes… closed with a 4-1-3 run (including three in a row) but the 18 game schedule (14 versus EBAL teams) and the 4 losses (MV, SRV, AV and GR who all got in) in a row early in the season was a bit too much to overcome.

  • Soccer fan 41

    Anyone want to take a stab at who makes it to the Round of 8?

  • Turftoespain

    Tell the truth now….excuses don’t fly.

  • Tim

    In my mind 1-6 are correct. 7-16 there seems to be some questions.

  • KC

    Truth? Excuses? Sounds like your baiting me, but I will explain this way. CHS lost 6 of the first 9. Finished 4-1-4. Of those final 9 games, 7 teams made NCS. We came up 1 game short of qualifying. What more would you like to know?

  • Matt Schwab

    Hey everyone. I’ll be at Liberty tonight for the Lions’ opener against James Logan. Feel free to chime in after your game and share your thoughts on the matchups, etc. It should be fun.