By Matt Smith
Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 at 8:18 pm in Boys soccer.
Here are the All-East Bay boys soccer teams…
Player of the Year: Erik Montes, Richmond
Coach of the Year: Gabriel Hernandez, Tennyson
F- Josh Gomez, Sr, Clayton Valley
Gomez was selected as the Offensive Player of the Year in the Diablo Valley Athletic League, and for good reason. He led the league in goals scored, with 24, and was third in the entire East Bay. He also had 13 assists.
F- Gerardo Mendoza, Sr, Richmond
Mendoza was a first team all Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League pick, and was a big part of the Oilers high-flying offense as he scored 26 goals on the season, second in the East Bay, and also had 16 assists on the year.
F- Jimmy Roth, Sr, San Ramon Valley
Despite missing eight of the teams 28 games, Roth scored 18 goals, had eight assists and earned first team All-East Bay Athletic League honors. Once he set foot on the pitch, he was the most dangerous striker in the area’s best league.
M- Erik Montes, Jr, Richmond
The player of the year, and for good reason. The creative junior led the East Bay in both goals, 29, and assists, 30, and was a first team All-ACCAL selection as he continues the tradition of standout soccer players in his family.
M- Edgar Damian, Jr, Ygnacio Valley
It was a good year for midfielders in the East Bay and Damian caught everyone’s attention with his speed, creativity and vision. The MVP of the DVAL led the Warriors to their first league title in 18 years as his 19 assists was good for second in the East Bay.
M- Israel Ayala, Sr, Richmond
It’s sometimes hard for a defensive midfielder to standout, but that was not the case for Ayala, who won the ACCAL MVP award. He ended up fourth in the entire East Bay with 16 assists.
M- Gabriel Borges, Sr, Albany
For four years Borges has been one of the most exciting players in the area, and was a serious player of the year candidate this year. He nearly led Albany to a Division II title, he won the Bay Shore Athletic League MVP and had 20 goals and 19 assists despite missing some games early.
D- Johnny Marcinkowski, Sr, De La Salle
The Spartans gave up 15 goals in 27 games this year, and it had largely to do with the senior stalwart in the middle of the defense. Carrying on the tradition by leading the team to a fourth straight NCS title, Marcinkowski was the EBAL MVP.
D- Sam Marchant, Sr, Clayton Valley
The Eagles only allowed 23 goals in 26 games this year, and made another NCS semifinal and couldn’t have done it without Marchant, who was an easy selection for the DVAL’s Defensive Player of the Year.
D- Isaiah Dargan, Jr, De La Salle
Dargan brought a new style to the Spartans back line this year as he offered a lot of athleticism, which is what made him such a great defender. The junior was first team All-EBAL and should be an MVP candidate next season.
K- Emmanuel Jimenez, Sr, Concord
If you ask anyone, they will tell you that Concord doesn’t have the season it had, reaching the Division II semifinals, without Jimenez. The senior gave up less than one goal a game, had 131 saves and nine shutouts. He also stopped four penalty kicks in an upset of defending champion Campolindo in the quarterfinals.
F- Jonathan Ayala, Soph, Ygnacio Valley
First team All-DVAL. 23 goals.
F- Santiago Alejandro, Sr, Alhambra
DFAL Offensive Player of the Year. 20 goals, 10 assists.
F- Jaime Lopez, Sr, Pittsburg
BVAL MVP. 18 goals.
M- Sam Palano, Sr, Campolindo
DFAL MVP. 13 goals, 12 assists.
M- Erick De La Pena, Jr, Newark Memorial
MVAL MVP. 9 goals, 10 assists.
M- Tommy Powell, Jr, Bishop O’Dowd
First team All-HAAL. 12 goals, 8 assists.
M- Alex Riley, Sr, Monte Vista
First team All-EBAL. 4 goals, 6 assists.
D- Jacob Carroll, Jr, Acalanes
DFAL Defensive Player of the Year. Shoe in for first team if he doesn’t get hurt.
D- Oliver Castillo, Sr, Dublin
First team All-DFAL. Shut down sweeper.
D- Jianna Giusti, Sr, San Ramon Valley
First team All-EBAL.
K- Andrew Konstantino, Jr, De La Salle
First team All-EBAL. 95 saves, 15 shutouts.
F- Jeremy Romero, Soph, Pinole Valley
First team All-ACCAL. 23 goals.
F- Andre Alvarez, Sr, Albany
First team All-BSAL. 21 goals.
F- Nathan Grixti, Jr, California.
Second team All-EBAL. 16 goals.
F- Elias Jose Lopez, Sr, Mt. Eden
First team All-HAAL. 20 goals.
M- Tyler Sylvia, Sr, Alhambra
First team All-DFAL. USF commit. 8 assists.
M- Catalino Gomez, Jr, Hayward
First team All-HAAL. 6 goals, 13 assists.
M- Duke Driggs, Sr, California
First team All-EBAL
M- Gabe D’Ambrosio, Sr, Bishop O’Dowd
First team All-HAAL. 6 goals, 6 assists.
M- Rafael Garcia, Sr, Tennyson
First team All-HAAL. 11 goals, 5 assists.
M- Alex Chaussy, Sr, San Ramon Valley
Honorable Mention All-EBAL. 10 goals, 13 assists.
D- Andrew Song, Sr, California
First team All-EBAL.
K- Nico Charvet, Sr, Heritage
BVAL Defensive Player of the Year.
I didn’t care so much about positions on the third team because I wanted to get everyone I thought deserved it on. I also squeezed one extra guy on because I couldn’t choose who to leave off.