Boys Soccer: Neto, Recap, Rankings, Standings, Stats

It’s very sad that the boys high school soccer season is over in the North Coast Section, but it’s even sadder with the passing of a fine young man.

Neto Corona, who was the Bay Valley Athletic League offensive player of the year as a freshman after the 2009-2010 season, passed away after his battle with cancer. Corona had just turned 16 on Feb. 9, and had missed the past two seasons during his fight.
Known for his skill and his passion on the soccer field, he was even better known as a very nice kid and a wonderful human being. He will be missed in the East Bay soccer community.

A season to remember

The 2011-2012 season was a great season, and will be one to remember as the coverage and the passion for the sport grows in the East Bay. I feel very lucky to have been a part of it, and to have made so many great relationships with coaches, players, parents and fans.
It’s because of you guys that this soccer blog is as great as it is.
De La Salle’s four-peat is quite an accomplishment, and we’ll have to wait and see if anyone can knock them off next year. They should be formidable again. I feel like the usual suspects will challenge once again.
In Division II, another year may make YV even better as they will have a very bad taste in their mouth and could be hungry. These are my two favorites next year. Anyone else?
It saddens me that this is the last notebook, but I will post all-league stuff, and then All-East Bay stuff, in the near future.


For the first time since I have been on the beat, the four Division I semifinalists are the top four ranked teams in the East Bay. The Division II finalists grab the next two spots and then the rankings fall into place from there.
De La Salle grabs the season ending top spot this year, after being No. 2 behind Campolindo last year.

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


Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Richmond (22-5-0, 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

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Albany (14-5-6, 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

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

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

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Ygnacio Valley (19-3-2, 11-0-1) 34
Clayton Valley (19-5-3, 9-2-1) 28
Concord (14-3-5, 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

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
De La Salle (22-3-2, 12-0-2) 38
California (17-3-4, 9-3-2) 29
Monte Vista (14-4-8, 8-2-4) 28
San Ramon Valley (17-7-4, 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

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 (13-3-11, 7-3-6) 27
Tennyson (12-7-5, 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

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

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS
Oakland Tech (7-2-1, 6-1-0) 18
Skyline (1-3-2, 1-1-2) 5
Fremont (0-2-2, 0-2-2) 2
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 24
Romero, Pinole 23
Ayala, YV 23
Alvarez, Albany 21
Borges, Albany 20
Alejandro, Alhambra 20
Sandoval, Newark 20
Inprasueth, Hercules 19
Roth, SRV 19
Castillo, Hayward 18
Lopez, Pitt 18
Aguila, Richmond 18
Grixti, Cal 16
Espinoza, St. Mary’s 16
Glascock, Aca 15
Preece, Granada 15
Molineux, DLS 14
Greenberg, MV 14
Nguyen, American 13
Flink, BOD 13
S. Palano, Campo 13

Name School Assists
Montes, Richmond 30
Borges, Albany 19
Damian, YV 19
Ayala, Richmond 16
Mendoza, Richmond 16
Gomez, Clayton 13
Gomez, Hayward 13
Chaussy, SRV 13
S. Palano, Campo 12
Dougherty, Newark 12
Maguire, Acalanes 11
Alejandro, Alhambra 10
Altamarino, Concord 10
Moreno, EC 10
De La Pena, Newark 10
Foster, Ngate 10
Espinoza, St. Mary’s 10
Martinez, Clayton 9
Eikani, DLS 9
Ramirez, Newark 9
Zendejas, Tenny 9

Matt Smith

  • Shinguard

    Was fun this season.
    You should start a club blog as everybody is starting back up this week. I am sure it will be hot and heavy at first but then calm down after the chest pounding.
    Do a once a week include the girls. Results of games tournaments, thoughts and comments. Establish some basic Rules regarding blog manners and have at it. Persuade your bosses to let you go to Vegas for WCDA Tournament as a bonus for a season well done…all expenses of course. THANK YOU

    Congratulations to the following De La Salle players who made ALL EBAL
    MVP: Johnny Marcinkowski
    1st Team: Evan Molineux
    1st Team: Isaiah Dargan
    1st Team: Andrew Konstantino
    2nd Team: Damian Martinez
    2nd Team: Conrad Rowling
    HM: Carlo Eikani
    HM: Nic Bob
    HM: Brad McNell

  • ebsoccermom

    Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to the Corona family. Thank you to Matt Smith for letting us know and for doing such a fantastic job of promoting our guys and this fantastic sport. Congratulations to all the young men who worked so hard this season to represent their schools, communities and families.

    The Monte Vista soccer community has immense gratitude to Matt Zahner and Jeff Kendall for the high standards they set forth for the MV soccer program. This year our team played with skill, speed, finesse, strength, and determination but mostly heart… and exceeded everyone’s expectations. The MV soccer mantra of family was pure and true for our 19 young men. The fact that they all are a bit blue and miss being together on the field is such a testament to their understanding of family. Our 8 seniors spoke last night at the program banquet with such heart-felt eloquence and represented their families so well. We’re grateful to Coach Z and Kendall for their incredible commitment to our young men!

    And a huge congrats to the 6 All league EBAL players from Monte Vista! You made us proud and were so fun to watch for 26 games!

    HM: Troy Galletly, GK
    2nd team: David Ehlers, F
    2nd team:Jeff Greenberg F
    2nd team:Jack Peterson D
    2nd team:Casey Sbrana M
    1st team: Alex Riley M

    Go Mustangs!

  • EbayFutbolFan

    The sad and sobering news of Neto Corona’s death is another important reminder of what brought us all together on this blog. Despite differences of opinions, rivalries, and soccer politics, we are all here because of our the love for the beautiful game as it is played with such pure heart and commitment by our high school futballers. In a perfect world, we’d be discussing what would have been Neto’s amazing accomplishments on the pitch this season. I didn’t know Neto, but my prayers go out to his family, his teammates, and his friends. I’m going to give my player a big hug when he comes home tonight.

    Matt – Thanks for providing a place that brings us all together. We all have so much more in common than we have differences.

  • Matt Smith

    Well said, EbayFutbolFan.

  • Shinguard

    EbayFutbol: Ditto..Well said.
    When you look at your kids pictures from 10 years ago those first days on the pitch to photos from the completed season…you cant help but be Thankful for the time that you do have together.

  • Dval1

    What is consider the coach of the year? The coach that wins the championship?

    The coach of the year should be someone who does a better job to help a program become better.

    Both DLS and BOD coaches are good coaches.

    Both of this coaches coach at a private schools were they don’t have to worry about kids making grades or having kids miss games cause they have to work to help their families. Not to mention that DLS has excellent assistant coaches. No matter what coach you use for this 2 schools the programs will always be successful as they prove they are always contenders for the title.

  • FlatBack4

    Dear Dval1…

    It’s too bad you didn’t take a more objective approach. Your “anybody but BOD or DLS” approach is polarizing – anyone at BOD, DLS, or other private schools is going to be naturally inclined to disagree with you.

    Imagine if you had posted something like: “When considering a candidate for coach of the year, there are many criteria that should be considered. Championships and win/loss record are just one factor.
    A more important criteria is “What did they do to make their program better?” Another is “What challenges did they have to overcome in order to make their program better?”

    Had you kept it positive and written something in that vein, it’s likey you would have influenced every reasonable person who reads this blog, regardless of their school affiliation.

  • Shinguard

    Are you going to post all the various ALL league and MVP selections?

    @Dval1 your logic is off base.. DLS has the same problems as everybody else..grades and discipline issues are dealt with swiftly maybe not as frequent or deep as at some public school programs , where you lose 4-5 players in a blink of an eye. And yes DLS also has to raise funds for each sports program. Bottom line these teams train hard and coaching is just one aspect of the big picture but they build that frame around the picture. Just so happens DLS has a 1st year head coach who took this team straight through league title and to a NCS title and BOD who fought their way through and made it with a coach who I believe has been with that program for 3 years. All deserving to be considered as coach of the year. Does the football coach at DLS get coach of the year every year? NO.

  • Juan Pito

    congrats to all!!! Truly a fantastic year. Can not wait until November! Any Highlights from the championship game?

  • Baller#9


    Thanks for all of your hard work this season it was a pleasure to be able to chat about the east bay soccer scene with you and everyone else involved in the blog.

  • The Sweeper


    Thanks for your comprehensive approach to covering East Bay boys soccer. Your approach is second to none, covering the joys and heartaches of the HS soccer life. Keep an even keel and as always, see you at the pitch!

  • soccer fan

    Where can I find the All Ebal teams?

  • Scoreboard

    Thank you for your time on keeping our local community up to speed on HS Soccer. I know I was quiet this season but I still found enjoyment in reading all of the opinions! Can’t wait for November to come back around. The game of soccer in the North Coast Section has really become quite enjoyable.

  • SoccerFan11

    MVP Johnny Marcinkowski (De La Salle) Sr.

    First team
    F — Evan Molineux (DLS) Sr., Jimmy Roth (San Ramon Valley) Sr.; Mid — Alex Riley (Monte Vista) Sr., Dane Shaffer (Amador Valley) Sr., Chris Henry (Granada) Sr., Duke Driggs (California) Sr., Christian Clark (Foothill) Jr.; Def — Isaish Dargan (DLS) Jr., Jianni Guisti (SRV) Sr., Andrew Song (Cal) Sr.; G — Andrew Kostantino (DLS) Jr.

    Second team
    F — David Ehler (MV) Sr., Jeff Greenberg (MV) So., Nathan Grixti (Cal) Jr.; Mid — Damian Martinez (DLS) Sr., Conrad Rowling (DLS) Sr., Blake Seitz (AV) Jr., Brandon Marantan (Livermore) Sr., Brandon Brown (Cal) Sr., Casey Sbrana (MV) Sr.; Def — Jack Peterson (MV) Sr., Connor Silcox (AV) Sr., Chris Figueiredo (Gra) Sr.; G — Aidan Struck (SRV) Sr.

    Honorable mention
    F — Carlo Eikani (DLS) Sr.; Jason Chow (AV) Sr., Alex Chaussy (SRV) Sr.; Mid — Nate Preece (Gra) Sr., Cameron Townsend (Cal) Sr., Chris Nodhal (Cal) Jr., Nic Bob (DLS) Jr.; Def — Greg Ledford (SRV) Sr., Brad McNell (DLS) Sr.; Tyler Ellis (Liv) Jr., Danny McNeill (Gra) Sr., Matt Goodman (Cal) Sr.; G — Troy Galletley (MV) Sr., Lukas Moses (F) Sr.

  • Matt Smith

    Thanks guys, I appreciate the love. I had so much fun this year.

    When I get all of the All-League stuff, I will be posting it. I like waiting until I have it all. I still need BVAL and HAAL.

  • what happened to Neto Corona?

  • Matt Smith

    Neto was diagnosed with cancer after his freshman season, and he passed away recently.

  • Just read the news- God Bless Neto and his family.

  • Baller#9

    Big joe

    Neto was a great player and kid despite his challenges the kid always ha a smile on his face he will be missed.

  • soccer fan

    Bval mvp?all league?

  • Rogue Warrior

    US 1 Italy 0 2nd half would be first time in 82 years that US beat Italy.

  • bsal fan

    what about the bsal?

  • Rogue Warrior

    US gets the 1-0 win

  • Jürgen

    WUNDERBAR …einfach toll

  • TheCamera

    Matt when will you name the east bay MVP and first team?

  • Matt Smith

    I’m going to put up the All-League stuff I have today. I’m still missing BVAL and HAAL.

    The All-East Bay stuff comes out on March 14. I have selected my MVP and I am still deciding on Coach.

  • Tri-City Dude

    Thanks for everything, Matt. Can’t wait till next year!

  • bueller

    In the stats for players, are there similar stats for keeper saves? Are they ever given their due?

  • Soccer50210


    Raphael Stroud (1st team SPSV) is a keeper.

  • Soccer50210

    Also, usually stats are kept on MaxPreps if the coaches update it.