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East Bay Boys Soccer Notes: Dougherty Valley, Rankings, Standings, Stats

Rome was not built in a day, and neither was the Dougherty Valley High boys soccer program.

In it’s fourth year of existence, and after reaching the North Coast Section Division II playoffs last year, the Wildcats are looking to take it to the next level.
Last season, with its first ever senior class, the goal was to reach the post-season.
“At our end-of-season banquet in 2007 one of my sophomore captains gave a speech in front of the group and said it was his goal to win NCS his senior year and he knew the team could get there,” Dougherty Valley head coach Omar Cervantes said. “From that day forward, our team’s long-term goal was to make the NCS playoffs once we had our first senior class in 2009.”
That captain was right about the team making the playoffs, and now the goal is to compete for an NCS Division II championship. With Campolindo and San Lorenzo establishing themselves as the favorites at the moment, the rest of Division II is wide open with several teams who could knock off any other team on the right day.
Anything can happen in that single elimination format,” Cervantes said. “There’s a lot of parity in D II this year and there are several teams who have legitimate chances to win it all. Obviously Campo is the front-runner and rightfully so with San Lorenzo, but you look at the next six to eight teams and there could be some real good matches come playoff time.
“The boys know what they need to do to get back to NCS this year, and are hungry for a chance to make a run at the title. I think it’s realistic that any of the top ten teams in D II can make a run, so why not us?”
The Wildcats have shown the ability to compete with anybody, as evidenced by a 4-2 win over Division II powerhouse Bishop O’Dowd. They have played very tough in a pair of narrow losses to Campo and a close loss to traditional power Acalanes, but a draw with Miramonte and a loss to De Anza has shown that this is still learning how to handle expectations.
“Our players want to be successful and they want to win,” Cervantes said. “The pressure is coming from ourselves because we know what we are capable doing on the pitch, we just haven’t been in a position before where we’re expected to win. The team knows what’s at stake and that’s why we play the game. We’ve gone through some frustrating times this year as well as some great ones, but we are trying to focus on staying even keeled throughout our matches as we can often get too high or too low with and tend to lose focus at times which has cost us some matches.
“Prior to the start of this season we had a lot of self-induced pressure because we felt we were a contender for DFAL and NCS. We still feel that way, but we’ve put ourselves in a small hole prior to the winter break and mentally have had to overcome the loss of several players.”
Dougherty Valley has been dealing with injuries to last year’s Diablo Foothill Athletic League’s co-offensive MVP, Matheus Menezes, as well as center midfielder Steven Scholl. Another center mid from last year’s squad, Connor O’Neill, moved to San Diego.

Rankings

So I didn’t punish Newark for the loss to AV, instead rewarding the Dons by moving them from completely out, to the very edge of the top 15. Not any other changes besides Newark and Berkeley shifting up a spot and SRV settling just below them.

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

Others considered: Amador Valley (5-6-1), Las Lomas (6-4-0), Pittsburg (4-3-2), Ygnacio Valley (5-1-0), Dougherty Valley (4-4-2), Heritage (1-2-4), Logan (5-4-2), Mission San Jose (5-4-2), Piedmont (6-1-1), St. Mary’s (4-1-0).

Standings

ACCAL
Team Overall League Points

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

BSAL
Team Overall League Points

Piedmont (6-1-1) 6-0-0 18
St. Mary’s (4-1-0) 4-1-0 12
Encinal (2-3-0) 2-1-0 6
Kennedy (4-6-0) 2-2-0 6
St. Joseph Notre Dame (2-3-2) 2-2-0 6
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (1-2-0) 1-2-0 3
Albany (2-2-2) 0-1-0 0
Salesian (0-2-1) 0-2-0 0
Swett (0-7-0) 0-5-0

BVAL
Team Overall League Points

Antioch (0-6-3) 0-0-0 0
Deer Valley (6-2-3) 0-0-0 0
Freedom (2-5-1) 0-0-0 0
Heritage (1-2-4) 0-0-0 0
Liberty (3-4-0) 0-0-0 0
Pittsburg (4-3-2) 0-0-0 0

DFAL
Team Overall League Points

Campolindo (11-0-1) 4-0-0 12
Acalanes (5-2-2) 2-1-1 7
Alhambra (7-4-1) 2-1-0 6
Dublin (6-3-2) 1-2-0 3
Las Lomas (6-4-0) 1-2-0 3
Miramonte (1-5-3) 0-2-2 2
Dougherty Valley (4-4-2) 0-2-1 1

DVAL
Team Overall League Points

Concord (3-0-2) 1-0-1 4
College Park (1-6-4) 1-0-1 4
Clayton Valley (4-1-3) 1-0-0 3
Northgate (1-6-2) 1-0-0 3
Ygnacio Valley (5-1-0) 1-1-0 3
Mt. Diablo (2-2-0) 0-2-0 0
Berean Christian (1-8-1) 0-2-0 0

EBAL
Team Overall League Points

California (10-0-0) 2-0-0 6
San Ramon Valley (7-2-1) 2-0-0 6
Monte Vista (6-2-1) 2-0-0 6
Livermore (6-3-2) 1-1-0 3
Granada (1-7-4) 1-1-0 3
De La Salle (7-3-0) 0-2-0 0
Amador Valley (5-6-1) 0-2-0 0
Foothill (4-5-1) 0-2-0 0

HAAL
Team Overall League Points

San Lorenzo (8-0-1) 4-0-0 12
Bishop O’Dowd (7-2-1) 3-1-0 9
Hayward (3-1-3) 2-1-0 6
Castro Valley (1-5-2) 1-1-0 3
Mt. Eden (5-2-2) 1-1-0 3
San Leandro (1-7-0) 1-2-0 3
Tennyson (3-4-2) 1-2-0 3
Arroyo (2-8-0) 0-3-0 0
Moreau Catholic (0-3-1) 0-2-0 0

MVAL
Team Overall League Points

Irvington (1-5-3) 0-0-0 0
Kennedy (1-3-2) 0-0-0 0
Logan (5-4-2) 0-0-0 0
Mission San Jose (5-4-2) 0-0-0 0
Newark Memorial (10-3-0) 0-0-0 0
Washington (2-3-3) 0-0-0 0

OAL
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 (1-1-0) 0-0-0 0
Skyline (0-0-0) 0-0-0 0

Statistics

Name, School Goals
Pagliuca, Cal 10
Aguila, Richmond 10
Parisi, Dougherty 10
Villa, Pitt 10
Ulloa, Logan 9
Navarro, Newark 8
Ramirez, Newark 7
Fagenson, Cal 7
Reshke, Campo 7
Nine players tied with 5

Name, School Assists
Vazquez, Pitt 7
Hodges, LL 6
Oranstil, BOD 5
Fagenson, Cal 5
Danielson, Cal 5
Tavecchio, Campo 5
Gomzez, Clayton 5
Shaiwany, Dougherty 5
Ramirez, Newark 5

Matt Smith