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.


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)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Rouge Warrior

    Spartans have never used the excuse that they lost because the field is too wide. Seriously have you ever heard them ever say anything like that. But you sure do hear it from teams that lose at DLS and blame the field. And 199 other reasons on why they lost. Spartans just simply say we did not play well and its on to next game and lets do better.

  • The Sweeper

    Good road match tune up for the Don’s tonight. DoValley is making steady progress as the season rolls. One defensive mixup resulted in the Cats giving up a gift goal for the final score. The Cat’s had their fair share of chances.

    The officiating was respectable on most of the tough calls but some routine calls were just missed. And the center ref had a ‘Cool Hand Luke’ attitude: “What we have here is failure to communicate,” as the players were not on the same page. Like that never happens…go figure.

  • Tack

    Hey DonAca, you are correct in the campo statement. But due to some reasons personal to the team, the senior night Ceremonies have been moved to Monday.

  • vkr

    1/27 Kennedy (Richmond) vs. Piedmont ends in 3-3 tie

  • Futbol100

    Someone needs to give some credit to the Concord High keeper. Watch this kid play he’s much more rounded than the DLS keeper.

  • Madballer

    Matt gotta agree with you Borges has loads of skill and is very talented he’s a very special player.

    Keep up the good work borges your a ceritified baller !!!

  • The Sweeper

    Hey Tack,

    Nice comeback win for the Gaels tonight. Tell the mates to keep building the momentum and do not waiver on your team’s objectives (your deal, not this blog’s).

    I hope to make the 2nd half Monday. All the best to the seniors on Monday.

    See you at the pitch!

  • Tack

    Thanks, Sweeper! Hope to see you out there.

  • Center Mark

    Anyone know if any DFAL teams were impacted by the grades released this week? Any players dropped due to grades?

  • El Frustrado

    Has anyone heard about a possible suspension for the Monte Vista player that was red carded in Tuesday’s match vs. DLS? Apparently EBAL commissioner can extend one game suspension for up to five games? Is that accurate?

  • Dogsupporter

    Hey Matt

    Alhambra with 2 league wins in a row. Looks like they are finally hitting form at the right time.

  • mudhen

    It really isn’t fair to compare De La Salle with other local schools. DLS is an expensive private school and a bay area destination for boys who want to play sports,
    ANY sports, and not just soccer. The student teacher ratio is way smaller and much more individual attention can be focused on making sure grades are kept up, so that problem is solved. As well, virtually all of the boys play on premier clubs (money there too) and benefit from yet more attention.Since it is a sports destination school, it is inevitable that any given sport will have a surplus of highly motivated boys in the player pool and the pressure must be intense for boys to WIN. And make no mistake, winning at DLS, is assumed. I would hate for my son to be under such a microscope, and feel sorry for all of the hard working boys who for one reason or another, couldn’t cut it, but kudos for the guys who do.
    So what are we left with then? A school that almost boringly (except for it’s fans) trounces everybody else in many categories (academics?).
    It would most likely be better for DLS to only play other powerhouse sports schools. I guess it could be argued that playing DLS improves the overall breed, but when the playing field is so slanted in the first place, I don’t see how

  • Throw-in

    The Richmond Oilers will use the width of the field to there advantage. With all the open space and ball movement, the Oilers will have a lot of scoring chances.

    Say that I’m crazy!!!!
    Oilers 3- Spartans 1

  • Oh well, just to answer your question, their academics are top notch 99% to college, over 80 % to 4 yr. schools. It’s a college prep school if you didn’t know. All the boys in the ebal play on premier clubs too, that’s why the ebal is so strong in aquatics, soceer, etc. There’s no microscope at DLS except grades and behavior representing the school. The sports teams are basically self-motivated-you get out what you put in. There’s a lot of kids not playing sports, involved in other activities, band, clubs, etc. They represent well also.

  • another mis-informed soul.

  • My hounds will get mud-hen.

  • Matt Smith

    Yep, I agree Dogsupporter. Alhambra is dangerous right now.

  • Marcus G

    What about Castro Valley? What has happened to them the last two seasons?

  • EBAL spektator

    Big Joe,

    DLS is a good academic school, but SAT scores are approx the same as Cal and SR, (within 25 points) and in fact the MV scores were a higher, just check the Diabo Magazine March 2011 issue of testing high schools in the bay area, Miramonte was off the charts, and higher than all.

    So why would a kid from San Ramon, Danville, Alamo, Orinda, Lafayette want to go to DLS, more so for the excellent athletic programs I would say.

  • mudhen

    That wasn’t a criticism Big Joe, merely an observation. I don’t doubt that academics are strong. But this “self motivation” stuff only goes so far. A winning tradition, and superior coaching make a huge difference in outcomes.And since everybody knows the DLS, is a superior sports school, why is it that it’s supporters are so defensive?

  • ebal spek- you’re right-I saw those results months ago.
    Kids go to DeLa for a variety of reasons.
    Spoets, academics, structure, parents previous alumni, spiritual, Catholic feeder schools.
    There are atholic grammar schools in the areas mentioned above.
    Students usually go to Catholic high schools from Catholic grammar schools. Catholic high school enrollment is mostly made up of Catholic grammer school students.
    So why would students who don’t play sports go to De La Salle from Danville, Alamo, Orinda, etc.
    Since DLS is the only Catholic high school in the greater Contra Costa area(Salesian -west county), Catholic grammars from Antioch to Livermore are going to have students go there, providing they pass the entrance exam which all the Catholic grammer students pass because they are prepared and understand the system. There’s also a percentage of highly ranked students who don’t play spots going there and CHS because parents want accountability and structure, if you don’t beleive me, send your kid there and you will soon find out.

  • MudHen, supporters are not neccessarily defense, they are more informed than others because their kids have gone or go there(DLS and CHS).
    They most likely are also tired of the unfair advantage comments. Life is unfair. Some people might say it’s unfair to live in Blackhawk, attend MV and have a brand new BMW to drive to school. san ramon, MV, Miramonte, Campo, Accalnes, Las Lomas and a few others including DLS and CHS are always going to have more advantages than the other schools. Basic economics, parent involement,starting their kids out early in sports, grade accountability, presure, keeping up with the jones’, social activities, etc. and grooming. Take a look at kids from strong economic backgrounds, they are pretty preppy, have almost everything at their disposal and are somewhat spoiled. However, if mommy and daddy went to college, mba, law and medical or just worked really smart to the victors go the spoils.
    So lets not try to define or seperate the public student and parents from these areas- they are all economically better off than the majority of the other EastBay high schools.
    I can tell you from personal experience, both parents are working to send their kids to pariochal schools.
    There is financial aid and it spreads to many students playing sports or not.

  • Let’s see, last time I checked DLS and CHS are not winning all the games. MV, SRV, Cal anothers out of league are also winning and in some cases dominating. Swimming, Soceer, waterpolo, volleyball, track(except DLS), lacrose, basketball(except DLS) are all pretty much even with the top public school counterparts.
    The exceptions to track is that DLS has an excellent program with lots of football player speed on the team.
    The exception to basketball is that DLS has an almost manical coach who has coached public schools to championships also. Frank Alloco has been in the business for many years with camps, clinics, films, etc. The majority of his players aren’t much more than in the 6-6’2 range-go figure.
    So that leaves football, and we all know that’s a buy-in from the student and great coaching, motivated year around, great depth, very good talent and attitude.
    So leave out football and DLS and CHS hold their own, but are hardly dominating these other well-to do schools.
    Another point, 1 or 2 big-time players can make your program- they pull up everyone else on the team and all of a sudden you got all-leaguers all over.
    Take swimming for instance, the best USA teams are in LaMorinda and Danville area, the exception the Teripins in Concord. The success of CHS swimming was before Natalie Couglin, but she cemented it when swam for CHS. Later successes came with multiple swimmers on these teams, so as a team they are very successful and team points win championships, not just 1 individual. Nobody was beating Kate Dwellly out at Liberty(Stanford 4 yrs), but more depth teams were beating her teams. So big time successful swimmers are going to swim on these types of teams.
    Another example, the CHS track teams have been down the last several years, reason-coaching which breeds lack of participation.
    So if you think DLS and CHS don’t have opportunities and weaknesses in some of their programs- you’re wrong.
    It’s just not public knowledge all the time like Miramonte who had several basketball coaches fired over the years because of parents and lack of playing time.
    I will give you this, the past successes of certain sports have put both schools in the limelight every season, but sometimes perceptions are everything.
    Case in popint, DLS football- when they walk on the field they have a regular game most likely half won. Stop complaining and prepare better for them, there are several ex- DLS coaches/players coaching public/private teams- all of them say one common thing- you need better buy-in to win. It’s attitude and commitment. Most kids are not willing to make those kind of sacrifices year around. Nuff said for now.

  • The Sweeper

    I gave up green Kool-Aid in a silver cup ages ago. Nuff said for now.

    Gotta remember that close, though somehow it is never nuff said…oh yeah, for now…

    See you at the pitch!

  • Prep Fan

    That sounded pretty defensive to me BigJoeMamaDog.

  • Prep, it is always a defensive effort at DeLa first and foremost. We also gots special teams. Kline needs a new pic – it looks like Cream of Wheat, not crop.
    Good to see Cal finally get it. Good to see Houston making the number 5 recruiting selection, the cream is judged by sportwriters with info from scouts , coaches and recruiters.EBAL did very well for QB’s- it must be a public?catholic structural I-680 advantage. I’ll let Junior tackle that one.

  • The Sweeper

    Now in the house in Richmond, M A T T S M I T H. I will defer to the pro for match reports.

  • Matt Smith

    The Sweeper is here and he’ll have great information, I am sure.

  • Matt Smith

    DLS scores right away. 1-0.

  • Matt Smith

    Richmond is without starters Francisco Aguila (11 goals, 5 assists) and Israel Ayala (11 assists) who is probably the best holding midfielder in the East Bay.

  • Matt Smith

    Montes with an incredible strike from 40 yards out, beats Konstantino to the top left corner. 1-1.

  • Matt Smith

    And DLS answers right back! Guerrero after a long ball into the box. 2-1.
    Rowling had the first DLS goal.

  • Tack

    Matt, do you know why Dami├ín Martinez isn’t playin? Did he get a card?

  • Matt Smith

    Good question, Tack. I don’t think I’ve seen him out there today.
    I also haven’t seen Dane Depolo.

  • Matt Smith

    DLS scores on a header on a corner. 3-1.

  • Tack

    Looks like he’s in now!

  • Matt Smith

    Montes scores his second goal. 3-2 with 20 minutes left.

  • Matt Smith

    It’s starting to get physical.

  • Matt Smith

    4-2 De La Salle. It’s all but over.

  • Futbol100

    The goal was 25 yards out for richmond

  • Panchito

    It was a good game but i would of like to see israel ayala play that game and match up against the dls midfielders….

  • mudhen

    Well… I’m sold. DLS is the BEST team in the neighborhood right now. Disciplined, focused and clean playing. Great game, good refs, and a big crowd, and even tho’ the score was 4–2 it was hard fought all the way, and a couple of breaks could have changed the score. The playoffs will be fun this year.


    Very Impressive run by DLS.
    A tip of the cap to the young men from Sparta.
    NCS title will run through the narrow confines of Owen Owens field!


    So what does that make Richmonds EBAL record?

  • DLSwireless

    Richmond EBAL

    Beat MV
    Lost to SRV (2-1) and DLS(4-2)

    Did they play anyone else? So it would be 1-2-0

  • Dfalfan

    Is there a video of the DLS-Richmond anywhere?

  • Aztecfan

    Berkeley 3 – Fremont 1

  • Soccer Fan

    srv 5 foothill 1.

  • DLS Defender


    Great game today between Richmond and DLS. Hat’s off to Montes–best shot seen all season…I think it caught tino by surprise! Richmond played great; as expected.

    I think too much was made of the field size. DLS is fit, and the team is deep…ran Richmond out of contention with endless waves of pressure; last 10 of both halves showed the importance of fitness in this game and the benefit of depth. The ability to substitute equally competent players nullified field size as a factor.

    As for the comments about DLS, I will resist the temptation to reply…same stuff is said every year…every explanation for success except the commitment–and everything that requires–to superior play.

    As for the absence of Dane Depolo, I am told this was due to the soft red (two yellows) from the game against SRV. While the first yellow was arguable legit, the second was the most questionable ref call I’ve seen all year…yellow card for a throw-in two yards past the ref’s mark with a mis-throw that never went in…a yellow card? Really? wow…still baffled by that one…Franco Felix, a sophomore, played very well in his stead…

    Damian played, and played well…I too would have liked to have seen the mid-field match-up with Ayala…where was he?? Damian, Conrad Rowling and Nick Bob remain a tough trio in the middle…

    I predicted DLS would have an easier match-up with Richmond; is the size and strength of SRV the most dangerous threat to Sparta in NCS? I would argue yes…

    Sorry to have missed you at the pitch…see you on the flip side…