Boys Soccer Notes: EBAL v. DFAL, Rankings, Standings, Stats

The debate has already begun. What is the best league in the East Bay? I think each league has a lot of strengths, and I think in particular the BVAL, DVAL and HAAL are extremely strong. But I firmly believe the top two are the usual suspects.
Which one is better?

The Argument for the EBAL

The top three ranked teams in the East Bay belong to this powerhouse of a league. Four teams are ranked in total, Amador Valley and Monte Vista are very close and probably will be sooner than later, and Foothill looks vastly improved. With a good coach, don’t sleep on Livermore.
The EBAL traditionally doesn’t play a lot of Division II schools, and most EBAL teams play a very good schedule. Right now, EBAL teams are 2-1-2 against top 15 teams, not including other EBAL schools (because that would just be a wash). Only one team has played a DFAL school, and that is Miramonte beating Livermore 1-0.
The league is very, very top heavy with a solid middle. It’s hard to argue that this isn’t the best league.

The Argument for the DFAL

The DFAL has four teams in the top 10, more than any other league. Two more are the first two teams just outside the rankings, so this league has six of its seven members in the top 17. The other team, Miramonte, is much, much stronger than in recent years.
The league is 0-0-3 against non-DFAL teams currently ranked in the top 15. Hayward was ranked early on, so Dublin’s win over Hayward speaks loudly for the league. This league is 13-0-2 against Division I teams.


The problem is that the DFAL and EBAL teams don’t play each other very often. The EBAL schools hardly have anything to gain by playing a top Division II team, other than getting very good competition. It would be great to see a few of the top DFAL teams enter the gold bracket of the WSC, or for a few DFAL teams to get into the De La Salle Showcase.
For now, we can just speculate based on common opponents and things of that nature.
With all this being said, it’s hard to go against the Division I league with the top three teams in the area. I think the gap is closing, but I think the EBAL reigns supreme still.
If I really wanted to get creative I would take each teams ranking, add it together and divide it by the amount of teams in the league. For each team not ranked, I would have to give an arbitrary number (like 26, just outside the considered list).
If I do that the EBAL scores out at a 10.1 ranking (lower being better) and the DFAL scores out at 11.4. But that’s just crazy talk.


A bunch of small shifts and a couple of bigger ones in the rankings. The biggest one is Dougherty Valley jumping from the bottom of the considered list to the top 10. An impressive showing in the WSC and in the final against Campolindo proves the Wildcats are worthy of a top 10 ranking.
Acalanes drops a few spots after a couple of draws, but don’t expect the Dons to stay out of the top five for long. Campo moves to No. 6, and though I wanted to move them in the top four, nobody above them did enough to drop. Clayton Valley and San Ramon Valley each just dropped one spot after a draw.
We need to welcome College Park to the rankings. Three draws, but they have played a good schedule with good results, so far.
The first five teams on the considered list, Las Lomas, Alhambra, Bishop O’Dowd, Amador Valley and Monte Vista, all were very close to being ranked in the top 15.

1. De La Salle (1-0-0)
2. California (6-0-1)
3. San Ramon Valley (1-0-1)
4. Richmond (1-0-0)
5. Clayton Valley (1-0-1)
6. Campolindo (4-0-0)
7. Dublin (4-0-0)
8. Acalanes (2-0-2)
9. Mt. Eden (4-0-1)
10. Dougherty Valley (4-1-2)
11. Granada (5-1-1)
12. Newark Memorial (5-3-0)
13. Berkeley (2-1-1)
14. Albany (2-1-2)
15. College Park (1-0-3)

Others considered: Las Lomas (3-0-2), Alhambra (4-1-0), Bishop O’Dowd (1-0-1), Amador Valley (3-1-0), Monte Vista (2-0-2), Pittsburg (0-2-1), Pinole Valley (1-0-0), Alameda (3-1-0), Hayward (1-2-0), Logan (2-2-3)


Alameda (3-1-0, 0-0-0)
Berkeley (2-1-1, 0-0-0)
De Anza (0-0-0, 0-0-0)
El Cerrito (2-1-1, 0-0-0)
Hercules (0-0-1, 0-0-0)
Pinole Valley (1-0-0, 0-0-0)
Richmond (1-0-0, 0-0-0)

Albany (2-1-2, 0-0-0)
Encinal (0-1-0, 0-0-0)
Kennedy (1-3-0, 0-0-0)
Piedmont (2-3-0, 0-0-0)
Salesian (0-1-0, 0-0-0)
St. Joseph Notre Dame (1-1-0, 0-0-0)
St. Mary’s (0-0-2, 0-0-0)
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (0-0-0, 0-0-0)
Swett (0-1-0, 0-0-0)

Antioch (3-2-1, 0-0-0)
Deer Valley (0-1-1, 0-0-0)
Freedom (0-0-1, 0-0-0)
Heritage (0-1-1, 0-0-0)
Liberty (0-3-0, 0-0-0)
Pittsburg (0-2-1, 0-0-0)

Acalanes (2-0-2, 0-0-0)
Alhambra (4-1-0, 0-0-0)
Campolindo (4-0-0, 0-0-0)
Dougherty Valley (4-1-2, 0-0-0)
Dublin (5-0-0, 0-0-0)
Las Lomas (3-0-2, 0-0-0)
Miramonte (2-2-0, 0-0-0)

Berean Chr. (0-1-0, 0-0-0)
Clayton Valley (1-0-1, 0-0-0)
College Park (1-0-3, 0-0-0)
Concord (0-0-0, 0-0-0)
Mt. Diablo (0-0-1, 0-0-0)
Northgate (3-2-1, 0-0-0)
Ygnacio Valley (3-2-0, 0-0-0)

Amador Valley (3-1-0, 0-0-0)
California (6-0-1, 0-0-0)
De La Salle (1-0-0, 0-0-0)
Foothill (2-1-2, 0-0-0)
Granada (5-1-1, 0-0-0)
Livermore (2-3-0, 0-0-0)
Monte Vista (2-0-2, 0-0-0)
San Ramon Valley (1-0-1, 0-0-0)

Arroyo (0-2-0, 0-0-0)
Bishop O’Dowd (1-0-1, 0-0-0)
Castro Valley (0-4-0, 0-0-0)
Hayward (1-2-0, 0-0-0)
Moreau Catholic (0-1-1, 0-0-0)
Mt. Eden (4-0-1, 0-0-0)
San Leandro (0-4-0, 0-0-0)
San Lorenzo (0-2-1, 0-0-0)
Tennyson (0-0-0, 0-0-0)

American (0-5-1, 0-0-0)
Irvington (0-5-0, 0-0-0)
Kennedy (0-3-2, 0-0-0)
Logan (2-2-3, 0-0-0)
Mission San Jose (0-8-0, 0-0-0)
Newark Memorial (5-3-0, 0-0-0)
Washington (1-2-0, 0-0-0)

Stat Leaders

Name School Goals
Sandoval, Newark 6
Parisi, Dougherty 5
Castillo, Dublin 5
Hartland, Dublin 5
DeBack, Acalanes 4
Alejandro, Alhambra 4
Nguyen, American 4
Nodhal, Cal 4
Lopez, Dougherty 4
Shaiwany, Dougherty 4
DiGirolamo, Dublin 4

Name School Assists
Marshall, Dublin 5
Lomas, Campo 4
Maguire, Acalanes 3
Mirner, Acalanes 3
Nino, Dublin 3
Gratsch, MV 3
Sandoval, Newark 3
Many tied with two

Matt Smith

  • 11v11

    BOD looked great but the defense was very suspect. They have three players that on offense dominate the pitch. Even knowing that they gave up their first goal this year , a team with speed and control( which Yv had ) created a great disaster for them. BOD did control the ball at this but was very direct almost down to a semi-long kick and run style.

    Yv did change from a calm methodical style of play to a very fast and controlled one. You have to be careful with this teams speed. They have a very deep bench and sub upon sub did not change the style of strength of play.

    I have to give it up to BOD for staying strong and finishing the game and pulling a draw 3-4 minutes into stoppage time. With that being said , I have to say Yv was the stronger team all around and should have won that game.

    Great game for both nevertheless.

  • tiktak

    Richmond high 5, Foothill 1 Final score

  • The Sweeper

    Gotta see the Oilers. Would like to hear the #s to watch (I am not a names watcher). Who is THE stopper on defense and who is the QB, if you know what I mean. I think I know the answers, but things evolve, particularly in December…

    See you at the pitch!

  • cokito

    Hi Sweeper, I am curious as to what your answers are 🙂 And I agree that whatever they may be now, they may nor be constant over time.

  • EBAL fan

    Sorry I haven’t been keeping track, work has been in my recently but I have made it to a few games. Recently saw DV vs CAL and couldn’t agree more with Sweeper, DV played hard and the ref was poor, not even close to an evenly reffed match as he favored the bigger side CAL. Good to see last year’s #10 for CAL rooting for his side. I agree that CAL is overrated and DV is underrated as well. Anyone know what he did with soccer?

  • Matt Smith

    Just a quick note about Derrick Wilcox as I work on this week’s stuff. I heard from Chris Faidley, the coach at Cal, that Wicox’ rehab has been very good and he could be cleared to play this week.
    All that would remain after that would be training and getting fit to play, for him to be ready to go. Jake Lepere has been good in goal for Cal, so Wilcox will have to perform as well.

  • great points altogether, you simply won a logo new reader. What may you recommend in regards to your post that you made some days ago? Any positive?