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East Bay Boys Soccer Notebook: Jan. 25

It’s hard to believe it, but the regular soccer season is over just about two weeks. The North Coast Section playoff seeding meeting is just under three weeks away. I think it’s time to look at the playoff situations.

Now the new divisions are Division I (formally 3A) and Division II (formerly 2A). The brackets are now 16 teams, but that doesn’t necessarily mean 16 teams will make it. A team has to qualify by finishing over .500 overall, in league, or against division opponents.
In the case 16 teams don’t qualify, some teams will get a bye. So, starting with D I:

Locked in: De La Salle, Richmond, San Ramon Valley, California, Granada, Castro Valley, Berkeley, Newark Memorial, Clayton Valley.

These teams would finish with a record over .500 in one of the categories even if they lost the rest of their games. That’s not likely, but in that scenario, they’d still be eligible.

On solid ground: Deer Valley, Freedom, Logan, Arroyo.

These teams just need to win a time or two more than they lose and they’ll be in. Freedom is practically a lock, but not mathematically. It would be the first ever playoff berth for the Falcons. Logan just needs to avoid going 0-3-1 (or worse) in its final four games and DV needs to win at least two and tie at least one of its final six games.

On the bubble: Alameda, Amador Valley, Antioch, College Park, Liberty, Mission San Jose, Mt. Eden, Pittsburg, San Leandro.

So there are 12 teams that appear to be in good shape, leaving four spots for the teams on the bubble.
I’ll try to explain each team’s scenario.
Amador Valley needs to just win one more time than it loses. Going 1-0-5, 2-1-3 or something to that effect would make them eligible.
Alameda, despite being just 4-11-2 overall, is 3-2-2 in league. If they finish over .500 in ACCAL play, they’ll be eligible. If there are more than 16 teams that qualify, Alameda might not get in, but if there are 16 or less, and they are one of them, then the Hornets are playoff-bound.
Antioch is in decent shape at 4-2-2 in the BVAL with a solid chance of winning the league. They have seven league games left and just need to not lose two more times than they win.
College Park just needs to win one more than it loses. Same for Liberty and Mission San Jose. Just one more win than loss.
Pittsburg and San Leandro are the longest shots. Pitt still has an outside chance at winning the ultra-competitive BVAL, and they are 3-4-2 in league and can creep to over .500 with a good run. The Pirates would need to go 3-0-3 (or a combination with three more wins than losses) in their final six games. They have three games that are winnable, but would need to pull off an upset or tie in the other three games.
I only listed Mt. Eden because I have them at .500 both overall and in league, but I am missing too many of their scores, since they don’t report. I really have no clue.

On to Division II:

Locked in: Albany, Acalanes, Bishop O’Dowd, Dublin, Las Lomas.

Again, these teams are ones that are already eligible for consideration even if they somehow lost the rest of their matches.

Solid ground: Alhambra, Campolindo, Kennedy-Fremont, Kennedy-Richmond, St. Mary’s, Piedmont, Ygnacio Valley.

I almost think Kennedy-Fremont is a lock, but don’t know it’s entire schedule. They’re in very good shape regardless and still very much alive in the MVAL race. Campolindo has rattled off six straight wins and just needs to not lose three more times than it wins.
Piedmont and Ygnacio Valley are both in in very good shape, but mathematically not quite a lock yet.
Alhambra, Kennedy-Richmond and St. Mary’s all just need to not lose two more times than they win.

On the bubble: Concord, Dougherty Valley, El Cerrito, Hayward, Salesian.

Division II is more muddled. I’m not sure 16 teams will make it. Here’s the situation for these teams.
Concord is 3-2-1 in league, so the Minutemen have a decent chance to finish over .500 in DVAL play.
Dougherty Valley is 6-5-2 overall so just playing .500 from here on out makes it eligible.
El Cerrito is at .500 in league and just a game under overall. A solid run for the Gauchos in the second half of ACCAL gives them a chance. Hayward is the other way around (.500 overall and a game under in HAAL) and has six winnable games left. Gotta like the Farmers chances if they play well.
Not exactly sure of Salesian’s overall record, but at 4-5-1 in BSAL play, a solid ending to the season gives the Pride a shot.

Rankings

After a nine-week stay atop the rankings, to the chagrine of some, the Richmond Oilers have fallen from the No. 1 spot. After a brutal week which saw them face three teams ranked in the top five at the time, De La Salle is the new No. 1 after ending the week with a 1-0 win at Richmond on Saturday.
This is a big week in a few leagues and I expect some shake up next week.

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

Others considered: Logan (10-7-3), Freedom (8-3-5), Ygnacio Valley (8-3-2), Arroyo (9-6-0), Campolindo (9-6-3), College Park (7-7-4), Kennedy-Fremont (8-4-2), Antioch (4-6-4), Liberty (5-5-4), Piedmont (7-2-4).

League standings

ACCAL
Team Overall League Points

Berkeley (12-3-1) 6-1-0 18
Richmond (9-1-7) 4-0-1 12
Alameda (4-11-2) 3-2-2 11
El Cerrito (5-6-1) 3-3-1 10
Pinole Valley (4-10-1) 2-4-0 6
De Anza (3-10-5) 1-4-2 5
Hercules (1-8-0) 1-6-0 3

BSAL
Team Overall League Points

Albany (15-0-2) 9-0-0 27
St. Mary’s (8-6-2) 6-3-1 19
Kennedy (9-7-1) 6-3-1 19
Piedmont (7-2-4) 5-1-1 16
Salesian (4-6-1) 4-5-1 13
Swett (3-6-0) 3-5-0 9
Encinal (3-11-0) 3-5-0 9
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (1-7-0) 1-6-0 3
St. Joseph-Notre Dame (1-13-0) 1-9-0 3

BVAL
Team Overall League Points

Freedom (8-3-5) 4-1-4 16
Antioch (4-6-4) 4-2-2 14
Deer Valley (8-6-3) 3-3-3 12
Liberty (5-5-4) 3-3-3 12
Pittsburg (6-9-2) 3-4-2 11
Hertiage (2-8-0) 2-6-0 6

DFAL
Team Overall League Points

Dublin (15-2-0) 6-1-0 18
Acalanes (12-2-1) 5-2-0 15
Alhambra (6-4-3) 3-3-1 10
Las Lomas (10-4-2) 2-3-2 8
Dougherty Valley (6-5-2) 2-3-1 7
Campolindo (9-6-3) 2-4-1 7
Miramonte (0-4-3) 0-4-3 3

DVAL
Team Overall League Points

Clayton Valley (12-2-2) 6-0-0 18
Ygnacio Valley (8-3-2) 4-1-1 13
Concord (3-7-3) 3-2-1 10
College Park (7-7-4) 2-2-2 8
Northgate (2-12-1) 1-4-0 3
Mt. Diablo (1-4-0) 1-4-0 3
Berean Christian (2-14-1) 1-5-0 3

EBAL
Team Overall League Points

De La Salle (11-4-1) 7-0-1 22
San Ramon Valley (9-2-5) 4-1-3 15
California (10-3-3) 4-3-1 13
Granada (1-2-4) 3-2-3 12
Amador Valley (5-5-7) 2-2-4 10
Monte Vista (3-9-5) 1-5-2 5
Livermore (2-7-2) 1-5-2 5
Foothill (5-8-4) 0-4-4 4

HAAL
Team Overall League Points

Castro Valley (12-2-3) 7-0-2 23
Bishop O’Dowd (11-0-4) 6-0-3 21
Arroyo (9-6-0) 6-3-0 18
Hayward (6-6-2) 3-4-2 11
San Leandro (4-6-6) 2-4-3 9
Mt. Eden (6-6-0) 2-2-0 6
San Lorenzo (3-5-2) 1-3-2 5
Tennyson (0-5-1) 0-4-1 1
Moreau Catholic (1-7-1) 0-5-1 1

MVAL
Team Overall League Points

Logan (10-7-3) 6-1-1 19
Kennedy (8-4-2) 6-2-1 19
Newark Memorial (13-4-2) 5-1-1 16
Mission San Jose (8-8-1) 4-5-0 12
Washington (3-11-2) 3-5-1 10
Irvington (5-9-2) 3-5-0 9
American (0-10-0) 0-8-0 0

Statistics

Here is the list of the players in the East Bay who are top ten in goals and assists.
Goals
Borges, Albany 21
Littleton, Piedmont 19
Thornton, Castro Valley 13
Ramirez, Albany 13
Chen, Las Lomas 13
Hoster, Dublin 11
Fuentes, Newark 11
Weir, Dublin 11
Romero, YV 11
Avila, Clayton Valley 11
Zupan, Albany 11

Assists
Gomez, Clayton 16
Borges, Albany 14
Montes, Richmond 11
Shiluck, Castro Valley 11
Swafford, BOD 11
Lopez, YV 10
Khorashadi, Albany 9
Hoster, Dublin 8
Arzate, Newark 7
Weir, Dublin 7
Avila, Clayton Valley 7

Computer rankings

The computer rankings are back for another week! Enjoy.

1. Dublin 15-2-0 66.47 pts.
2. Acalanes 12-2-1 65.83 pts.
3. Bishop O’Dowd 11-0-4 54.14 pts.
4. De La Salle 11-4-1 50.52 pts.
5. Albany 15-0-2 48.30 pts.
6. Granada 11-2-4 48.17 pts.
7. Newark Memorial 13-4-2 47.10 pts.
8. Castro Valley 12-2-3 44.90 pts.
9. Las Lomas 10-4-2 43.89 pts.
10. California 10-3-3 43.47 pts.
11. San Ramon Valley 9-2-5 40.82 pts.
12. Clayton Valley 12-2-2 40.54 pts.
13. Richmond 9-1-7 39..39 pts.
14. Berkeley 12-3-1 34.24 pts.
15. Arroyo 9-6-1 31.43 pts.

Soccer intelligence workshops

Luis Flores Aguilar, the owner of Soccer IQ Performance Innovations, is offering soccer intelligence workshops to adult and youth players. These workshops help players read the game and become more creative.
This class will be offered this Fall at Los Positas College, Community Education in Livermore.
For more information, go to www.soccer-iq.com, or contact Luis at socceriq@gmail.com, or at 510-325-8938.

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

Matt Smith