2

East Bay Boys Soccer Notebook

One of the better turnaround stories of the last couple of boys soccer seasons in the East Bay, has been that of Berkeley High School.

After winning the North Coast Section 3A championship in 2004, the Yellowjackets went four seasons without reaching the post-season, finally doing so again in 2009.
After a first-round exit in last season’s playoffs, Berkeley is hoping to go a little deeper in 2010 behind second-year head coach Phil Scicluna, who is getting the program going in the right direction once again.
“It has been challenging yet rewarding,” Scicluna said. “The players, families and coaching staff have been excited about the changes. I started implementing changes four years ago when I came on as the freshman coach and I have always emphasized that the players are student athletes and above average citizens, and high standards have been set.
“The team holds an average GPA above 3.6 and above an 80 percent win record. The best teams recognize and respect our program and college scouts have been watching us. Berkeley High has become a solid program with great wins and depth as a team.”
So just how has Scicluna been able to right the ship at Berkeley?
“With positive reinforcement and positive visualization,” Scicluna said. “The team functions as a family and the players are very supportive of one another.”
The Yellowjackets (6-2-1), ranked No. 9 in the Bay Area News Group’s East Bay online soccer rankings, have wins over another ranked team (College Park) a win against a perennial powerhouse (Monte Vista) and a tie against another top ten team (San Ramon Valley). There only losses have both been 2-1 decisions to other top ten teams, Acalanes and Newark Memorial.
The playoffs, and a fairly high seed, seem to be within reach, and now the Yellowjackets seem to be focusing on something else they haven’t done in a while… winning the Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League.
The ACCAL has been ruled by Richmond for quite a while, and Berkeley is anxious to change that, especially after getting a taste with a 2-2 tie of the Oilers last year.
“Richmond is our number one rival,” Scicluna said. “Several players are also friends from their club teams, so the rivalry is fun, yet runs deeper in some ways. We have our eyes set on the top spot this year, and the players are excited.”
The one thing that the second-year coach and his bunch knows it cannot do, is get too focused on beating Richmond and forget about other opponent’s in the ACCAL. By doing so, that would put the playoffs and a possible league title in jeopardy.
“Although every game and opponent is important, our focus has been on our team’s game and working toward being the most solid team we can be,” Scicluna said. “Each opponent offers new challenges and a chance for us to improve our personal technique and adapt our style of play.”

Rankings

Small changes. Las Lomas cracks the top 15.

1. Richmond (5-0-4)
2. California (8-0-2)
3. De La Salle (4-1-1)
4. Granada (7-2-1)
5. Newark Memorial (10-1-1)
6. Bishop O’Dowd (6-0-3)
7. San Ramon Valley (6-1-2)
8. Acalanes (7-1-0)
9. Berkeley (6-2-1)
10. Castro Valley (6-2-2)
11. Dublin (10-2-0)
12. Albany (7-0-2)
13. Clayton Valley (7-1-1)
14. College Park (4-4-4)
15. Las Lomas (7-3-0)

Others considered: Ygnacio Valley (5-1-2), Amador Valley (3-3-3), Arroyo (5-4-0), Alhambra (6-1-2), Foothill (5-5-1), Logan (6-6-1), Free (4-2-3), Deer Valley (5-3-1), Livermore (2-3-0), Mission San Jose (7-4-1).

League standings

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

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

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

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

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

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

HAAL
Team Overall League Points
Arroyo (5-4-0) 3-1-0 9
Castro Valley (6-2-2) 2-0-1 7
Hayward (5-4-0) 2-2-0 6
Bishop O’Dowd (6-0-3) 1-0-2 5
San Lorenzo (3-3-1) 1-1-1 4
Mt. Eden (5-5-0) 1-1-0 3
San Leandro (2-5-2) 0-3-1 1
Tennyson (0-2-1) 0-1-1 1
Moreau Catholic (1-3-0) 0-1-0 0

MVAL
Team Overall League Points
Newark Memorial (10-1-1) 3-0-0 9
Logan (6-6-1) 3-0-0 9
Mission San Jose (7-4-1) 3-1-0 9
Washington (1-7-2) 1-2-1 4
Kennedy (1-3-1) 1-2-1 4
Irvington (2-7-2) 0-3-0 0
American (0-5-0) 0-3-0 0

Statistics

Here is the list of the players in the East Bay who are top ten in goals and assists.
Goals
Fuentes, Newark 10
Weir, Dublin 9
Borges, Albany 8
Thornton, Castro Valley 8
Romero, YV 8
Chen, Las Lomas 8
Villagran, Newark 8
Anderson, Cal 7
Rietz, BOD 7
Hoster, Dublin 7
C. Gonzalez, San Lorenzo 7

Assists
Gomez, Clayton 7
Swafford, BOD 7
Montes, Richmond 7
Borges, Albany 6
Arzate, Newark 6
Lopez, YV 6
Weir, Dublin 6
Hoster, Dublin 6
Shiluck, Castro Valley 5
Tieku, EC 5
Chen, Las Lomas 5
Fuentes, Newark 5
C. Gonzalez, San Lorenzo 5

For questions, comments, to report scores, update standings or statistics, please email Matt Smith at mhsmith78@gmail.com.

Matt Smith

  • OG23

    Where are the Girls Soccer Rankings?

  • Matt Smith

    Girls soccer isn’t my beat, sorry.