East Bay Boys Soccer Notes: League Races, Bubble Teams, Rankings, Standings, Stats

Let’s break down the league races, and the bubble teams…

Berkeley is in total control. The Yellowjackets control their own destiny, but a loss to Richmond on Thursday could make it interesting. Pinole is starting to fade with a rough stretch. The winner of Tuesday’s Pinole v. Richmond match is in much better shape to stay in the hunt.

Albany has emerged to the top, and I think it would be safe to say that the winner of the Albany and St. Mary’s game that is upcoming likely takes the league.

I would be shocked if Deer Valley faltered. The rest of the league is lumped together very closely and DV is in the driver’s seat.

Acalanes just needs to win out. Campo is hoping to win out and that the Dons either draw or drop one. It’s a two-horse race and a co-title is still possible.

If YV wins the games they should win and beats Clayton Valley, then they would win the league by virtue of being 1-0-1 head-to-head with CV. All CV has to do is win. They can win and draw with YV and still win the league. The Eagles are in the driver’s seat.

Cal is looking to be in great shape, barring any type of collapse.

I think four teams still have a legitimate chance, but it looks like it could come down to the Feb. 8 game with Mt. Eden and San Lorenzo. If both teams hold serve until then, there is nothing that O’Dowd and Hayward can do to catch them.

This Friday Logan and Newark play. That is likely to give us our champion.

Bubble teams

Division I: Alameda, Antioch, Arroyo, Castro Valley, College Park, Freedom, Granada, Heritage, Liberty, Washington.

I am saying that California, Clayton Valley, De La Salle, Deer Valley, James Logan (that was for Sweeper), Livermore, Monte Vista, Mt. Eden, Newark Memorial, Pittsburg, Richmond and San Ramon Valley are going to the playoffs.
Pittsburg would have to go 0-4, Richmond would have to go 0-4 or 0-3-1 and SRV would have to go 0-4 to close the year, and that’s not happening. That gives us 12 teams.
The bubble teams with the best chance to get in are Arroyo, Castro Valley, College Park and Granada. CP needs to go 1-1-1, or even 0-0-3 in their final three league games and they are qualified. They just can’t have more losses than wins. Same goes for the other three teams in their last four games. Going 2-2-0, or 1-1-2, or better, would equal them being eligible.
Antioch has to go 3-1-1, or 2-0-3 in their last five league games. 2-0-1 or better is what Alameda needs. Freedom is in pretty decent shape. They just need one more win than a loss. 3-1-1 or 2-0-3 would work for Heritage, and Liberty would have to go at least 3-0-1 to have a chance.

Division II: Alhambra, Hercules, Kennedy-Fremont, Las Lomas, Northgate, Pinole Valley, St. Joseph-Notre Dame.

Acalanes, Albany, Bishop O’Dowd, Campolindo, Concord, Dougherty Valley, Dublin, Hayward, Kennedy-Richmond, Piedmont, San Lorenzo, St. Mary’s and Ygnacio Valley are in. Dougherty and Kennedy won’t go 0-4 to end the year, which is the only thing that would keep them out. That gives us 13 teams. The bubble teams here aren’t in as good of shape.
Alhambra has to win one more than they lose and considering they play Campo and Dougherty, they will need to either draw both and beat Miramonte, or if they lose one they have to win the other two. Hercules is exactly .500 in league and would also need to win one more than they lose.
Kennedy-Fremont has to go 2-0-1 at least in their last three games, and they play Logan and Newark. Las Lomas has to go 3-0-1 at least, and Northgate needs to do the same. St. Joe’s has to go 3-0 to get in.
The weird case here is Pinole Valley. They were practically a lock, but three losses in a row has put them in a tough spot. They are still two games above .500, but I couldn’t consider them a lock with recent history. They end with Richmond, El Cerrito and De Anza and all the Spartans have to do is not lose twice. Even 1-2 works, but as long as they don’t lose twice, they are in, and they should be fine considering they’ve already beaten all three of those teams. One would imagine they could go 1-2-0 or anything better than that.

Bingham signs with Quakes

A quick congratulations to former Cal High standout, and UC Berkeley All-American David Bingham. The keeper signed with the San Jose Earthquakes after the MLS team was awarded his rights in a weighted lottery.


Acalanes, what are you guys doing to me? The win over Campolindo and they for sure had to move ahead, right? Then the tie against Northgate. I decided to reward them for the win over Campo and not punish for the draw. In looking more closely at the draw, they had a lot of chances to add on to a 1-0 lead, and gave up the equalizer in the 75th minute.
Berkeley, Deer Valley and San Lorenzo all bumped up as well, and Mt. Eden joins the rankings for the first time. Logan is back, and deservedly so.
So right now, based on how they are playing, who is the team to beat in Division I… Cal, Newark or Berkeley? Division II…Acalanes, Campo or San Lorenzo?

1. California (15-0-3)
2. Newark Memorial (17-3-0)
3. Berkeley (14-2-2)
4. Acalanes (13-3-3)
5. Campolindo (14-1-3)
6. Monte Vista (11-4-4)
7. Deer Valley (12-2-5)
8. Clayton Valley (12-2-4)
9. De La Salle (13-5-1)
10. San Lorenzo (13-3-1)
11. Livermore (10-5-4)
12. Mt. Eden (12-3-3)
13. Logan (11-5-2)
14. San Ramon Valley (11-7-2)
15. Ygnacio Valley (10-3-1)

Others considered: Albany (14-2-2), Dublin (11-5-2), Bishop O’Dowd (12-5-2), Pittsburg (9-5-4), Hayward (9-4-3), Dougherty Valley (10-6-4), St. Mary’s (11-2-0), Richmond (9-8-1), Arroyo (6-8-5), Granada (5-10-5).


Team Overall League Points

Berkeley (14-2-2) 7-1-0 21
Pinole Valley (9-7-3) 5-3-1 16
Richmond (9-8-1) 5-2-1 16
Alameda (4-11-3) 3-4-2 11
Hercules (3-10-0) 4-4-0 12
El Cerrito (1-12-5) 1-4-3 6
De Anza (2-13-1) 0-7-0 1

Team Overall League Points

Albany (14-2-2) 11-1-0 33
Piedmont (10-4-2) 10-2-1 31
St. Mary’s (11-2-0) 10-2-0 30
Kennedy (10-9-0) 8-4-0 24
St. Joseph Notre Dame (5-9-3) 5-7-1 16
Salesian (3-7-2) 3-7-1 10
Encinal (2-9-1) 2-6-1 7
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (2-9-0) 2-9-0 6
Swett (0-14-0) 0-12-0 0

Team Overall League Points

Deer Valley (12-2-5) 4-0-2 14
Pittsburg (9-5-4) 2-2-2 8
Freedom (5-8-2) 2-2-1 7
Liberty (5-8-0) 2-4-0 6
Heritage (3-7-6) 1-2-3 6
Antioch (1-9-5) 1-2-2 5

Team Overall League Points

Campolindo (14-1-3) 6-1-2 20
Acalanes (13-3-3) 7-1-1 22
Dublin (11-5-2) 4-4-0 12
Dougherty Valley (10-6-4) 2-4-2 8
Alhambra (8-8-3) 2-5-2 8
Miramonte (3-8-3) 2-5-2 8
Las Lomas (6-8-3) 1-4-3 6

Team Overall League Points

Clayton Valley (12-2-4) 7-0-1 22
Ygnacio Valley (10-3-1) 6-1-1 19
Concord (7-2-4) 4-2-3 15
College Park (6-9-5) 4-3-2 14
Northgate (2-12-5) 2-4-2 8
Berean Christian (2-15-2) 1-7-1 4
Mt. Diablo (3-8-0) 1-8-0 3

Team Overall League Points

California (15-0-3) 7-0-3 24
Monte Vista (11-4-4) 5-2-3 18
Livermore (10-5-4) 5-3-2 17
San Ramon Valley (11-7-2) 5-4-1 16
De La Salle (13-5-1) 5-4-1 16
Granada (5-10-5) 5-4-1 16
Foothill (5-12-2) 1-8-1 4
Amador Valley (5-12-3) 0-8-2 2

Team Overall League Points

Mt. Eden (12-3-3) 9-2-1 28
San Lorenzo (13-3-1) 9-3-0 27
Hayward (9-4-3) 8-4-0 24
Bishop O’Dowd (12-5-2) 7-4-1 22
Castro Valley (6-11-3) 6-5-1 19
Arroyo (6-8-5) 4-3-5 17
San Leandro (2-13-1) 2-8-1 7
Tennyson (4-12-1) 2-10-0 6
Moreau Catholic (2-12-1) 1-10-0 3

Team Overall League Points

Newark Memorial (17-3-0) 7-0-0 21
Logan (11-5-2) 6-1-0 18
Kennedy (4-7-6) 2-3-2 8
Washington (4-6-6) 1-3-3 6
Mission San Jose (6-10-3) 1-5-1 4
Irvington (2-11-3) 1-6-0 3

Team Overall League Points

Fremont (2-0-1) 2-0-1 7
Oakland Tech (2-2-2) 1-1-1 4
Oakland (0-1-1) 0-1-1 1
Skyline (0-0-1) 0-0-1 1

Padilla, Clayton 20
Ulloa, Logan 15
Villa, Pitt 15
Pagliuca, Cal 14
Parisi, Dougherty 14
Hartland, Dublin 14
Navarro, Newark 13
Shaiwany, Dougherty 11
Espinoza, St. Mary’s 11

Name, School Goals

Name, School Assists
Scott, St. Mary’s 12
Shaiwany, Dougherty 10
Tavecchio, Campo 9
Gomez, Clayton 9
Navarro, Newark 8
Oranstil, BOD 7
Danielson, Cal 7
Bochenek, Dougherty 7
Morales, Livermore 7
Hodges, LL 7
Ramirez, Newark 7
Vazquez, Pitt 7
Jara, St. Mary’s 7

Matt Smith

  • Soccerfan


    The fans have nothing to do with a team. That is the responsibility of a school official, not a coach.

    The fact that you are threatening to injur players is pathetic. Really?

  • SoccerBuff

    NCS rules allow officials to forfeit matches if spectators are not exhibiting positive

  • SoccerBuff

    Sorry for eager response but to finish:

    Soceer Fan: NCS rules allow officials to forfeit matches if spectators are not exhibiting positive
    sportsmanship. I believe that is what the ref threatened to do to Alcalanes but never did. I only hope someone at Acalanes takes responsibility for these thugs.

    CoachF: Yes, one or ten or twenty people represented you school. And the ones that sat by silently or laughing as many did, represented your school and not in a good way. Your coach did nothing though clearly hearing everything going on until the ref made him. Wow, is this stand up? I don’t think so.

  • Saint

    Dublin was lucky to get out of that game with a tie. Acalanes had multiple chances to score in the second half including an open net miss. There is no question Acalanes deserved to win the game and Dublin had zero legitimate scoring opportunities in the second half. Tack, you should have waited until this morning to chime in, you obviously weren’t thinking clearly. Ranting on and on about some fans? Man up. Are you a bunch of mama’s boys?
    Acalanes has earned their first place position. I agree that teams should be judged by their recent accomplishments, so if you take DFAL scores in 2011 Campo went 3-1-3 and Acalanes went 6-0-1 including a win over Campo. During that same time Acalanes beat Div I San Ramon Valley and lost to Berkeley on an own goal. No one will accuse Acalanes of playing “The Beautiful Game”, but you can’t argue with results. Acalanes will win DFAL and deserves the number 1 seed in Div II.

  • storm

    I sat on the Cal side and watched the same game. Your analysis is typical of a loyal fan. The ebb and flow of offensive pressure was what made the game so great to watch, sorry you were not able to see the strengths of both teams. Both offensives moved the ball inside the 20. If they play again I would buy a ticket and the game could go to PK’s. Your also forgetting the talent Livermore along with 4 other EBAL teams will play in this NCS final. Cal and MV might not be in the final.

  • MeVeFlo

    As a parent of one of the Acalanes players, the unruly, disrespectful group of kids absolutely did not represent Acalanes. This is why they were kicked out of the game. At least, we thought they had been kicked out. Had we known they somehow got back in and went to the visitor side, I, as a parent, would have done something about it. We did not know this occurred and am very sorry. That sort of behavior is not to be tolerated and I feel sorry for parents who raised such awful kids.

    Regarding the threat of physical violence against the Acalanes soccer players by Tack, this also will not be tolerated. Tack, I suggest you apologize immediately and say you were talking in the heat of the moment and did not mean what you said. If not, please be advised that I will do whatever it takes to get your name (via subpoena or otherwise) and file a police report.

  • The Sweeper

    One of the worst places to watch a soccer match is on the pitch. It is certainly a perspective, but the point of view is limited and as a player you have to focus on the ball and a few of the players in your vicinity. Why are there three officials on the field? Because one point of view is not enough to apply the Laws of the Game, and sometimes three is not enough. To have a broad perspective on a match and understand the constant ebb and flow, you must be able to see the positioning and movement of all 22 players. Good eyesight also helps.

    “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Yoda.

  • Tack


    Obviously it was in the heat of the moment. And as far as the police report goes, don’t worry, we already filed one against your school and sent letters to NCS. And by we, I mean the 22 kids and parents of the DHS soccer team. It won’t have any effect, but we hope it’ll get them to take a look. The racism and profanity of your school was and still is sickening, and “it will not be tolerated.”

  • SoccerBuff

    MeVeFlo, you started off correctly and your message was appreciated and then you wiped out the good will with your second paragraph. Haven’t you learned yet the part of the game is getting into your opponents head? That is exactly what some of your players did to the Dublin players and the parents didn’t go all Gloria Alred. Let it be.

  • MeVeFlo

    SoccerBuff, yes you are absolutely correct. I sincerely apologize.

  • Anonymous

    Matt I thought you said Tack was a Dublin parent? Doesn’t seem like it. I think I remember Tack getting into a rant last year with a different name, everyone started hating him, so he changed his name to Tack and somehow earned some respect? Now he is back into rant mode again and I really don’t think he is a parent at all based on his diction.

  • mudhen

    WOO-HOO! Getting a little bit nasty around here aren’t we. On a serious note tho’ I was wondering if ANYBODY around here has a copy of the NHSF rules, or a copy of USSF’s laws of the game. I see so much criticism of the refs, but do any of you know how hard it is to referee soccer? It is widely regarded as the most difficult officiating of all of the sports, and the only one in which getting one over on the ref is considered “part of the game”. In short , YOU try it.

  • SoccerBuff

    Can we all take a step back, take a deep breath and remember this blog is about soccer and not personal attacks. Forget the vendetta that is starting against Tack. If he is young, he will learn. If he is a parent, he may not have had the benefit of a good education. Let’s learn from the likes of Matt and The Sweeper otherwise I fear this blog will devolve. Take a lesson from MeVeFlo and may cooler heads prevail. Go in peace.

  • Vela

    Haha, the Acalanes/Dublin game.
    Dublin started with control but the game shifted right after Dublin scored. Acalanes sent numbers forward and clearly dominated the game, but you can’t say they deserved to win if they did not finish thier chances.
    Refs and fans could have been better, but it is the same everywhere you go. Defenitely a match to see, if they face each other again in NCS.

  • Matt Smith

    Hey Anonymous,

    If you look back at post #153 in the rankings before this one, all I said was that I met Tack and Tack is awesome.

  • Tack

    I have only ever used this name. And sorry for defending my beliefs and team

  • The Sweeper

    Hey Tack, play hard, make your teammates better, play fair (there’s that “f” word again, DOH?) AND ignore the adults. I enjoy the passion but let your actions on the pitch speak for you and you will be respected.

    The Sweeper’s posting tip: before pushing the “Submit Comment” button, re-read your comment AND ask yourself if you would like your mom, coach, dad, younger sibling, priest/rabbi/minister, or the police to know what you posted, in that order. I use this approach with EVERY email, text message, posting, voice message and letter that I draft, and 30% of the time I opt out.

    IMHO,the Gaels play very well as a unit and are as fun to watch as any NCS squad. See you at the pitch.

  • Tack

    Very well said Sweeper. You always know what to say to lighten up the mood. Maybe I should change my name to “Sweeper for President” being as Matt has his own one? haha

  • Matt Smith

    I second that motion.
    Sweeper for President.

  • Matt Smith

    If anyone knows the DV v. Alameda score from today, let me know.

  • Soccer2014

    A week or two ago I attended a high school soccer game wearing the home team’s school colors, so I was clearly identified as a home team fan. After the game (which the home team won) one of the visiting team parents came up to me as we were both walking out of the stadium and said “Thank you for hosting this game”. I’d like to think the majority of high school sports fans are like that, and the next time I’m at an “away” game I plan to steal that line and use it myself.

  • soccerfan


  • JustinBabam

    The BSAL is owned by Albany the past three years they have had more talent than anyone in the league the loses where two bad game by Albany The las lomas lost was a defensive mistake thats it Albany dominated the whole game The BSAL top contenders have nothing on Albany because Kennedy lost both of their game but was never the better team.St marys beat albany in the begging of the year due to the no goal keeper in the begging of the year and team chemistry and now piedmont beat albany just because albany has already won BSAL this year and many injuries are hurting them.but they have better players like BORGES#7 AHMADI #6 ALVAREZ #20 and RAMIREZ #9 with talented midfielders.I say this because i go to Albany and im a huge fan of soccer im just not very good at it but i understand the game and love it.All the other teams better watch out for ALBANY!!

  • Class of 2007

    MeVeFlo – The other issue after the Dublin Acalanes match was a group of 12 kids waited in the parking lot by the Dublin bus, cursing, threatening the visiting team, trying to start a fight and dropping enough F bombs to embarrass any adult. Not sure when a well respected school like Acalanes started to allow this behavior but this is 2 years in a row this has happened. The Dublin coach had to interject and send the boys away.
    NCS rules state that a school administrator or coach is required to control the behavior spectators. The coach will be issued a card and or issued a forfeit if spectators are not controled

    As for the match – It was a terrific match and I hope these two teams face off in NCS.

  • The Sweeper

    Postscript to #267. I meant to say, “your clergy” and not slant to any religion in particular, HAH! No I did not.

    Tack/Matt: President of what? I defer to President Obama, and as a capitalist, CEO would do for me.

    Seriously, it is down to crunch time for numerous teams in D-I and D-II, and not just the bubble teams. Who wants to travel in the 1st round? Or face a #1-#4?

    Can’t wait for Matt Smith’s update.

    Should I hit the “Submit Comment” button or not? Mom???