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.


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).


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

  • Iker


    Sweeper is far from a Cal fan haha. You must not have read the boards at all last year, he was Cal’s biggest detractor and repeatedly said that SRV was a much better team and should have been in the finals. Maybe you were still hibernating?

  • Scoreboard

    Glad to hear that Iker..Not hibernating just assumed since he was ANOTHER guy to point out that Rivas wasn’t around. I’m pretty sure we all have that info now 🙂 Ha ha!
    Either way its all good.

  • Matt Smith

    The Pitt and Las Lomas situation is different. Las Lomas used a kid in the varsity game that played in the JV game. NCS rules say that a kid can play two games in a day, but no more, unless it’s a tournament.
    So unless the DFAL rules say they can’t (they use DFAL rules since LL was the home team) then they didn’t violate any rules.

  • calbear

    San Lorenzo 1 – Castro Valley 0

    This game was no where near as close as the score would indicate. SLZ just flat out dominated, but had trouble finding the back of the net (again). They scored midway through the 2nd half.

  • The Sweeper


    No offense meant, no offense taken. Just couldn’t resist the opening for a jab. Iker has it right, no CAL fan here, but growing respect for what they have built over the past 2 seasons. I do not see CAL falling behind SRV (or anyone for that matter) by multiple goals this season. Cheers.

  • Matt Smith

    DLS up 1-0 on Livermore midway through the second.

  • Matt Smith

    DLS 1, Livermore 0 Final

  • Another ACCAL shocker

    Richmond falls to Pinole 1 to 0.

  • ebal fan

    Cal 2 Foothill 2- Foothill shows the blueprint on how to play Cal.
    Granada 1 MV 1
    Livermore 0 DLS 1

    and this is why this is EBAL

  • GlobalSoccer

    MV 1 – Granada 1. MV was lucky to score with 1:09 left in the game. MV dominated the game, possession and shots 18 – 3. I was sitting on the Granada side and the coach got out of hand on an obvious hand ball play by the goalie just outside the 18. The coach took the momentum from his own team after their goal. Referee was not bad at all.
    Granada is a decent team that will give teams fits. Will probably end up in the middle of the EBAL pack.


    SRV 3, Amador 0. Good road win for the Wolves after a tough home loss to Livermore on Tuesday. Very surprising Cal/Foothill result. Looks like another crazy year in the EBAL.

  • ebal fan

    Only heard from friends all around tonight.
    Livermore had majority of possession again, but the game changed when their center midfielder went out hurt. DLS just plays with heart, their coaching stuff really gets them out there to play.

    CAL vs Foothill. Foothill led at one point in a hostile environment with bad referring and the game could have gone either way with both teams having clear chances. From what I heard from the Foothill parents was that they came out and played CAL tight, with no time ever to turn or play quick as someone was always there in a form of high press. In addition one of CAL’s better players went out with an injury I heard. My sources did say Rivas was the best player on the field when he had a little bit of space.

    Next week, everyone’s EBAL schedule picks up. Shouldn’t see too much change at the top of the rankings.

  • Bob

    A Dublin player knocked the teeth out of the Acalanes goalkeeper with a knee to the jaw. Could possibly hurt Acalanes in their upcoming games without their starting keeper. Looks like the DFAL rivalry between the two teams from last year could still be going strong.

  • Old HAAL Dad

    What’s with Richmond? Is it all just hype or can they be a force this year? Pinole 1 Richmond 0, I don’t get it.

  • Closeup

    I agree with #114. In the same week, Pinole takes out Berkeley and Richmond? Maybe Pinole is the sleeper? Berkeley and Richmond overrated?

  • iker


    Correct on the Cal injury. Fagenson went out

  • Old HAAL Dad

    I think your on to something “Close up”, El Cerrito tied Richmond ealier and El Cerrito hasn’t done anything significant this year. Has Richmond been battling some injury problems? Maybe there just late bloomers but there about to embark on an EBAL “Murderers Row” schedule over the next few weeks that will definitely test their metal. I wish them luck because they have some sweet players.

  • Old HAAL Dad

    Keep 2/09/2011 noted on your calendars if your inerested in a match with some entertainment value.
    San Lorenzo vs Hayward “The Rematch” at San Lorenzo. The rebels want to avenge their loss at Hayward and the Farmers want to show the first one was no fluke. Need to have a better referee though.

  • Closeup

    We keep talking about players, but I think the “x” factor this year(and any year for that matter) is the coaching. I take my hat off to these coaches who have a short time to get the boys playing the way they want to play, especially when its different from the way they have been playing at club. Everyone of the top 15 teams have quality players. How they prepare for their opponents, motivate the boys, develop a winning mindset, manage the score, manage the bench and their own behavior is critical to shaping a team to be successful. To that end, I have been impressed with the following coaching staff I have seen:
    Cal – for their scouting of opponents, developing trust among players and their killer instinct.
    DLS – for their motivational efforts and their positive bench behavior
    San Ramon – for getting the most out of a relatively younger squad and an effective counter attacking strategy
    Newark – they appear quite “hands off”, very little sideline coaching, leaving the boys max allowance to be creative

  • Haal fanatic

    Old Haal Dad; i agree this game will be the showdown! And it will be the last game of the season for both squads who have made a name for theirselves this season, I was reviewing the games and if both teams win all their games this will be the championship game for the HAAL title. This game is going to be incredible, SLZ’s offense which I believe the best in the east bay vs Hayward’s keeper Kevin Gonzalez and his brick wall defense.. I just can’t wait until next month!

  • Soccer crazy

    Old Haal Dad; i agree this game will be the showdown! And it will be the last game of the season for both squads who have made a name for theirselves this season, I was reviewing the games and if both teams win all their games this will be the championship game for the HAAL title. This game is going to be incredible, SLZ’s offense which I believe the best in the east bay vs Hayward’s keeper Kevin Gonzalez and his brick wall defense.. I just can’t wait until next month!

  • Old HAAL Dad

    I agree with your assessment Close up with one exception and I’m not going to name names because we’re just talking here. I agree that one program gets a lot out of their kids but I wonder if he would get more by just chilling and letting the guys play a little more. As I watch this team I notice that players are constantly looking toward the bench trying interpret his incessant chattering instead of staying with the flow of the game. He almost has the appearance of a youth house coach at times. This team seems to play under a lot of unneeded pressure and appears uptight. In my humble oppinion, work them hard in pratice and let go in the game. Your game management should consist of bench management and substitutions. You can’t argue with the results I guess but the two teams that had their way with them get more with the “Hands off” method. Just talking!

  • Old HAAL Dad

    It will be a fun game “Soccer Crazy” but let’s wait and see what happens. I’m sure O’Dowd will have something to say about the outcome of the league championship. I know SLZ beat them 3 to 1 already but there’s a lot of soccer left. I have to be honest though I wouldn’t mind seeing someone else besides O’Dowd win the league title.

  • The Sweeper

    What time is the SRV @ Acalanes boys soccer match on Saturday the 8th?

  • OlDHAALDad

    Sweeper, SRV’s schedule says 12:00 PM.

  • Just Sayin’

    Arroyo tied BOD 0-0. BOD is excellent at home on the good Turf but seems to struggle this year on Grass. There’s a lot of upsets this year so NCS should be fun. Go SLZ and Hayward! It’s time for a new team to win HAAL.

  • Tack

    Bob #113-

    The dublin player and the goalkeeper colision had nothing to do with knees. The keeper hesitated and at the last second decided to jump for the ball. His fist collided with the Dublin player’s face and was in return hit in the mouth by an elbow. Unfortunately the forward was at full sprint compared to the keepers stand-still position which is why the keeper got all of the injuries.

    The injury, although horrible and sad, helped Alcalanes in two ways. It saved a player from a red card after screaming and pushing the ref for one. Then ref pulled out the red to show him but the severity of the injury gained his attention and the player never was sent off. The other way was a switch of momentum. Dublin had 8 shots within the five minutes that had elapsed in the second half when that happened. The 30-40 minutes that passed while the “cleanup” happened allowed Acalanes to regroup, and more importantly, build up anger for the events. It wad a great game besides that and I can’t wait to see the next game. As you said, the rivalry still runs strong. Very strong.

  • Closeup

    San Ramon Valley goes down 0-1 to Acalanes. It was a very scruffy game and could have gone either way, neither team able to finish off their chances. A draw would have been a fairer result. Referee lost control of the game midway through the second and it became a WWF tryout. Acalanes scored in extra time off a free-kick shortly after they had cleared a scoring opportunity off the goal on the defensive end. With 1-3 mark in last week+, SRV may take another hit on the rankings this week.

  • OlDHAALDad

    Acalanes 1 SRV 0 in extra time. Not a well played match by either side, lots of yellows and a soft red, referee was a little weak but not the worst I’ve seen. The match got a little chippy in the second half but Acalanes hung in there even though I thought SRV was the stronger side. The Dons got a good ball into the area and it pinged around in there like a pin ball before Acalanes knocked it passed the keeper. SRV had three set pieces awarded against the second string keeper at the very in of the game but couldn’t push one in. BTW the Acalanes starting keeper is out for the year, pretty serious injury against Dublin. I guess we’ll be hearing some DFAL “Crowing” next week.

  • fyi

    SLZ has da potential to take it all the way thiss year with a magnificant squad

  • OlDHAALDad

    One final word on field width and then I’ll shut-up about it. Richmond’s field is wider by about a yard or two on both sides than all the EBAL fields except DLS where the difference is more like five to seven yards on both sides. Because they are out of real estate DLS has had to incorporate fan seating within the track oval on the home side. This leaves just about enough room for the linesman to run on that side of the soccer field. Check them out on google earth.

  • The Sweeper

    Here is the secret to beating SRV. Commit 2x the fouls, get 4 minutes of extra time, confuse the ref and score in the 6th minute of extra time, with 7+ minutes of total extra time added. If you keep adding time, eventually someone will score. The officials did a decent job of calling this chippy match, but did not properly manage the added time. The Don’s keeper does deserve kudos for his play, but it should have been a tie.

  • The Sweeper


    Assuming that American football fields are uniform at 53.3 yards wide (160′) and 120 yards long (and they are per the NCS), look again at the Richmond soccer pitch on Google. The track oval is wider and straights are shorter (curves start earlier). The soccer pitch width is more than 10 yards wider on each side, meaning 73+ yards wide. Pace it off as I did last year and you will see that this field is wider by 5+ yards, but not quite as long as MV, SRV, FH, AV. Not a trivial amount and a good home field advantage for a ball control team.

    This field width creates a playing advantage for a ball control precision passing team such as the Oilers, and the shorter field length negates team speed advantages. You can appreciate the subtleties of the field if you see several matches there.

  • OlDHAALDad

    This is getting a little silly but one last comment. Track ovals have set deminsions, you can’t change the straights away or the curves and still be in compliance, none of your times would be able to count as records. I have never argued that Richmond has not increased the size of their field but I have a hard time believing they did so at the expense of their track program. My prior post dealt with the difference in width between Richmond and DLS which is significant and I would agree the rest of the EBAL is narrower. I’m not sure by how much, maybe 3 to 4 yards but not 5 but I’m spliting hairs here.

  • GlobalSoccer

    The SRV-Acalanes game was ugly in terms of futbol. Overall, I thought SRV has a more complete team but didn’t take advantage. This is the 4th game where I have seen SRV’s mids disappear in the game. I believe someone previously posted that both mids (Guisti/Melara) were good. They have not shown in big games.

  • love the game

    Global soccer,

    Was at this game too, and thought that the game for SRV was pretty bad all the way around. SRV forwards had wide open shots in front of the goal and could not hit the net, SRV mids held the ball too long, and the defenders played ok but lost focus in the 87th minute. Overall the SRV touch was not there either, I do not think you can blame one or two players. On the Acalanes side, they did not play enough diagnol balls and had good possession but no idea what to do in the attacking third. Also kudos to the Acalanes goalie who was in the right place at the right time when SRV did take some good shots. Referee was not the best

  • Curious Observer

    About your these comments and records. First of all, O’dowd was without their Senior Keeper, two senior strikers, which are academy players, and a strong sweeper that game, against Dougherty Valley. They were forced to start with a sophomore keeper and a forward as a center back. Hence two of their goals were scored on such inexperience. The second half of that game was dominated by Bishop O’Dowd possession wise.

    Second you have Piedmont with a tie, which was a scrimmage game against Tennyson. And Piedmont’s loss to Dougherty Valley was another game that lost most of it’s luster before the game happened. Piedmont was missing their starting keeper Scott White, sweeper, outside back, and outside midfielder Keisuke Ohtaka. Dougherty Valley beat a weaker version of the Piedmont team that beat Kennedy and St. Mary’s.

  • Curious Observer

    Also let me add that after D.V.’s first goal Piedmont sliced up D.V. in three passes and moved the ball from the keeper to the outside left mid and scored. The next three D.V. goals were all goals that the keeper gave up big rebounds and should of punched them away. D.V.’s #7 and #12 are phenomenal players and were tough to play but Piedmont’s #21 shut down #12 for a majority of the game. D.V.’s center backs are also very strong players. They are not an easy team to beat.