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Final East Bay Boys Soccer Notes

My thoughts on last night’s championship games…

A few people are commenting and saying that Newark Memorial was overrated and I simply don’t think that’s true. I saw the Cougars play a few times this year, and they aren’t overrated. They just didn’t have their best game on Saturday night, and people seeing them for the first time might not think very highly of them.
I still think highly of them and I think De La Salle had a lot to do with them not playing their best game. The credit goes to Sparty.
Watching De La Salle play is incredible. They are incredibly disciplined, they never quit and I think the thing that stands out most to me is that they will out work you every single time. I was watching guys like Patrick Oswald and Dane DePolo, guys who don’t get a lot of mention, and when they are on the field, they work their very, very hard every minute they are on the field.
Newark had a great season, and congrats to them, I loved watching them play. And De La Salle just got on a roll and it couldn’t be stopped. The momentum built with each playoff win, and you could see that three-year varsity seniors like Anthony DeCosta and Michael Bernardi didn’t want to be the senior class that didn’t win a championship.
And if you think De La Salle is just used to winning soccer titles and it means nothing, then just take a look at the scene after the game. The fans rushed the field, lifting Bernardi on to their shoulders and carrying him around.

Speaking of seeing a great scene, maybe the best scene I’ve seen after any high school sporting even was after the Division II game when the Campo fans, who came out in droves, charged the field and created the biggest dog pile I’ve ever seen. Harlan Raine, who scored the game winner, looked like he might get crushed to death at the bottom of it. It was quite a thing to see. This game meant a lot to both teams. Acalanes was very gracious in defeat.
And what an entertaining game it was. There were early goals, goals on set pieces, late goals and plenty of drama. Campolindo, by the end of the game, felt like it had built up so much momentum and that it wasn’t going to be denied scoring the deciding goal.
I like how both teams were aggressive, the game was fast paced and open and the play was physical when it needed to be. It was a great game, and highly entertaining.
I was also impressed with two players in particular. Jaison Kimura from Campo was all over the place on defense, and he is lethal on free kicks. And for Acalanes, Dylan Autran was equally dangerous on free kicks, controls the ball very well and is very poised in the midfield.
I enjoyed this game very much.

Rankings

I am certain there are some people who will disagree with Campolindo ending the season atop the poll, while there will be some that agree. I would love to see De La Salle and Campo play, because I think it would be a good game, but that won’t happen, so we are left with this.
The thing is, if I didn’t rank Campolindo No. 1, that is like saying a Division II team will never be ranked No. 1. Campo was ranked ahead of De La Salle entering Saturday, and jumping DLS all the way up over them would set a precedent that I’m not willing to set.
Oh ya, and Campolindo deserves it. They lost just once this year, and avenged that one loss in Saturday’s final. They went 2-1 against Acalanes. They also started the season with 11 straight wins and didn’t lose in their first 16 matches. It was truly a great season, and they become the first D II team to end the year ranked No. 1 in the rankings.
De La Salle had an incredible run, and has an argument for the top spot. They beat two No. 1 teams along the way and another team ranked sixth. If any team could have jumped all the way up, including over a team that was ranked higher and won, it would have been DLS.
Let the debate begin!
I feel like the rest of the rankings sorted out quite nicely.

1. Campolindo (20-1-6)
2. De La Salle (18-6-3)
3. Newark Memorial (23-4-0)
4. California (18-0-6)
5. Acalanes (18-3-6)
6. Livermore (15-6-5)
7. Clayton Valley (17-3-5)
8. Berkeley (18-3-3)
9. Albany (19-3-3)
10. Deer Valley (16-3-6)
11. Dublin (15-7-3)
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 (19-3-3) 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 (18-3-6) 8-1-3 27
Campolindo (20-1-6) 8-1-3 27
Dublin (15-7-3) 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 (17-3-5) 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 (15-6-5) 8-3-3 27
San Ramon Valley (14-8-2) 8-5-1 25
De La Salle (18-6-3) 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 (23-4-0) 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
Lima, Castro Valley 20
Pagliuca, Cal 19
Hartland, Dublin 19
Moran-Perez, Mt. Eden 19
Aguila, Richmond 18
Villa, Pitt 17
Parisi, Dougherty 16
Reshke, Campo 15
Morales, Livermore 15
Ulloa, Logan 15
Navarro, Newark 15
Mena-Lopez, Mt. Eden 15
Espinoza, St. Mary’s 14
Aguilar, YV 14
Shaiwany, Dougherty 13
Ramirez, Newark 13
Chaussy, SRV 13
Oldham, BOD 12
Scott, St. Mary’s 12
Fagenson, Cal 11
Sandoval 11
Lopez, CV 10
Texeira, Livermore 10
Urcuyo, Livermore 10
Ruiz, Newark 10

Name, School Assists
Scott, St. Mary’s 16
Gomez, Clayton 15
Chaussy, SRV 13
Navarro, Newark 12
Tavecchio, Campo 11
Bochenek, Dougherty 10
Shaiwany, Dougherty 10
Morfin, Castro Valley 9
Foster, Granada 9
Garibay, Pitt 9
Carda, Acalanes 8
Fagenson, Cal 8
Morales, Livermore 8
Ramirez, Newark 8
Vazquez, Pitt 8
Damian, YV 8
Danielson, Cal 7
Castillo, Dublin 7
Hartland, Dublin 7
Hodges, LL 7
Salimpour, MV 7
Jara, St. Mary’s 7
Aguilar, YV 7

Matt Smith