All-East Bay Boys Soccer

What you guys have all been waiting for…

Most Valuable Player: Alex Mangels, Campolindo
Coach of the Year: Shane Carney, Campolindo


Garret Foster, Granada, Senior, Forward
Foster was a one man wrecking crew and easily the most electrifying goal scorer in the East Bay. He was second in the area in goals scored with 23, and was selected as a Co-MVP of the East Bay Athletic League.

Elisma Padilla, Clayton Valley, Sophomore, Forward
Just a sophomore, Padilla led the entire East Bay in goals with 28 as he helped the Eagles reach the North Coast Section Division I semifinals as well. He was selected as the DVAL’s offensive MVP.

Gianni Pagliuca, California, Senior, Forward
Second only to Foster in goals scored in the EBAL, Pagliuca was a big part of the Grizzlies undefeated season, and he was selected first team All-EBAL.

Alfredo Navarro, Newark Memorial, Senior, Midfield/Forward
Navarro rivals Granada’s Foster as far as being electrifying on the pitch, as he is a disruptive force. He helped Newark Memorial make the NCS Division I finals, was first team All-MVAL and had 15 goals and 12 assists.

Gabriel Borges, Albany, Junior, Midfield
The only junior on the first team, Borges is recognized for the second consecutive year. Switching to the middle, the player of the year in the BSAL had 11 goals and 19 assists and nearly led the Cougars into the NCS Division II tigle game.

Guillermo Rivas, California, Senior, Midfield
The motor in the midfield and the vocal leader for the undefeated Grizzlies, Rivas made his presence felt by doing more than scoring goals and handing out assists. He did have 15 points this year, and was the Co-MVP of the EBAL.

Edward Ramirez, Newark Memorial, Senior, Midfield
A patient and efficient player, Ramirez controls the midfield with grace and poise. He was first team All-MVAL, helped the Cougars to the Division I finals as he had 13 goals and eight assists on the year.

Jaison Kimura, Campolindo, Senior, Defender
Kimura shined in the NCS Division II title game, making numerous plays to thwart Acalanes threats. He also had a PK in that game, and on top of all that was Co-MVP of the DFAL.

Anthony DeCosta, De La Salle, Senior, Defender
DeCosta leaves De La Salle as a three-time NCS Division I champion, and was a starter on all three of those teams, and this year was a captain. He was a first team All-EBAL selection.

Ben Danielson, California, Senior, Defender
Danielson made an unselfish switch to the back this year for the Grizzlies, and all he did was play lock down defense on anyone that came near him. Perhaps the top defender in the entire East Bay, he was first team All-EBAL and had seven assists.

Alex Mangels, Campolindo, Senior, Keeper
The Player of the Year in the East Bay, the Cal-bound Mangels was an imposing figure between the posts for the Cougars. He had 15 shutouts on the year, allowed just 13 goals for the season and had a .483 goals against average.


Aaron Huang, Deer Valley, Senior, Forward
BVAL MVP. 18 goals.

Nick Lima, Castro Valley, Sophomore, Forward
All-HAAL, 20 goals.

Christian Villa, Pittsburg, Senior, Forward
BVAL Offensive MVP. 17 goals.

Brandon Melara, San Ramon Valley, Senior, Midfield
First team All-EBAL.

Michael Bernardi, De La Salle, Senior, Midfield
First team All-EBAL, three-time NCS champ.

Dylan Autran, Acalanes, Junior, Midfield
First team All-DFAL. 7 goals, 4 assists.

Andre Alvarez, Albany, Junior Midfield
First team All-BSAL. 20 goals, 12 assists.

Michael Ortlieb, Deer Valley, Senior, Defender
BVAL Defensive MVP.

Oscar Padilla, Berkeley, Senior, Defender
First team All-ACCAL.

Jacob Carroll, Acalanes, Junior, Defender
DFAL Defensive Co-MVP.

Jacob Boyd, Livermore, Senior, Keeper
First team All-EBAL


Jesse Morales, Livermore, Sophomore, Forward
First team All-EBAL. 15 goals.

Joseph Brown, Berkeley, Senior, Forward
First team All-ACCAL. 17 goals.

Victor Benavides, San Lorenzo, Senior, Forward
First team All-HAAL. 12 goals.

Collin Hartland, Dublin, Junior, Forward
First team All-DFAL. 19 goals.

Daniel Moran-Perez, Mt. Eden, Junior, Forward
First team All-HAAL. 19 goals.

Arman Salimpour, Monte Vista, Senior, Midfield
8 goals, 7 assists.

Jose Aguilar, Ygnacio Valley, Sophomore, Midfield
DVAL MVP. 14 goals, 7 assists.

Ryan Fagenson, California, Senior. Midfield
First team All-EBAL. 11 goals, 8 assists.

Matt Cordeiro, Newark Memorial, Senior, Defender
First team All-MVAL.

Oscar Garcia, Livermore, Junior, Defender
First team All-EBAL.

Christian Pedraza, Clayton Valley, Junior, Defender
DVAL Defensive MVP.

Kevin Gonzalez, Hayward, Senior, Keeper
First team All-HAAL.

If I could do an Honorable Mention list, the following would have made it or been strongly considered:

Efrain Deunas, Pinole Valley; Israel Ayala, Richmond; David Rojas, El Cerrito; Ryan Tower, Berkeley; Elder Alegria, Berkeley; Fardeen Shaiwany, Dougherty Valley; Matt Reshke, Campolindo; Marco Tavecchio, Campolindo; Nick Pereira, Acalanes; Josh Gomez, Clayton Valley; Kevin Sanchez, Clayton Valley; Gustavo Ulloa, Logan; Cam Carda, Acalanes; Oliver Castillo, Dublin; Alex Chaussy, San Ramon Valley; Greg Ledford, San Ramon Valley; Rafael Zamora, Monte Vista; Duke Driggs, Cal; Trevor Long, Granada; Max Oldham, Bishop O’Dowd; Max Ornstil, Bishop O’Dowd; Victor Cuevas, San Lorenzo; Carlos Gonzales, San Lorenzo; Miguel Ramirez, Hayward; Elias Mena-Lopez, Mt. Eden; Jaime Lopez, Pittsburg.

Matt Smith

  • THEanonymous

    Glad to see Cal is very well represented, especially in the first team area. What matters big time is that the three players who made the first team list all looked out for a different place in the game (Pagliuca on offense, Danielson on defense, Rivas in the midfield). Even though Rivas wasn’t very statistically savvy, he is on the list because he anchored Pagliuca and Danielson, the offense and defense together. And Fagenson had his back every step of the way while being a valuable asset statistically, so he is third team. Congratulations to all others as well, especially those who overcame undeserved adversity.

  • Bench Warmer

    Congratulations to ALL!!Nice to see soccer getting a half of a page today!! Thanks Matt!!

  • The Sweeper

    Matt, GREAT JOB covering and summarizing the season.

    BTW, saw the Santos v. Mustang club rematch on Monday, and while the Mustang squad won convincingly 2-1, Rivas was very creative and dangerous as the forward-mid (v. his positioning at Cal). I did not see Foster at the match.

    From a comparative standpoint, at the club level with age, speed and size equivalence, possession/touches are much more evident with 4-8 touches the rule (respect from each defense), and the speed of the game is 2%+ faster with fewer dumb fouls. Very entertaining.

  • Liz

    I have had the pleasure of watching Eli Padilla play soccer over the past 6 years. He is an execptional soccer player — always has been. He is also a member of the San Jose Earthquakes U16 Academy Team. Continued success.

  • LHS Alum

    No More High School Soccer from the Academy Players.
    This ruling handed down straight from Claudio Reyna, Head of USSF. Bummer for many kids. But the focus on the Academy play for 10 months will be helpful for their play.