Sutter edges Yuba City, 1-0: SU Huskies' ranking likely to improve next week

Jan. 5—For the first time in three seasons, the Sutter Union High girls soccer team squared off against upper division foe Yuba City on the field Thursday night on the campus of Yuba City High School.

Sutter came away victorious, likely upping its MaxPreps ranking in the process — 1-0 over the Honkers when Brooklyne Darrach scored off a Cadence Ritner assist to walk away from city limits with the win.

Sutter was positioned in 40th place in the MaxPreps computer Sac-Joaquin Section rankings ahead of its matchup with Yuba City, while the Honkers were placed 33rd. The Huskies are likely to earn a notch or two above when the new rankings are released.

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.

Sutter (8-3, 3-2) returned to Pioneer Valley League action Friday to take on No. 66 Lindhurst at Yuba College.

PVL action ramps up in two weeks when Sutter travels to No. 13 Colfax (9-1-2, 5-0 PVL) on Jan. 16 in a rematch of the SJS Division VI final, wrapping up league play between the two. Nine days later, Sutter gets another opportunity against No. 9 Twelve Bridges — Jan. 25 in Lincoln — to complete the home-and-home.

For Yuba City (7-5-3, 0-2-1), its Capital Valley Conference action gets tougher beginning Jan. 16 when the Honkers play host to SJS's top-ranked Inderkum Tigers (14-1-1, 2-1) at 7:30 p.m. at Honker Field. Two days later, Yuba City is in Roseville to take on No. 8 Woodcreek (5-1, 4-0) at 7:30 p.m. Yuba City likely needs wins against at least one in order to begin its ascent into the CVC's allowed top-4 for playoffs. River Valley (2-2-2, 0-1-1) and Yuba City are five and seven, respectively in the league.

After Woodcreek, Yuba City has Antelope, River Valley, Bella Vista, Roseville and Inderkum left on its schedule. River Valley has Inderkum Tuesday on the road, followed by Bella Vista, Woodcreek Antelope and Yuba City on Jan. 25.

The top-4 is Woodcreek, Antelope, Inderkum and Roseville as of Jan. 5.

SJS boys soccer

Yuba City (4-3, 1-1) is one spot out of playoff contention, currently sitting No. 4 in the CVC this week. The Honkers earned their first win in league over River Valley and will move forward at home starting Tuesday against No. 24 Bella Vista (Jan. 9) and No. 47 Roseville (Jan. 11) each set for 7:30 p.m. at Honker Field.

The top-3 in the CVC is No. 4 Inderkum, Roseville and Antelope as of Jan. 5.

Northern Section rankings will be updated next week.