Another day, another major upset in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League. On Monday, it was Northgate over College Park. Tonight, it was previously winless Dublin knocking off Las Lomas.
We already knew the DFAL was wide open and that any number of teams had a chance to win it. Now it’s beginning to look like even the lower teams in the league will be tough to beat, which will make the 18-game schedule all the more grueling.
There was a shakeup at the top of the league tonight, too, as Acalanes and College Park continued each other’s struggles with a 1-1 tie and Concord moved into first place with a 3-1 win over Campolindo. We’re now midway through the DFAL schedule, and the Minutemen might be the only team who can legitimately argue that they are the league’s best team. They’re also the only team in the top half of the league to have won tonight.
Campolindo, the league’s biggest surprise team so far, had a chance to really make some noise with a win over Concord, but the Cougars will have to settle for a first half featuring losses only to the league’s top three teams: Concord, Acalanes and College Park.
Speaking of Campo, check out Friday’s soccer notebook in the Times for the skinny on the Cougars’ new coach, who bears many similarities to last season’s new coach at Miramonte (and the Times’ Coach of the Year), Jovan Milojevich.
EAST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE: It was quite a night in the EBAL, too. The only real surprise, if you can call it that, came when Amador Valley’s Luis Rocha scored in the 71st minute to help the Dons sneak away with a 1-1 draw against San Ramon Valley.
Monte Vista and Livermore, meanwhile, had impressive victories with some standout individual performances. Jeff Penna scored an incredible four first-half goals in the Mustangs’ 5-0 win over Granada. And sophomore Polo Morales had two goals and one assist as the Cowboys beat Foothill 6-1 to continue their strong start in league play.
Friday will bring us an early battle for first place between Monte Vista and Livermore. It’ll also feature a much-anticipated rematch of the tremendous Winter Soccer Classic Gold Division championship game, which California won 2-1 in overtime over San Ramon Valley.