Prep2Prep CCS Rankings
THROUGH WEEK 15
For the final Prep2Prep CCS Top 25, we try to take into account the three aspects of a team's season and assign them proper weight. While a team's pre-league performance cannot be completely ignored, it generally does not carry the same weight as league and postseason performance. At the same time, however, we are careful not to put too much stock in the postseason where one result - see St. Ignatius - can wind up causing too much damage.Note: Last week's rankings in parentheses
Bellarmine lost out to St. Ignatius in the WCAL title race but made up for it by capturing the CCS Open Division and NorCal Division 1 championships. The Bells finished with a 21-2-3 record against high-level competition.
SI was perhaps unfairly not allowed to defend its NorCal Division 1 title after losing to Branham in the first round of the CCS Open Division playoffs. After all, the Wildcats rolled through the toughest league in CCS with an astounding 12-1-1 record and won the season series 1-0-1 against Bellarmine.
Watsonville gets the nod for the No. 3 spot after a strong finish in NorCal Division 2, as the Wildcatz reached the final, losing 2-1 to Marin Academy. Watsonville also won the always difficult Gabilan Division and went through an impressive 7-1-2 preseason against good competition.
Branham won't score as high in automated rankings that take into account margin of victory as the Bruins went 9-2 in matches decided by one goal, including 1-0 wins in the first two rounds of the Open Division playoffs. Branham posted 13 shutouts, edged Prospect for the BVAL title and also had a good preseason featuring a 0-0 draw against Central Section power Santa Maria. Branham's two losses in the postseason came against eventual NorCal Division 1 finalists Bellarmine and Jesuit.
After falling just short of a BVAL title, Prospect went on a postseason run, winning the CCS Division 1 championship and knocking off top-seeded Galt in the CIF Division 2 first round before finally losing to eventual champ Marin Academy.
St. Francis was ousted by Monterey in the first round of the CCS Division 1 playoffs, but the Lancers' accomplishments during the regular season should not be discounted. St. Francis finished third in the WCAL, handing Bellarmine one of its two losses on the season.
Monterey blasted through the PCAL-Mission, scoring 55 goals en route to a 13-1 record. The Toreadores then reached the CCS Division 1 final, losing 2-1 to Prospect in overtime.
The Gators should not be punished too harshly for its one loss - in the first round of the Division 1 playoffs to a Monterey team that reached the final. SHP had a magical season featuring wins over A league mainstays Mountain View, Sacred Heart Cathedral and Menlo-Atherton before obliterating WBAL competition to the tune of a 51-4 goal differential and 11-0-1 record.
The standards have been set so high that anything short of a No. 1 ranking can be seen as a disappointment for Alisal. However, the Trojans rebounded from a 2-5-1 start to finish just three points out of first place in the Gabilan Division before losing in penalties to Menlo-Atherton in the first round of the CCS Division 1 playoffs.
After finishing the regular season 10-7-3 (6-5-3, 4th in WCAL), the Irish caught fire in the postseason winning five in a row to take the CCS Division 3 title and reach the finals of the NorCal Division 3 tournament before finally falling to Madera South.
It was very much an up and down year for the Monarchs, who opened the season with a 2-0 road win against eventual CCS Open runner-up Branham and then followed with a win over eventual CCS Division 1 champ Prospect. Then after finishing just fifth in the WCAL, Mitty stormed to the CCS Division 2 title before ending the season with a shocking 7-2 loss at University.
Menlo nearly went blow for blow with Sacred Heart Prep, finishing only three points behind the WBAL champs. Menlo also reached the CCS Division 2 final with wins over Santa Teresa and North Salinas before a loss to Mitty ended its season.
The exciting Soledad attack accounted for 50 goals on the season but was unable to break through in its final two matches - 1-0 losses to Branham in the CCS Open semis and to Richmond in NorCal Division 2. Still it was an excellent inaugural season for the Aztecs in the Gabilan.
Burlingame followed up its magical 2017-18 season with another PAL championship. However, the Panthers' reward was a trip all the way to King City to take on a good Soledad team in difficult grass field conditions. The Panthers put up a good fight and had a chance to tie late when a penalty was saved in a 4-2 loss.
The preseason favorite in the SCVAL, Homestead fell short of a league title by losing three of its final four league matches. The Mustangs were knocked out in the first round of the CCS Division 1 playoffs by Prospect.
The Bears finished second in the PAL, a point behind Burlingame. Then after knocking off CCS power Alisal on penalties, M-A was hammered 4-0 by Prospect in its final game.
Alvarez did well in league season, finishing second in the always challenging Gabilan Division, but the Eagles are marked down for a subpar preseason that landed them in Division 2, where they reached the semis with a 2-0 win over Leland before bowing out 1-0 against Mitty.
Leigh had the more interesting postseason run, but Santa Teresa did win the season series and the BVAL-ST title over the Longhorns before losing in the first round of the Division 2 playoffs against Menlo.
Los Gatos was shut out in its first four matches, but recovered well, going 8-2-2 to win the SCVAL title. However, the season ended in similar fashion to how it started as the Wildcats were knocked out 5-0 by Watsonville in the first round of the Open playoffs.
Defense was a calling card for the Vikings, who allowed only 18 goals all season. Paly finished third in the SCVAL and reached the Open Division playoffs, losing 2-0 to eventual champion Bellarmine.
Led by seniors Joey Kettle and Andrew Canepa, Pioneer had an outstanding season, finishing third in the BVAL and reaching the CCS Division 3 semis, losing to eventual champ Sacred Heart Cathedral.
South City showed it belonged in the PAL-Bay, finishing tied for third. However, the Warriors finished poorly, going 1-4-1 after a 10-0-4 start.
Leland made a splash in its first season back in the BVAL top flight, finishing in the upper half and reaching the CCS playoffs for the second consecutive season, falling 2-0 to Alvarez in the first round.
After finishing second in the BVAL-ST behind Santa Teresa, Leigh won three straight 1-0 games to capture the CCS Division 4 title. Leigh advanced to the NorCal Division 4 semis before losing 1-0 itself to Chico.
North Salinas matched Monterey's 13-1 mark in the PCAL-Mission and also reached the Division 2 semis, losing 3-1 to Menlo.