Prep2Prep NCS Rankings
THROUGH WEEK 13
The top seven teams in our rankings are the top seven seeds in the Division I playoff bracket, though not exactly in the same order as the playoffs have them. Cardinal Newman and Montgomery also represent the NBL-Oak in the top 10, and are both favorites to win their respective playoff divisions. Bishop O'Dowd gets back in the top 25 after a strong run during league play and a strong non-league schedule.Note: Last week's rankings in parentheses
The Cougars finished the regular season on a surge, beating Monte Vista, San Ramon Valley and California each by a single goal to claim the EBAL title. Carondelet is the top seed in the Division I playoffs and hosts American on Wednesday.
After breezing through most of the regular season, the Mustangs were upended twice in the final two weeks, falling to Carondelet and then rival San Ramon Valley to head into the post-season. Monte Vista is the two seed in the Division I playoffs and hosts Vintage on Wednesday.
The Dons showcased their defense over the final two weeks of the regular season, blanking their final four opponents, including wins over Granada and Foothill last week. Amador Valley is the three seed in the Division I playoffs and hosts San Leandro on Wednesday.
The Lions did not allow a goal in their final seven matches of the regular season, including a 1-0 win over Heritage which gave them the BVAL title. Liberty is the four seed in the Division I playoffs and hosts Castro Valley on Wednesday.
The Wolves notched one of the biggest wins of the regular season in their final game, beating Monte Vista 2-0 in a district rivalry game. That came on the heels of a loss to Carondelet and scoreless draws with both California and Granada. San Ramon Valley is the six seed in the Division I playoffs and hosts College Park on Wednesday.
The Grizzlies held their spot after a two-week sequence which saw them tie San Ramon Valley and beat both Dougherty Valley and Foothill before the one-goal loss to Carondelet. California is the seven seed in the Division I playoffs and hosts Foothill on Wednesday.
The Yellowjackets finished the regular season with a pair of shutout wins over Bishop O'Dowd and Piedmont, but suffered a bad loss to Castro Valley the previous week. Berkeley is the five seed in the Division I playoffs and hosts James Logan on Wednesday.
The Cardinals hung on to win the NBL-Oak title despite a late loss to Montgomery, as they recovered to beat Windsor and Ukiah. Cardinal Newman is the top seed in the Division IV playoffs and hosts El Molino on Wednesday.
The Vikings finished the regular season on an eight-game win streak, but it wasn't enough to overtake Cardinal Newman for the league crown, though the win streak included a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals. Montgomery is the top seed in the Division II playoffs and hosts Washington on Wednesday.
The Cougars finished the regular season on a seven-game unbeaten streak, one which included a solid out-of-section draw with St. Ignatius as they also wrapped up the DAL title. Campolindo is the five seed in the Division II playoffs and hosts Benicia on Wednesday.
The Patriots dropped a heart-breaker to Liberty despite dominating possession against the Lions, but recovered in the last week of the regular season with wins over Deer Valley and Pittsburg. Heritage is the eight seed in the Division I playoffs and hosts Clayton Valley on Wednesday.
The Giants blanked Branson in the semifinals of the MCAL tournament and then did the same to Tamalpais, ultimately prevailing on penalty kicks to win the league banner. Redwood is the three seed in the Division II playoffs and hosts Las Lomas on Wednesday.
The Red-Tailed Hawks continue their recent strong play in the MCAL semifinals, taking down Marin Catholic, but then fell on penalty kicks to Redwood in the league title game after a scoreless draw. Tamalpais is the two seed in the Division II playoffs and hosts Arroyo on Wednesday.
The Falcons ended the regular season on a two-game skid, but continue to beat the teams below them as well, including wins over Granada and Dublin the previous week. Foothill is the 10 seed in the Division I playoffs and heads to California on Wednesday.
The Eagles finished the regular season on a three-game win streak, not allowing a goal to Ygnacio Valley, Concord or Acalanes during the final two weeks of the season. Clayton Valley is the nine seed in the Division I playoffs and heads to Heritage on Wednesday.
The Pumas finished the regular season on a four-game win streak, allowing one goal during that stretch. Maria Carrillo is the four seed in the Division II playoffs and hosts Concord on Wednesday.
The Bulls had a five-game win streak snapped with their loss to Redwood in the MCAL semifinals. Branson is the top seed in the Division III playoffs and awaits the winner of Sonoma Valley and San Rafael in the quarterfinals.
The Colts finished the regular season unbeaten, but also untested outside of the MVAL. James Logan is the 12 seed in the Division I playoffs and heads to Berkeley on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs beat Northgate and Mt. Diablo to finish the regular season in the top five of the DAL standings. Alhambra is the four seed in the Division III bracket and hosts Encinal on Wednesday.
The Broncos have to drop once again after falling to Alhambra and then finishing the regular season by tying Concord, though wins over Acalanes and Miramonte keep them above those teams. Northgate is the eight seed in the Division II playoffs and heads to NBL-Redwood champion Santa Rosa on Wednesday.
The Dons notched necessary wins over Concord and Las Lomas before earning a key draw against league champ Campolindo, though they did fall to Clayton Valley in the regular season finale. Acalanes is the two seed in the Division III playoffs and hosts Analy on Wednesday.
The Matadors finished the regular season with five wins in six matches, including victories against Benicia and College Park last week. Miramonte is the five seed in the Division III bracket and hosts Drake on Wednesday.
The Gauchos blanked Richmond and Saint Mary's to add the TCAL-Rock tournament title to their unbeaten regular season slate in league play. El Cerrito is the three seed in the Division III bracket and hosts Albany on Wednesday.
The Dragons finished the regular season with four wins in their last five matches, finishing second behind Berkeley in the WACC-Foothill standings. Bishop O'Dowd is the six seed in the Division II bracket and hosts Newark Memorial on Wednesday.
The Falcons had a three-game win streak snapped with a loss to Miramonte in the regular season finale, leaving them tied for fifth in the DAL standings. College Park is the 11 seed in the Division I bracket and heads to San Ramon Valley on Wednesday.