San Ramon Valley High's Lady Wolves received a national ranking trophy from MaxPreps and Army National Guard on April 19. SRVHS was one of just 10 schools being honored after being ranked No. 5 by MaxPreps Freeman Poll, which ranks more than 10,000 high school girls soccer teams nationwide.
"Coach Jones and the San Ramon Valley Wolves have proven on the pitch that they are among the nation's truly elite high school girls' soccer teams," said MaxPreps President and Founder, Andy Beal. "We are thrilled to grow on the success of last year's tour and we salute the coaches, the girls on the team and San Ramon Valley High School for a job well done."
San Ramon Valley beat Monte Vista 1-0 in the North Coast Section Division I championship game. This is the fifth title for the Wolves in 8 years and their section-record seventh overall title. San Ramon Valley finished the season unbeaten at 20-0-5.
"I am extremely honored to be recognized by MaxPreps and the Army National Guard," said San Head Coach Mark Jones. "It is so flattering to even be considered for an award of this caliber, especially with the National Guard involved. They invoke a sense of pride for our country and our girls."
Jones has spent eight years as head coach of the Wolves and was named the 2013 East Bay Girls' Soccer Coach of the Year.
San Ramon Valley had a lot of anticipation going into the season after having lost in the section finals the previous 3 years. With 11 seniors and seven juniors on the team (14 of which have committed to play soccer in college), the Wolves wanted this to be the year to win it all.
The Wolves repeated as East Bay Athletic League champions and Tri-Valley Class Champions and after four-straight years of making it to the finals, they finally took him the North Coast Section crown.
Seniors Morgan Isdo (UCSB) and Kristen Pavlick (Ohio State) led the Wolves with 12 goals and five assists each. Senior Alexa Vandervanter, who was named the Bay Area News Group's East Bay player of the year and will play for UC Berkeley in the fall, added eight goals and three assists. Seniors Hannah Koski (Berkeley) and Alyssa Alarab (UCLA) anchored the defense for San Ramon Valley.
Staff Sergeant Mauricio Tijero of the California Army National Guard presented Coach Jones and the Wolves with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy during a lunch assembly on Friday.
"This marks the second year the Army National Guard has recognized nationally ranked girls' soccer teams with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy," said LTC Christian J. Johnson. "We take great pride in doing so because it symbolizes the indomitable spirit common to high school athletes and the U.S. Soldier. It is our honor to share this symbol with the team, coaches, parents, and school. It is an award for the entire community and is much deserved."
MaxPreps uses an intricate computer program to determine team rank. Generally, the more a team wins the higher the ranking, but the system also takes into account quality wins (against other highly ranked opponents) and strength of schedule.