Before tonight, it was a virtual toss-up to decide who should be the No. 1 seed in the North Coast Section 3A boys soccer playoffs, which begin Wednesday. Is it East Bay Athletic League champion Monte Vista or Bay Valley Athletic League champ De La Salle? Both teams have strong resumes and unbeaten league records. Monte Vista might have already had a bit of an edge because it plays in the tougher league, and now it has a win over San Ramon Valley to add to its resume.
Yes, the Wolves became the fifth-place team in the EBAL (Amador Valley moved up to fourth) tonight, but their place in the standings is irrelevant. They beat De La Salle 1-0 in the Spartans’ first game of the season. Monte Vista beat San Ramon Valley 2-0 tonight, giving them a 1-0-1 mark against the Wolves.
Regardless of which team gets the top seed at Sunday’s seeding meeting, there’s a strong possibility the Spartans and Mustangs could meet in the final … think of it as a preview of the EBAL, circa 2008.
In other news: Richmond finally locked up the Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League title with a 6-1 win over Hercules. The game had to be moved from Hercules to Richmond at the last minute when the Titans’ field was deemed unplayable.
Postponing the game until Saturday wasn’t an option. Berkeley’s tie against De Anza last week became a forfeit win because De Anza used an ineligible player, meaning the Yellow Jackets could have won the ACCAL with a Richmond loss tonight. Had Richmond tied Hercules, the Oilers and Yellow Jackets would have been tied atop the ACCAL, and word is a playoff game would have been played on Saturday.
Berkeley, which boasts a strong league record but a poor nonleague record, is in danger of missing the playoffs altogether. Winning the ACCAL would have solved that problem for the Yellow Jackets, but now they’ll have to make their case at Sunday’s seeding meeting.