DANVILLE -- Brett LeQuesne enjoyed a season for the ages in his seventh year as Monte Vista High's girls varsity soccer coach, and 15th year in the program.
With a strong mental approach, the Mustangs (23-0-2) beat rival San Ramon Valley 2-1 in the North Coast Section Division I championship game for their second section title in the past three seasons. The Mustangs were driven all season to avenge a 1-0 loss to the Wolves in the 2013 NCS final.
Monte Vista allowed just seven goals all season, and one goal total in four playoff games.
LeQuesne's young team, which had just five seniors, ended the playoffs ranked No. 1 in the Winter Sports Fab 50 by StudentSports.com, the first time an EBAL team has accomplished the feat.
"They are really mentally strong," LeQuesne said of his players. "The team approach from Day One was to get back to NCS and win it."
Monte Vista has the advantage of drawing top talent primarily from the powerful Mustang Soccer League, so it's LeQuesne's job to get all the stars to shine together against a tough schedule. He said his team worked than any of his other squads.
"They work so incredibly hard to get better," he said, explained the team's profound success. "It's just the work and the mindset of the girls."
LeQuesne also credited his team's success to assistants Brad Blake and Chris Lum. LeQuesne has coached with Blake for 10 years, and Lum has been the team's fitness guru the past two years. "Both are instrumental in the team success," he said. "I know I would be a lesser coach without their input."