While a number of players returned from last year's championship team, it is also true the Wolves graduated nine starters from the squad. In some ways, it was like the Wolves were starting over -- and Jones knew what he faced.
"I knew we were going to be competitive, but I thought we were going to be underdogs," he said. "The first thing we had to figure out at tryouts was what the focus would be."
Jones is the Times Girls Soccer Coach of the Year in part because he was able to get his kids to focus on the prize -- winning another NCS title. But also he is because his approach to coaching is both reasonable and firm. He demands respect but is also quick to give it.
"If you treat them like your own child, but coach them, you'll be all right," Jones said.
After making the final cut in varsity tryouts (he had 90 kids try out), Jones decided the team's first priority was, of all things, to have fun. It's the upside of being an underdog.
"I think I concentrated on making this season fun," he said. "Practices were very disciplined -- I don't want them getting away with anything. At the same time, you want them to laugh and have fun.
"You want to be their friend, but you have to be their coach."
He said the key is to establish respect, then plug kids into the positions that best suits them and the team. If the players respect the coach, they can accept their role.
He makes it sound easy -- almost second nature. But the Wolves were just the third girls soccer team in NCS history to repeat. Only the best coaches pull that off.
Contact Bill Kruissink at email@example.com
- SCHOOL: San Ramon Valley
- YEAR: Second season
- THE SKINNY: After graduating nine starters from last year's NCS 3A championship team, Jones all but started over this winter. Under Jones' tutelage, the Wolves played through injuries and personal problems, to repeat as NCS champs.
- WHAT YOU DIDN'T KNOW: Jones does a lot of offshore yacht racing, often rubbing elbows with the elite of the sport. His longest race was from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta.
honored the Wolves for bringing the 2007 NCS Soccer Championship to Danville!!
GOOD LUCK SENIORS! WE'LL MISS YOU!
3/5/07- Aubree, Gabby, Ashley, Bria and Chelsea adorned in their tiaras and boas at a very memorable end of season banquet!
The seniors wish their teammates continued success! "We'll miss you! ... We had the time of our life!!!"
"When all is said and done, it's not the shots that won the championship
that you remember, but the friendships you made along the way." ~Unknown
WOLVES REPEAT AS NCS 3A CHAMPIONS!!!
The first time we met they got an own goal win
The next time a free kick hit off a player’s shin
But things were meant to work out perfectly
It was the San Ramon girls’ sweet destiny
They’d played with more heart than any team around
And had the finest coaches that could ever be found
When it counted most and on neutral ground
2/24/07-The Wolves pounded the ponies tonight at Dublin High as they shut out their crosstown rivals 2-0 for the NCS Title!! A beautiful passing play sent the ball up to Grace Leer who made a perfect touch to Jillian Armstrong who finished for the first goal of the game. In the second half Jillian was fouled in the box and blasted a shot past the MV goalie to make it 2-0, a score that would hold for the remainder of the game! For 2 years in a row Jillian has been key to our success scoring winning goals in both the 2006 and 2007 NCS Championship matches! On defense the amazing "one and only Aubree Southwick" along with her strong defensive line kept the ponies in check! SRV's awesome midfield and forwards never backed down from the frustrated Mustangs who drew multiple penalties! Way to play your game WOLVES!!!
The #1 NCS Coach 2 years running, the awesome Coach Flash
Jones, and his beautiful and supportive wife Shannon.
Chris Scott has posted photos from our NCS Championship win! Click link below.
for their NCS Semifinal match vs. Castro Valley High. But we know there "Ain't no valley like
SAN RAMON VALLEY!" Go GREEN & GOLD
February 28, 2007 -- Congratulations to the San Ramon Valley players selected to the EBAL All League teams!! A well deserved recognition! A lot more Wolves deserve to be on this list!
BRIA PARK (aka "Brian"), (M) Sr.,SRV
Nikki Kit, (F), Sr. (Granada)
Kirstie Kuhn, (M), Sr. (Foothill)
Valerie Arioto, (F), Sr. (Foothill)
Natalie Weeks, (D), Sr. (Cal)
Kassidy Fitzpatrick, (M), Jr. (Amador)
Courtney Jones, Jr. (F), (Monte Vista
Hannah Marsala, Jr. (D), (Monte Vista)
Corey Shreve, (D), Sr., (Foothill)
Akayla Fisher, (D), Sr. (Foothill)
Sophie Metz, (M), So. (Foothill)
Carlee Payne, (F), So. (Foothill)
Veronica Kopp, Sr. (Cal)
Melissa Hong, (D), Jr., (Cal)
Jacqueline Jamblin, Jr. (Livermore)
Michelle Avendano, Jr. (Amador)
Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick, (F), Fr. (Amador)
Chris Wallace, So., (Granada)
AMANDA GLASS, (D) So., SRV
Kendra Perry, (M), Sr. (Livermore)
The FAB 5 - Rookies no more!
Defender Kenzie Laird all dressed up, when the Seniors told the "team" to dress up really nice on game day!
Forget the egos...let's play soccer!
As the Wolves learned first hand last year, winning EBAL along with winning the Tri-Valley tournament, as well as being the #1 nationally ranked team who went 23-2-1 before NCS, doesn't guarantee you the top seed in NCS!! SRV was the EBAL Champion last year and wasn't seeded #1?!? Heck, being EBAL and NCS Champs didn't even buy an "EBAL Player of the Year" or "NCS Player of the Year" award for the Wolves in 2006, which "always" comes from the Championship team?! A Championship team who had All Americans and nationally recognized players. Not a #1 seed, not an MVP award to be had? Did that make SENSE? Of course not! But that's just the way the unfair ball can bounce sometimes! "How is the league champ of the toughest league in all of Northern California not the league's highest seeded team?". Hmmm...been there ... wondered that! The EBAL has won 23 of the 25 North Coast Section girls soccer titles, and this year 5 EBAL teams look to provide great representation in Section play for 2007 --- irregardless of seeding! Let's put away the egos and play soccer!
THE EBAL RACE
February 9, 2007 - Monte Vista edged EBAL favorite Foothill for the title following Friday night's game. Foothill had picked up 2 points Friday on a forfeit win over Amador Valley, but MV moved into first place by one point with their win over SRV. The Wolves dominated play in both halves, but a penalty was the deciding factor in the game. The injured Mustang goalie was the key player for MV Friday night, making 8 saves against the determined Wolves. Congratulations to Monte Vista!
As a wise coach once said " It takes a few good bounces and a little luck to win sometimes".... SR may not have gotten any own goal wins or forfeits this season, but easily played some of the best soccer in the EBAL this year! Congratulations girls, we couldn't be more proud of you! The Wolves look forward to NCS play!
SENIORS SIGN NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT
February 5, 2007 - Cal secured a 1-0 win over the Wolves Monday night, due in most part to dubious officiating. Along with some very impudent remarks from the center ref, this match certainly made for one of the most bizarre of the season. With only 8 SRV players on the field, Cal still couldn't get past the Wolves defense, but with just 6 minutes left to play, the ref red-carded goalie Natalie Johnston for grabbing the shirt of a Cal player, giving Cal a PK in the box. A very disappointing display of officiating throughout the game. The Wolves move into 2nd place with two remaining games in the season, Wednesday and Friday, both likely to be played in rain. *Natalie's red card was reversed 2 days later; unfortunately the penalty and score could not be.
February 2, 2007 - Heading into the last week of the season, the young Wolves continue on top, as they have all season, with the most wins (6) in the EBAL! The Wolves have played one less game than veteran favorites Foothill and Monte Vista, who each have 5 wins to date. MV has squeaked out two wins on own goals (vs. SRV and Cal), and Foothill found the net with less than 2 minutes to go against Livermore last night to stay in the race! SRV has the toughest remaining schedule with 3 games next week, and Foothill looks to get an automatic win on a forfeit by Amador. It should be an exciting week of soccer for the top 3 EBAL teams! GO WOLVES!
WOLVES IN THE NEWS! ...
More congratulations to JILLIAN ARMSTRONG who has been named
Cal-Hi Sports Winter Season NCS SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR!
Jillian will be honored at a banquet on May 31st, along with other NCS and CCS athletes nominated for both basketball and soccer. You rock Jillian!
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
March 2, 2007 - A very special congratulations to JILLIAN ARMSTRONG who was an obvious choice for the Contra Costa Times Athlete of the Week this week! Noted were Jillian's two goals in our NCS Championship match over Monte Vista on Feb 24, one off a soft pass from Grace, and her other a PK in the second half. Congratulations Jillian! Well deserved!
March 2, 2007 -The Tri-Valley Herald has also selected AUBREE SOUTHWICK, another most deserving choice, as Athlete of the Week citing her amazing season for the Wolves. In SRV's NCS games, Aubree allowed only 2 goals in 4 games and posted 2 shutouts. In the Wolves huge win over MV for the NCS title, Aubree recorded 15 saves, with no MV shots able to find the back of the net. Way to go Aubree! You're a stud!
March 2, 2007-The Tri-Valley Herald also selected GABBY PARISELLA as Athlete of the Week, noting Gabby missed two months of the season due to injury, but returned late in the season to help keep the young Wolves inspired. Her leadership helped SR to their second straight NCS title after winning four straight matches in the NCS tournament, including the Wolves 2-0 shut out over Monte Vista in the final. Congratulations Gabby!
FEBRUARY 17, 2007
Defenders don't usually get a lot of press , so it was extra sweet that it was Amanda Glass who scored the game winner for the Wolves Saturday over Cal, and later got to talk about how great it felt on camera! The high jumpin' Sophomore made a beautiful header off a corner kick to help advance the Wolves to the semi-finals! Way to go Bo!
Bo gets her 20 seconds of fame!
FEBRUARY 2, 2007
Congratulations to Freshman Forward Grace Leer who was featured on High School Sports Focus! Grace lives by "a rule of 3 S's" - being a Student, a Soccer Player and a Singer! Grace has been a Junior American Idol Finalist, is a performance artist for Radio Disney and has sung for numerous high school and professional sporting events! She is on her way to becoming a star on and off the field! Nice job Gracie!
SRV girls show little letdown one year after title
No one would blame San Ramon Valley's girls soccer team if it had a down year. For starters, it is hard to improve on a North Coast Section championship, which the Wolves won last season.
Factor in that San Ramon lost 10 seniors from that team to graduation, and expectations would drop even further. So where do the Wolves find themselves after 16 games? First place in the East Bay Athletic League, of course! ... (excerpt from Daville Times article)____________________________________________________________________________
Congratulations to Jillian Armstrong who was named Tri-Valley Herald Player of the Week! Noted was Jillian's Hat Trick during the Tri-Valley tournament! Go Jilly Bean!
Congratulations to Hillary Harvey who was named Tri-Valley Herald Player of the Week! Way to go Hill!
GIRLS' SOCCER // SAN RAMON VALLEY
Veteran leadership was the key for the Wolves last season as 10 seniors helped lead San Ramon Valley to a 23-2-2 record and a Class 3A NCS title. Defense was the team's calling card, as the Wolves outscored their opponents 59-8 on the season. But among those 10 graduating seniors, six of whom are now playing in college, the biggest losses came in the back. Nora Swanson, now at Georgetown, and Kim Feeney, now at Loyola Marymount, led an experienced defensive unit. Luckily for the Wolves, they return one of the most important pieces of the defensive puzzle in senior goalie Aubree Southwick. For the Wolves to hold off the likes of Monte Vista, she's going to have to be just as dominant. "Aubree's used to it," coach Mark Jones says of his San Diego State-bound keeper. "She's going to have to step up big for us and be a big part of our success."Southwick will be busy this season as Jones tries to find the right defensive combinations in front of her. But he has some players who will ease the transition. Seniors Gabrielle Parisella, who has committed to Loyola Marymount, Bria Park and Chelsea Gallegos provide leadership. Sophomore Hillary Harvey should provide some offense, as will junior Jillian Armstrong, who scored the NCS-winning goal last year. Sophomore Amanda Glass also returns. "I really believe we have as good a chance as anyone to win the EBAL," Jones says. "And I think we can give the NCS another run."
December 6, 2006
StudentSportsSoccer.com Staff Writer
SRV finished last year 23-2-2 and despite the losses to graduation head coach Mark Jones said his team retains its depth from last year.
Many of the girls that will be looked upon to provide leadership this season received playing time last year and already have game experience.
Among the returning girls are San Diego State commit Aubree Southwick, Portland State commit Chelsea Gallegos and Loyola Marymount commit Gabby Parisella.
Keeper Southwick only allowed eight goals last year and defender Gallegos will help along with senior Bria Park and sophomore Amanda Glass to defend the net.
Helping add offensive punch to the lineup with Parisella is sophomore midfielder/forward Hillary Harvey.
Jones said every one of his incoming freshman are from state cup winning teams and he expects some of them to contribute early.
"For us to be successful this year our returning girls have got to step up," Jones said. "(And) some of the new girls are going to have to step up."
Jones expects his team to be strong up the middle with Harvey, Parisella and midfielder Jillian Armstrong patrolling that part of the field.
SRV looks to have a good mix of experienced players with an influx of youth and with his upper classman already having done a championship run last year, Jones expects his team to be strong once again this season.
December 5, 2006
Congratulations to Aubree Southwick who was selected to the 2006 NSCAA/adidas Girls High School All-America Team!
San Ramon Valley Coaches continue to create future soccer stars each season!
Coach Mel's Baby Has Arrived!
Mel and her husband Kevin have a new baby wolf in their house!
A BIG SRV WELCOME to
who was born January 23rd!
Strategizing with his personal trainer, Flash Who needs cleats when I've got cool Uggs! - Takin' a little break...
Photos courtesy of
WE ARE SR!
The WOLVES have remained in sole FIRST PLACE throughout the first half of the season, even following their first league loss to MV on Thursday, January 18th. The Wolves outplayed the horses in the 2nd half and had several scoring opportunities, but failed to find the back of the net. Monte Vista netted their only goal on a PK that deflected off the SR defense. The Wolves will meet MV once again at the end of the season.
Some of the Wolves showing their school spirit on game day!
TRI-VALLEY CLASSIC TOURNAMENT
For the first time in 4 years the Wolves aren't the Tri-Valley Classic Champions, but showed that even in a building year they maintain their place among the dominant forces! SRV faced nationally ranked teams in the tournament playing Hockaday, Mayfair, Los Osos and Nolan Catholic. The young and eager Wolves settled for a 5th place finish and continue to gain some terrific experience. Jillian Armstrong capped off Game 4 with a hat trick and an assist, and Aubree Southwick and her defense gave up only 1 goal in tournament play!
A HUGE THANK YOU TO CHRIS SCOTT of Calsportsphoto.com who does a terrific job of photographing our girls throughout the season and at a variety of tournaments! See shots from all our Tri-Valley Classic games at: http://www.printroom.com/ghome.asp?domain_name=calsportsphoto&group_id=264
VARSITY WELCOMES THEIR NEW TEAMMATES!
The Wolves uh....'welcomed' their new teammates for the 2006-2007 season before the Winter dance on Friday, December 8th. And we thought our Freshmen looked so young! A big welcome to the "old ladies" and our "reindeer"!
A COIN TOSS: $1
A REF WHO LOVED RED: .50 cents
A TEXAS SHEET CAKE: $20
A WEEKEND OF SOCCER & A SLEEPOVER WITH MY BEST GIRLS: PRICELESS!
Our own MVP of the Newark tournament is "Stix" who did an awesome job in the goal!
(Castro Valley #1, Foothill #2, MV #3, Cal #4)
2/24/07 - SRV vs. MV - The Wolves were the underdogs at the beginning of the season and when they dropped from a first place first half to 4th place to end league, once again no one counted on them to be contenders for the biggest prize, the NCS crown. But the Wolves showed their biggest competitors what they'd known all season, that they were one of the toughest teams around. Better yet, they were the team who played with the most heart! Some teams were hyped with "more talent" but that talent never got past the Wolves defense all season and especially when it counted most. In the Championship match, the Wolves had 5 fewer shots than their opponent, but none of that would matter with a 2-0 lead 1/2 way through the 2nd period that stuck for the win! As they had all season, the Wolves played together with "one heartbeat", giving their all for each other and for 2 coaches they loved! We'll take heart and passion over "talent" (along with our NCS title) any day!
FINAL! - Saturday, Feb 24 - vs. Monte Vista, WIN 2-0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Semifinal - Wednesday, Feb 21 - vs. Castro Valley, WIN 2-1
2nd Round - Saturday, Feb 17 - vs. Cal High, WIN 1-0
1st Round - Wednesday, Feb. 14 - vs. Carondelet, WIN 2-1
TIME OF OUR LIVES
Tryouts came, we were off to Sycamore
With no idea what was in store
Four seniors returned and Nat, Jilli, Bo and Stix
All 8 of us wondered who would be Mark’s picks
The last night of tryouts we all checked the website
It felt like those lists were taking all night!
There were lots of new names we’d all have to learn
And nicknames each player was soon going to earn
Could this team come together as we’d all hope
They certainly looked like we could teach ‘em the ropes
So we painted our newbies and ratted their hair
And some we turned into dark brown reindeer
Off to the dance, they showed their school pride
We had no clue this was the start of some ride
To advance at Newark they used a coin toss
But Red Card Reffie helped hand us a loss
A 4-0 victory was how league would begin
At Tri-Valley a loss, a tie and 2 wins
We wore Santa hats and really started to gel
Coaches, rivals, even sports writers could tell
We were still in first place when the new year came
But sometimes things happen that affect your game
Some of us got sick and Gabby was still out
But we were learning what playing with heart was about
When we met the ponies they got an own goal
But the rest of our story was still to be told
The next time their free kick made us mad
And a third pony win was not to be had
We adopted a motto “one team, one heartbeat”
We swore we would never cave into defeat
We were becoming a team that was very united
And when Mel’s baby came, we were all so excited!
Buzz played 80’s tunes at our games
And added lots of ssss's to Chelsea’s last name
He dubbed Aubree “the one and only”
We all knew she was the Valley’s best goalie
Pasta feeds were yummy, we had lots of laughs
And Bria nailed the tail on the Mustang’s back half
We knew by then we were second to none
Though losing 3 straight was not such a thrill
There’s something to be said about the power of will
When we came together and played our game
We gave ‘em all reason to remember our name
For Mel and Mark who’d made our season so fun
We kept holding on, and played as “one”
We’d come a long way, our family of sisters
We’d given it our all through flu, colds and blisters
Could it end any sweeter than beating MV
One of high school’s biggest rivalries
Our Championship medals around our neck
A moment in time we’d not soon forget!
We will be known by the tracks we leave behind
“’07 NCS Champs” imprinted in our minds
With our families and friends along for the ride
We can truly say we had time of our lives!
2007 NCS 3A Champions, San Ramon Valley Wolves
SAN RAMON VALLEY VARSITY SOCCER
2006 - 2007