East Bay Boys Soccer Notes: League Favorites, Rankings, Standings, Stats

Some people asked for my breakdown of the league favorites and teams to watch out for, so here it is.


The favorite here is definitely Berkeley. After dethroning Richmond from its longstanding perch last year, the Yellowjackets announced they were back on the NCS scene. This year, it seems that trend will continue. Richmond certainly won’t lie down, but the Oilers are young, and without Leonardo Montes for possibly the entire season.
The darkhorse is Pinole Valley. The Spartans have been pretty close the last couple of years, and this year they are off to a pretty good start.


I don’t know too much about Albany this year, but the Cougars were great last year, and though they lost a few key seniors, they had a pretty young nucleus. I have to go with them as the favorite, with Piedmont not too far behind.
St. Mary’s and Kennedy-Richmond will be my darkhorses, but the BSAL teams haven’t given me too much this year.


Gotta go with Deer Valley. If someone would have asked me two weeks ago, I would have said Antioch, based on two straight league titles. After Liberty reached the playoffs last year, you could see that this league was starting to even out, and even though Freedom and Antioch have gotten off to rough starts, watch out for them. Heritage is also much better, and will be my darkhorse, with Pittsburg as the team that Deer Valley has to watch out for at the moment.


This blog might explode if I don’t take Campolindo. Also, it would be foolish if I didn’t. The Cougars impressed me last year, and are ahead of the curve this year, establishing themselves as one of the best teams in the East Bay, period. This league is probably as deep as any league in the East Bay, right behind the EBAL, but I can’t pick everyone as a darkhorse. I think Dublin, Acalanes, Dougherty Valley and Las Lomas are all capable of winning this league, and very well could. But my darkhorse is Alhambra. The Bulldogs play a physical type of game that keeps them in every game and could pay off in February. Keep your eye on them.


In this league, Clayton Valley is a pretty heavy favorite. The Eagles are a legit NCS Division I contender as well. I think Ygnacio Valley is the darkhorse, and are talented enough to give CV a match when they play this year, and I’m also hearing good things about Concord, but don’t know much about the Minutemen at this point.


The Cal Grizzlies are the team to beat. They seem to be the team to beat in the NCS, let alone this league. However, no team in this league will go undefeated. In fact, a team with less than three losses would shock me. De La Salle, San Ramon Valley, Monte Vista, Amador Valley and Granada will all be in the mix and will have big wins throughout the season. However, I will drink the Kool-Aid and jump on the bandwagon and say Livermore is the darkhorse.


A two-horse race, all the way. BIshop O’Dowd and San Lorenzo. Both are ranked. Can’t really call one the favorite and one the darkhorse, but if I had to I guess I would say the Dragons are the former and the Rebels are the latter.


I can’t pick just one, so I will say both Newark Memorial and Logan are the favorites. Both are playing extremely well right now. Mission San Jose is my darkhorse, because the Warriors have shown the ability to beat some good teams, and will do so again.

Cal to face English team

The East Bay’s top team, California, will face a team from London, England’s oldest school, the Oundle School. The game will be on Friday, and the team will train with the Grizzlies starting Wednesday. The refs have volunteered for the game and there will be a social event after.


1. California (9-0-0)
2. San Ramon Valley (5-0-1)
3. Campolindo (8-0-0)
4. Deer Valley (2-0-2)
5. Berkeley (4-1-2)
6. Monte Vista (4-1-1)
7. Clayton Valley (2-1-1)
8. De La Salle (2-1-0)
9. San Lorenzo (5-0-0)
10. Newark Memorial (7-2-0)
11. Logan (5-2-1)
12. Livermore (3-3-1)
13. Dougherty Valley (3-2-2)
14. Bishop O’Dowd (5-1-0)
15. Alhambra (6-1-1)

Others considered: Dublin (4-2-1), Las Lomas (4-3-0), Acalanes (2-2-2), Pittsburg (2-2-0), Richmond (3-2-1), Albany (1-1-2), Ygnacio Valley (2-0-0), Heritage (1-2-4), Piedmont (4-0-1), Pinole Valley (3-1-2).


Team Overall League Points

Pinole Valley (3-1-2) 1-0-0 3
Richmond (3-2-1) 0-0-1 1
El Cerrito (0-2-1) 0-0-1 1
Berkeley (4-2-1) 0-0-0 0
Alameda (1-4-1) 0-0-0 0
Hercules (0-4-0) 0-0-0 0
De Anza (1-6-0) 0-0-0 0

Team Overall League Points

Piedmont (4-0-1) 4-0-0 12
Encinal (2-2-0) 2-0-0 6
Kennedy (4-3-0) 2-1-0 6
St. Mary’s (1-1-0) 1-0-0 3
St. Joseph Notre Dame (1-2-1) 1-1-0 3
Albany (1-1-2) 0-0-0 0
Salesian (0-2-0) 0-2-0 0
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (0-3-0) 0-3-0 0
Swett (0-5-0) 0-3-0

Team Overall League Points

Antioch (0-4-3) 0-0-0 0
Deer Valley (2-0-2) 0-0-0 0
Freedom (0-5-1) 0-0-0 0
Heritage (1-2-4) 0-0-0 0
Liberty (1-2-0) 0-0-0 0
Pittsburg (2-2-0) 0-0-0 0

Team Overall League Points

Campolindo (8-0-0) 2-0-0 6
Alhambra (6-1-1) 2-0-0 6
Miramonte (1-3-3) 0-0-2 2
Dougherty Valley (3-2-2) 0-1-1 1
Acalanes (2-2-2) 0-1-1 1
Dublin (4-2-1) 0-1-0 0
Las Lomas (4-3-0) 0-1-0 0

Team Overall League Points

Berean Christian (1-5-0) 0-0-0 0
Clayton Valley (2-1-1) 0-0-0 0
College Park (0-2-3) 0-0-0 0
Concord (1-0-1) 0-0-0 0
Mt. Diablo (2-0-0) 0-0-0 0
Northgate (0-6-2) 0-0-0 0
Ygnacio Valley (2-0-0) 0-0-0 0

Team Overall League Points

California (9-0-0) 1-0-0 3
San Ramon Valley (5-0-1) 1-0-0 3
Monte Vista (4-1-1) 1-0-0 3
Granada (1-5-4) 1-0-0 3
De La Salle (2-1-0) 0-1-0 0
Amador Valley (3-3-0) 0-1-0 0
Foothill (3-4-1) 0-1-0 0
Livermore (3-3-1) 0-1-0 0

Team Overall League Points

Bishop O’Dowd (5-1-0) 2-0-0 6
San Lorenzo (5-0-0) 2-0-0 6
Arroyo (1-6-0) 0-1-0 0
Castro Valley (0-5-2) 0-1-0 0
Hayward (0-1-3) 0-1-0 0
Moreau Catholic (0-2-1) 0-1-0 0
Mt. Eden (4-1-2) 0-0-0 0
San Leandro (0-5-0) 0-0-0 0
Tennyson (3-2-2) 0-1-0 0

Team Overall League Points

American (0-0-0) 0-0-0 0
Irvington (1-5-2) 0-0-0 0
Kennedy (1-0-2) 0-0-0 0
Logan (5-2-1) 0-0-0 0
Mission San Jose (4-4-1) 0-0-0 0
Newark Memorial (7-2-0) 0-0-0 0
Washington (1-3-1) 0-0-0 0

Team Overall League Points

Castlemont (0-0-0) 0-0-0 0
Fremont (0-0-0) 0-0-0 0
Oakland (0-0-0) 0-0-0 0
Oakland Tech (0-1-0) 0-0-0 0
Skyline (0-0-0) 0-0-0 0


Name, School Goals
Aguila, Richmond 10
Pagliuca, Cal 10
Ulloa, Logan 8
Parisi, Dougherty 7
Reshke, Campo 7
Fagenson, Cal 6
E. Hernandez, Richmond 5
Saucedo, PV 5
Maldonado, Alhamb 5
13 players tied with 4

Name, School Assists
Fagenson, Cal 5
Tavecchio, Campo 5
Danielson, Cal 4
Guizar, Tenny 4
Hodges, LL 4
Romero-Pacheco, Logan 4
Vazquez, Pitt 4
7 players tied with 3

Matt Smith

  • John Q

    What time is Cal vs England Team this Friday?

  • Old HAAL Dad

    There are only a hand full of good referees at the high school level so we all have to put up some bad calls it’s just a fact of life at this level. The key is to not let the players get caught up in the whining and lose focus. If you want to make a difference get a license and referee. I do agree with longtimesoccer on one issue, too many ticky tacky fouls, slows the pace down and makes for a boring game. It seems there are just too many refs that won’t tuck their egos in their back pocket and let them play. P.S. I am not a referee.

  • Iker

    The refs decided a 4-0 game? Some refs…

  • Soccer fanatic

    Campo 1 Dublin 0
    Acalanes 1 Alhambra 0

  • Tack

    Campo keeper scores in the last seconds on a 50 yard free kick that hits the post and bounces in. Very similar to last year’s NCS D1 final when DLS scored on a free kick. Very even game, and what a heartbreaker for the Dublin boys.

  • Soccer fanatic

    Yeah tack was right. Both teams worked hard een though it was a sloppy game.. Campo stillgot the result they needed

  • soccerfan

    John Q, the game is at 6:30 at Cal high.

  • futbol26

    Hello soccer fans….

    Looking at conversations back … Yv isn’t looking that great … a darkhouse, they played like little ponies. College park had one player that made that team. Clayton Valley heavy favorites… How…because of last year… i just dont see it. Great job and great building of a program by Berean. Clayton may be starting slow , but watch out for College Park and silent Concord get in the mix of things.
    Good luck to all teams today.

  • soccerfan

    Sorry, I had wrong information. The game at Cal High tomorrow is at 6pm!!

  • Matt Smith

    Getting some DVAL talk on the blog. Love it. Keep it coming.

  • arroykid.

    has anyone checked out arroyo or hayward.?

  • westofthetunnel

    Heard through the grapevine Berkeley beats Kennedy of Fremont 6-0

  • eastbaysoccerfan

    Any one catch the news of the major upset that happened this evening? Liberty over Monte Vista 2-1. Monte Vista was clearly the better team, but could not hold onto the 1-0 from 5 minutes into the game. Ten minutes into the 2nd half Liberty was awarded a fair PK. Score tied 1-1. Then Liberty continued to play direct and put lots of pressure, Monte Vista continued to try to play possession soccer, but Liberty eventually broke through with the game winner with about 20 minutes left. Monte Vista applied lots of pressure and had lots of chances but just couldnt put the tying goal in. Liberty keepers made plenty of good saves to keep Monte Vista from tying or possibly winning the game. BVAL will be closer than most people think. BVAL teams faring decently outside of their league.

  • John Q

    Liberty is getting better. The assistant coach last year, coaches a premier team, maybe he took the reins this year. He was the reason they made the playoffs last year. They’re a feisty group and the result doesn’t surprise me, but they’re not consistent.

  • soccerfan

    bval is goin to be a tight competitive league,most teams have shown great stuff during these preseason games

  • guesswhatteam09′

    SRV is alright, nothing too special. DLS was outplaying them second half without a doubt. SRV DAD, you can still talk about SRV all you want. But in the end, our kids are gonna be the bosses of your kids. So, in life we always win and your boy will always be second best. That, i can live with. SRV DAD agian, lets talk about being objective for a minute hahaha. youre a joke.

  • Soccer fanatic

    Campo vs Miramonte tonight @ campo!

  • Sage

    I’m reminded of a proverb,saying whatever, by your post. It goes something like this.

    “Better to be thought of as a fool, then to open your mouth (type your message) and remove ALL DOUBT!”

  • Curious if any one watched Richmond this afternoon at the De La Salle tournament against St Francis of Mountain View?

  • Soccer fanatic

    Campo 2 miramonte 0

  • Tack

    Dublin 2 – 0 Las Lomas

  • JustSoccer

    Livermore 7 – Alhambra 1

  • eastbaysoccerfan

    Yes, Liberty is inconsistent, but they lost 7 seniors from last years first ever in school history NCS appearance. This season, Liberty boasts a total of 3 seniors, with only 1 holding a starting position. Young, inexperienced, but scrappy and will compete til the last whistle weather its upsetting Monte Vista 2-1 or losing to Newark Memorial 5-0…

  • Soccer fanatic

    Can anyone inform us on CLovis West? Anything to look for? They play campo tomorrow what should be expected

  • eastbaysoccerfan

    Some great games on tap tomorrrow at the DLS showcase. Is everyone excited? Lots of hostility between a few fans…Take it easy guys, lmao…its all good we are here because we love the game and love to support our schools. Some schools are more fortunate than others, but that doesnt take away from the fact that the players work hard at training weather they win lose or draw…..and unlike Club soccer in High School the players are active 5 to 6 days a week……Support the student athletes!!!

  • THEanonymous

    Cal defeated oundle 3-1.
    Late in the first half number five fired a bullet to give Cal the first goal. Not two minutes after, let alone three it was tied on a breakaway. Through around thirty minutes of the second half, a pass on goal went past the intended teammate and into the right side of the net. Contests Cal, keep up the hard work!

  • Matt Smith for president

    Can’t wait for the new rankings!

  • love the game


    dude you sound like your 5 yrs old?

    are you serious??

    “our kids will be the boss of your kids”….LOL…..who says that??

    your like the DLS mom that got thrown out of the SRV game – par for the course

  • dfal1

    Matt, perhaps you should wait until Tuesday morning for next week’s rankings, after the Campolindo – San Lorenzo match. Assuming SLZ beat SL on Thursday this could be the match of the early season. Two great defenses; should be a good one.

  • Soccer fanatic

    Who is SLZ and SL? San Lorenzo?

  • The Truth

    San Lorenzo vs San Leandro

  • Soccer fanatic

    Who won that game? Does anyone know?

  • Nick Davis

    i believe San Lorenzo won 2-1….but it seems that San Lorenzo’s GK got a red card very very early in the first half, almost like 5 min. into the game, and they still managed to pull out with the win, impressive.

  • Livermore Parent

    Livermore 7 Alhambra 1
    Livermore is the real deal this year. They controlled the entire match and were up 6-0 before being scored on.

  • Soccer fanatic

    Campolindo just beat Clovis West 1-0 very good game by campo it seems like THEY are the real deal this year!

  • overrated

    SRV Wolves are overrated. Their top prospect Dallas Jaye is out for at least a couple months with a broken hand. He is their team. No one else can tell a soccer ball from a left elbow on that team. Their win over DLS was horrendous. DLS missed plenty of chances and SRV’s goal was very lucky. I’m curious to see how SRV does against all the other good teams in EBAL (Livermore, Monte Vista, Cal) They could be in for a long season.

  • Soccer Fan

    Something to consider for next year, two extremely good players that played Varsity for Monte Vista as Sophomores transferred to San Ramon and will be available for them next season.

  • THe Truth

    #86- interesting comments about a high school program that seems to always be competitive year in and year out.Team play will vary for many reasons in high school because the athletes focus on things outside of sports as well.Activities such as school work , student goverment and family issues.In all reality most if not all the kids that play will never move to even the next level.Lets hope they play for the fun of it and that they get whats most important- teamwork,commitment,conditioning,discipline. To the point about Jaye and to my point above about most kids not moving on.Keepers in D1,national team player pool candidates and pro’s have the instincts,the quickness and the hands and they are generally in the mid six foot range not pushing 5″ 10.He’s good but not the best in the area and quite honestly the coach at SRV has an excellent back up in Ritter.Really no big difference in play from the keeper position if the SRV mids can defend better

  • Livermore Parent

    Livermore 6 Alameda High 0

  • Old HAAL Dad

    “Truth” you hit the nail on the head! Keepers who plan to move on to a D1 program are generally in the 6’2″ TO 6’5″ range, have big wing spans, great hands, decision making skills, defense communication skills and courage. Kids who have less than the above can definitely play at the Community college level but will be weeded out by the D1 programs. As for the comments by #66 & #86, I guess we have to consider the source and move on.

  • Prep Fan

    Why don’t we just leave it that its a shame Jaye was injured and not be knocking his height or his recruitability. He actually has already committed to a D1 program – South Florida.


  • Old HAAL Dad

    Prep Fan, That’s why I used the term “generally” and not”impossible”. My intention was not to knock Jaye, he’s a great kid with a lot of talent and I wish him all the best with his career. It is a shame that he might miss out on the playoffs as I’m sure SRV will be in there. My comments were not directed a Jaye but more at a general group of players at the high school level. He could very well be the exception rather than the rule. Everybody is entitled to an opinion and that’s mine, did not intend to offend anyone.

  • Prep Fan

    It’s all good OHD. Understood & I agree. Just thought I’d stick up for the kid, who has to be heartbroken over this injury.

  • The Truth

    Jaye has done alot with the talent he has and you have to hope he fulfills his dream.Injuries happen all of the time.Disappointing,sure. But all is not lost SRV fans

  • guesswhatteam09′

    love the game —

    it was 2 kids who got kicked out of the game…get your facts straight and then ill maybe give you a minute of my day…

    keep living vicariously through the teams that actually win.

  • Matt Smith

    He’s right. It was two kids.