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East Bay Boys Soccer Notebook: Feb. 8

One last look at the North Coast Section’s boys soccer playoff picture as we head into the regular season’s final week.

Division I

Locks: De La Salle, Granada, Richmond, Berkeley, San Ramon Valley, California, Castro Valley, Newark Memorial, Clayton Valley, Logan.
Those 10 teams are going to the playoffs.

Eligible: Alameda, Amador Valley, Deer Valley, Antioch, Freedom, Liberty, Arroyo, College Park, Mission San Jose.

I don’t know if I have Mt. Eden’s record accurate, or San Lorenzo for that matter, so those two teams could make it 21 playoff eligible teams in D I. As of right now, the count is 19, meaning three of those teams are going to be left out.
Of those nine teams that we know are eligible (finishing at least .500 overall, in league or against division opponents) I would say that Amador Valley, Deer Valley, Freedom and Antioch (because they are leading the BVAL) are on the safest ground. Despite a rough patch, College Park has some big wins so I’d have to say the Falcons are probably getting in.

Division II

Locks: Bishop O’Dowd, Dublin, Acalanes, Albany, Las Lomas, Kennedy-Fremont, Piedmont, St. Mary’s, Ygnacio Valley.
All it takes is a quick look at the records of these teams to see that they are in safely.

Eligible: Campolindo, Dougherty Valley, Kennedy-Richmond, Concord, El Cerrito.
These four teams appear to be eligible right now, and with less than 16 teams it looks like they are safely in the post-season. I never like to assume anything, but these teams seem to be locks.
El Cerrito, appears to be eligible at 6-2-1 v. Division II opponents. They are 6-8-1 overall as of right now, but 0-6 against teams from Division I.

On the bubble: Alhambra.
Alhambra simply needs to win one of its final two games (the Bulldogs play Campolindo and Dublin) or they need to tie them both, to finish exactly .500 overall.

Let’s take a final look at the league races as well.

Berkeley is control of the ACCAL. If the Yellowjackets win out, they win the league. If they slip up and tie (or lose, obviously) then the ball is back in Richmond’s court.

In the wild, wild BVAL, Antioch, Freedom, Liberty and Deer Valley are still all in the hunt to win the league. Antioch plays Freedom at home on Tuesday. If the Panthers win, Freedom would not be able to win the league. But, Liberty and Deer Valley stay in the race with wins against Heritage and Pittsburg, respectively. This league will come down to the final day, with it still being possible that four teams could have a claim.

Clayton Valley is still very much in control of the DVAL. All it takes is one win in their final two games and they face Mt. Diablo and Northgate, who are a combined 2-14-1 in league. The only team at this point that could catch CV is Ygnacio Valley and it would take the Eagles losing or tying twice.

De La Salle is still very, very much in control of the EBAL. All the Spartans have to do is win one of their final two games, or they could tie both of those games and still win the league. Granada is the only team that could catch them, and the Matadors would have to win out and hope for the best.

With a six-point lead, all Bishop O’Dowd has to do to win the HAAL is win one of its final two league games. The Dragons first crack comes at home against Moreau Catholic on Wednesday.

Dublin has already won the DFAL, Albany locked up the BSAL and Logan is the champion of the MVAL.

Rankings

This week was the hardest week as far as ranking the teams. The message boards will go off, I am sure.
It was time to give Bishop O’Dowd another bump. The Dragons are still undefeated and are playing very, very well right now.
This isn’t a knock on De La Salle. When it’s all said and done, I still think the Spartans are the favorite to win the D I crown. But for right now, they settle in at No. 3.
San Ramon Valley lost and had a tie, but against good teams, so the Wolves had to drop, but just a little. I couldn’t move Cal above SRV, and Albany had to drop a little for tying an unranked team.
The Cougars are still undefeated, and might feel slighted dropping to No. 8, but they are the hardest team for me to rank at this point.
Despite winning the DFAL, Dublin drops just a tiny bit after a loss to Las Lomas. Still, Dublin remains a top ten team easily.
Berkeley benefits from teams losing and tying in the top ten. The Yellowjackets are 8-0-1 in their last nine and with an early season tie with SRV, they can play with just about anyone.
And some people haven’t been really happy about Amador Valley’s ascent up the rankings, and now that they are a top ten team, I expect words about this. All I can say is watch them play right now. Nobody will want to play this team in the D I playoffs.

1. Granada (15-2-4)
2. Bishop O’Dowd (16-0-4)
3. De La Salle (13-5-2)
4. Richmond (12-1-9)
5. Berkeley (14-3-2)
6. San Ramon Valley (10-3-8)
7. California (12-3-5)
8. Albany (18-0-3)
9. Dublin (17-3-1)
10. Amador Valley (7-5-10)
11. Las Lomas (14-4-2)
12. Acalanes (14-3-3)
13. Castro Valley (14-3-4)
14. Newark Memorial (16-4-4)
15. Clayton Valley (14-3-3)

Others considered: Logan (13-7-4), Ygnacio Valley (11-4-2), Deer Valley (10-6-5), Dougherty Valley (9-6-3), College Park (11-7-5), Campolindo (10-8-4), Liberty (7-5-6), Antioch (8-7-6), Freedom (9-5-6), Arroyo (11-8-1).

League standings

ACCAL
Team Overall League Points

Berkeley (14-3-2) 8-1-1 25
Richmond (12-1-9) 7-0-3 24
Alameda (6-11-4) 5-2-4 19
El Cerrito (6-8-1) 4-5-1 13
Pinole Valley (4-14-1) 2-8-0 6
De Anza (3-12-6) 1-6-3 6
Hercules (1-9-1) 1-7-1 4

BSAL
Team Overall League Points

Albany (18-0-3) 12-0-1 37
St. Mary’s (11-6-3) 9-3-2 29
Piedmont (11-4-4) 9-3-1 28
Kennedy (11-8-2) 8-4-2 26
Encinal (5-14-1) 5-8-1 16
Salesian (4-9-1) 4-7-1 13
Swett (3-9-0) 3-8-0 9
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (1-9-0) 1-8-0 3
St. Joseph-Notre Dame (1-14-0) 1-10-0 3

BVAL
Team Overall League Points

Antioch (8-7-6) 6-3-4 22
Freedom (9-5-6) 5-3-5 20
Deer Valley (10-6-5) 5-3-5 20
Liberty (7-5-6) 5-3-5 20
Pittsburg (6-12-3) 3-7-3 12
Hertiage (3-10-2) 3-8-2 11

DFAL
Team Overall League Points

Dublin (17-3-1) 8-2-1 25
Acalanes (14-3-3) 6-3-1 19
Las Lomas (14-4-2) 5-3-2 17
Dougherty Valley (9-6-3) 4-4-2 14
Campolindo (10-8-4) 3-6-2 11
Alhambra (6-6-4) 3-5-2 11
Miramonte (0-6-4) 0-6-4 4

DVAL
Team Overall League Points

Clayton Valley (14-3-3) 8-1-1 25
Ygnacio Valley (11-4-2) 7-2-1 22
College Park (11-7-5) 6-2-3 21
Concord (5-8-4) 5-3-2 17
Berean Christian (2-17-3) 1-7-2 5
Mt. Diablo (1-7-1) 1-6-1 4
Northgate (2-18-1) 1-8-0 3

EBAL
Team Overall League Points

De La Salle (13-5-2) 9-1-2 29
Granada (15-2-4) 7-2-3 24
California (12-3-5) 6-3-3 21
San Ramon Valley (10-3-8) 5-2-5 20
Amador Valley (7-5-10) 3-2-7 16
Monte Vista (5-11-5) 3-7-2 11
Livermore (2-11-2) 1-9-2 5
Foothill (5-12-4) 0-8-4 4

HAAL
Team Overall League Points

Bishop O’Dowd (16-0-4) 11-0-3 36
Castro Valley (14-3-4) 9-1-3 30
Arroyo (11-8-1) 8-5-1 25
Mt. Eden (8-8-0) 5-6-1 16
San Lorenzo (4-7-4) 3-5-4 13
Tennyson (3-6-4) 3-5-4 13
San Leandro (5-10-6) 3-8-3 12
Hayward (6-10-3) 3-8-3 12
Moreau Catholic (1-11-2) 0-9-2 2

MVAL
Team Overall League Points

Logan (13-7-4) 9-1-2 29
Newark Memorial (16-4-4) 8-1-3 27
Kennedy (9-6-2) 7-4-1 22
Mission San Jose (10-9-1) 6-6-0 18
Washington (4-13-2) 4-7-1 13
Irvington (6-12-3) 4-7-1 13
American (0-14-0) 0-12-0 0

Statistics

Here is the list of the players in the East Bay who are top ten in goals and assists.
Goals

Littleton, Piedmont 33
Borges, Albany 24
Chen, Las Lomas 17
Foster, Granada 15
Ramirez, Albany 14
Fuentes, Newark 14
Weir, Dublin 14
Thornton, Castro Valley 13
Romero, YV 13
Padilla, Clayton Valley 13
Zupan, Albany 13
Huang, Deer Valley 13
Rietz, BOD 13
Menezes, Dougherty 13
Hoster, Dublin 13

Assists
Gomez, Clayton 19
Borges, Albany 17
Montes, Richmond 15
Lopez, YV 15
Swafford, BOD 14
Thomas, Granada 13
Shiluck, Castro Valley 13
Martin, Deer Valley 12
Khorashadi, Albany 9
Hodges, Las Lomas 9

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

Matt Smith

  • bazzookaaa

    what are the seeds?