By Matt Smith
Sunday, November 6th, 2011 at 10:12 am in Boys soccer.
The message board has been warming up and people have been asking about the rankings. So, with about a week before the season starts, and without any further delay, here they are.
How do you not go with the Spartans at No. 1? After winning an unlikely third Division I title in a row, they return many players from that team. That was an easy choice as the top team in the East Bay.
Look for San Ramon Valley, and California, to be right there, and don’t count Livermore out despite losing several kids to academy.
Acalanes returns nearly everybody, and not only is the favorite in Division II, but could easily be the best team in the entire East Bay as well. Clayton Valley and Albany are also teams that return many key players, and are worthy of a top five ranking.
DFAL contenders Dublin and Campolindo are also in the top ten, and could easily be top five teams by the end.
A pair of HAAL teams, Mt. Eden and Hayward, are right around the top 10 as they both return several key players while Newark and Berkeley lose several key players, but could have enough to hang around in the rankings and prove to be top teams in Division I.
Two very talented teams in Richmond (No. 7) and Pittsburg (No. 15) were young and talented last year and could be very dangerous this season.
1. De La Salle
2. San Ramon Valley
4. Clayton Valley
9. Mt. Eden
13. Newark Memorial
Others considered: Logan, Deer Valley, Bishop O’Dowd, Ygnacio Valley, San Lorenzo, Antioch, College Park, Pinole Valley, Arroyo, St. Mary’s.