The Gold Division of the Winter Soccer Classic is beginning to take shape, and it’s looking like we could wind up with a fun matchup in the championship on Friday. Amador Valley is in control in Group A. The only way the Dons won’t make it to the title game is if they slip up and lose on Wednesday against Berkeley, which has lost to Newark Memorial and California and has not scored a goal in its first two games. Richmond can secure a spot opposite Amador Valley in the championship if it takes care of business against James Logan on Wednesday. That’s no gimme, though. Logan just tied San Ramon Valley 0-0 tonight.
Richmond-AV would be a fantastic title game. But should Richmond fall to Logan, it would open the door for, well, Logan — or for SRV. The Wolves have a tough game themselves, though, as they take on a Deer Valley that impressed the heck out of me in an easy 4-2 win over Foothill tonight. The Wolverines looked very good, especially forward Chris Martinez, who scored three times in 22 minutes in the first half. I’m pegging SRV-DV as the game of the day for Wednesday, even though it might have no bearing on who plays in the championship.
It’s all DFAL all the time in the Silver Division, where the title game berths are anything but decided — in Group A, at least. Group B is Northgate’s to lose after the Broncos pulled out a 1-0 win over Piedmont. Acalanes is only two points behind Northgate, but Wednesday’s matchups don’t bode well for the Dons. Northgate faces Berean Christian, which has been outscored 13-0 in its first two games. Acalanes faces Piedmont, which proved to Northgate just how tough it can be. Campolindo has an outside shot, but like Acalanes, it would need Northgate to lose to Berean Christian. I just don’t see that happening. The Broncos are off to a great start this season.
Group A is wide open, with Las Lomas leading College Park by one point. The Knights face Liberty and College Park faces De Anza on Wednesday. Something tells me this will come down to a tiebreaker, and if it does, the edge for the moment would go to Las Lomas. This will all change based on Wednesday’s results, though. Concord is a distant third in Group A. And if you’re counting, that means there are DFAL teams in the top three spots of both groups in the Silver Division. There will be an all-DFAL title game and likely an all-DFAL consolation championship, which likely nobody is looking forward to except the fans. It should be fun to watch, even if it is a waste of a contact for the teams involved.
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— James Leonard