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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