Girls Soccer: Updated Playoff Picture, Rankings, Standings, Stats

Girls Soccer: Updated Playoff Picture, Rankings, Standings, Stats

Two weeks. The races are heating up.

Division I

Locks: Amador Valley, California, Carondelet, Castro Valley, Clayton Valley, Dublin, Foothill, Freedom, Heritage, Liberty, Logan, Monte Vista, San Ramon Valley

Castro Valley is locked in. SRV, too. They’ll get one more win or draw.

Likely In: Berkeley, College Park

I think Berkeley and CP will be locks once it is a mathematical certainty.

On the Bubble: Deer Valley, Irvington, San Leandro

It’s these three teams for one spot.

Deer Valley – The most likely to get the last spot if they get eligible. They are a game under .500 in league and have Liberty and Freedom left in their four games. They need a win or draw against one of those two teams.

San Leandro – Will probably need to win their league, which is currently a three-team race. However, if DV doesn’t get eligible, it’s a race between SL and Irvington.

Irvington – Common opponents slightly favors Irvington against SL. A bigger win against SLZ and closer game against Kennedy. SL drew against MSJ, and Irvington beat MSJ.

Division II

Locks: Arroyo, Las Lomas, Livermore, Maria Carrillo, Montgomery, Newark Memorial, Northgate, Redwood, Tamalpais, Ukiah

Arroyo moves into the lock category. I think the SOS locks them in, even if more than 16 teams become eligible.

I moved Ukiah in, who only needs a draw in their last four to be eligible. I think they’ll get that, and they’ve played a strong schedule.

Likely In: Alameda, Santa Rosa

Alameda moves into the likely in. They are almost a mathematical certainty and have a head-to-head win against Arroyo, so they are probably getting in.

On the Bubble: Bishop O’Dowd, Concord, Hayward, Mission San Jose, Richmond, Windsor

BOD – In good shape to get eligible. Just need to go .500 in their last four league matches. Be it 1-1-2, 0-0-4, etc…

Concord – Will need to go 1-0-1 or better in their last two DII matches against LL and Northgate.

Hayward – Could win the WACC Shoreline. But if they don’t, will be a team hoping for a spot.

Mission San Jose – Will be eligible, and has a win over Hayward. Has a good chance of getting in.

Richmond – Eligible, but will need some teams to not be eligible

Windsor – Still floating around .500, but two games under. Need wins fast.

Division III

Locks: Albany, Alhambra, Analy, De Anza, Drake, El Cerrito, Kennedy-Fremont, Petaluma, Pinole Valley, Terra Linda

De Anza joins the locks. They have gone unbeaten in the TCAL Stone and should win the league tournament, based on how the results have gone.

Likely In: Albany, Sonoma Valley, YV

I think Albany is likely in, perhaps maybe even a lock, but I want to see how the first TCAL Round goes before making that call.

Sonoma Valley – Almost a mathematical certainty. Just needs one positive result.

YV still in the likely in category. I think they are mathematically eligible, but also waiting for some other bubble teams to sort out before locking them in.

On the Bubble: Acalanes, Campolindo, Miramonte, Mt. Diablo, Novato, San Marin, Tennyson

Acalanes – The Dons are 1-2-1 in DIII matches, with three of them left. They are all possible playoff teams, so it won’t be easy.

Campo – Just need a win or a draw in their two remaining DIII matches, and they are in.

Miramonte – Same thing for the Mats as Campo. A win or draw in their final two DIII matches.

Mt. Diablo – Has really skidded and will need to be sure to get at least a draw out of one of their two final DIII matches.

Novato – Novato is going to need to win more than it loses to get eligible to end the season.

San Marin – Needs to beat San Rafael to get to .500 in DIII matches. I don’t think they will make the MCAL playoffs, which could benefit them, not giving them another DIII match to play.

Tennyson – Tennyson is going to need to go 3-1, or 2-0-2, or better, in their last four league matches.

Division IV

Locks: Branson, Berean Christian, Cardinal Newman, Head-Royce, Marin Academy, Marin Catholic, Moreau Catholic, Piedmont, Sonoma Academy, St. Mary’s, University, Urban

Sonoma Academy, Head-Royce and University join the locks. All Head-Royce University need to do is not lose three matches in a row, counting their first BCL playoff match.

Likely In: El Molino

El Mo is likely in. I am not locking them because maybe I don’t have all their matches, but I have them at 1-1 in DIV matches, with none remaining in that category.

On the Bubble: Lick Wilmerding, St. Patrick-St. Vincent, Salesian, Swett

Lick – Just a game under .500 in league, but has Urban and Head-Royce to end the year. Needs two wins, or a win and a draw, and then a positive result in the BCL playoffs.

St. Pat – I have St. Pat at 3-4-1 in DIV matches, and I don’t think they have any left. They’d need to somehow play St. Mary’s or Salesian in the TCAL Tournament.

Salesian – A game under in DIV matches, and they play St. Mary’s in the TCAL Tourney. They need a win.

Swett – Might be eligible already. I am missing the score of the JFK-Richmond match. If they won that, they are .500 in DIV matches.


It was time to move undefeated Branson up after Foothill and Carondelet stumbled a touch this week. Branson has done nothing except win, with the exception of a draw against No. 7 Tam.

The EBAL continues to dominate the top ten, with seven teams, with unbeaten Clayton rounding out the top ten.

Only minor shifts from there, with Newark making the biggest leap of two spots, from No. 16 to No. 14.

1. Monte Vista 15-0-1
2. Branson 16-0-1
3. Foothill 10-1-5
4. Carondelet 13-3-3
5. California 10-2-4
6. Amador Valley 11-3-2
7. Tamalpais 15-1-2
8. San Ramon Valley 5-2-7
9. Dublin 9-3-4
10. Clayton Valley 13-0-6
11. Montgomery 13-1-1
12. Las Lomas 9-4-0
13. Livermore 8-6-2
14. Newark 13-2-0
15. Freedom 7-3-4
16. Liberty 10-4-0
17. Piedmont 11-2-1
18. Maria Carrillo 10-2-1
19. Logan 9-3-1
20. Heritage 8-5-0
21. Redwood 11-4-0
22. Northgate 9-3-1
23. Castro Valley 9-3-2
24. Analy 11-1-3
25. College Park 8-5-2


Marin Academy (6-6-1, 5-2-1) 16
Urban (6-5-2, 5-2-1) 16
Head-Royce (6-4-2, 4-2-2) 14
University (6-4-3, 3-3-2) 11
Lick-Wilmerding (2-6-4, 2-3-3) 9
St. Joseph-Notre Dame (1-8-1, 0-7-1) 1
Redwood Christian (0-8-1, 0-0-0) 0

Freedom (7-3-4, 5-0-1) 16
Liberty (10-5-0, 5-1-0) 15
Heritage (8-5-0, 4-2-0) 12
Deer Valley (6-8-1, 2-3-1) 7
Pittsburg (7-13-0, 1-5-0) 3
Antioch (1-12-3, 0-6-0) 0

Foothill Division
Las Lomas (9-4-0, 6-0-0) 18
College Park (8-5-2, 4-2-0) 12
Miramonte (5-10-1, 3-3-0) 9
Alhambra (8-6-1, 2-3-1) 7
Campolindo (5-7-0, 2-4-0) 6
Acalanes (3-11-1, 0-6-1) 1
Valley Division
Clayton Valley (13-0-6, 5-0-1) 16
Northgate (9-3-1, 5-0-1) 16
Berean Christian (7-4-2, 2-2-2) 8
Ygnacio Valley (5-4-1, 2-3-1) 7
Concord (4-9-3, 1-4-1) 4
Mt. Diablo (9-9-1, 0-6-0) 0

Mountain Division
Monte Vista (15-0-1, 8-0-1) 25
Carondelet (13-3-3, 5-2-2) 17
California (10-2-4, 4-2-3) 15
San Ramon Valley (5-2-7, 2-2-5) 11
Dougherty Valley (3-10-1, 0-9-0) 0
Valley Division
Foothill (10-1-5, 4-1-4) 16
Amador Valley (11-3-2, 4-3-2) 14
Dublin (9-3-4, 2-3-4) 10
Livermore (8-6-2, 3-5-1) 10
Granada (2-8-2, 1-6-2) 5

Branson (16-0-1, 11-0-1) 34
Tamalpais (15-1-2, 10-0-2) 32
Redwood (11-4-0, 9-3-0) 27
Drake (11-3-4, 5-3-4) 19
Terra Linda (10-6-0, 6-6-0) 18
Marin Catholic (4-7-1, 4-7-1) 13
Novato (5-6-4, 3-6-3) 12
San Rafael (7-10-2, 3-8-1) 10
San Marin (4-11-4, 1-7-4) 7
Justin-Siena (0-13-3, 0-11-1) 1

Logan (9-3-1, 9-0-1) 28
Newark Memorial (13-2-0, 9-1-0) 27
Kennedy (10-3-2, 6-2-2) 20
Moreau Catholic (7-3-2, 5-3-2) 17
Irvington (8-6-1, 4-5-1) 13
American (3-11-1, 2-8-0) 6
Mission San Jose (4-11-1, 2-8-0) 6
Washington (0-15-0, 0-10-0) 0

Montgomery (13-1-1, 9-0-1) 28
Maria Carrillo (10-2-1, 8-1-1) 25
Ukiah (9-6-3, 6-5-0) 18
Cardinal Newman (10-6-0, 5-4-0) 15
Casa Grande (6-7-0, 4-5-0) 12
Santa Rosa (8-7-0, 4-6-0) 12
Windsor (6-8-2, 3-7-0) 9
Rancho Cotate (0-16-0, 0-11-0) 0

Analy (11-1-3, 8-0-1) 25
Petaluma (12-3-1, 7-1-1) 22
Sonoma Academy (9-4-2, 6-2-0) 18
Sonoma Valley (7-6-0, 6-3-0) 18
El Molino (3-9-0, 1-6-0) 3
Elsie Allen (2-12-0, 0-6-0) 0
Healdsburg (0-9-0, 0-6-0) 0
Piner (2-9-0, 0-6-0) 0

Rock Division
Pinole Valley (12-3-1, 9-0-1) 28
El Cerrito (9-4-3, 8-1-1) 25
Albany (9-7-0, 6-4-0) 18
St. Mary’s (7-6-0, 4-6-0) 12
Salesian (1-8-1, 1-8-1) 4
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (3-10-1, 0-9-1) 1
Stone Division
De Anza (9-6-0, 8-0-0) 24
Richmond (6-13-0, 6-2-0) 18
Hercules (3-12-2, 3-4-1) 10
Swett (2-9-2, 1-5-1) 4
Kennedy (1-13-0, 0-7-0) 0

Foothill League
Piedmont (11-2-1, 5-0-1) 16
Castro Valley (9-3-2, 4-1-1) 13
Berkeley (4-6-7, 2-0-4) 10
Bishop O’Dowd (3-7-2, 2-2-2) 8
Arroyo (6-9-0, 1-5-0) 3
Mt. Eden (3-10-1, 0-6-0) 0
Shoreline League
Hayward (4-4-2, 4-0-2) 14
Alameda (5-7-3, 4-1-1) 13
San Leandro (10-3-6, 3-0-3) 12
Encinal (3-5-3, 1-3-2) 5
Tennyson (5-11-3, 1-3-2) 5
San Lorenzo (0-12-2, 0-6-0) 0


Tshimbalanga, Carondelet 21
Agostino, Alhambra 20
Brien, Piedmont 17
Brinkman, Freedom 16
Day, Branson 15
Prosnitz, Branson 15
Burton, EC 15
Romero, Livermore 15
Gonzalez, M. Carrillo 15
Jones, Branson 14
Cudd, Drake 14
N. Trucco, Cal 13
Safarians, CP 13
B. Santillan, Newark 13
Hazelwood, Pinole 13
Bray, Ukiah 13
Madriz, Arroyo 12
Matthews, DA 12
Mirr, FH 12
Murillo, Logan 12
Fuentes, Newark 12
Halford, RW 12
Watridge, RW 12
Edelman, MV 11
Bouton, RW 11

Halford, RW 16
Jones, Branson 15
Ospeck, Carondelet 14
Van Pelt, EC 13
A. Dillon, Branson 12
M. Dillon, Branson 12
Prosnitz, Branson 12
Dejjkic, MV 12
Fuentes, Newark 12
Burton, EC 10
Betti, Alhambra 9
Day, Branson 9
Biles, Carondelet 9
Matthews, DA 9

67 thoughts on “Girls Soccer: Updated Playoff Picture, Rankings, Standings, Stats

  1. I have a little time on my hands before the
    Super Bowl kick-off and “the drinking lamp is lit.” So, I got to thinking about Cal High versus Monte Vista on Tuesday. I reached the conclusion that for Cal High to win, it is likely that Hope Solo’s condemnation of “cowardly soccer,” in the aftermath of the US loss to Sweden, must be proven to be misplaced.

  2. Every qualifying ebal team has a
    Chance to win the NCS championship. Certain teams match up better with others and there will be upsets. I see subs getting very little time as teams advance.

  3. Top 10 after the carnage . Top 6 will beat up on each other next week but I think below won’t. Change much. The 2-3-4 teams will be battling for those spots.

    5-6-7 teams are battling for those spots.

    1) MV – solid 1 .
    2) Foothill
    3) Cal –
    4) Carondolet –
    5) Amador – likely to drop
    6) SRV

    7) Clayton – could move up as high as 5 if Amador loses again and SRV does also. Clayton is undefeated and a league winner that has tied SRV and beaten DV. As SRV wins clayton’s undefeated record looks even better.

    8) Dublin – could move up
    9) Heritage
    10) James Logan – could move up
    11) Freedom – could move up
    12) Liberty – could move up
    13) Castro Valley – solid 13
    14) College Park – solid 14
    15) Berkeley – solid 15
    16) Irvington, SL or Deer Valley

    Interesting early round games if this holds are:

    MV vs. Dublin in the second round.
    Berkeley vs. the #2 seed
    Clayton vs. Liberty

    1. The cross-league comparisons are going to be difficult come playoff time. MaxPreps has EBAL teams like Granada for example, who are in 8th place in EBAL with a 17.0 “strength of schedule ” score, whereas Clayton who is mentioned above is undefeated in their league and will most likely win their league, but has a “strength of schedule” rating near the bottom at a 5.0. I wonder how much the “strength of schedule” impacts the NCS seeding decisions. Anyone know?

      1. Comparisons:

        MV crushed Liberty
        Amador also beat Liberty 2-0
        Dublin beat Heritage 1-0
        Clayton tied SRV and beat DV 1-0.
        Amador beat Liberty 2-0, James Logan 3-2
        Foothill beat Newark 1-0.

        The committee should get it right but the big discussion will be on:

        1) Does Clayton deserve a higher seed than Dublin?

        Clayton will be 16-0-7 (5.3 SOS rating) rating 16
        Dublin will likely be 11-4-5 (11.7 SOS rating) rating 15.8

        Clayton good ties and wins:
        tied SRV, beat DV, tied Northgate 2x

        Dublin’s good wins or ties:
        tied CAL, SRV, Carondolet, Foothill 2x all teams rated in the top 5 of NCS.

        2) how will the committee evaluate San Leandro, Irvington and Berkeley. The latter has a SOS of 9.4 but has a bad record, while the other two SOS’ are negative and have a good record. Who claims the last two spots?

    2. Will be interesting if Foothill ends up at #2 meeting Berkeley at #15 . . . a rematch of the 11-round PK shoot-out from 2017.

      1. My $$$ is on the WNT keeper from Berkeley. She is a very special player! If the seeding falls #2/#15, the Falcons better make sure they don’t let this game get to penalties!

  4. DV 2-1 Antioch
    Heritage 3-0 Freedom
    SRV 0-0 Carondelet
    Dougherty 0-5 MV
    Granada 4-0 AV
    Livermore 3-1 Dublin
    JFK-F 2-0 Washington
    Moreau 1-1 Logan
    Albany 3-0 St. Pat
    St. Mary 2-1 Salesian

    1. Carondelet slowly going down the drain. That’s what happens when you decide to play your backups in the early part of the season and miss out on points.

      1. Sounds like excuses. Subs are playing on every team, the off your rose colored glasses.
        Carondolet is not going down the drain. They just aren’t as good as previously thought and the results in the EBAL show it. MV has your number….and don’t blink because you could lose two more games against Amador and CAL High.

        1-0 loss to Foothill
        2-2 tie to Dublin
        0-0 tie to SRV 2x
        3-1 and 3-0 loss to MV

          1. You really have it out for the coaching staff. Carondelet is 13-4-4 overall and 5-3-3 in league. Not a terrible record of you ask me. Not really sure what your issue is but I know a lot of the girls respect and admire their coaching staff. I hope you know that a lot of people read this blog including players and maybe even the coaches. Have a little respect for all people involved.

            1. Th3 Law
              Be a fan or beat it!
              No reason to disparage kids or coaches on this forum.
              CougsFan is right, 13-4-4 is nothing to criticize. If you have been watching the games this season, you must know that every game (loss or tie) was winnable (with and or even without certain players on the field).
              Sure, we want to win them all, but you need not be the number one seed to win NCS. I have done a little research this week and It appears that MV 2015, CHS 2016, and CHS 2017 can attest to that!
              It almost seems like an NCS curse?
              Hey, CHS is in the playoffs, nursing a few significant injuries (like everyone else this time of year) and I am sure will be OK with whatever seed they are given. As I read it, a team needs to win 4 tough games for them to call you NCS Champions and I am pretty sure that there are 4-5 teams that are not exactly ready to hand that trophy to the #1 seed just yet.
              Watch out for SRV. I think nobody in the “top 4-5” wants them on their side of the bracket either.
              Experience will be one of the keys and I can’t imagine CHS players and coaches are not focused on getting it done this year after back to back 1 goal tough losses in the final.
              Cougs, Don’t listen to the noise here or anywhere else. In many sports, beating a team 3X is said to be a very difficult task. We know that at this level a call (or no call) or two in a teams favor can make a huge difference. Keep your focus. You are THE most dangerous team to the #1 seed. Just get there! Get healthy and take it one game at a time.

          2. Coaching high school sports is tough. We probably all know a few who coach high school sports. I, for one, don’t envy them. They have players, parents, administrators and expectations to deal with and all for little pay. As this forum has dealt with quite a bit, there is the, ubiquitous, long-standing issue of playing everyone versus keeping a short bench. All this is touchy and they can’t please everyone. I hope “they will be given some slack.”

            Then too, as I recently remarked to the Cal High coach: ” ‘Soccer is like art. There is no right or wrong.’ Personally, I like Dali and Picasso, which adorn my office. Some think they are trash. Others like Cezanne and Monet, which I think are boring. Few agree about everything when it comes to soccer and ‘there is more than one way to skin a cat.’ The fact I favor something does not mean I am right and you are wrong anymore than the fact you favor something makes you right and me wrong.”

            1. Carondelet did not sub much against MV and vice versa. Both teams are positioned fine for NCS, where a new season starts.

        1. It’s all about NCS/Nor Cal/State playoffs. Realistically any Top 5 seed can win NCS and don’t forget about the new Nor Cal/State playoffs after NCS (Top 2 advance). Teams with the most experience tend to prevail.

          1. Exactly. Carondelet is fine. They’ve had two highly competitive games vs MV in which the outcome could have easily been different and come NCS time they will get one of their most important players back and hopefully their injured forward. It’s all about peaking at the right time.

              1. SMA, I got this one.
                Very competitive!
                Just ask all of the mustangs at MV if they would like to play the Cougs again in NCS?
                They know what those games were like. They know the CHS goals that were not counted whatever the reason? They know what their goals looked like.
                Dodged a bullet on the DOGSO in the last game when striker was taken out.
                Momentum game changing events.
                Like I have said this season, long way to go.
                Peak at the right time and let’s see what things look like with the full squad.

              2. I have watched two 3-0 wins by MVHS. In one (v Berkeley), MVHS dominated and the game could have been 10-0. In the other (v Carondelet), MVHS was the better team (that night) but it could have been 2-1 (or even 2-2 if there is a PK as Cardondelet folks might have seen it). So, yes, 3-0 CAN be competitive (I did not see the 3-1 game) and it can be a blow out.

                I was exhausted at watching the pace of play between the Cougars and the Mustangs. High energy. High effort. Bodies flying all over the place. Both will be tough on their opponents come NCS and it will take a special effort to send either team home.

  5. Livermore 3-1 over Dublin. Dublin was down 3 starters and could not hold on to the lead……no excuses. I thought Livermore played well tonight.

  6. Cal High 0 Foothill 0

    Well, that was interesting. The first half was, more or less, pretty even. My Cal High bias leads me to say Cal High was “better by a click.”

    But, the second half–bias or not–was a “domination sensation” by Cal High. By virtually any metric, aesthetic or empirical, Cal High was the better side. They had the possession arrow by a great measure.
    They had–at least–seventy percent of the possession. Cal High had all the shots. (According to the score keeper, and my recollection, the Cal keepers did not have to make a SINGLE save all game.) And, Cal High were the more dangerous team.

    (Then too, and I hate to go there, but I am going to there anyway. :- ) ARGUABLY, Cal High could have been awarded as many as THREE penalty kicks…in the second half. Three hard fouls sent Cal High players sprawling to the ground.)

    Here are the lingering problems for Cal High. At the end of the day, they got a single point from tonight’s game and now head into two very difficult games. In terms of the table, Foothill may jump Cal High, which, in turn, may impact seeding in terms of Cal High vis-a-vis Foothill. And, those that determine seeding will not have the benefit of having witnessed tonight’s game.

    Then, there is the actual seeding. Anyone with brains and a sense of survival wants to avoid Monte Vista’s side of the draw. Thus, seeds two and three are very desirable placements, because, if I am not mistaken–and, I frequently am–the four and five seeds will end up in Monte Vista’s side of the draw.

    Of course, both Cal High and Foothill may end-up as the four and five seeds and it won’t make any difference as between them. :- )

  7. It’s tough. Sickness (bad flu year) and injuries affecting all teams at times. Several teams including MV have pulled up a JV player for extended game time in the last few weeks, I think. Said this earlier in the year and was told teams are not “dedicated enough”. But don’t think that’s it, bad timing on flu or the like can lead to a loss.

    1. Uhhhh…You obviously didn’t understand my response to your earlier post. First, of course sickness and injuries are going to affect teams (some more than others) and that’s just BAD LUCK and it SUCKS! We’ve all been through it at some point. Teams need to figure it out and deal with it. Second, if you recall your earlier post it was in the tone of using the above as excuses and “If this didn’t happen we would of, could of, and should of”. My response with regard to dedication, hard work, and discipline simply implied that teams (programs) who consistently implement these year in and year out are successful more times than not AND are better equipped to deal adversity. Not rocket science….just fact.

  8. C-let could be down for the count . If the leading striker is injured I would not surprised if she’s shut down by her parents.

    With her, they have lost 2x to MV, 1x to Foothill and tied SRV and Dublin. Without her things will be tougher. There’s a very good chance they will lose to SRV on Th. My predictions for c-let once again if the striker can’t go.

    1-0 loss to SRV
    1-1 tie to Amador
    1-0 loss to Cal High

    Which nets them a 4 or 5 seed in MV’s bracket. Injuries are game changers.

    1. We all have to pray–my apologies to the secular on this forum–that the young lady is not badly hurt and returns quickly. Despite being a Cal High supporter, who has watched the player punish us, I will be the first of say that nobody wants to see an injury, especially to a youngster and a talented one at that.

  9. Not sure is DV can do it. I’m thinking San Leandro gets in as they have won 10 games and are in 2nd place in league. Irvington is in the middle of the pack.

  10. Cal HIgh 3 DVHS 0

    Tight for most of the game, but about what you would expect at the end.

    Foothill versus Cal High on Thursday. Should be interesting.

    1. 3-0 final. Correction Carondelet not CVHS. MV came out strong, but did not score. Took second wind middle-late first half to get the lead.

  11. WACC Shoreline- I would say it’s between Hayward and alameda. San Leandro just tied Tennyson 1-1 and hasn’t scored much. Alameda and Hayward have a more powerful offense and defense.

  12. League races are shaping up like so…

    A tight race coming down to the end. Marin Academy and Urban are tied at the top with Head-Royce just two points off the pace. The teams don’t play each other again.

    A great race shaping up here, as Liberty trails Freedom by a point. The two play on Feb. 6. Heritage is only four points back and plays both the teams ahead of them still.

    Las Lomas is running away with this league and isn’t showing signs of being caught.

    Clayton and Northgate are in a great race, level on points, and play each other for the last time tomorrow.

    MV is a runaway train. Carondelet’s only hope is to win today and hope MV starts dropping points after that.

    Branson and Tam are in a great battle for the regular season title, with Tam just two points behind. Redwood, Drake and TL seem set for the other top five spots in the league playoffs, with Marin Catholic, Novato and San Rafael in the hunt for the sixth spot.

    The Newark and Logan rematch will take place on Feb. 6 and decide the league title.

    Monty has a three-point lead on Carrillo and has a win and draw against them. They just need to hold serve.

    Analy has a three-point lead over Petaluma, and has a win and draw over them, and just needs to hold serve.

    Pinole won the Rock, De Anza won the Stone with the league playoffs starting Thursday.

    A compelling race with Piedmont holding a three-point lead over Castro Valley and a six-point lead over Berkeley. The Highlanders still have to play both those teams, and BOD, so winning out should be tough. It is still wide open since the teams all play each other.

    Another compelling race with playoff hopes clinging to winning the league. Hayward, Alameda and San Leandro are all separated by two points and all play each other again.

  13. Ebal gauntlet continues this week:

    MV vs. C-let : c-let needs a good showing in this game or risk dropping to #4 or below. A win or tie would be a statement for them.
    Prediction——3-0 MV.

    Foothill vs. Dublin – Foothill tries to keep their grip on the #2 seed. A win today and a C-let loss would solidify that. 1-1 tie

    SRV vs. Granada – tough game in Livemore. SRV needs to win to stay out of the #8 seed. Very difficult games loom for them in the future. 1-1 tie

    Cal vs. DV – 5-0 Cal. A loss or tie to DV would be devastating with big games coming up. They won’t lose.

    Amador vs. Livermore – livermore is jekyl and Hyde this year. No idea which team shows up. Livemore 2-1 at Home.

    1. Well, I hope ebal is correct, but 5-0 seems very unlikely. In the first tilt, DVHS could easily have won. Hopefully, as ebal points out, Cal High will realize the stakes and play at a high level throughout the contest. I expect a “tight affair.”

    2. Amador will take care of business on the road versus Mr. Hyde (Livermore) 3-1.

      Foothill is dealing with key injuries and I think they will unfortunately be up against it for the remainder of the season. Will find out what the Falcons are made of, as this is when everybody needs to step up and not let things slip.
      Dublin 1-0

      Cal will survive a tighter than expected game versus DV 2-1.

      I dont think Granada will score against SRV. Watched SRV vs Cal last week. The wolves will show they are planning to be a tough draw at any seeding # in NCS. SRV 2-0.

      And Ebal, CHS vs MV 0-3? I think CHS might get a little bit more credit as the number one scoring offense in NCS Div I? And 3 goals against their defense with a USNNT keeper?
      Do you have some inside info or an injury/sickness report that none of us have seen? Did you watch game one in December or are you just looking at that box score?
      I am thinking this will be a fun preview of the NCS finals or semi finals should the seeding committee somehow choose to put them on the same side of the bracket and miss out on all those ticket sales on Feb 24th.
      I believe CHS sends a Tuesday night reminder that they have been here before and are ready for February (and March). Cougs 2-1 versus a top ranked and loaded mustang side.

      Should be a great night for soccer. GO COUGS!

        1. Ebal, wow, not sure where you got your scouting report but if you have any information about this weekend’s Super Bowl I would love to know the following:
          How is the cut on Brady’s hand, will Gronkowski be cleared to play?
          Coin toss, first penalty, first team to score, first turnover, first field-goal, each quarter score, final score, over/under, etc.

          Well, I watched the MV – CHS game and can attest that it was a very physical match.
          Both teams can certainly play the game at a high level! Both can posses and immediately go over the top on the attack.
          I do think the men in green missed a few things which had an impact on the game:

          Thought when CHS lost its leading scorer 20 min into the game with what appeared to be a knee injury, no foul was called inside the 18 yard box on what appeared to be a certain DOGSO on the keeper. (Hope she is OK and back on the pitch this season!)
          Not sure why the CHS free kick that found the back of the net a few minutes later was taken away?
          First MV goal was a beautiful effort/play by the winger crossing to the trailing mid. Bing bang boom!
          Unfortunate was the deflection from the CHS keeper clear that bounced into the net.
          No excuses Cougs! You played a strong game and chances were there tonight. Tomorrow is a new day. If you keep your focus you just might get another game with MV. If anything has been learned over the past 3-4 years, that one is the one that will really count. Heal up and be ready for Thursday at SRV.
          Congrats to the Mustangs.

            1. DFK was from a foul and center did not have his arm overhead during the strike?
              Taken from about 25 yds at a reasonable angle it appeared to be untouched straight in under the bar, but not allowed.

              1. Pretty sure the call was goalkeeper interference which, depending on what sideline you were on, was a good call or a bad call.

                1. MV vs CHS, like the first game, was hard fought, physical and closer than score would indicate. Monte Vista was clearly the sharper squad and deserving but CHS did get some bad luck. First goal by the Mustangs was textbook thing of beauty, second was an unfortunate ricochet clear from the Keeper. Third was a sweet strike on quick counter attack where CHS overextended and got caught. In between all that was a hard, aggressive play by MV keeper where she took out (no malicious intention) CHS and EBAL leading scorer. Again, an aggressive play but not dirty. The forward flicked the ball to the side as she broke clear of the last defender and the goalie took her legs out without any contact on the ball… clearly a card and foul in the box. No call and what appears to be a serious injury to one of CHS and EBAL’s best players. Bad luck. A few minutes later CHS buried a direct kick in the back of the net only to have the ref call it off for goalie interference? The goalie wasn’t touched, she just missed the ball. Bad luck. After 2 rounds with these heavyweights it’s clear that in order for CHS to beat MV they will have to be at full strength with their personnel, play a near perfect game and get a few a breaks which haven’t fallen their way. Maybe they will get another crack in NCS. As for MV… this team is very good. I have the privilege of knowing all the players and most of the families very well. Exceptional folks, all of them and when they’re not playing the Cougars, I’m a fan. Perhaps the best thing that could happen to them is a meaningless loss prior to NCS because it seemed that collectively they are transitioning from confident group to a bit cocky. You don’t want your first loss to be your last game… Undefeated MV four years ago, compliments Liberty. Undefeated Carondelet two years ago, compliments SRV. In any event, congratulations to the Mustangs, hopefully the injury to CHS player is not serious and NCS is shaping up to be a lot of fun. Oh… I’ve been critical of substitution patterns with CHS lineup all year. Kudos to the coach and team last night for playing what she thought was her strongest lineup the majority of the game. Subs came in with 20 min to play at 3-0 and the game out of reach. Respect.

                  1. If Dublin, Foothill, Cal, Carondolet , have perfect games and a few of Mv’s Commits do not they could lose or go to penalties. 3/4 scores on them and cal’s defense held up.

                    And then there’s SRV. We will know how much they have improved when the meet for the second time this year.

                    1. Of course it could happen—the joy and the agony of soccer.

                      Jones is a good coach, SRV always gets slowly better as the year goes on every damn year.

    3. I just heard of a rumored “x-factor” in the Cal High versus DVHS match. If true, itmight, theoretically benefit Cal High enormously. Sorry to be mysterious, but more after the match.

          1. Sorry. There were purportedly to be no subs due to injuries and purportedly a significant issue at keeper. (I apologize, I did not want to be so “mystic,” but one must be careful on this forum, because kids, parents and feelings are involved.)

            1. It’s tough. Sickness (bad flu year) and injuries affecting all teams at times. Several teams including MV have pulled up a JV player for extended game time in the last few weeks, I think. Said this earlier in the year and was told teams are not “dedicated enough”. But don’t think that’s it, bad timing on flu or the like compared to opponent can lead to a loss. That said, girls in this area are lucky to be able to find challenging competition against some very good players most every game.

              1. Every team is dealing w this. It’s going to be a photo finish for 2-3-4-5.

                The question is which team matches up best with MV?

                Carondolet – got beat 2x and now have injury issues. nope

                Foothill – game was over in first half 3-0 In first mtg. Nope

                Amador – got slaughtered 6-0. Think there’s a match up issue here. Nope nope.

                Dublin , SRV – both played MV tough in 1st half. Dublin scored in the 2nd half, SRV faltered. SRV is improving. Possible

                Cal – tied MV but MV just played a day prior. Let’s see the outcome in the 2nd mtg. My guess is possible.

                Worst possible draw is MV plays Deer Valley as the 16 seed and either SRV or Dublin in the 2nd round.

                Best draw is Irvington or San Leandro at the #16 and the winner of Liberty and Freedom in the 8-9 game.

                1. Now you are talking. I have been told by everyone or heard from everyone that MV will destroy Cal High. This was told to me as recently at two days ago during the Cal High versus DVHS game. One of my pals has a daughter that plays for DVHS and with a lot of the MV players on their Mustang side.

                  I like to think that I am not a stupid as I look or my family tells me I am. So, I am assuming MV will beat Cal High. Not only is MV talented, Cal High gave them the single blemish on their record. So, MV should be very motivated.

                  First, all that being said, soccer is a funny game. The best team does not always win. Second, Cal High played well tonight, 2/1/18. So, they appear in good form. Third, I was at the first game between Cal High and MV. As I told my DVHS buddy two nights ago, and I think I wrote at the time of the first game, Cal High was better by a click in the first half and MV was better by two clicks in the second half.

                  We shall see. I just hope Cal High acquit themselves well.

                  1. No shame in losing to Cal. EBAL is competitive and Cal’s good. On the other hand, one big win doesn’t make them the best team in the area either.

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