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Boys Soccer: Player of the Year, Rankings, Standings, Stats

By Matt Smith
Monday, January 16th, 2012 at 4:10 pm in Boys soccer.

This week we take a look at who I think the East Bay player of the year candidates are. This should lead to more discussion from you guys about who you like.

Erik Montes: I want to start off by talking about who I think the frontrunner is with Richmond’s Erik Montes. He leads the East Bay in assists, by a good margin and is top five in goals scored. He’s a dynamic, creative player that is very important to the Oilers success.

Jonathan Ayala: The young man they call Tata leads the East Bay with 21 goals and has led Ygnacio Valley into being one of the top five teams in the East Bay. He’s a big, strong and fast kid who can create his own shot and strikes very quickly.

Jacob Carroll: The Acalanes sweeper is probably the best defender in the East Bay. I don’t know the extent of his injury, but he is crucial to the Dons success.

Josh Gomez: Gomez is not only the Eagles statistical leader, but he is the team leader as well. This team goes as he goes, and he is a big reason Clayton Valley is a legit title contender.

Gerardo Mendoza, Richmond: Another creative scorer who would probably be leading the East Bay if Richmond didn’t have so many weapons.

Edgar Damien: Personally one of my favorite players. An electrifying player in the midfield who creates chances for others, and can create his own.

Joel Sandoval: He has turned himself into quite the scorer, and has played a big part in keeping Newark as a legit MVAL and NCS contender.

Nathan Grixti: Hard to pick one player from Cal since it is their balance that makes them so, so good. Grixti is a natural scorer.

Gabriel Borges: One of my favorites since he was a freshman, looks like he has gotten right back on track along with the team.

Jaime Lopez: The Pittsburg striker is a legit goal scorer who better be marked, or he’ll beat you.

Sam Palano: The creative midfielder from Campolindo is the engine that drives the team.

Catalino Gomez: Hayward is a very talented team, and Gomez helps with his distribution, creativity and scoring ability.

Elias Jose Perez: An electric player who can get his chances even when being focused on by several defenders.

Rankings

A lot to talk about with the rankings this week. As I said in the comments on the previous thread, this week is kind of a gimme with the top ten because of Cal and DLS, and YV and Clayton playing a pair of big games. I found it hard to drop Cal more than one spot, while jumping De La Salle over them at this time. YV drops just one spot after the draw with Concord, playing without the East Bay’s top scorer and on a tough pitch.
Clayton Valley is tough for me because I feel like this team is better than No. 7, but a loss so recent to Acalanes means the Dons have to be higher. This puts the Eagles behind a DLS team they beat, but sometimes this happens because last week I had Clayton above an SRV team that beat the Eagles earlier in the year. The rankings are very week to week.
The big jump belongs to Monte Vista, which jumps six spots after scoring eight goals in two wins, including the upset of Cal.
Concord and Dublin get back in the rankings, and other teams either stood pat or moved down a spot or two as there were a lot of top teams losing and drawing last week.

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

Others considered: Bishop O’Dowd (6-0-6), Granada (8-5-2), Albany (5-3-4), Berkeley (8-6-1), Pittsburg (8-6-1), Amador Valley (8-7-1), College Park (7-5-4), Alhambra (5-6-3), Mt. Eden (8-5-2), Alameda (8-7-0).

Standings

ACCAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Richmond (12-2-0, 5-0-0) 15
Alameda (8-7-0, 3-3-0) 9
Berkeley (8-6-1, 3-2-0) 9
Pinole Valley (5-6-0, 3-2-0) 9
Hercules (2-5-1, 2-2-0) 6
El Cerrito (5-5-3, 1-3-1) 4
De Anza (0-5-0, 0-5-0) 0

BSAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Albany (5-3-4, 3-0-2) 11
Encinal (3-3-0, 3-2-0) 9
Kennedy (3-7-3, 2-0-3) 9
St. Mary’s (3-0-5, 2-0-3) 9
Salesian (2-5-1, 2-1-1) 7
Piedmont (3-4-2, 1-1-2) 5
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (1-4-1, 1-3-1) 4
St. Joseph Notre Dame (2-6-0, 1-4-0) 3
Swett (0-6-0, 0-4-0) 0

BVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Pittsburg (8-6-1, 2-0-0) 6
Deer Valley (1-5-4, 1-0-1) 4
Antioch (6-6-1, 1-1-0) 3
Freedom (1-5-5, 0-1-1) 1
Heritage (2-2-3, 0-1-1) 1
Liberty (1-5-1, 0-1-1) 1

DFAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Acalanes (10-1-3, 6-0-1) 19
Campolindo (12-2-2, 4-1-2) 14
Dougherty Valley (7-4-4, 3-2-2) 11
Miramonte (4-5-2, 2-1-2) 8
Dublin (10-4-1, 2-4-1) 7
Alhambra (5-6-3, 1-3-3) 6
Las Lomas (4-6-5, 0-6-1) 1

DVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Ygnacio Valley (11-2-2, 4-0-1) 13
Clayton Valley (10-3-2, 4-1-0) 12
Concord (8-0-3, 3-0-2) 11
College Park (7-5-4, 3-2-1) 10
Mt. Diablo (2-4-1, 2-3-0) 6
Northgate (4-8-3, 1-4-0) 3
Berean Chr. (3-9-0, 0-6-0) 0

EBAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
De La Salle (10-3-1, 5-0-1) 16
California (12-1-2, 4-1-1) 13
Monte Vista (7-1-6, 3-0-3) 12
San Ramon Valley (8-3-3, 3-1-1) 10
Granada (8-5-2, 2-4-0) 6
Amador Valley (8-7-1, 1-4-1) 4
Foothill (5-7-2, 1-4-0) 3
Livermore (2-10-1, 0-5-1) 1

HAAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Hayward (9-2-2, 7-0-1) 22
Bishop O’Dowd (6-0-6, 4-0-4) 16
Mt. Eden (8-5-2, 4-3-1) 13
Castro Valley (3-11-1, 3-4-1) 10
San Leandro (3-7-0, 3-3-0) 9
Tennyson (2-3-1, 2-3-1) 7
Moreau Catholic (2-4-3, 1-3-2) 5
Arroyo (0-8-3, 0-5-3) 3
San Lorenzo (2-5-3, 0-3-3) 3

MVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Logan (8-3-4, 4-0-1) 13
Newark Memorial (13-3-1, 4-0-1) 13
American (5-6-1, 4-1-0) 12
Mission San Jose (1-13-2, 1-2-2) 5
Irvington (2-11-2, 1-3-1) 4
Kennedy (1-7-2, 1-4-0) 3
Washington (1-9-1, 0-4-1) 1

OAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Skyline (1-1-0, 1-0-0) 3
Oakland Tech (1-2-0, 0-1-0) 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

Stat Leaders

Name School Goals
Ayala, YV 21
Mendoza, Richmond 20
Sandoval, Newark 19
Lopez, Pitt 15
Montes, Richmond 14
Nguyen, American 12
Grixti, Cal 12
DeBack, Acalanes 11
Alvarez, Albany 11
Glascock, Acalanes 10
Alejandro, Alhambra 10
Gomez, Clayton 10
Hartland, Dublin 10

Name School Assists
Montes, Richmond 19
Damien, YV 13
Borges, Albany 10
S. Palano, Campo 10
Ayala, Richmond 9
Mendoza, Richmond 9
Maguire, Acalanes 8
Gomez, Clayton 7
Marshall, Dublin 7
Dougherty, Newark 7
Ayala, YV 7

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  • Rouge Warrior

    Today’s excuse is narrow field, tomorrow it’s De La Sale recruits, De La Salle practices 365.242199 a year, and they drink a magic potent. Seems like Spartans have done OK at Dublin High the past 3 years.

  • mudhen

    Dublin ain’t Richmond.

  • Soccer fan

    Not an excuse, just reality.