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Boys Soccer: Updated Playoff Picture, Live Blog, Rankings, Standings, Stats

The playoff picture is becoming more clear as the contenders are rising to the top. Now we’ll take a look.

Division I

Locks: California, Clayton Valley, De La Salle, Logan, Monte Vista, Mt. Eden, Newark Memorial, Richmond, San Ramon Valley.

Pretty Much In: Berkeley, College Park, Granada, Pittsburg.

Safely Inside the Bubble: Amador Valley, Dougherty Valley.

On the Bubble: Alameda, American, Antioch, Deer Valley, Freedom, San Leandro.

By my count 13 teams are pretty much a lock to get in, assuming things don’t fall apart for those teams. Amador and Dougherty control their destinies. With their schedules and the good wins they’ve had, as long as they finish above .500 in one of the categories, they’ll be in for sure.
This leaves six teams to fight it out for that last spot, and right now, American at 5-1-0 in league play is in good shape to be a surprise playoff team and Freedom at 2-1-1 in league play is in decent shape.
Based on the remaining schedule, and the teams they’ve played this year, I feel like Alameda has a good chance to finish above .500 and get in over other teams that may qualify.
Don’t count out Deer Valley. They have played a great schedule, and if they can get above .500 in league, I think they get in.

Division II

Locks: Acalanes, Albany, Bishop O’Dowd, Campolindo, Concord, Dublin, Hayward, St. Mary’s, Ygnacio Valley.

Pretty Much In: Kennedy-Richmond, Pinole Valley.

Safely Inside the Bubble: None.

On the Bubble: El Cerrito, Miramonte, Tennyson,

The top nine teams are in, and should be the top nine seeds. Sorting them out seeing wise will be the only thing left to do.
Kennedy of Richmond is making a nice run in BSAL play and should get in, and at 4-2-1 in league and 5-3-2 against Division II teams, Pinole Valley is looking very good. And I wouldn’t want to play this team in the playoffs. El Cerrito, Miramonte and Tennyson are all floating around .500 in one way or the other. With only about 11 teams looking to be safely in, it looks like any team finishing above .500 should get in.

Live Blog

I’m planning on a live blog at noon on Thursday. I’d love to hear thoughts on this and see how many people would like to participate.

Rankings

De La Salle regains the top spot after eight straight wins, which includes five straight shutouts. Give it up for the Spartans defense. Ygnacio Valley moves up to No. 2, the highest ranking in school history.
After the top two, the debate can ensue. How far to drop Richmond after a very brutal loss? Monte Vista beat San Ramon Valley, who beat the Oilers, shortly after the Oilers handled the Mustangs. I think settling those three at No. 3, 4 and 5 makes sense.
Newark Memorial keeps winning, and slowly crawling up the rankings. The Cougars should continue earning a high seed in the NCS playoffs. California drops to No. 10, and we’ll see if the Grizzlies can get healthy and bounce back before the playoffs.
Concord, the only unbeaten team remaining, jumps up to No. 11 while Albany and Berkeley both return to the top 15 for the first time since early on in the season.

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

Others considered: Dougherty Valley (7-5-4), Pittsburg (9-6-2), Dublin (10-5-1), Granada (8-5-4), Bishop O’Dowd (6-1-7), Mt. Eden (10-5-2), College Park (9-6-4), Amador Valley (9-8-1), Alhambra (6-6-3), St. Mary’s (5-0-5)

Standings

ACCAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Richmond (14-3-0, 7-0-0) 21
Berkeley (9-6-2, 4-2-1) 13
Pinole Valley (6-6-2, 4-2-1) 13
Alameda (8-8-0, 3-4-0) 9
Hercules (2-6-2, 2-3-1) 7
El Cerrito (5-6-6, 1-3-2) 5
De Anza (0-7-0, 0-7-0) 0

BSAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
St. Mary’s (5-0-5, 4-0-3) 15
Albany (6-3-5, 4-0-2) 14
Kennedy (4-8-3, 3-0-3) 12
Encinal (3-4-0, 3-3-0) 9
Salesian (2-6-1, 2-2-1) 7
St. Joseph Notre Dame (3-7-0, 2-4-0) 6
Piedmont (3-4-2, 1-1-2) 5
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (1-5-1, 1-4-1) 4
Swett (0-8-0, 0-6-0) 0

BVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Pittsburg (9-6-2, 3-0-1) 10
Freedom (3-5-5, 2-1-1) 7
Deer Valley (1-6-5, 1-1-2) 5
Antioch (6-7-2, 1-2-1) 4
Heritage (2-2-5, 0-1-3) 3
Liberty (1-6-2, 0-2-2) 2

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

DVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Ygnacio Valley (13-2-2, 6-0-1) 19
Concord (9-0-4, 4-0-3) 15
Clayton Valley (11-4-3, 4-2-1) 13
College Park (9-6-4, 3-3-1) 10
Mt. Diablo (2-5-1, 2-4-0) 6
Northgate (5-10-3, 2-5-0) 6
Berean Chr. (4-10-0, 0-7-0) 0

EBAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
De La Salle (12-3-1, 7-0-1) 22
Monte Vista (10-1-6, 5-0-3) 18
California (12-3-2, 4-3-1) 13
San Ramon Valley (10-4-3, 4-2-1) 13
Granada (8-5-4, 2-4-2) 8
Amador Valley (9-8-1, 2-5-1) 7
Foothill (5-8-3, 1-5-1) 4
Livermore (2-11-2, 0-6-2) 2

HAAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Hayward (10-3-2, 8-1-1) 25
Mt. Eden (10-5-2, 6-3-1) 19
Bishop O’Dowd (6-1-7, 4-1-5) 17
San Leandro (4-7-1, 4-3-1) 13
Tennyson (4-3-1, 4-3-1) 13
Castro Valley (3-12-1, 3-5-1) 10
Moreau Catholic (3-6-3, 2-5-2) 8
San Lorenzo (3-6-3, 1-4-3) 6
Arroyo (0-10-3, 0-7-3) 3

MVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Newark Memorial (15-3-1, 6-0-1) 19
Logan (9-3-5, 5-0-2) 17
American (6-6-1, 5-1-0) 15
Mission San Jose (1-13-3, 1-2-3) 6
Irvington (2-11-2, 1-3-1) 4
Kennedy (1-9-2, 1-5-0) 3
Washington (1-10-1, 0-5-1) 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 22
Mendoza, Richmond 21
Sandoval, Newark 19
Montes, Richmond 18
Lopez, Pitt 15
Nguyen, American 13
Alejandro, Alhambra 12
Grixti, Cal 12
Espinoza, St. Mary 12
DeBack, Acalanes 11
Alvarez, Albany 11
Castillo, Hayward 11
Aguila, Richmond 11

Name School Assists
Montes, Richmond 22
Damien, YV 15
Ayala, Richmond 12
Borges, Albany 11
S. Palano, Campo 10
Mendoza, Richmond 10
Gomez, Hayward 9
Dougherty, Newark 9
Maguire, Acalanes 8
Gomez, Clayton 8
Martinez, Clayton 8
Altamarino, Concord 8

Matt Smith