Above: Bishop Amat will host Ayala in a rematch of last year’s Division 3 championship on Wednesday at Bishop Amat at 5:30 p.m. Amat won last year’s title, 1-0.
Tribune Girls Soccer Rankings
1. Claremont (14-0-2) – An amazing start for the Wolfpack, who only have allowed five goals during an incredible 16-game December. And there are impressive wins over Diamond Bar, Chino Hills and power Upland.
2. St. Lucy’s (8-3) — Shocked Southern Section soccer with a 1-0 win over Flintridge Sacred Heart, ranked No. 1 in the country by ESPN when they pulled off the upset. But are they the area’s best team? The jury’s still out.
3. Bishop Amat (9-3-1) - The Lancers were roughed up in the Mater Dei tournament, losing three straight games. They still have two-time player of the year April Juarez and a quality lineup back, but they look much more beatable after looking so dominant the past two years.
4. Chino Hills (11-1-2) — The Sierra League is ridiculously loaded considering the Huskies, Claremont and St. Lucy’s have a combined 33-1-7 mark. In any case, the Huskies have as good a shot as anyone.
5. Ayala (4-4-2) – Could the Bulldogs go from reaching the championship last year to not making the playoffs? The Sierra is that tough, some very good teams won’t get in the postseason. Ayala plays a rematch against Bishop Amat on Wednesday at Amat.
6. South Hills (5-1-1) — The most impressive win on the record is a 5-1 win over San Dimas, beating a Saints team that could challenge for a lower divisional title.
7. San Dimas (9-2-2) - The Saints have the formidable Duran sisters and looked solid winning the Pomona tournament, but I’m not sure they’re ready for the heavyweights of the San Gabriel Valley.
8. Diamond Bar (8-3-1) - The Brahmas are my favorite to win the Hacienda League, though Los Altos and Bonita will have some say. They were young and strong last year, and this could be the year they do it.
9. Sierra Vista (5-2-2) – I thought they performed well to reach the Pomona tourney title game, but a loss to San Dimas in the championship shows they still have a ways to be among the area’s best of the best. They had another chance to prove themselves against Amat, but that ended up a 5-0 loss.
10. Los Altos (5-2-1) — The Conquerors are rebuilding after losing Lauren Stupin and Co., but they’re still a formidable team.