Live Oak over Winters in DH: Girls soccer improves streak to 10 games; boys have won six straight

Jan. 24—Freshman midfielder Nathalia Gutierrez provided Tuesday's lone score to help the Live Oak High girls soccer team to its 10th straight win, 1-0 win over Winters in a Sac Valley League contest in Live Oak.

The Lions (14-1-1, 5-0 SVL) stayed a game up on Winters (9-3, 4-1) in league and an area-high No. 5 in this week's MaxPreps Northern Section computerized rankings — tops in D-II — published each week through the regular season.

Live Oak hosts Los Molinos today in the first of four remaining league matches left, while Winters has six left on its schedule, including a Feb. 8 date with Live Oak in Yolo County.

Live Oak and Winters are separated by three positions in the section rankings, with Winters at No. 8 this week. Pleasant Valley, Chico, Foothill and Shasta sit 1-4, respectively.

Live Oak's lone defeat this year was to Foothill, out of Palo Cedro.

MaxPreps does not poll coaches, sportswriters or fans. Nor does its staff make any judgments on the merits of any individual team. Prior season history, school size and comments on message boards are not considered in the MaxPreps Computer Rankings, MaxPreps said in a statement.

The system utilizes the huge number of game results stored in the MaxPreps database. Generally, the more a team wins, the higher the ranking. However, the system takes into account quality wins (against other highly ranked opponents) and strength of schedule, MaxPreps stated.

For example, a team's ranking is hurt more by losing to a team that is ranked below them than a team ranked ahead, according to MaxPreps.

Other factors that will affect the rankings are times when MaxPreps has incomplete or inaccurate information. MaxPreps will correct errors when they are reported. Missing scores and games can be reported on the team's MaxPreps page.

Playoff wins are weighted higher than regular season games, MaxPreps stated.

Movement indicates the up or down movement within the rankings when compared to our previously published rankings. For any additional help with the rankings please email

NSCIF boys soccer

Live Oak remained one spot above rival Gridley this week, with the Lions at No. 7 in Monday's poll. Live Oak (11-3-1, 5-0 SVL) is perfect in SVL play following its sixth straight win, 4-1 over Winters Tuesday. In the D-II poll, Live Oak is No. 2 to University Prep as of Monday. The Panthers, unbeaten at 13-0-3, are in the Northern Athletic League.

Live Oak hosts Los Molinos today at 3:15 p.m. in the frontend of a doubleheader with the girls team.

Gridley, 9-3 overall and 4-0 in the Butte View League, is No. 3 in D-II.

The top-3 in the full NSCIF rankings are Chico, University Prep and Williams, out of Colusa County.

Playoffs open Feb. 13 in D-II and Feb. 15 in D-III.