Clayton Valley High School, Concord CA: My Site News

Friday, February 19
First Round NCS Win!

Congratulations Eagles on your first round NCS win Wednesday night (2-0) against Mission San Jose! 

Our next match is at home at 5:00pm on Saturday against California High (San Ramon).  Please come out (and bring your friends and family) to support our soccer team at CVHS! 

General Admission (Adults) ... $9.00
Special ................................... $6.00 (Seniors, Students, & Children with Adults)
See you there!

Sunday, November 7
Tryout Information 2010

Conditioning is official over and tryouts officially begin on Monday the 8th.  Below is the schedule that we will follow for the week:

Monday:  Turn in your Athletic clearance form, sign in, and receive a number. That number will be your number for the entire week.  We will then move to the Clayton Valley track and begin the timed runs.

Note:  Be sure to bring your running shoes and your soccer gear all week.

Tuesday-Friday:  We will meet at Boatwright on the upper fields immediately after school.  You will need to sign in, make sure you have your number visible, and change into your soccer gear.  We will start promptly at 3:30 and end at 5:15. 

Note:  Our tryouts are closed for friends and/or family members.  If you are getting a ride to Boatwright, please have you parents drop you off and pick you up at the appropriate times.

Each night beginning Tuesday, we will post on this web site which group (Varsity, JV, Frosh) you should report to the next day.  This will be done by number only so please remember your number and check this site each night after 7pm. 

Please be sure to bring water and eat healthy this week.  Tryouts are very demanding and will require a lot of energy. 

Thank you,

Coach Scott

Friday, October 1

Soccer conditioning will begin next week.  It is not mandatory and if you are playing a fall sport at the school please consult with your coach before coming out.  Fall sports take precedent and will not be affected by soccer conditioning. 

Please bring your tennis shoes (running shoes preferred) and water.  Conditioning will mainly involve running, sprints, abs and upper body workouts.  If you are not cleared to run or have an injury please do not attended.

Our conditioning days will be Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays until further notice.  The time will be 3:45 to 5:15pm.  We will meet by the weight room each day to start our warm up and stretch. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Coach Scott


Sunday, November 15
Tryout Status

11/21 Tryout Updates as of 5:30pm  

Girls reporting to Varsity:

3, 8, 10, 12, 15, 20, 25, 30, 38, 39, 40, 43, 47, 51, 53, 54, 56, 57, 58, 66, 68  

Girls reporting to JV:

5, 6, 7, 11, 19, 21, 22, 26, 27, 29, 33, 34, 35, 37, 45, 55, 60, 61, 69   

All other girls report to Freshman      

Saturday, February 21
Repelling Yellow Jackets

Clayton Valley 2   Berkeley 1  Wednesday February 18th

The Lady Eagles travelled through the Caldecott Tunnel Wednesday night with a singular mission, to repel the Berkeley Yellow Jackets and advance to the quarterfinals of NCS for the third year in a row. 

Four minutes into the game, it seemed as if this would not be a tall order, as Susan Antaki slid a beautiful pass through the Berkeley defenders, with Samantha Walker standing up the goalie before easily beating her with a shot to the lower right corner of the net.    While Clayton Valley was sharp and controlling the action early, the complexion of the game changed when a Berkeley header from a nicely placed corner kick found the back of the net, knotting the score at 1-1.  For the remainder of the half, like a swarm of unwanted guests at a family picnic, the Berkeley squad outhustled and outplayed the Lady Eagle squad.  The large contingent of Clayton Valley faithful was forced to wonder about whether the "pesty" Yellow Jackets would continue to make the night miserable for the good guys.

While the early second half action continued to favor Berkeley, the Clayton Valley coaching staff was moving players around trying to find a formula to reverse the trend.  Their efforts began to bear fruit, with the Lady Eagles peppering the net with a number of excellent scoring chances, keeping sustained pressure on the Yellow Jackets back line.  Finally, in the 70th minute, a well placed cross from Kelsey Booth was deftly controlled by Antaki, who settled herself and launched a beautiful shot that found the back of the net, giving Clayton Valley the lead.  While a few anxious moments occurred in the waning minutes, the game ended with the Eagles soaring into the second round of NCS!

Come out one and all as Clayton Valley goes on the road to play Monte Vista on Saturday evening at 7 PM.  Here's hoping that the Eagles build upon their early season victory over the Mustangs!

Sunday, February 15
Lady Eagles Earn 6th Seed, Play AT Berkeley Wednesday Night at 7 PM!

The Lady Eagles earned a 6th seed in the 2009 NCS tournament and will play at Berkeley on Wednesday, February 18th at 7 PM.  The seeding list is as follows:

1 Foothill
3 Monte Vista
4 Carondelet
5 Castro Valley
6 Clayton Valley
7 Granada
8 Amador
9 LIberty
10 College Park
11 Berkeley
12 Washington

 While Clayton Valley is the higher seed, the game will be played at Berkeley due to the fact that Berkeley won their league.  Let's start organizing the car pools, and make sure that the stands are full with loud and spirited Lady Eagles faithful!!

Sunday, February 15
Rain on the Parade

Northgate 3  Clayton Valley 1  Thursday February 11th

First, the game was changed from a beautiful Tuesday afternoon to a horrible, rain swept Wednesday.  Then Northgate, taking advantage of opportunistic scoring chances, drenched the Lady Eagles goal of an outright DVAL title in their 3-1 victory over Clayton Valley.  Northgate jumped on top in the first minute of this contest, by taking advantage of a mishandled ball and launching an arching shot that found the back of the net.  This fired up the Broncos and unsettled the Lady Eagles, with a good portion of the first half being controlled by Northgate.  As the end of the first half approached, Clayton Valley started to find their rhythm, generating several excellent scoring chances, but a combination of last ditch defensive plays and athletic goalkeeping kept the halftime score at 1-0.  A goal in the 49th minute took the game to 2-0, which enhanced the Broncos confidence even more.  Tori Kobald's beautiful shot to the lower left corner of the net (unassisted) in the 69th minute changed the tenor of the game dramatically, giving Clayton Valley life late in the contest.  However, a third goal for Northgate in the 75th minute was too much to overcome, leaving the Lady Eagles with a less than satisfying end to an otherwise highly successful season.

Onto the  NCS seeding meeting, stay tuned!

Sunday, February 8
Here's To The Seniors!
SG 09

Another week of quality soccer ended with the Clayton Valley High School Seniors being honored in a lovely rite of passage ceremony at Gonsalves Field on Thursday evening.  Katie Dudoroff, Valerie Mores, Chelsea Smith, Mandy Smith, Samantha Walker, and Sarah Shaw and their families were showcased prior to the Concord game, with testimonials, gifts, flowers, and a few tears accompanying the players as they took center stage.  Thanks to all the parents and players who contributed to making this night special!

Onto the Games:

Clayton Valley 1  College Park 1  Tuesday February 3rd

The Lady Eagles were fit to be tied once again as they battled the Falcons to a second draw in league play.  College Park came out strong in this contest, scoring in the 3rd minute while Clayton Valley was looking to establish a rhythm.  While College Park continued to push the agenda,  Clayton Valley was struggling to match the Falcon's intensity and focus.  Fortunately, in the 12th minute, a corner kick ended up at the feet of Sarah Shaw, who scored with a solid shot to the lower right corner of the goal, knotting the game at 1-1.  A back and forth battle ensued, with both teams controlling the action at times, and with both team's solid back lines averting potential scoring threats.   In the end, the 1-1 score held up.  Morgan Nichols was credited with two saves, and Mandy Smith was credited with three saves.

Clayton Valley 3  Concord 1 Thursday February 4th

Following the Senior ceremony, the Lady Eagles took the field to play their cross town rivals.  With goals from Samantha Walker, Ali Roberts, and Tori Kolbald in the 21st, 28th, and 29th minutes (assists to Susan Antaki, Walker, and Roberts), Clayton Valley took a seemingly comfortable 3-0 lead into the half.  With Concord's goal in the 67th minute, the feel of this contest tightened considerably.  However, the Minutemen were not able to find the back of the net again, resulting in a 3-1 victory for Clayton Valley.  Mandy Smith was credited with four saves, while Morgan Nichols was credited with two.

This year's league season will conclude next Wednesday, February 11th at Northgate High School at 3:30 PM.  An outright DVAL league title is on the line for the Lady Eagles, as is the potential for high seed in NCS.  Don't miss this one!

Sunday, February 1
Getting Defensive
YV Game AR

Like the Federal Reserve Bank's current interest rate policy, the Clayton Valley back line spent last week targeting zero as the desired number for their opponents. 

Clayton Valley 4  Ygnacio Valley 0  Tuesday January 27th

Twenty five shots on goal versus one shot on goal accurately tells the tale of two valleys on this beautiful afternoon.  Goals from Ali Roberts and Samantha Walker in the 10th and 11th minutes (with assists by Kelsey Booth and Susan Antaki) gave the Lady Eagles an early lead, which they built upon in the 33rd minute when Walker scored again (assist to Chelsea Fredenburg).  While Tori Kobald's goal in the 48th minute (assist to Roberts) completed the scoring for the game, this fact did not stop Clayton Valley from peppering the net with quality scoring chances.  Breana Partida deserves recognition for a quality performance as a center back in this contest. 

Clayton Valley 4  Berean Christian 0 Thursday January 29th

Following some spirited words from the Coaching Staff, the Lady Eagles took the field for this important DVAL game against the potent Eagles from Berean Christian.  The team came out sharp and focused, with goals by Samantha Walker at the 20 minute mark (using a nicely placed through ball by Ali Roberts) and Breana Partida 23 minutes in (assist again to Roberts) giving the Lady Eagles the early lead.  A timely goal by Chelsea Fredenburg (assist to Susan Antaki) at the 39 minute mark allowed Clayton Valley to take a 3-0 lead into the half.   While Berean came out strong to begin the second half, generating several quality scoring chances, the Lady Eagles back line remained solid.   Walker's goal at the 76th minute (assist to Katie Dudoroff) put the finishing touches on a convincing 4-0 victory.  Both Morgan Nichols and Mandy Smith were credited with two saves.

Clayton Valley 9  Deer Valley 0  Friday January 30th

Simply stated, the Lady Eagles ruined the Wolverines Friday night with a decisive trouncing of a former BVAL foe.  The box score reads as follows:

Ali Roberts (Kelsey Booth)           12:00
Samantha Walker (Roberts)         16:00
Susan Antaki (Walker)                19:00
Kelsey Booth (Lindsey Parscal)    25:00
Walker (Sarah Shaw)                   39:00
Walker (Kobald)                           44:00
Katie Dudoroff (unassisted)          54:00
Breana Partida (unassisted)          60:00
Antaki (Dudoroff)                         62:00

Morgan Nichols was credited with one save on the evening.

With six consecutive shutouts, the Lady Eagles defenders continue their 2008-2009 trend of being extremely stingy.  Cherie Lapating, Shayana Gois, Lindsey Parscal, Tori Kobald, Katie Brown, and Marissa Merrigan deserve credit for anchoring a consistent, high quality back line. 

Next week's games with College Park (away) and Concord (home-Senior Game!) will play a big role in determining the final DVAL standings, make it a point to get out and support this team!!

YV Game KB

Sunday, January 25
Zero Tolerance

The Lady Eagles recorded two shutouts this week as they routed a league foe and defeated a stubborn non-league opponent.

Clayton Valley 10  Mt. Diablo 0 Thursday January 22nd

While the skies cleared for this early evening game at Gonsalves Field, the Lady Eagles were less than hospitable hosts as they took on the Red Devils from Mt. Diablo.  Scoring early and often, Clayton Valley took a 9-0 lead into halftime, after which they took their feet off the accelerator in cruising to a 10-0 win.  Nine different players contributed goals or assists to the box score:

Susan Antaki (Samantha Walker) 1:00
Walker (Antaki) 3:00
Walker (Tori Kobald) 7:00
Walker (Kobald) 13:00
Cherie Lapating (Kobald) 20:00
Chelsea Fredenburg (Lindsey Parscal) 25:00
Fredenburg (Shayana Gois) 27:00
Chelsea Smith (unassisted) 39:00
Ali Roberts (Kobald) 40:00
Gois (Smith) 67:00

As an indication of Clayton Valley's dominance, neither Mandy Smith nor Morgan Nichols was credited with a recorded save.

Clayton Valley 2 Arroyo 0 Friday January 23rd

A spirited and stubborn Arroyo squad took the field on Friday evening, catching the Lady Eagles in a bit of a post finals malaise.  Tori Kobald's arching goal to the upper right hand corner of the net (assist to Samantha Walker) gave Clayton Valley the lead at the 22 minute mark.  With Arroyo using aggressive play across the field to control their share of the action, the Lady Eagles took a slim 1-0 lead into the half.  With Sarah Shaw's header in the 56th minute (following a perfectly placed corner kick from Lindsey Parscal), Clayton Valley took control of the game, as evidenced by the final shots on goals totals (21 for the Lady Eagles versus 1 for Arroyo).

Credit is due to the Clayton Valley back line for holding two opponents to a combined one shot on goal for the week.  With YV and Berean on next week's schedule, let's hope this trend continues! 

Monday, January 19
Halfway Home

Following two more tough DVAL games, the Lady Eagles find themselves in a familiar position at the halfway mark of this year's league play.

Clayton Valley 2  Concord 1 Tuesday January 13th

On a warm evening with a beautiful sunset on the horizon, the Lady Eagles stepped out onto Concord's bumpy pitch to battle the Minutemen.  Clayton Valley took the lead in the 16th minute when Samantha Walker headed a beautiful cross from Tori Kobald into the back of the net.  With Walker adding an unassisted goal in the 39th minute, Clayton Valley took a seemingly comfortable 2-0 lead into the half.  With Concord's goal at the 65th minute mark, the comfort level evaporated.  However, with the Lady Eagles back line holding solid, the 2-1 lead held up.  Mandy Smith was credited with 4 saves (one of them a spectacular leaping first half save).

Clayton Valley 1  Northgate 0 Thursday January 15th.

The Bronco's arrived at Gonsalves Field with an undefeated league record on Thursday evening and an aggressive attitude to boot.  However, the Lady Eagles came out fired up in this contest, taking the lead at the 16th minute mark when Samantha Walker took a nice through ball from Ali Roberts and beat the goalie with a beautiful low shot to the far post.  While Clayton Valley controlled the action and had many excellent scoring opportunities, the half ended with a slim 1-0 margin.  While neither team would score in the second half, the action was intense, as was the player's reaction to many of the fouls "observed" by the  refs.  In the end, Clayton Valley earned a hard fought victory, with Morgan Nichols credited with 5 saves and Mandy Smith credited with 4 saves.

At the league's halfway point, the Lady Eagles find themselves at the top of the DVAL standings, but a number of tough games stand between the team and their goal of a league title and fourth consecutive NCS bid.  Stay tuned!!

Blind Ref
Sunday, January 11
Grinding It Out
Washington Game

Two tough DVAL match-ups and a Saturday non-league game tested the mettle of the Lady Eagles as they continue their push for another NCS tournament slot.

Tuesday January 6th Clayton Valley 5 Berean Christian 2

This was not a game for the faint of heart.  Berean Christian scored less than one minute into the contest as a strong throw-in led to an easy goal before many of the faithful had arrived and settled into their seats.  This pumped up the Berean players, and with the refs allowing a very physical brand of play, the Lady Eagles appeared to be on their heels.  After a goal from Samantha Walker at the 22:00 minute mark knotted the game (assist to Kelsey Booth), Berean scored at the 32 minute mark to grab the lead again.  The Lady Eagles answered two minutes later (Walker scored assisted by Susan Antaki); and the half ended in a 2-2 tie.

While the physical play continued in the second half, Clayton Valley's front line asserted itself with aggressive runs down both sides of the field.  Antaki scored at the 65th minute mark (assist to Booth), with Booth scoring two minutes later (assist to Katie Brown).  Booth's goal in the 79th minute (assist to Lindsey Parscal) put the icing on the cake of this 5-2 victory.  Morgan Nichols was credited with four saves.

Thursday January 8th Clayton Valley 1 College Park 1

The Falcons flew into Gonsalves Stadium on Thursday night fired up for this important DVAL match-up.  While College Park controlled a good deal of the action from the outset, the first half ended in a 0-0 tie.  Following a goal at the 46th minute mark, College Park used a stout defense to carry this tenuous 1-0 lead late into the contest.  Tori Kobald's beautiful goal (assist to Lindsey Parscal) evened the score at the 76th minute mark, and while the Lady Eagles continued to apply pressure, the game ended in a 1-1 tie.  Morgan Nichols and Mandy Smith were each credited with one save.  All in all a bend but not break evening for Clayton Valley.

Saturday January 10th Clayton Valley 2 Washington 0

The Lady Eagles appeared a bit flat as they competed against Washington on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.  Perhaps the players were tired from Friday nights activities (or looking ahead to Saturday night), but they found themselves in a 0-0 contest until the Ali Roberts (with a nice assist from Kaila Wakida) broke the deadlock in the 36th minute.  The score remained 1-0 until Samantha Walker found the back of the net in the 79th minute (assist to Kelsey Booth), securing a tight 2-0 victory.

With important DVAL contests against Concord and Northgate next week, the Lady Eagles will be challenged to rekindle their passion and energy as they grind toward the halfway mark of this year's league season.

010309 Alumni Team
Tuesday, January 6
Alumni Game Report
010309 Alumni Game Action

It didn't particularly matter that the final score was 2-0 in favor of the 2008-2009 Lady Eagles.

It didn't seem to matter that the Alumni team had a number of excellent scoring chances that did not materialize.

It didn't matter that Coach Middendorf was a bit conflicted about who to coach on this day (her current team or a team 100% comprised of players she had coached in the past).

It did matter that the Alumni game held as a part of Clayton Valley High School's 50th anniversary was a well played and entertaining game.

It did matter that the Alumni team showed a great deal of skill and passion as they competed against this year's Varsity Squad.

It did matter that this well attended game provided players and parents with the opportunity to reconnect with teammates & friends from the past.

All and all a very enjoyable afternoon.  Particular thanks to the Alumni players who made the effort to participate in this fine event.

Note to Coach Sissi:  Many of those in attendence commented that they see a lot of potential in your game.  Keep working at it, if you apply yourself you might someday have some success in the world of soccer! :-)

0809 Team Alumni Game

Friday, December 26
The Alumni Game
Time flies, this year's Alumni game is scheduled for Saturday, January 3rd at 1 PM at Gonsalves Field.  Should be a big turnout of former players, make it a point to come see the stars from yesterday compete against this year's team!

TVC Lunch
Sunday, December 21
Trek to Tri-Valley

With thanks for lower fuel prices, Clayton Valley families commuted in mass down Ygnacio Valley drive and onto the 680 freeway to support the Lady Eagles in this year's Tri-Valley Classic.  With four games over three days, the Lady Eagles posted a respectable 3-1 record, while continuing to demonstrate that they can compete against high quality opponents.

Clayton Valley 2  Berkeley 0  Thursday December 18th Las Lomas High School

With the threat of rain in the forecast, the Lady Eagles first TVC game was against an always tough Berkeley team.  Clayton Valley jumped to an early lead when Samantha Walker beat the goalie following a nice through ball from Kelsey Booth in the 11th minute.  While the Lady Eagles continued to control the action, they went into halftime clinging to a 1-0 lead.  Susan Antaki padded that lead with an unassisted goal in the 46th minute, and from there the Clayton Valley back line (Katie Brown, Cherie Lapating, Shyana Gois, and Lindsey Parscal) proved that their speed and skill were more than enough to push back the "trees" who inhabited Berkeley's front line.  Mandy Smith (one save) and Morgan Nichols (two saves) easily cleaned up what came their way.

Clayton Valley 6  Scotts Valley 0  Friday December 19th Sycamore Valley Park

While taking a bit of time to wake-up and warm-up, the team posted their second consecutive TVC shut-out with a convincing 6-0 victory over Scotts Valley.  Samantha Walker (assisted by Kelsey Booth) recorded the first goal of the game at the 36th minute mark, following up with another goal (assisted by Chelsea Fredenburgh) two minutes later.  Anghela Gonzales opened the second half scoring in the 43rd minute (assisted by Susan Antaki), adding a second goal in the 57th minute (assisted by Walker).  Kaila Wakida found the back of the net (assisted by Booth) in the 67th minute, with Walker completing her hat trick at the 71st minute mark (assisted by Katie Brown).  Mandy Smith was credited with two saves.

Amador Valley 2  Clayton Valley 0  Friday December 19th Mustang Soccer Complex

This was the game circled on the TVC schedule as the stiffest test for the Lady Eagles, and it lived up to its billing.  Clayton Valley battled toe to toe from the opening whistle, playing to a zero to zero draw in the first half.   Kelsey Booth, Tori Kobald, and Sarah Shaw neutralized Amador's potent mid-field for much of the first 40 minutes, while their accurate passing created numerous opportunities for the Lady Eagles to move the ball down the field.  Amador Valley upped their intensity level at the start of the second half, breaking through with goals in the 48th and 58th minutes.  While Clayton Valley continued to create scoring chances, they were unable to find the back of the net on this afternoon.  While a disappointing final result, the team competed well against a high quality opponent who will no doubt be in the thick of the NCS mix come February.

Clayton Valley 4  Cleveland 1 Saturday December 20th MTV Field

A winter wonderland greeted the players arriving for this early AM game, with the team from Reseda making snow angles on the turf during an icy warm up.  A number of near misses in the early going had the Lady Eagles wondering if the nets were just slightly undersized (final shot on goal totals were 21 for Clayton Valley versus 6 for Cleveland).  Tori Kobald finally solved the geometry exercise, finding the back of the net in the 28th minute (assist to Samantha Walker), with Walker then scoring in the 33rd minute (assisted by Kobald).  Kobald open the second half scoring with a beautiful left footed goal in the 43rd minute, with Kelsey Booth completing Clayton Valley's tally with a goal in the 72nd minute (assisted by Breana Partida).  Only a questionable PK awarded to Cleveland kept the Lady Eagles from recording their third shut out of the tournament. For the record, Mandy Smith was credited with 2 saves, and Morgan Nichols was credited with 1 save.

From solid goalkeeping to quick and skilled defending to effective passing and attacking from the mid-field to aggressive runs by the forwards, there were many positive takeaways from the 2008 Tri-Valley Classic.  Kudos to the players for their efforts and accomplishments, and here's hoping that the high quality of play continues into important upcoming DVAL league games!


Clayton Valley 7  Mt. Diablo 0  Tuesday December 16th Mt. Diablo High School

The Lady Eagles used their second league game to remind opponents about their potent offense, with the box score looking like a well formed holiday wish list:

Samantha Walker (Tori Kobald)  8:00
Susan Antaki (Marissa Merrigan)  12:00
Kobald (Kaila Wakida)  20:00
Kobald (Shayana Gois)  28:00
Anghela Gonzales (Merrigan)  31:00
Kobald (Gonzales) 36:00
Gonzales (Merrigan)  56:00

Three goals and an assist from Tori Kobald led the charge, with Anghela Gonzales contributing two goals and an assist, and with Marissa Merrigan recording three assists.  While the weather outside and the condition of the grass field at Mt. Diablo High School was frightful on this evening, the outcome of this game did not induce fear from the Clayton Valley Goalies, with neither Morgan Nichols nor Mandy Smith recording a save.

Sunday, December 14
Tuning the Engine
Monte Vista

In a week that included 3 quality EBAL opponents and a successful foray into 2008-2009 league play, the Lady Eagles survived some early bumps in the road and emerged like a well tuned engine with a solid victory over an NCS nemesis.

Monday December 8th Carondelet 2 Clayton Valley 0

The Cougars visited Gonsalves Stadium on a typical, bitterly cold December evening, taking control early in a rivalry game that had been intense and tightly contested over the last few years.   With goals in the 12th and 23rd minutes, Carondelet seemed to take some of the passion out of the Clayton Valley squad, controlling the action for most of the first half.  While coming out strong in the early portion of the second period, the Lady Eagles were not able to convert and find the back of the net.  While credit is due to the Clayton Valley defense for thwarting the Cougar attack in the second half, credit is also due to the Carondelet squad for maintaining the upper hand throughout the majority of this contest.

Wednesday December 10th Clayton Valley 2   Ygnacio Valley 0

Control of the game did not translate into a decisive victory in Clayton Valley's first DVAL league game.  While peppering the net with scoring opportunities, the Lady Eagles only managed a 1-0 half-time lead due to Kelsey Booth's goal in the tenth minute (assisted by Susan Antaki).  The second half remained tight and tense, with Ygnacio Valley successfully packing the defensive box until Samantha Walker scored in the 60th minute (assisted by Kelsey Booth).  While no doubt a welcome result, Clayton Valley received a wake-up call and reminder that all league victories will have to be earned.

Thursday December 11th Clayton Valley 0  Livermore 0

While Livermore has not been at the top of the EBAL standings in the last few years, their visit to Gonsalves Field was a clear reminder of the quality of play in that league.  This was an intense, back and forth game, with each team unable to finish a number of excellent scoring chances.   Mandy Smith (6 saves) and Morgan Nichols (3 saves) played a significant role in keeping Livermore from finding the back of the net, and in helping the team avoid back to back losses against EBAL opponents.

Saturday December 13th Clayton Valley 1  Monte Vista 0

The week ended with a solid victory against a squad that knocked the Lady Eagles out of NCS in each of the last two years.  While crisp passing from midfielders Tori Kobald, Kelsey Booth, and Sarah Shaw kept the pressure on Monte Vista throughout the first half, the contest remained knotted until Chelsea Fredenburgh sent a strong cross that found Samantha Walker in perfect position for a tap-in goal in the 35th minute.  While Monte Vista turned up the heat and applied pressure for much of the second half, the back line of Katie Brown, Shayana Gois, Cherie Lapating, and Lindsey Parscal was able to stem the tide time after time (with the support of Morgan Nichols who recorded two saves), keeping the slim margin of victory in tact.

With a league win under their belt and a 2-1-1 record versus EBAL opponents, the Lady Eagles will face Mt. Diablo on Tuesday prior to competing in the Tri-Valley Tournament (beginning Thursday evening).  Let’s hope the engine remains tuned!

Sunday, November 30
Heads Up, Here Comes the Eagles!
Heads Up

With the brief scrimmage season in the rear view mirror, the Lady Eagles pursuit of a DVAL league title and a fourth consecutive NCS tournament slot begins Monday with a non-league game against Hayward at Stonebrae Elementary School in Hayward.  Coach Middendorf will again rely upon a core group of varsity “veterans” and a solid compliment of new players as she molds the pieces together for this year’s squad.  With high quality opponents like California, Carondelet, and Monte Visa on the early season calendar, the team will certainly be battle tested prior to the start of league play.  Make it a habit to get out and support this team!!

Thursday, December 4

No this is not the formula used by the Treasury Department to allocate bailout funds; it's simply an accounting of the first week of non-league play for the 2008-2009 Lady Eagles. 

Clayton Valley 8   Hayward 0

Monday's game showcased the offensive talents of this year's squad, with 8 players contributing in the goal/assist columns.  After a number of early chances, the scoring started at the 9 minute mark with Chelsea Fredenburgh beating the goalie after receiving a nice through ball from Katie Dudoroff.  Susan Antaki followed with back to back goals assisted by Cherie Lapating and Kesley Booth.  Samantha Walker followed with her own back to back goals assisted by Antaki and Booth.  Kesley then found the back of the net (assisted by Breana Partida), with Walker and Antaki each completing their hat tricks assisted by Sarah Shaw and Fredenburgh.  Mandy Smith and Morgan Nichols each had one recorded save, with the Hayward goalie credited with 13 saves (keeping the final tally from getting completely out of control)!

Clayton Valley 1    California 0

Wednesday's game was a dramatically different affair, intense and aggressive from start to finish.  The Lady Eagles struck early with Lindsey Parscal (assisted by Katie Dudoroff) launching a rocket of a shot at the 2 minute mark that deflected off a Cal High player and arched over the goalie's outstretched hands.  From that point in time, while the momentum shifted back and forth, and with each team having their share of opportunities, the scoring would be done for the  evening.  Credit is due to the back line of Tori Kobald, Cherie Lapating, Shayana Gois, and Parscal for holding off a quick and potent Cal High attack, and to goalie Morgan Nichols who made a few spectacular plays while recording 8 saves.

Nine goals and two "W's" is a nice start to the season. Next on the Lady Eagles dance card is Carondelet (Monday evening at 6 PM at Gonsalves Field), which promises to be another entertaining and hard fought affair.  Bring your blankets and your voices!

Tuesday, September 29
Winter Sports Saved!

Winter Sports Saved! 

 The MDUSD met tonight (10/27) and approved winter sports for 2009/10!

 It is imperative to still get involved with whatever you can.  Please click on the headline "Winter Sports Saved!" to access the UMDAF website.

If you missed the 5k run you can still donate to sports via the UMDAF web site!


Please get involved today and save our sports!

Senior Game-Team
Monday, February 18
Thanks for the Memories
Senior Game-Captains

The Lady Eagles 2007-2008 Season ended Saturday night following a 3-1 defeat in their NCS quarterfinal game against Monte Vista.

First, the details:

Monte Vista came out aggressive and ready to play in this contest.  Following a yellow-card flop in the box "applied" to a MV player, the Mustangs put goals "on the books" in the 9th and 14th minute, jumping to an early 2-0 lead.  Clayton Valley was on their heels as they tried to figure out how to respond to the speed and physicality of the Monte Vista players.

With Samantha Walker's goal in the 19th minute (assisted by Tayler Nichols), the team closed the gap to a single goal and began to find their rhythm, battling Monte Vista end to end as the end of the first half approached.  In a bit of bad luck, the Mustangs were able to bunt a ball into the net with less than a minute to play, putting the Lady Eagles in a 3-1 hole at intermission.

While tipping our hat to the skill of the Monte Vista players, kudos to the Clayton Valley players for withstanding the physical pounding administered by the opposition and for not backing down one inch throughout the second half.  While a second half draw led to a 3-1 defeat, the Clayton Valley team showed themselves to be determined and resilient.

Second, and probably more importantly, some reflections on the season:

Thank you to each and every player (and Coach and Trainer) on the Clayton Valley Women's Varsity Soccer Team for your efforts and accomplishments during the 2007-2008 season.  What a great ride!  A 19-3-4 record.  A third consecutive NCS appearance.  A fabulous all around team that scored and defended. A group of young athletes that were a pleasure to watch game after game.  A high quality group of coaches (and trainers) who treated each player with respect while staying focused on the goals of the team.

What a great group of fans throughout the season and especially during the NCS run!  We had a lot of fun and made a lot of noise.  What a contrast between the audio announcing at MV (commercial messages from a script) and the smooth banter and vibe from our own Scott McNally :-).  What a high standard the Seniors have set for future teams (in fostering a team "experience" while still striving for soccer excellence).

In short, thanks for the memories!!

Friday, February 9
EAGLES WIN BVAL! Sweep Carondelet!
Senior Night 07
BVAL Champions!

The weather may have been miserable Thursday night, but the mood was jubilant as Clayton Valley celebrated its graduating seniors and beat their cross-town rival for the second time this season; a feat never previously accomplished!

Coming in to Thursdays game the Eagles were behind the Liberty Lions by 1 point in the BVAL standings, having just lost a heart-breaking game on Tuesday. There was some question as to whether the lady Eagles could focus their energy and comeback from disappointment and get 'er done. By the final whistle, there was absolutely no doubt that the Eagles came to play and came to win! They dominated play for most of the game, although allowed some tense moments in the first half with several shots on goal. Lauren Vance came up big with some key saves, keeping the game scoreless in the first half. She would finish the game with 6 saves.

In the second half the Eagles kicked into gear and challenged often, finding net in the 60th minute when Karin Volpe, with an assist from Samantha Walker, was able to slip it through a pack of Cougars.... and the crowd went wild!  Six minutes later Karin would gather up a through ball by Christine Coleman to beat the Carondelet keeper and put the Eagles up 2 - 0. That second goal would be huge as the Cougars would put pressure on CV's defense for the last 15 minutes and eventually be rewarded with a shot that tipped off the crossbar into the goal. In the final minutes of the game Carondelet would have one last chance to tie, but a "heads-up" play by Allison Nolen prevented a deflected shot from crossing the line and was able to clear the ball from danger.

If you were sitting on the home side Thursday night you couldn’t help believe that it was a magical night... and it got better! News soon circulated that Liberty had failed to defeat Deer Valley, allowing Clayton Valley to take the lead and the Championship of the Bay Valley Athletic League!

Next for the Eagles...  Coach Middendorf will attend the NCS Seeding meeting on Sunday and will plead our case for a top seed. Most likely we will see our first game next Wednesday at Clayton Valley, since league champions get the home field advantage.  Make plans now to BE THERE! 

Monday, December 10
BVAL Math Lesson

What does 13 saves by the Antioch goalie minus one save by Julie Byington & Morgan Nichols equal?

 A tough lesson in BVAL math that resulted in a 1-1 tie against Antioch High School on Thursday, December 6th at Gonsalves Field.

 A cold and overcast evening became more uncomfortable when Antioch scored in the 30th minute of the first half.  Temporary relief from the cold was provided by Chelsea Smith as she responded with a goal for Clayton Valley in the 33rd minute, with an assist by Samantha Walker.

While Clayton Valley applied the heat in the second half, consistently controlling the ball and the field, they were unable to find the back of the net as the rain intensified.  While the Antioch team seemed elated by the outcome, the Clayton Valley sidelines were subdued.

 Come support the Lady Eagles on Monday, December 10th at 6 PM at Gonsalves Field as they battle Pittsburg High School, and as they look to gather momentum in their efforts to defend their BVAL crown.