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East Bay Boys Soccer Notebook

What is it going to take for the Albany High School soccer team to get some respect?
Well, a win on Wednesday against Piedmont would really help.


Sure, the Cougars beat the Highlanders earlier in the year, but the teams are tied in the loss column, and Bay Shore Athletic teams know that you don’t count Piedmont out. Ever.
So, to get some respect and perhaps climb into the top ten in the Bay Area News Group’s East Bay soccer rankings, another win over the Highlanders would go a long, long way.
“We like to think of ourselves as one of the top teams in the Bay Area,” Albany coach Ko Douglas said. “We need to prove ourselves this season and Wednesday’s match is a good opportunity for us.”
De-throning Piedmont from the BSAL perch it has been on for years is not going to be easy and the Albany players know that.
“We knew we had a lot of potential coming into this year,” Albany junior Peeja Khorashadi said. “We have players that have a great work ethic and work very hard. Still, we need to beat Piedmont and we will be up there.”
Fellow junior Juliano Pereira echoes that sentiment.
“It’s big,” Pereira said of the Piedmont match. “It will show how we can compare to the best teams, and it would be huge if we could pull it off. We just need to stay consistent and work hard.”
Albany, and the BSAL as a whole, hasn’t been getting a lot of respect, but that could all change on Wednesday afternoon.
Let us not forget, a Piedmont win could mean yet another league title for the Highlanders. Much like Albany, they are being doubted this year as they search for a fourth consecutive trip to the North Coast Section’s 2A title game.

Rankings

There is some shuffling amongst the top ten teams this week.
Richmond jumps out from No. 5 to No. 3, even with the 1-0 loss at De La Salle. The Oilers looked very good in the second half and probably feel as if they should have tied or could have even won the game. Still, the reason the Spartans are a great team this year is because they still find a way to win even when they don’t play their best.
Castro Valley trades places with Richmond after a loss and a tie last week, while Bishop O’Dowd slides up one spot to No. 6. Amador checks in at No. 7, moving up three spots after a 2-0 week. Granada is at No. 8, Monte Vista is at No. 9 and Hayward re-emerges into the top ten after a big win over Castro Valley.
The only change outside of the top ten is San Leandro sliding to No. 11. Albany, Piedmont, Acalanes and Campolindo all remain exactly the same. In fact, Antioch, Dublin and Deer Valley are all worthy of getting into the top 15, but nobody directly in front of them lost to create the necessary space.

1. De La Salle (14-1-1)
2. San Ramon Valley (12-1-4)
3. Richmond (12-4-2)
4. Newark Memorial (12-1-5)
5. Castro Valley (13-4-1)
6. Bishop O’Dowd (13-2-2)
7. Amador Valley (10-4-4)
8. Granada (10-5-1)
9. Monte Vista (9-6-2)
10. Hayward (10-5-2)
11. San Lorenzo (10-2-2)
12. Albany (14-2-1)
13. Piedmont (14-2-1)
14. Acalanes (10-4-2)
15. Campolindo (8-4-2)

Others considered: Antioch (12-4-2), Dublin (9-2-5), Deer Valley (8-4-6), Pittsburg (7-3-2), Northgate (9-6-2), Berkeley (8-5-4), Las Lomas (9-6-1), Ygnacio Valley (8-5-2), Foothill (7-10-2), Livermore (7-10-1).

There are some big games this week that should lead to some shuffling in the rankings. Here are some to watch for:

Jan. 27
ACCAL- Berkeley at Richmond
BVAL- Deer Valley at Antioch
DVAL- Northgate at College Park
EBAL- Amador Valley at San Ramon Valley; Monte Vista at Granada
Jan. 28
BSAL- Piedmont at Albany
Jan. 29
DVAL- College Park at Ygnacio Valley
EBAL- San Ramon Valley at Granada
Jan. 30
DFAL- Acalanes at Alhambra
HAAL- Bishop O’Dowd at Arroyo
MVAL- Washington at Newark Memorial

League standings

Feel free to update your record at anytime.

ACCAL
Team Overall League Points
Richmond (12-4-2) 5-0-2 17
Berkeley (8-5-4) 5-1-1 16
Pinole Valley (6-5-3) 4-2-1 13
De Anza (7-10-1) 4-3-0 12
El Cerrito (4-6-2) 2-3-2 8
Alameda (1-11-5) 0-5-2 2
Hercules (0-6-0) 0-6-0 0

BSAL
Team Overall League Points
Albany (14-2-1) 10-1-0 30
Piedmont (14-2-1) 9-1-0 27
Kennedy (7-3-4) 6-2-3 21
St. Mary’s (6-5-1) 6-3-1 19
Encinal (4-7-4) 3-5-2 11
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (3-6-2) 3-6-1 10
St. Joseph-Notre Dame (3-11-1) 3-7-0 9
Salesian (0-9-3) 0-5-3 3
Swett (0-12-0) 0-10-0 0

BVAL
Team Overall League Points
Deer Valley (8-4-6) 6-0-3 21
Antioch (12-4-2) 6-3-0 18
Pittsburg (7-3-2) 5-3-1 16
Freedom (6-5-5) 3-3-3 12
Liberty (4-7-3) 2-5-2 8
Hertiage (3-12-2) 0-8-1 1

DFAL
Team Overall League Points
Acalanes (10-4-2) 5-1-1 16
Campolindo (8-4-2) 4-1-2 14
Alhambra (5-4-0) 4-3-0 12
Las Lomas (9-6-1) 3-4-0 9
Miramonte (3-3-3) 2-2-3 9
Dublin (9-2-5) 2-2-2 8
Dougherty Valley (2-11-0) 0-7-0 0

DVAL
Team Overall League Points
College Park (7-8-2) 5-0-1 16
Northgate (9-6-2) 5-2-0 15
Ygnacio Valley (8-5-2) 4-3-0 12
Concord (4-7-3) 2-3-2 8
Clayton Valley (7-8-2) 2-2-2 8
Mt. Diablo (2-6-1) 1-4-1 4
Berean Christian (2-14-0) 1-6-0 3

EBAL
Team Overall League Points
De La Salle (14-1-1) 7-0-1 15
Amador Valley (10-4-4) 5-1-2 12
San Ramon Valley (12-1-4) 4-1-3 11
Granada (10-5-1) 4-4-0 8
Monte Vista (9-6-2) 4-4-0 8
Livermore (7-10-1) 2-5-1 5
Foothill (7-10-2) 1-5-2 4
California (4-10-3) 0-7-1 1

HAAL
Team Overall League Points
Castro Valley (13-4-1) 8-1-1 25
Bishop O’Dowd (13-2-3) 7-1-2 23
Hayward (10-5-2) 6-2-2 20
San Lorenzo (10-2-2) 6-2-2 20
Arroyo (7-4-5) 4-2-4 16
San Leandro (7-7-2) 4-6-0 12
Mt. Eden (3-10-3) 2-7-1 7
Tennyson (3-10-2) 1-8-1 4
Moreau Catholic (1-12-1) 0-10-0 0

MVAL
Team Overall League Points
Newark Memorial (12-1-5) 8-0-0 24
Washington (8-7-0) 5-3-0 15
Irvington (7-9-3) 4-4-1 13
Kennedy (3-5-1) 3-5-1 10
Mission San Jose (8-6-1) 5-4-0 15
Logan (6-10-3) 4-4-0 12
American (0-11-0) 0-9-0 0

For questions, comments, to report scores, update standings or add players to the watch list, please email Matt Smith at mhsmith78@gmail.com.

Matt Smith