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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.”

Rankings

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

ACCAL
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

BSAL
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

BVAL
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

DFAL
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

DVAL
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

EBAL
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

HAAL
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

MVAL
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

Statistics

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

Goals

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

Assists

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