Boys Soccer: Coach of the Year, Scenarios, Rankings, Standings, Stats

Every coach I have met does a great job, but let’s talk about the one’s that are frontrunners for the East Bay Coach of the Year award.

Cesar Chavez, YV: Chavez has taken the YV program to a new level. With his guidance and youthful approach to coaching, the Warriors are one of the most creative teams in the East Bay.

Derricke Brown, DLS: There’s nothing like taking over the most prestigious program in the East Bay and being expected to keep winning, but that’s what Brown has done. He’s kept the Spartans program right where it is used to being.

James Williams, Logan: The Colts have lost only three times this year and are one of the most well-rounded, consistent, and disciplined teams in the area. That’s because of the leadership of there coach.

Pablo Gaytan, Pittsburg: The Piratees are a team on the cusp, and have been close to big wins. The program should be capable of big things soon, and Gaytan has done a great job of coaching the youth in the program.

Behzad Golemohammadi, Berkeley: The Yellowjackets were hit hard by graduation, but the team is in contention once again in Division I. 10 wins and being assured a playoff spot at this point means good coaching.

Rene Siles, Richmond: Always in the discussion as the coach of the year, Siles is one of the best coaches i n the area year in and year out. A class act who runs a classy program.

Matt Zahner, Monte Vista: Graduating about 20 seniors didn’t effect Zahner. He has continued to get the most out of his kids and the Mustangs should be a top seed in the NCS playoffs.

Don Busboom, San Ramon Valley: Is there any wonder the Wolves keep on winning no matter who is on the pitch? Busboom is fantastic.

Ko Douglas, Albany: He came back and has righted the ship at Albany. It’s no secret how good he is.

Alfonso Munoz, Concord: The Minutemen are unbeaten. Enough said.

Shane Carney, Campolindo: Talk about being hit hard by graduation. The Cougars have hardly missed a beat.

Rory Gentry, Clayton Valley: Has turned the Eagles program around, and is in the discussion every year. A classy gentleman who gets the most out of his kids.

Paul Curtis, Acalanes: Every single year, the Dons are a dominant force in the East Bay. Curtis is a driving force in the soccer community.

Rick Villa, Newark Memorial: Another program hit hard by graduation, is still a top ten program in the East Bay.

League/Playoff Scenarios


The league race is pretty much over. Richmond holds a 10 point lead with four games left. One win and the Oilers have clinched the league. Now on to the playoff scenario.

Division I: Richmond and Berkeley are in. The Yellowjackets just need to avoid losing four games in a row to assure themselves a spot. Alameda needs to unbeaten in its last three games to be eligible.

Division II: Pinole appears to be in pretty good shape, needing to avoid losing two of its last three league games to be eligible. Hercules is hovering around the .500 mark and might get eligible as well. If El Cerrito can win three of its last four games, or go 2-0-2, the Gauchos will be eligible.


Albany is pulling away with this league with Piedmont and St. Mary’s still holding on for hope. In the playoff situation, Albany, St. Mary’s, Piedmont and Kennedy-Richmond seem to have qualifying all wrapped up. Encinal and St. Joseph Notre Dame are floating around .500 in league and have an outside shot.


A couple of wins for Pittsburg, and it should have the league wrapped up. Antioch is making a late push and is the only team that could snag the crown from the Pirates.

Division I: Pittsburg is a lock, and Antioch has recently gotten over .500 in league and overall. If the Panthers play .500 ball from here, I think they will get in. Freedom and Deer Valley are close to .500 in league, but it would be hard to qualify and harder to get in.


Two more wins and Acalanes has another league title. Campolindo is the only threat if the Dons slip up down the stretch.
In the playoffs, Acalanes, Campolindo and Dublin are locks for the Division II picture. Alhambra is very safe with some winnable games upcoming.
In Division I, Dougherty Valley needs to play .500 or better to make sure they qualify.


With a three-point lead over Clayton Valley, a game in hand and two head-to head wins, and a seven-point lead over Concord, Ygnacio Valley is poised to win the league.
YV and Concord are locks for the Division II picture, while Clayton Valley is a lock for the Division I picture, while College Park needs just one win to get in the Division I playoffs.


Looks like there is no stopping De La Salle from reclaiming the league title. Two wins and its a done deal. They will also be in the Division I playoffs as will Monte Vista, California and San Ramon Valley. Amador Valley needs to play above .500 ball (3-0-1, 3-1-0, 2-0-2, 2-1-1, 1-0-3) to get in while Granada needs to make sure not to lose twice, without getting a win.


Hayward is in complete control, but still has some work to do. Two wins and a draw, or three wins, will do the trick, or a couple of losses from Mt. Eden, which is the only team that can realistically catch the Farmers.
Mt. Eden is a solid lock for the Division I playoffs while San Leandro needs to play .500 ball or better to be eligible. Three wins would make Castro Valley eligible as well.
In Division II, Hayward is a lock for a very good seed while Bishop O’Dowd is also in. Tennyson is a team that needs to play .500 ball or better to have a shot.


The Cougars can lock up the league with a win over Logan on Friday night. Even a draw and Newark has pretty much got it wrapped up. Newark Memorial and the Colts are two shoe ins for the Division I playoffs while American is looking like it will be eligible and is hoping to have the resume to get in.


I did a little reshuffling with the rankings this week.
Even with San Ramon Valley losing to De La Salle this week, I felt lie it made sense to have them at No. 3 and Richmond at No. 4.
Newark Memorial stands pat, but is deserving of a bump up and should get it very soon. The rest of the rankings remain pretty much the same, with Pittsburg jumping back into the rankings, deservedly.

1. De La Salle (15-3-1)
2. Ygnacio Valley (14-2-2)
3. San Ramon Valley (12-5-3)
4. Richmond (15-4-0)
5. Acalanes (11-1-5)
6. Monte Vista (11-2-6)
7. Newark Memorial (17-3-1)
8. Clayton Valley (14-4-3)
9. Campolindo (14-2-3)
10. California (14-3-2)
11. Concord (10-0-4)
12. Hayward (12-3-2)
13. Albany (9-3-5)
14. Berkeley (10-6-3)
15. Pittsburg (11-6-2)

Others considered: Dublin (12-5-1), Dougherty Valley (7-6-4). Logan (10-3-6), Mt. Eden (12-6-2), Bishop O’Dowd (7-2-8), College Park (10-7-4), Alhambra (8-7-3), Granada (8-6-4), Amador Valley (9-9-1), Pinole Valley (6-7-4)


Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Richmond (15-4-0, 8-0-0) 24
Berkeley (10-6-3, 4-2-2) 14
Pinole Valley (6-7-4, 4-3-2) 14
Hercules (5-6-2, 4-3-1) 13
Alameda (8-9-1, 3-5-1) 10
El Cerrito (5-6-8, 1-3-4) 7
De Anza (0-8-1, 0-8-1) 1

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Albany (9-3-5, 7-0-2) 23
Piedmont (6-5-4, 5-1-3) 18
St. Mary’s (6-1-5, 5-1-3) 18
Kennedy (4-10-4, 3-0-4) 13
Encinal (3-5-0, 3-4-0) 9
St. Joseph Notre Dame (4-7-1, 3-4-0) 9
Salesian (2-9-1, 2-5-1) 7
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (1-7-1, 1-6-1) 4
Swett (0-10-0, 0-8-0) 0

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Pittsburg (11-6-2, 5-0-1) 16
Antioch (8-7-2, 3-2-1) 10
Freedom (3-7-5, 2-3-1) 7
Deer Valley (1-7-6, 1-2-3) 6
Liberty (2-7-3, 1-3-2) 5
Heritage (2-3-6, 0-2-4) 4

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Acalanes (11-1-5, 7-0-2) 23
Campolindo (14-2-3, 4-1-3) 15
Dublin (12-5-1, 4-4-1) 13
Alhambra (8-7-3, 3-3-3) 12
Dougherty Valley (7-6-4, 3-3-2) 11
Miramonte (5-8-4, 2-4-2) 8
Las Lomas (4-8-5, 0-8-1) 1

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Ygnacio Valley (14-2-2, 7-0-1) 22
Clayton Valley (14-4-3, 6-2-1) 19
Concord (10-0-4, 4-0-3) 15
College Park (10-7-4, 4-4-1) 13
Mt. Diablo (2-5-1, 2-4-0) 6
Northgate (5-11-3, 2-6-0) 6
Berean Chr. (4-12-0, 0-9-0) 0

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
De La Salle (15-3-1, 9-0-1) 28
Monte Vista (11-2-6, 6-1-3) 21
California (14-3-2, 6-3-1) 19
San Ramon Valley (12-5-3, 5-3-1) 16
Granada (8-6-5, 2-5-3) 9
Amador Valley (9-9-2, 2-6-2) 8
Foothill (5-10-4, 1-7-2) 5
Livermore (2-12-3, 0-7-3) 3

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Hayward (12-3-2, 10-1-1) 31
Mt. Eden (12-6-2, 8-3-1) 25
Bishop O’Dowd (7-2-8, 5-2-5) 20
Tennyson (7-6-2, 5-5-2) 17
San Leandro (5-8-1, 5-4-1) 16
Castro Valley (5-13-1, 5-6-1) 16
San Lorenzo (4-7-4, 2-5-4) 10
Moreau Catholic (3-8-4, 2-7-2) 8
Arroyo (0-12-3, 0-9-3) 3

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Newark Memorial (17-3-1, 8-0-1) 25
Logan (10-3-6, 6-0-3) 21
American (6-8-2, 5-3-1) 16
Irvington (4-12-2, 3-4-1) 10
Mission San Jose (1-15-3, 1-4-3) 6
Washington (2-12-1, 1-6-1) 4
Kennedy (1-12-2, 1-8-0) 3

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
Mendoza, Richmond 22
Ayala, YV 22
Montes, Richmond 21
Romero, Pinole 20
Sandoval, Newark 19
Castillo, Hayward 17
Gomez, Clayton 16
Alvarez, Albany 15
Lopez, Pitt 15
Borges, Albany 14
Grixti, Cal 14
Alejandro, Alhambra 13
Nguyen, American 13
Espinoza, St. Mary 13

Name School Assists
Montes, Richmond 23
Damian, YV 15
Borges, Albany 14
Ayala, Richmond 12
Gomez, Hayward 12
Maguire, Acalanes 11
Mendoza, Richmond 11
S. Palano, Campo 10
Moreno, EC 10
Dougherty, Newark 10
Chaussy, SRV 10

Matt Smith

  • Shinguard

    Never say die and patience…will take the draw.

  • Pelotero

    De gea lemon huh ? Looks like he earned his $$$ today ! Chelsea give up a 3 point lead even after dropping 9 players.

    Chicharito with the leveler, this was and instant classic and match of the week.

  • Rouge Warrior

    MUFC supplied the CR…otherwise they only scored 1.

  • Pelotero

    Yeah and two Own goals for Chelsea or its 1-1 right ????

  • Matt Smith

    Tack, who scored for Dublin?

  • Soccer fan


    Do they ever post your rankings in the paper?

  • Tack

    Hartland returned to the score sheet, on an assist from Digirolamo

  • tiktak

    Who knows Richmond’s #3 name?

  • Lionel Messi

    No one cares, but AV 6, Livermore 0.