Final East Bay Boys Soccer Notebook

And thus ends the 2009-2010 North Coast Section boys soccer season.

NCS Division I final

It may not have been their prettiest effort of the year, and they might not have dominated like many expected them to, but the bottom line is the De La Salle Spartans have repeated as North Coast Section Division I champs.
Playing with a target on their backs as the defending champs, the Spartans defended their title with a 1-0 victory over California. Last year it was jubilation for juniors like Wes Moar, but this year, as a senior, it was relief.
“This definitely feels great,” De La Salle senior midfielder Wes Moar said. “It’s different than last year because we were trying to send the seniors out on a high note. This year it was more of a relief because this group of seniors gets to go out on top.”
This year the Spartans (18-5-3) were deemed beatable after being hit hard by graduation, and after a rough patch early they re-established themselves as the team to beat.
“We overcame a lot this year after losing some early games,” Spartan senior Justin Howard said. “We battled all year long and it feels good to come out on top.”
The Spartans scored in the 39th minute on a free kick by Anthony DeCosta and then held off a Cal (16-4-6) team which controlled much of the second half.
“We played tough until the end,” Grizzlies goalie Andre’ Rawls said. “I feel great. We outplayed them in the second half and never gave up.”
The Grizzlies came close to tying the game on a couple of occasions late in the game, and had one shot go off the crossbar. But Spartan goalie Austin Rogers and the defense stood tall.
“We put in a lot of hard work in practice and it showed,” Rogers said. “In practice we prepare well and even though Cal kept coming at us, we rose to the challenge.”

NCS Division II final

The Dublin boys soccer team certainly has a flare for the dramatic.
After the Gaels got past Albany in the Division II semifinals with penalty kicks, they decided doing so again would be just fine.
When Sean Cerruti’s championship-winning PK found the net, No. 3 Dublin (20-3-3) topped No. 1 Bishop O’Dowd 4-3 in penalty kicks after a 1-1 regulation draw.
“There are no words to describe the feeling,” Cerruti said. “It was amazing. I always pick my spot when I take my PK and I trusted myself and put it in the right spot.”
The Gaels struck first, scoring on a Trevor Weir strike in the fourth minute, which was enough to ensure overtime.
“This is unbelievable,” the senior Weir said. “To go through two undefeated teams shows how far we’ve come. This is incredible.”
From there, after, the Dragons (20-1-5) controlled much of the game, doing so playing without injured Charlie Ranahan, who was hurt in Wednesday’s semifinal against Acalanes. They also played most of the match without leading scorer Taylor Rietz who injured his leg in the first half. He returned for overtime.
“Obviously I’m very proud of the effort we put forth and the guys are understandably disappointed,” Bishop O’Dowd coach Peter Belanger said. “We played well enough to win but it didn’t happen. Our finishing was a little off today and that cost us.”
But with numerous chances, Max Ornstil’s goal in the 48th minute on a free kick was all they could get and the Dragons lost their second consecutive final on PK’s.
Dublin keeper Robert Silky, who stood tall in the face of a heavy O’Dowd attack, allowed just the one goal, and then in penalty kicks made a stop on the Dragons fifth attempt, setting up Cerruti’s game-winner.
“Our defense was great, that’s all I can say,” Dublin coach James Fulwiler said. “We aren’t loaded with superior talent, but our defense is great. We’re a balanced team, we’re not flashy but we get it done.”
Despite being considered underdogs by most, the championship for the Gaels is the first in school history.
“We looked at it like us against the world,” Dublin senior Cody Hoster said. “Not many people believed in us, but we didn’t listen because we knew we could.”


1. De La Salle (18-5-3)
2. California (16-4-6)
3. Dublin (20-3-3)
4. Bishop O’Dowd (20-1-5)
5. San Ramon Valley (14-4-8)
6. Berkeley (17-4-4)
7. Richmond (15-1-10)
8. Granada (15-4-5)
9. Albany (23-0-4)
10. Acalanes (19-4-3)
11. Amador Valley (8-6-12)
12. Clayton Valley (17-4-3)
13. Castro Valley (17-4-4)
14. Newark Memorial (19-5-4)
15. Campolindo (13-9-4)

Others considered: Las Lomas (15-5-3), Ygnacio Valley (13-6-2), Deer Valley (11-7-6), Piedmont (16-5-3), Logan (14-10-4), College Park (12-8-5), Antioch (9-8-7), Liberty (8-6-7), Kennedy-Fremont (10-8-2), Dougherty Valley (10-9-3).

League standings

Team Overall League Points

Berkeley (17-4-3) 10-1-1 31
Richmond (15-1-10) 9-0-3 30
Alameda (6-12-4) 5-3-4 19
El Cerrito (7-10-1) 5-6-1 16
Pinole Valley (6-14-1) 4-8-0 12
De Anza (3-14-6) 1-8-3 6
Hercules (1-12-1) 1-10-1 4

Team Overall League Points

Albany (23-0-4) 15-0-1 46
Piedmont (16-5-3) 12-3-1 37
Kennedy (13-10-2) 10-4-2 32
St. Mary’s (12-8-3) 10-4-2 32
Salesian (8-10-1) 8-7-1 25
Encinal (5-17-1) 5-10-1 16
Swett (4-13-0) 4-12-0 12
St. Joseph-Notre Dame (3-17-0) 3-13-0 9
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (1-16-0) 1-15-0 3

Team Overall League Points

Antioch (9-8-7) 7-3-5 26
Deer Valley (11-7-6) 6-3-6 24
Liberty (8-6-7) 6-3-6 24
Freedom (10-6-6) 6-4-5 23
Pittsburg (6-13-4) 3-8-4 13
Hertiage (3-12-2) 3-10-2 11

Team Overall League Points

Dublin (20-3-3) 8-2-2 26
Acalanes (19-4-3) 8-3-1 25
Las Lomas (15-5-3) 6-3-3 21
Dougherty Valley (10-9-3) 4-6-2 14
Campolindo (13-9-4) 4-6-2 14
Alhambra (6-7-5) 3-6-3 12
Miramonte (0-7-5) 0-7-5 5

Team Overall League Points

Clayton Valley (17-4-3) 10-1-1 31
Ygnacio Valley (13-6-2) 8-3-1 25
College Park (12-8-5) 7-2-3 24
Concord (7-9-4) 7-3-2 23
Northgate (4-19-1) 3-9-0 9
Berean Christian (2-19-3) 1-9-2 5
Mt. Diablo (1-12-1) 1-10-1 4

Team Overall League Points

De La Salle (18-5-3) 10-1-3 33
San Ramon Valley (14-4-8) 7-2-5 26
Granada (16-4-5) 7-3-4 25
California (16-4-6) 7-3-4 25
Amador Valley (8-6-12) 3-2-9 18
Monte Vista (5-13-5) 3-9-2 11
Livermore (3-12-2) 2-10-2 8
Foothill (5-13-5) 0-9-5 5

Team Overall League Points

Bishop O’Dowd (20-1-5) 12-0-4 40
Castro Valley (17-4-4) 12-1-3 39
Arroyo (12-10-1) 9-6-1 28
Mt. Eden (11-10-1) 8-7-1 25
San Lorenzo (7-7-5) 5-6-5 20
Tennyson (4-8-5) 4-7-5 17
San Leandro (6-11-6) 4-9-3 15
Hayward (6-12-3) 3-10-3 12
Moreau Catholic (2-14-3) 1-12-3 6

Team Overall League Points

Logan (14-10-4) 9-1-2 29
Newark Memorial (19-5-4) 8-1-3 27
Kennedy (10-8-2) 7-4-1 22
Mission San Jose (10-10-1) 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


I’ve decided end the year by running the top 25 in goals and assists.


Littleton, Piedmont 50
Borges, Albany 26
Tieku, El Cerrito 21
Ramirez, Albany 18
Rietz, BOD 17
Padilla, Clayton 17
Weir, Dublin 17
Chen, Las Lomas 17
Fuentes, Newark 17
Foster, Granada 16
Anderson, Cal 15
Huang, Deer Valley 15
Menezes, Dougherty 15
Zupan, Albany 14
Avila, Clayton 14
Hoster, Dublin 14
Montes, Richmond 14
Rulofs-Jones, St. Mary’s 14
Rivas, Cal 13
Thornton, Castro 13
Talarman, DLS 13
Villagran, Newark 13
Romero, YV 13
Lopez, YV 13
Carriedo, Berkeley 12
Sanchez, Clayton 12


Gomez, Clayton 24
Borges, Albany 22
Montes, Richmond 21
Thomas, Granada 17
Shiluck, Castro Valley 16
Lopez, YV 16
Swafford, BOD 13
Martin, Deer Valley 13
Sjogrell, SRV 13
Ornstil, BOD 11
Moar, DLS 10
Menezes, Dougherty 10
Arzate, Newark 10
Khorashadi, Albany 9
Avila, Clayton 9
Hoster, Dublin 9
Weir, Dublin 9
Tieku, EC 9
Hodges, Las Lomas 9
Chen, Las Lomas 9
Fuentes, Newark 9
Zupan, Albany 8
Anderson, Cal 8
Talarman, DLS 8
O’Neill, Dougherty 8
Salazar, Granada 8
Jara, St. Mary’s 8
Kelleher, St. Mary’s 8
Bedolla, YV 8

Matt Smith

  • Prep Fan

    Did Littleton really get 50 goals? That is more than the 2nd and 3rd place combined, and quite an accomplishment. He must have been a 1-man team as no one from Piedmont had even 8 assists. Is this guy really that good?

  • Curious to hear what people think of what shape their teams will be next year?

    Berkeley has 12 seniors graduating, 6 of them starters. a lot of rebuilding.

    How about DLS, SRV, CAL, Rich, and Granada?

  • yamon

    Cal should be good next year, a lot of juniors will remain with the possible return of Fagenson from his academy team. Doubtful that they’ll be as good as they were this year however. Anderson, Rawls, Noble and Leidheisl (I probably forgot some people) all graduating.

  • LakeTahoeGuy

    Matt, when will you have the All League and All East Bay selections? Where will we find them?
    Thanks for a great job all season. 🙂

  • Matt Smith

    So I am now down to just needing DVAL and HAAL all-league. Got EBAL today. I think the DVAL is meeting this week and I’ve been promised that as soon as it is done. HAAL seems to be harder.
    All-East Bay will come out in like early to mid-April.
    I’ll post everything on the blog.

  • east bay

    SRV over berkeley?

  • EBAL all the way

    Who decides All-East Bay?

  • Matt Smith

    Yours truly.

  • EBAL all the way

    Can we get a sneak peak?

    Someone asking if teams will be good next year.
    DLS-always good, DeCosta in the back makes them solid.
    SRV-always good as well.
    Cal-lose talent in Noble, Leidheisel, Anderson and mostly Rawls but I’m sure a few new players will step in. And Remember that Rivas is back who showed he’s magic. (All-East Bay)

  • Matt Smith

    I can’t give you a sneak peak into All-East Bay unfortunately. That I have to keep to myself.

  • Matt Smith

    Yep, SRV over Berkeley. Easy call. SRV lost a heartbreaker and could have easily been in the finals. Berkeley lost 3-0 to DLS.
    By comparison: DLS beats Cal by one, who beats SRV by one.

  • SRV Wolves

    I can tell you from SRV who got all league awards.
    Honorable Mention-Alex Chosey, Greg Ledford
    Second Team- Andrew Dang, Johan Sjogrell, J.P Scatterday, Bobby Edwards
    First Team- Trevor Tow

  • Manatee

    Matt, where are those all-EBAL selections you said you’d be posting?

  • ebal dad

    Is there a 1st and 2nd All East Bay Team? Or just a 1st Team?

  • EBALDad

    “hey bro”

    In EBAL All-League Selection there is a First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention

  • Matt Smith

    I do a first, second and third team All-East Bay, so that should get plenty of kids recognized.
    And I will post the EBAL All-League stuff as soon as I get all of the league’s. Just waiting on the HAAL, and I’ve emailed everyone in my power. I’ll just run without it if I don’t get it soon.

  • i see all

    trevor tow isnt even that good hes just a physical, dirty player and he fits in with the dirty league of ebal

  • Chris

    Mission San Jose could be strong for the next year; we return 8 seniors, a junior, and 8 sophomores (!).

  • ebal dad

    #17…..I have watched Trevor Tow play for the last 4 years and he is a very aggressive player. I do not consider TT to be dirty player….he plays the game hard and he is one of the best defenders in EBAL. I know many coaches would like to have TT on their defense.

  • Backline D


    I have one opinion on the rankings for your consideration

    Your rankings prior to the semi fianls had
    De La Salle #1
    BOD # 2
    SRV #6
    Cal #7
    Albany #8
    Dublin #9

    Dublin defeats Albany, and BOD while Cal beats SRV and loses to DLS. Yet on your final rankings you put Cal as the #2 seed over Dublin at #3. What was the logic?

    Dublin Defeats 2 of your top teams both undefeated teams but they don’t rank higher than Cal? Cal wins 1 and loses 1. I think you missed this one. Your prior explanation of what they are currently doing, how they are currently performing did not apply here.

  • ManO’War

    TT a stud. What else do you need to know?

  • EBALDad

    If Dublin plays DLS, would they hold up as well as a D1 CAL team?
    In my opinion, rankings that have D1 and D2 schools intermingled are fraught with problems. It may be the same sport, but I don’t believe it is, in general, the same level of competition.

  • Backline D

    EBAL Dad
    Great question. The beauty of these playoffs is anything can happen. BOD defeated DLS this year. Dublin defeated BOD. BOD was ranked higher than Cal. Dublin beat them (BOD). Dublin should be higher than Cal. No assurance that Dublin would beat DLS but BOD is just as big and fast as DLS, and they are definately bigger and faster than Cal. If you look at the caliber D2 teams – BOD, Dublin, Albany, Acalanes, Las Lomas etc..They can play with any D1 team.
    There are good and bad programs at D1 and D2. For what it’s worth these D2 teams have winning records against D1 teams.

  • bambam

    #23 You are you saying that BOD beat DLS in a scrimmage and Dublin beat BOD in the D-2 championship that means Dublin could have beat DLS? No offense to Dublin and it was a great year but your theory is way off. I watched the Dublin vs BOD game and the D-1 championship game. In my opinion, The D-1 game was at a different than the D-2 game. Keep in mind that the scrimmage that BOD played against DLS had some variables with it. About 7 DLS couldn’t play due to a committment to play at the Nomads tournament with their club teams the next weekend. There was a few other variables for that scrimmage too.
    Keep in mind playing a team in a scrimmage is different then when it counts. If the Raiders were to beat the Saints in preseason then does that mean they could have beaten the Colts in the Super Bowl.

  • trust Me

    Could Dublin beat DLS maybe. Thats a big maybe. i can assure you guys that the Dublin defense would hold up as well as Cal. Remember that all these very good players in D1 & D2 will be facing off in state cup and have faced each other over the past club soccer year. An example is that three of the Dublin players and the Granada players play on the Livermore club team which could beat everyone in the EBAL.

  • ebal dad

    Are you saying that the Livermore Club (United??) could beat DLS and SRV? Do you think these games would be evenly matched….or Livermore would dominate DLS or SRV?

  • bambam


    I watched the Dublin vs BOD game. To be honest, Dublin was out played in that game by BOD. To say that Dublin could hold a defense to CAL might or might not be true. That would still put Dublin at least one goal behind DLS and that’s still comparing apples to oranges in my opinion.
    Comparing club soccer isn’t equal too. Club soccer is better play than HS soccer but for the most part you have too many teams to compare.

    U-15 thru U-18, Div 1 thru Div 3, Academy soccer.

    I do believe the best club team could beat DLS at the U-18 level possibly. U-17 might be a stretch though.

  • u-mustbeinsane

    this discussion is pointless. any quality *gold* club team should be able to beat a HS team in any “best of” series. HS teams have gold, silver and non club players whereas quality gold teams have the best of the best they can get. The only exception is DLS which is as close to a gold club team as HS can get.

  • Backline D

    #24 Bam Bam
    Not saying that Dublin would beat DLS. Not saying that they would lose to DLS either. My original comment was that due to the recent performance in NCS Dublin should be ranked higher than Cal. With all due respect to Cal.

    Dublin played over 200 minutes of soccer against 2 undefeated teams in 3 days, that Matt had ranked in the top 7 and beat them both.
    Dublin also has 3-5 academy/D1 players. They also had players in Nomads.
    But I will say this I would love to watch their defense against DLS.

  • ebal fan

    Dublin had no guys in Nomads.

  • The Truth

    Dublin wouldn’t beat DLS. In fact BOD outplayed Dublin but the result went Dublin’s way.Congrats to Dublin for pulling out a great win.Thats the way it goes. If there was any team in D2 that could play with any of the EBAL teams it would either be Acalanes or Las Lomas before Dublin enters the discussions; Acalanes because they had a stout defense and Las Lomas because they had a rugged defense too and a more attacking weapons overall, plus both team match up better size wise in the back line.This year,in my opinion,coaching made the difference and credit to the Dublin coach for getting the best at the most appropriate time.
    Honestly, i agree with #29 that all teams have high level players in club and most of the players are very familiar with each other by either playing with or against for years.The difference in game speed is negligible and the only “advantage”is that the bigger schools usually have a bit more on the bench and don’t lose quite as much when they sub.That being said I think the D2 schools.particularly DFAL and HAAL,are close to EBAL in quality and ability and really don’t have any thing to apologize for when it comes to being competitive.
    It will be interesting to follow the D2 vs D3 results next year.Congrats to all NCS finalist in all divisions.

  • Tack

    Dublin didn’t have kids in the nomads tournament because they were told they had to pick nomads or high school. The Santos boys chose highschool while two varsity bound players chose nomads. Well, we all know how those choices turned out…

  • renegades10

    bambam did howard play the first few games of the season? he was the starting punter for the football team so i was wondering if he wasn’t there at the start of the season due to the football commitment.

  • renegades10

    i ask only because when i was there we weren’t allowed to play two sports at the same time. you could only move to your next sport once the first one’s season was completed.

  • LakeTahoeGuy

    “Mustang” (of Danville), has a multitude of players from many EBAL teams, as well as players from Richmond, and others. Oh, by the way, they also won the State Cup last year, and I wouldn’t bet against them to win it again this year.

  • ebal fan

    Santos of San Ramon has a lot high school players as well.

  • bambam

    I believe that Howard was one of the 7 players that couldn’t play in the scrimmage against BOD. After that a few players couldn’t play because of DLS being in the State title football game. I know that he missed a few games towards the start of the season.

    U-mustbeinsane is correct as we all know the gold teams in club are much better than most high school teams. Especially the academy teams as they play real nice soccer.

  • Hey Matt

    If you still have not heard from the HAAL, could you run the other league selections,