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East Bay Boys Soccer Notes: Semifinals, Rankings, Standings, Stats

It’s time for the semifinals. Let’s take a look at the matchups…

Division I

No. 2 Newark Memorial v. No. 6 Clayton Valley

In a rematch of last year’s first-round matchup, but this game has a whole new feel. Either way a very good team will come out of this and reach the finals.
Some are probably thinking this will be a battle of two high-powered offenses, but I think it is Newark’s defense against Clayton’s offense. The Cougars have allowed just one goal in their last 12 games, and only 15 goals in 25 games this year. The Eagles have 72 goals this year, averaging three per, meaning they can score.
I am expecting a low-scoring affair on Newark’s grass.

Prediction: Newark Memorial 2, Clayton Valley 1

No. 5 Livermore v. No. 8 De La Salle

These two teams know each other well, each winning on their home field against the other this season. The Spartans certainly have their post-season magic working, while the Cowboys are new to the playoff scene, but don’t seem fazed at all. With how well these two teams know each other, I’m thinking first goal wins. I also am keeping De La Salle in the underdog position, where they seem to be thriving.

Prediction: Livermore 1, De La Salle 0

Division II

No. 2 Acalanes v. No. 6 Dublin

This is a battle of two teams that know each other well. This will be a very physical, low-scoring and hard-fought game. I once again think that the first goal will be the only goal, and will be enough to win.

Prediction: Acalanes 1, Dublin 0

No. 4 Albany v. No. 1 Campolindo

A fresh matchup, which is actually a rematch of a first-round game two years ago when No. 12 Campolindo knocked off No. 5 Albany. This time Campo invades Cougar Field as the top seed.
These teams are similar, in my opinion. Not huge, but with decent size. Both are very athletic and fast, great in the midfield and skilled up top. They are also led by very good goalies and a defense that stays organized. This match should be fast and entertaining. One goal doesn’t win here, but each goal will be hard earned.

Prediction: Campolindo 2, Albany 1

Rankings

I can already hear the cries of the teams below Cal that are still alive (especially DLS) about having them ranked so highly. Here’s the thing… Cal is an interesting case and I’ve never had this happen before. A team’s season ends undefeated without winning a title. It’s hard to drop them far, because they don’t have a loss. But, as the the final week of games progress, Cal will probably drop another couple spots as teams keep winning. So rest assured, Livermore, Clayton Valley and De La Salle fans, that if you guys reach the finals and win it, you’ll be ranked higher. For now Cal is No. 2, but that will change with so many teams still alive. Remember, the rankings work very differently, and as you guys now know, the playoffs sort everything out and they are what matters.
You can see that is true by the fact that Deer Valley remaining in the top 10 despite a first round loss. The playoffs factor heavily into the rankings, but you can’t disregard a team’s whole season.
I figured it was time to give Clayton Valley it’s due, as well as a nice jump for Dublin and Albany.
Congrats to Newark Memorial. Their first week at No. 1 in this poll.

1. Newark Memorial (22-3-0)
2. California (18-0-6)
3. Clayton Valley (17-2-5)
4. Acalanes (17-2-6)
5. Campolindo (19-1-5)
6. Livermore (15-5-5)
7. De La Salle (16-6-3)
8. Berkeley (18-3-3)
9. Dublin (15-6-3)
10. Deer Valley (16-3-6)
11. Albany (19-3-2)
12. Monte Vista (12-8-5)
13. San Ramon Valley (14-9-2)
14. San Lorenzo (17-5-1)
15. Mt. Eden (14-5-4)

Others considered: Bishop O’Dowd (17-6-2), Ygnacio Valley (13-5-3), Pittsburg (12-7-4), Pinole Valley (13-8-3), Richmond (13-10-2), Hayward (11-6-4), Logan (12-8-2), Dougherty Valley (12-9-4), St. Mary’s (14-4-0), Granada (7-13-5).

Standings

ACCAL
Team Overall League Points

Berkeley (18-3-3) 10-1-1 31
Pinole Valley (13-8-3) 8-3-1 25
Richmond (13-10-2) 7-3-2 23
Hercules (6-11-0) 6-6-0 18
Alameda (6-13-3) 5-5-2 17
El Cerrito (1-16-5) 1-8-3 6
De Anza (2-18-1) 0-11-1 1

BSAL
Team Overall League Points

Albany (19-3-2) 14-2-0 42
St. Mary’s (14-4-0) 13-3-0 39
Piedmont (12-6-3) 12-2-2 38
Kennedy (13-10-1) 11-4-1 34
St. Joseph Notre Dame (6-11-3) 6-9-1 19
Salesian (6-9-2) 6-9-1 19
Encinal (3-15-1) 3-12-1 10
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (2-13-1) 2-13-1 7
Swett (1-16-1) 1-14-1 4

BVAL
Team Overall League Points

Deer Valley (16-3-6) 7-0-3 24
Pittsburg (12-7-4) 5-3-2 17
Antioch (6-9-6) 4-3-3 15
Liberty (6-9-2) 3-5-2 11
Heritage (4-10-6) 2-5-3 9
Freedom (5-13-2) 2-7-1 7

DFAL
Team Overall League Points

Acalanes (17-2-6) 8-1-3 27
Campolindo (19-1-5) 8-1-3 27
Dublin (15-6-3) 6-5-1 19
Dougherty Valley (12-9-4) 4-6-2 14
Alhambra (9-11-3) 3-5-4 13
Miramonte (4-9-4) 3-6-3 12
Las Lomas (5-11-5) 1-7-4 7

DVAL
Team Overall League Points

Clayton Valley (17-2-5) 10-0-2 32
Ygnacio Valley (13-5-3) 7-2-3 24
College Park (9-10-5) 7-3-2 23
Concord (8-4-6) 5-3-4 19
Northgate (2-15-6) 2-7-3 9
Mt. Diablo (4-10-0) 2-10-0 6
Berean Christian (2-18-3) 1-9-2 5

EBAL
Team Overall League Points

California (18-0-6) 9-0-5 32
Livermore (15-5-5) 8-3-3 27
San Ramon Valley (14-8-2) 8-5-1 25
De La Salle (16-6-3) 7-5-2 23
Granada (7-13-5) 7-6-1 22
Monte Vista (12-8-5) 5-5-4 19
Foothill (5-16-3) 1-11-2 5
Amador Valley (5-14-5) 0-10-4 4

HAAL
Team Overall League Points

San Lorenzo (17-5-1) 12-4-0 36
Mt. Eden (14-5-4) 11-3-2 35
Bishop O’Dowd (17-6-2) 11-4-1 34
Hayward (11-6-4) 10-5-1 31
Castro Valley (8-13-4) 8-6-2 26
Arroyo (7-9-7) 5-4-7 22
Tennyson (5-14-2) 3-11-1 10
San Leandro (2-16-2) 2-11-2 8
Moreau Catholic (2-17-1) 1-15-0 3

MVAL
Team Overall League Points

Newark Memorial (22-3-0) 10-0-0 30
Logan (12-8-2) 7-3-0 21
Kennedy (5-10-6) 3-5-2 11
Irvington (4-12-3) 3-7-0 9
Mission San Jose (7-11-4) 2-6-2 8
Washington (4-8-7) 1-5-4 7

OAL
Team Overall League Points

Fremont (2-0-1) 2-0-1 7
Oakland Tech (2-3-2) 1-1-1 4
Oakland (0-1-1) 0-1-1 1
Skyline (0-0-1) 0-0-1 1

Statistics

Name, School Goals
Padilla, Clayton 26
Foster, Granada 23
Pagliuca, Cal 19
Hartland, Dublin 19
Aguila, Richmond 18
Villa, Pitt 17
Parisi, Dougherty 16
Reshke, Campo 15
Morales, Livermore 15
Ulloa, Logan 15
Navarro, Newark 15

Name, School Assists
Scott, St. Mary’s 16
Gomez, Clayton 15
Navarro, Newark 12
Tavecchio, Campo 11
Bochenek, Dougherty 10
Shaiwany, Dougherty 10
Garibay, Pitt 9
Foster, Granada 9
Carda, Acalanes 8
Fagenson, Cal 8
Morales, Livermore 8
Ramirez, Newark 8

Matt Smith