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Boys Soccer: New faces, Christian Clark, Rankings, Standings, Stats

Neither of the two teams playing in the Winter Soccer Classic Gold Division final on Saturday night, Foothill or Deer Valley, made the North Coast Section playoffs last season.
Don’t expect that to be the case this season.

The Falcons, who haven’t allowed a goal in five games this year, are obviously undefeated because you can’t lose if you don’t give up any goals. They improved to 4-0-1 after a 4-0 win over the Wolverines, bringing home the WSC championship.
Now the Falcons look to get into the playoffs for the first time in seven years and are in a great position to break that stretch. They have solid talent up front with Christian Clark, Cody Hall and Nick Goldstein and a solid defense that will allow them to stay in games and make a run towards the playoffs.
Don’t be fooled, however, by the 4-0 score, and think Deer Valley isn’t a legit playoff team, because the Wolverines are and they could challenge for the BVAL title.
The game was 1-0 into the final 10 minutes, and Deer Valley was down to 10 men. So in the Wolverines defense, the game was fairly competitive. Both teams will be in the playoff picture this year.
Alameda, Freedom, Heritage and Liberty are teams that missed the playoffs last year, that could be teams to keep an eye on this year in Division I, while teams like College Park and Dougherty Valley look like teams ready to turn the corner.
Candidates to turn the corner or make the playoffs in Division II? Hayward might very well be the best team in Division II. Time will tell, but the Farmers seem to have something working this year. Hercules also is a team to keep an eye on with Jeremy Romero lighting up the scoreboard.
Northgate and St. Joseph Notre Dame are two teams that missed the playoffs last year, that I think are going to get in this year.
There should be some change in both divisions, which will keep things exciting.

Getting to know Foothill’s Christian Clark

Christian Clark has been a four-year starter for the Falcons, but with the team not having as much success as they’d like, he’s been under the radar. However, this is one of the more exciting players in the East Bay. So let’s get to know him a bit.
He spent five years of his childhood, between ages 4-9, in England, and so soccer came naturally to him because of this. He follows the English Premier League and roots for Chelsea. As a 9-year old, he was actually recruited to play for the Chelsea youth academy. His favorite player is Michael Owen.
He believes the Falcons can have a good year, saying that he is “excited” about the season, but to get where they want to be, it will “take a whole lot of hard work.”

Rankings

The first full week of action brings some shift in the rankings. It looks like Amador Valley is for real, and deservedly jumps into the top three. Division I is well represented in the top ten as SRV, Cal, Pitt, MV and Newark Memorial have all played well so far this year.
Acalanes jumps up to No. 4 and takes over as the top Division II team, but Bishop O’Dowd has yet to play. Also Hayward and YV will be climbing up the rankings from this point.
Berkeley and Foothill debut in the Top 15 for the first time this early season.

1. De La Salle (0-0-0)
2. San Ramon Valley (3-0-0)
3. Amador Valley (3-0-0)
4. Acalanes (4-0-0)
5. Bishop O’Dowd (0-0-0)
6. California (6-0-1)
7. Pittsburg (1-1-0)
8. Monte Vista (3-0-1)
9. Hayward (5-0-0)
10. Newark Memorial (2-1-2)
11. Ygnacio Valley (2-1-1)
12. Richmond (0-1-1)
13. Berkeley (1-1-1)
14. Campolindo (3-1-0)
15. Foothill (4-0-1)

Others considered: College Park (2-3-1), Dougherty Valley (2-0-0), Deer Valley (4-2-0), Alhambra (2-1-2), Tennyson (2-0-2), Piedmont (1-0-0), Mt. Eden (3-3-0), St. Mary’s (2-0-0), Northgate (2-0-2), Antioch (2-1-2)

Standings

BVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Antioch (2-1-2, 0-0-0) 0
Deer Valley (4-2-0, 0-0-0) 0
Freedom (2-3-0, 0-0-0) 0
Heritage (1-5-2, 0-0-0) 0
Liberty (0-2-0, 0-0-0) 0
Pittsburg (1-1-0, 0-0-0) 0

DFAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Acalanes (4-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Alhambra (2-1-2, 0-0-0) 0
Campolindo (3-1-0, 0-0-0) 0
Dougherty Valley (2-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Dublin (0-3-1, 0-0-0) 0
Las Lomas (0-2-2, 0-0-0) 0
Miramonte (1-2-1, 0-0-0) 0

DVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Berean Chr. (0-1-0, 0-0-0) 0
Clayton Valley (0-3-0, 0-0-0) 0
College Park (2-3-1, 0-0-0) 0
Concord (0-1-0, 0-0-0) 0
Mt. Diablo (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Northgate (2-0-2, 0-0-0) 0
Ygnacio Valley (2-1-1, 0-0-0) 0

EBAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Amador Valley (3-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
California (6-0-1, 0-0-0) 0
De La Salle (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Foothill (4-0-1, 0-0-0) 0
Granada (1-1-2, 0-0-0) 0
Livermore (2-2-2, 0-0-0) 0
Monte Vista (3-0-1, 0-0-0) 0
San Ramon Valley (3-0-0, 0-0-0) 0

MVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

American (1-3-2, 0-0-0) 0
Irvington (1-2-2, 0-0-0) 0
Kennedy (0-1-2, 0-0-0) 0
Logan (1-4-1, 0-0-0) 0
Mission San Jose (1-2-3, 0-0-0) 0
Moreau Catholic (0-2-1, 0-0-0) 0
Newark Memorial (2-1-2, 0-0-0) 0
Washington (2-2-0, 0-0-0) 0

OAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Castlemont (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Fremont (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Oakland (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Oakland Tech (1-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Skyline (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0

TCAL Rock
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Albany (0-2-3, 0-0-0) 0
El Cerrito (0-2-0, 0-0-0) 0
Richmond (0-1-1, 0-0-0) 0
Salesian (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
St. Joseph Notre Dame (1-1-1, 0-0-0) 0
St. Mary’s (2-0-0, 0-0-0) 0

TCAL Stone
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

De Anza (1-2-0, 0-0-0) 0
Hercules (3-0-1, 0-0-0) 0
Kennedy (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Pinole Valley (0-2-0, 0-0-0) 0
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Swett (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0

WACC Foothill
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Alameda (1-1-2, 0-0-0) 0
Arroyo (1-3-2, 0-0-0) 0
Berkeley (1-1-1, 0-0-0) 0
Bishop O’Dowd (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Castro Valley (0-2-2, 0-0-0) 0
Mt. Eden (3-3-0, 0-0-0) 0

WACC Shoreline
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

San Lorenzo (1-0-0, 1-0-0) 3
Hayward (5-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Piedmont (1-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
San Leandro (0-4-0, 0-0-0) 0
Tennyson (2-0-2, 0-0-0) 0
Encinal (0-1-0, 0-1-0) 0

Stat Leaders

Name School Goals
Gala, Dougherty 7
Salvador, DV 6
Raynor, Cal 5
Espinoza, St. Mary 5
Solomon, Berkeley 4
Parada, DV 4
Castillo, Hayward 4
Romero, Hercules 4
Several tied with 3

Name School Assists
Greenberg, MV 5
Dull, St. Mary 4
Diaz-Valdes, Campo 3
Garcia, CP 3
Gratsch, MV 3
Napoles, Tenny 3
Several tied with 2

Matt Smith