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Boys Soccer: Semi-finals, Rankings, Standings, Stats.

Here is my preview for the semi-finals. This post will be updated after Wednesday to preview the NCS finals.

Division I

De La Salle v. Clayton Valley

This will be the most physical and hotly contested game in either semi-final. The Eagles are the only team to have handed the Spartans an NCS loss. This means two things: that De La Salle will be hungry and that Clayton Valley will be confident
Look for the play to be physical, look for a lot of contact in the midfield, and look for chances to be very few. These teams are so similar in that many players can step up when least expected. Look for that to happen again.
De La Salle’s Andrew Konstantino will play a big role for the Spartans as will Christian Pedraza and Sam Marchant in the back for the Eagles.

Richmond v. San Ramon Valley

The Oilers are looking for revenge from a heartbreaking loss last month at San Ramon Valley, while the Wolves look like a team tuned up for a championship after a combined 8-0 score in the first two rounds.
Richmond has played two close games, which has them prepared for whatever the playoffs offer.
The Oilers better be ready, because the Wolves were under-seeded at No. 6 and are as good as anyone in the field.
Who will create more? Alex Chaussy or Erik Montes?

Division II

Concord v. Bishop O’Dowd

The Minutemen are showing how far good goalkeeping can get you as Emmanuel Jimenez is playing as well as anyone in the NCS right now. The Dragons, however, were not given much of a chance when the post-season started and are proving right now they should be taken seriously.
Both teams have played many low-scoring affairs, and the first goal in this game could be the biggest goal either team has scored all season.

Albany v. Tennyson

For the third year in a row, Albany is in the semi-finals, but this year, it was slightly unexpected. After an up and down season that brought them a No. 7 seed, the Cougars seemed to have two unfavorable matchups but have prevailed through both thanks to determination, and the skill players stepping up.
If you wanna talk about unexpected, let’s talk about Tennyson. This team was pretty solid all year, and was always looking like a playoff team. But right now, the Lancers are peaking. They haven’t allowed a goal in the post-season and are solid all-around.
Two similar styles will be clashing in this game.

Rankings

So the rankings don’t mean much at this point as being alive in the NCS bracket is all that matters.
All I can say is that it the entire season is still considered when doing those rankings, hence not dropping teams like YV like 10-15 spots. Teams that are still alive can move up and the teams that make the finals will move up some more.

1. De La Salle (20-3-2)
2. Richmond (22-4-0)
3. Clayton Valley (19-4-3)
4. San Ramon Valley (16-6-4)
5. Ygnacio Valley (19-3-2)
6. Concord (14-2-5)
7. Monte Vista (14-4-8)
8. California (17-3-4)
9. Newark Memorial (20-4-1)
10. Bishop O’Dowd (11-3-11)
11. Albany (13-4-6)
12. Pittsburg (14-8-4)
13. Acalanes (12-3-8)
14. Tennyson (12-6-5)
15. Dublin (16-6-3)

Others considered: Campolindo (17-4-4), Alhambra (11-8-5), Berkeley (14-8-3), Hayward (14-6-2), Pinole Valley (9-9-5), Dougherty Valley (9-9-4), Mt. Eden (14-8-3), Amador Valley (12-12-2), Granada (10-8-7), Logan (11-6-6)

Standings

ACCAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Richmond (22-4-0, 12-0-0) 36
Berkeley (14-8-3, 7-3-2) 23
Pinole Valley (9-9-5, 5-4-3) 18
Hercules (11-10-4, 4-5-3) 15
Alameda (10-10-2, 4-6-2) 14
El Cerrito (7-8-9, 2-5-5) 11
De Anza (0-11-1, 0-11-1) 1

BSAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Albany (13-4-6, 9-0-3) 30
Piedmont (8-7-4, 7-2-3) 24
St. Mary’s (8-3-6, 6-2-4) 22
Kennedy (6-11-7, 5-0-7) 22
Salesian (6-9-0, 6-5-0) 18
Encinal (5-8-0, 5-6-0) 15
St. Joseph Notre Dame (4-11-2, 3-8-1) 10
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (2-12-0, 2-9-0) 6
Swett (0-16-0, 0-11-0) 0

BVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Pittsburg (14-8-4, 7-0-3) 24
Antioch (9-9-4, 4-3-3) 15
Freedom (5-8-6, 4-4-2) 14
Heritage (3-3-9, 1-2-7) 10
Deer Valley (1-8-9, 1-3-6) 8
Liberty (2-10-4, 1-6-3) 6

DFAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Acalanes (12-3-8, 8-1-3) 27
Campolindo (17-4-4, 6-3-3) 21
Dublin (16-6-3, 6-4-2) 20
Dougherty Valley (9-9-4, 5-5-2) 17
Alhambra (11-8-5, 4-3-5) 17
Miramonte (6-12-4, 3-7-2) 11
Las Lomas (5-10-5, 1-10-1) 4

DVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Ygnacio Valley (19-3-2, 11-0-1) 34
Clayton Valley (19-4-3, 9-2-1) 28
Concord (14-2-5, 7-2-3) 24
College Park (11-10-5, 5-6-1) 16
Mt. Diablo (4-9-1, 4-8-0) 12
Northgate (6-14-3, 3-9-0) 9
Berean Chr. (4-16-0, 0-12-0) 0

EBAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
De La Salle (20-3-2, 12-0-2) 38
California (17-3-4, 9-3-2) 29
Monte Vista (14-4-8, 8-2-4) 28
San Ramon Valley (16-6-4, 8-4-2) 26
Amador Valley (12-12-2, 4-8-2) 14
Granada (10-8-7, 3-6-5) 14
Foothill (5-15-4, 1-11-2) 5
Livermore (2-16-3, 0-11-3) 3

HAAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Hayward (14-6-2, 12-3-1) 37
Mt. Eden (14-8-3, 10-4-2) 32
Bishop O’Dowd (11-3-11, 7-3-6) 27
Tennyson (12-6-5, 7-5-4) 25
San Leandro (7-11-2, 7-7-2) 23
San Lorenzo (7-8-5, 5-6-5) 20
Castro Valley (6-16-1, 6-9-1) 19
Moreau Catholic (5-9-6, 4-8-4) 16
Arroyo (0-16-3, 0-13-3) 3

MVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Newark Memorial (20-4-1, 11-0-1) 34
Logan (11-6-6, 7-2-3) 24
American (6-10-3, 5-5-2) 17
Irvington (6-14-2, 5-6-1) 16
Mission San Jose (3-16-4, 3-5-4) 13
Washington (4-14-1, 3-8-1) 10
Kennedy (2-15-2, 2-10-0) 6

OAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Oakland Tech (6-2-1, 5-1-0) 15
Skyline (1-3-1, 1-1-1) 4
Fremont (0-1-1, 0-1-1) 1
Castlemont (0-2-0, 0-2-0) 0
Oakland (0-1-0, 0-1-0) 0

Stat Leaders

Name School Goals
Montes, Richmond 29
Mendoza, Richmond 26
Gomez, Clayton 23
Romero, Pinole 23
Ayala, YV 23
Alejandro, Alhambra 20
Sandoval, Newark 20
Alvarez, Albany 19
Inprasueth, Hercules 19
Borges, Albany 18
Castillo, Hayward 18
Lopez, Pitt 18
Aguila, Richmond 18
Roth, SRV 18

Name School Assists
Montes, Richmond 29
Damian, YV 19
Borges, Albany 18
Ayala, Richmond 16
Mendoza, Richmond 16
Gomez, Clayton 13
Gomez, Hayward 13
S. Palano, Campo 12
Dougherty, Newark 12
Chaussy, SRV 12
Maguire, Acalanes 11

Matt Smith

  • DLS Defender

    I agree with Shinguard and Lonewolf…DLS 2-0…

  • EbayFutbolFan

    The last meeting between the Spartan and the Wolf was in the Wolve’s den. SRV was relentess, played 100% the full 80 minutes, had a couple of very scary shots on goal, and a PK opprotunity. They wanted the win and they left it all on the field. And when the ref finally got around to blowing the final whistle, it was a very hard won DLS victory.

    Given their past match ups, the neutral field, and the fact that a number of Spartans have NCS final game experience, the logical part of my brain predicts a Spartan win, likey 2-1 in regulation.

    But the emotional part of my brain feels that anything could happen, either team has a legitimate chance of winning, and that pressure on players could result in the kind of game that goes to PK’s. If it does, the Wolf will be haunted by the memory of the missed PK on 1/26 and the Spartan will take confidence from it.

  • 028159

    Wondo’s dilemma… help him out… https://twitter.com/#!/ChrisWondo

  • DLS Defender

    Ebayfutbolfan: great thoughts…

    Wondo’s dilemma: Not really…he’s a winner either way…

    Great programs at both schools…great players at both schools…a great match-up…it will be so entertaining…couldn’t ask for more…

    Just hoping it comes down to great play, and nothing controversial to get in the way…

  • TheCamera

    Albany 3
    Bishop 2

    De la 1
    SRV 2

  • Ebal spektator

    SRV 2 DLS 1
    SRV is healthy and hungry

    BOD 2 Albany 1

  • Ebal spektator

    Girls D1
    MV 2 SRV 2
    SRV in pks

    Div 2 Girls
    BOD wins

  • Matt Smith

    Hope to see a lot of you guys either at the game, or in the live blog!

  • Yellow Jacket

    De La 2-1 In OT
    Albany 2-1 In Regulation
    Gabriel and Andre and playing too well together right now, and Ahmadi and has the back covered.

  • Yellow Jacket

    Especially since they are playing at home

  • The Sweeper

    Hey Tack,

    DLS 3-2
    Albany 3-1

    Do you buy that? HAH!

  • Hala madrid!!

    @212
    Not really, just expected more of a ncs semi-final match between the two teams… But instead it was more of a preseason game for the two teams, sort of trying to find form like if they were expiramenting with players, but it wasnt the case cause there was barely any subs, no rotation there fore o’down and concord used their best squad… But the game was boring.
    And uour right the only emotion was after the game where some celebrated and some cried.

    If you go to the final youll see the difrence between albany and odown. Maybe odown will score it happens its soccer. But ull also see them get thrashed around like a ping pong ball, unless they step up their game cause they had like 50 errors in just the second half.
    Im a fan of a good game and that concord vs odown wasnt a good game thats all no hard feelings no hate intended towards any squads just speeking what i saw… And honestly both could of played better.

  • Stillplayin

    Not really playin anymore. Just sitting back with a championship as part of the amazing odowd run through the ncs. You were right about one thing. The emotions were much higher for this game than the last. “thrashed like a ping pong ball” better luck predicting next year. Enjoy the offseason, I know the dragons will. Congrats to an odowd double title. When no one else believed, you all did!