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Boys Soccer: League Favorites, Rankings, Standings, Stats

Everybody is about to jump into league play and the races will heat up immediately. Let’s see who the favorite is in each league.

ACCAL

I have to say that Richmond is the runaway favorite in this league. Not only are they the ACCAL favorite, but the Oilers are a legit NCS contender. Pinole Valley always seems to play Richmond tough, so watch out for the Spartans as the dark horse in this league. Berkeley may be young and learning, but don’t ever count them out. I think it will be a fight each time these three play each other, and El Cerrito could be a sleeper team based on some earlier results.

BSAL

After hearing the Ko Douglas is back along with a few key players, I have to say Albany should be a big favorite in the BSAL. St. Mary’s appears to be the closest competitor, and as a sleeper, I am thinking Kennedy is a team that is going to get better and going to give teams a hard time.

BVAL

Pittsburg is the team to beat here. The Pirates are fast and athletic, and can frustrate teams by possessing the ball. Antioch is a serious challenger, and as a dark horse, I am going to say don’t look past Heritage. I think this is a playoff year for the Patriots.

DFAL

It’s certainly going to be a dogfight in the DFAL this year. The two favorites have to be Acalanes and Campolindo, but Dublin and Dougherty Valley are a pair of teams that are serious contenders. All four should be taken seriously. Miramonte, based on some early season results, could be a sleeper, as could be Alhambra. Heck, even Las Lomas can jump up and get a team. The Knights might be out of the running after a slow start, but they can give teams trouble. Every other team should be considered a threat to win the league, with Campolindo and Acalanes just a notch above everyone right now.

DVAL

This league certainly has come competitive balance with Ygnacio Valley jumping into the spotlight, joining Clayton Valley as a top team in the East Bay. Concord is also much improved, and College Park is a ranked team that could be a Division I playoff threat. YV and Clayton are the favorites, with the slight edge to YV after their first matchup, but College Park is right there and Concord is a dark horse.

EBAL

I have to say Cal is the favorite, but being the favorite in a tough league doesn’t mean a whole lot. I think six teams have a legit chance to win this league. The serious threats to Cal, at least early on, appear to be San Ramon Valley and De La Salle, but Monte Vista, Amador Valley and Granada are right there. This league will be very interesting and will be a battle night in and night out.

HAAL

With San Leandro becoming much improved, this league got a whole lot interesting as the Pirates join Hayward and Bishop O’Dowd as favorites in the league. I would have to say Hayward is the team to beat this year, with BOD and San Leandro right there in the thick of things. I’m considering San Lorenzo the sleeper team to watch out for, and Mt. Eden is a team nobody should sleep on.

MVAL

It’s a two-horse race all the way between Newark Memorial and Logan. The edge goes to Newark based on the early season, but these teams play twice and it should be a battle each time with the league title at stake.

OAL

Oakland Tech is the team to beat in the OAL, with perhaps Skyline as a challenger.

Rankings

Not many changes this week, with the action being limited. However, it picks back up starting today and there will be plenty of great matches and plenty of moving up and down in the rankings.
Had to move De La Salle up for a very good showing in San Diego, and I couldn’t hit Amador Valley and College Park too hard for close defeats.

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

Others considered: Hayward (5-2-1), Pittsburg (6-4-1), Bishop O’Dowd (4-0-4), Concord (6-0-1), Logan (6-3-3), Alhambra (5-4-1), Pinole Valley (3-3-0), Miramonte (3-3-2), San Leandro (3-4-0), San Lorenzo (2-2-2)

Standings

ACCAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Pinole Valley (3-3-0, 2-0-0) 6
Berkeley (5-5-1, 1-1-0) 3
El Cerrito (4-2-2, 1-0-0) 3
Hercules (1-4-1, 1-1-0) 3
Richmond (7-2-0, 1-0-0) 3
Alameda (5-6-0, 0-2-0) 0
De Anza (0-2-0, 0-2-0) 0

BSAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Encinal (1-1-0, 1-0-0) 3
Albany (2-3-4, 0-0-2) 2
Kennedy (1-6-2, 0-0-2) 2
Piedmont (2-3-2, 0-0-2) 2
St. Mary’s (1-0-4, 0-0-2) 2
Salesian (0-3-0, 0-1-0) 0
St. Joseph Notre Dame (1-2-0, 0-0-0) 0
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (0-1-0, 0-0-0) 0
Swett (0-2-0, 0-0-0) 0

BVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Antioch (4-5-1, 0-0-0) 0
Deer Valley (0-4-2, 0-0-0) 0
Freedom (1-3-3, 0-0-0) 0
Heritage (2-1-2, 0-0-0) 0
Liberty (0-4-0, 0-0-0) 0
Pittsburg (6-4-1, 0-0-0) 0

DFAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Acalanes (5-0-3, 3-0-1) 10
Campolindo (10-1-1, 2-0-1) 7
Miramonte (3-3-2, 1-0-2) 5
Alhambra (5-4-1, 1-2-1) 4
Dougherty Valley (5-3-3, 1-1-1) 4
Dublin (8-2-0, 1-2-0) 3
Las Lomas (3-4-4, 0-4-0) 0

DVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
College Park (6-2-3, 2-0-0) 6
Ygnacio Valley (8-2-1, 2-0-0) 6
Clayton Valley (5-2-2, 1-1-0) 3
Concord (6-0-1, 1-0-0) 3
Berean Chr. (3-5-0, 0-2-0) 0
Mt. Diablo (0-2-1, 0-1-0) 0
Northgate (3-6-3, 0-2-0) 0

EBAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Granada (8-1-2, 2-0-0) 6
California (9-0-2, 1-0-1) 4
De La Salle (6-3-1, 1-0-1) 4
Monte Vista (4-0-5, 0-0-2) 2
Livermore (2-6-1, 0-1-1) 1
San Ramon Valley (4-2-2, 0-0-1) 1
Amador Valley (7-4-0, 0-2-0) 0
Foothill (4-4-2, 0-1-0) 0

HAAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Hayward (5-2-1, 3-0-1) 10
San Leandro (3-4-0, 3-0-0) 9
Bishop O’Dowd (4-0-4, 2-0-2) 8
Castro Valley (1-9-1, 1-2-1) 4
Moreau Catholic (2-3-2, 1-2-1) 4
Mt. Eden (5-4-2, 1-2-1) 4
Arroyo (0-5-2, 0-2-2) 2
San Lorenzo (2-2-2, 0-0-2) 2
Tennyson (0-3-0, 0-3-0) 0

MVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Logan (6-3-3, 2-0-0) 6
Newark Memorial (10-3-0, 2-0-0) 6
American (2-6-1, 1-1-0) 3
Irvington (1-8-2, 0-0-1) 1
Mission San Jose (0-12-1, 0-1-1) 1
Kennedy (0-5-2, 0-2-0) 0
Washington (1-6-0, 0-1-0) 0

OAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Oakland Tech (1-1-0, 0-0-0) 0
Castlemont (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Fremont (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Oakland (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Skyline (0-1-0, 0-0-0) 0

Stat Leaders

Name School Goals
Sandoval, Newark 16
Mendoza, Richmond 15
Ayala, YV 15
Lopez, Pitt 12
Hartland, Dublin 10
Alejandro, Alhambra 9
Nguyen, American 9
Montes, Richmond 9
Grixti, Cal 8
Parisi, Dougherty 7
Castillo, Dublin 7
Romero, Pinole 7

Name School Assists
Montes, Richmond 14
S. Palano, Campo 9
Marshall, Dublin 7
Mendoza, Richmond 7
Ayala, YV 7
Damien, YV 7
Dougherty, Newark 6
Ledesma, Pitt 6
Six tied with 5

Matt Smith