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


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).


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

  • soccerfan

    How many people with the name “soccerfan” I think it should be Newarks coach whether they win or lose. The program has changed a lot over the last few years. DLS coach has done a great job with this years team. I didn’t think they would get this far and they sure proved me wrong. Campolindo,Pittsburg, and YV all have young coaches. You should give out an award for the best young coach of the year. Who has done more for the program and have changed the players attitude on and off the field. That’s a real award.

  • soccerfan

    #300 change your name!!!

  • THEanonymous

    Thank you so much Storm and Love The Game:

    As an EBAL observer for much of my high school career, I can tell you that in quite a lot of sports, De La Salle is accustomed to winning and it spills into and contributes to success they otherwise would not have had. Yes there have been times when SRV has been able to take the title, such as in this year’s water polo, last year’s cross country and track, and share it such as in last year’s basketball, or another school such as baseball and lacrosse last year (and CAL soccer this year) became the champion. But still, we cannot disguise the fact that DLS has dominated the already brutal East Bay Athletic League too often and their tradition is getting a chokehold on it. And it’s not really any different when it comes to NCS d1 titles. I foresee the future as the other teams becoming so frustrated their traditions will get screwed over.
    I’m aware of the fact DLS puts a lot of hard work and effort into what they do, as well as the whole brotherhood thing, but if you want to call DLS any sort of high-class name you have to be aware of the fact they have an advantage due to the fact that they are a private school. Bloggers seem to acknowledge the fact DLS is where they deserve to be more than they do either that other schools are where they deserve to be or that DLS recruits and all. The bandwagon is growing and the elephant in the living room is enormous, and until we solve the DLS problem (such as by my proposal of putting them in the WCAL), we won’t be seeing any more satisfaction with our team legacies than we apparently do according to this blog. Where will that lead us? I’m pretty sure you know that part well enough to see and feel the fear that I do.
    If we all keep this in mind for the next few years, the next league realignment may do so too. That’s the necessity behind my post here. It will not go very far, but it fits into the equation. Anybody who disagrees with what I have to say in my opinion does so because they are in position to but believes that they are supporting a good cause. I’m not saying the latter is untrue, I’m just saying that the whole public and private integration in EBAL may not work out, and the DLS supporters ought to keep this in mind, even if it skews their belief in the good cause.

  • shinguard

    Matt…do they give coach of the year to the Div 1 & 2 coach ..if not..this might be the year to do so.
    Can you say “Miracle on Ice” memories of team USA Hockey.
    Lot’s of good and great teams this season for High School Soccer…seems like the talent last few years has just improved greatly. It’s hard to find a bad game with so many good and very good players all over the greater Bay Area. STATE Format for Soccer..The time has come.

  • greenbay

    matt can you post the DFAL all league?

  • Matt Smith

    I will definitely post it as soon as I get it. I haven’t got the whole list yet.

  • bambam

    303 I’ve read your points and see where you are comming from. I just don’t agree with them moving to the WCAL. My reasoning is that all of the EBAL teams probably can’t keep up with DLS but half of them can with the talent that get or have. SRV and MV for example can but it’s going to take and ex DLS alumni or coach to bring the culture to those schools. I’ve seen that the talent is there but maybe the dedication can be refined a little. Take CAL for instance in football they seem to be moving forward (Ex DLS Alum). They also should have been in the NCS soccer finals but DLS beat them as they did with Livermore. DLS brought in a SRV coach for baseball and with in a year the program went south and he retired again. Most of the coaches at DLS are alumni that have tradition on their side and truly coach at DLS for the school not just for the pay checks. I believe that but can’t verify it of course.

    If the WCAL wasn’t so far away then maybe it would be best for DLS to compete down there for better competition. Other than football DLS has won it’s share of championships but not in total domination.

    MV – I was told today by my doctor that MV’s boosters raised about $250,000 for a better weight training program. Is that true? If so then look at DLS weight room and you will be amazed how small and old it looks.
    They don’t have the new fancy scoreboard either just good coaching and sweat and tears. Yes, Some talented individuals comes to DLS for that winning tradition.
    That can’t be denied.

  • Prep Fan

    I don’t think there are any coaches at any high school that are just in it for the paychecks. Coaches put in long hours and the pay is nowhere near what you get in almost any other jobs. They are all to be congratulated for their fine efforts with the kids. But I do believe that DLS is able to offer their coaches more than what the public schools’ meager stipends are limited to.

  • Albany fan

    Albany had a great season!!! They deserved to take the championship home. Their was a lack of horrible referees in NCS.

  • Cris

    At least spell my name right or dont write nothing else. Wht point? Racism? Ok!

  • The Truth

    #309- Perhaps your parents couldn’t spell either.Also,please note there should be an apostrophe mark in a word that is in your post.Can you find it? Poor grammar too.Right now your zero for three in elementary english.Stick to soccer observations or risk being considered a moron.

  • storm

    Spartan Supporters
    You don’t get it. We are not bashing the great job Bob and his staff are doing each year at DLS. The bashing is coming from you, not us. When you indicate that your brotherhood and commitment is the answer your throwing students and coaches from the EBAL under the bus. What you need to understand is there are coaches and staffs working just as long and just as hard. They are just as dedicated and work just as hard as any one from DLS. They just don’t have the depth or numbers of talented student athletes to replace players. Bambam talks about the weight room, others Spartan faithful talk about 2 brothers going to D1 as poster students indicating the talent and facilities are elsewhere as well. Spartan faithful should understand more than anyone football is a team sport and winning is not a few good athletes are a new weight room. I will say one more time it is not the fault of DLS they are being supported by the NCS staff whom are turning their backs to an uneven playing field.

  • Old HAAL Dad


    An honest question, what is your solution to the DLS open enrollment issue? I’m just curious.

  • Murphy

    Public apples with geographical restrictions= EBAL. Private oranges with no geographical restrictions=WCAL. Apple playing apples and oranges playing oranges.

    The only way this mixture would work was to remove the geographical restrictions on all the publics and let kids go wherever the program was best in their chosen sport without a physical move. In a few years you would see parents commuting to certain public schools that had a more competitive program in certain sports. That would be the only way to end the DLS-CHS domination in sports. I don’t see that as being the answer either.

    The EBAL has stepped up but why do they have to have residency restrictions when DLS does not? I respect the Brotherhood. I think it is an amazing thing. It is great for kids that parents have the financial resources to commute their kids to it. It just does not belong in the EBAL or any other public school league in MY opinion.

    I agree with Storm. This is an NCS issue not a DLS issue.

  • Cris

    Maybe its because i am in elementary school so know were facts before posting stupid stuff. Yu wanna talk bout parents? No1 brought in yur parents so yu better keep it that way mijo!!!

  • bsal dad

    Where can we view the BSAL and EBAL all-league selections ? Thanks.

  • storm

    Let me be clear the soccer team at DLS has earned every accolade possible for their accomplishments. I will be there rooting for them and the EBAL. This is a soccer blog and the only reason I brought up DLS football is because of the blogs constant chatter regarding the brother hood. Now to your question regarding what needs to be done to even the playing field. First and foremost Marie ( head of NCS ) needs to admit there is a problem. Then DLS needs to be given the ability to schedule only the EBAL teams that consent to said games. This will allow them to compete in the NCS playoffs and state finals. Then the remaining games needed to fill their schedule should be played out side the EBAL. DLS has a very strong athletic support group making travel an option. The games scheduled out side the EBAL can also be filled by teams from Bakersfield to the Nevada border while the NCS lifts the, must play all EBAL teams, in order to compete for a state championship. I believe some would be willing to continue EBAL play. I can not speak for them and they will need to make their own decision. I am not a Cal High fan but honestly believe they would have faired well in the state final’s in SO/Cal and were not deep enough in talent to survive 2 games with DLS. There were neighbors competing against each other which is normal for all EBAL games against DLS and their depth really showed in the second half. When the Athletic Directors meet the agenda will contain what can be done to even the playing field and I hope they work in concert with the NCS committee to solve the inequity.

  • KXPA02

    The Truth-
    Please stop insulting people and their parents. This is a blog for soccer updates and I believe Cris has the right to spell how he wishes, and you need to calm down.

    You are talking about Cris, but it seems to me like you have just stooped so low that you have no reason to even be on here.

    And just so you know I was glad Acalanes won on Wednesday, but with people like you, maybe they don’t deserve it. Regardless if you are on the team or not.

  • Love The Game

    Bambam, CB and all the other bloggers who say the coaching and brotherhood brought these underachievers at DLS to their current stardom-seriously???

    Guys are you serious? yes the coaching at DLS is good, I have already given that countless times. But DLS has top players from many clubs to begin with, here are just a few that I am aware of:

    Bravo- WC Gold Player
    Ringelstein- WC Gold Player
    Bernardi- Mustang Academy
    Ozwald- Mustang United
    Countless Gold Diablo FC Players
    Tobin-Mustang Gold
    Sully- Diablo FC Gold

    there is no converted basketball or football athlete, nor is there any bronze players or rec players that have been converted to the brotherhood nor has coaching transcended regular guys into amazing players.

    Quit trying to sensationalize the story, You have good stock to begin with, I know, I know, it’s the cinderella story….enough…

  • Cris

    thanks and yur right this is about soccer not about ppl and their parents. I dont get ppl this days.

  • junior

    How do we level the playing field for Livermore HS? Other than soccer and baseball- they are consistent doormats- what do you suggest the NCS do for them?

  • Cris


  • KXPA02

    Cris- I’m glad you are correcting your grammar before someone gets on your case about it. Any who, who do you think will win the final for D2? Campo or Acalanes?

    And what racist comment did you think Matt made? I didn’t see a racist comment anywhere.

  • The Striker

    All-league for BVAL?

  • Matt Smith

    I promise to get all the All-League stuff up as soon as I get it.

  • storm

    I don’t claim to have all the answers. Livermore is a solid school with strong community ties and better teachers and coaches than they are given credit for, in the valley. The problem with their football program is the proximity of Granada. Granada seems to have a stronger hold on Pop Warner as the feeder for the public school system. Maybe the realignment committee could place Dublin, DV, CV, and Granada in a league of their own. The problem with public schools is travel expense and aligning schools geographically together might make more sense. Unfortunately Livermore will face the competition from the new Catholic School which will inhibit them further from the the talent needed to compete. My heart has always been with them because they always compete with all they can muster. I am sorry my answer does not completely do your question justice.

  • Scoreboard

    Love the game – kinda funny but..DLS has a kid Sully Tobin who has been out since early Jan. I think you need to check your list(see below)of club affiliations..U have him listed as two different people. I also believe that Cal, Newark, Livermore all have more academy players than DLS. I just wish u would focus on the teams and coaches and quit whining about other uncontrollable ingredients.
    Bravo- WC Gold Player
    Ringelstein- WC Gold Player
    Bernardi- Mustang Academy
    Ozwald- Mustang United
    Countless Gold Diablo FC Players
    Tobin-Mustang Gold
    Sully- Diablo FC Gold

  • storm

    Not a DLS fan but agree with your statement. DLS survived the bracket from hell, Time to give them their due and root them home as the EBAL representative.

  • Scoreboard

    Storm – Cool, thanks. I am not taking sides with DLS either..I’ll pay my $9 in hopes of seeing a good match with quality officiating!