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.”


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)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • SoccerFan

    4-1 Miramonte winning against Dublin with 2 minutes to go.

  • RoyKeanefan

    Acalanes 4 Campo 0 FT.

  • Yellow Jacket

    Fairly dominating win for Berkeley against SRV. No real chances for San Ramon.
    Richmond continues to surprise with these performances..


  • Tri-City Dude

    Hey Matt, I have a suggestion for future posts. I know you do a good job talking about the great offensive players around the area. However, I don’t see too much talk about goaltenders that much (at least I have not, or I’m just blind) and I think we should start talking about some of the great goaltenders around the area. One name I’ll throw out there is Derek Wilcox of California. That guy already has 4 full game shutouts, and has a half game shutout against Newark (they played another goaltender that game also). Just a suggestion since I feel that goaltenders don’t get too much love on these boards, but otherwise you’re doing a great job.

  • Juan Pito

    Richmond has not been bad. They should have beat College Park and lost to two decent squads in AV and MV, they will be right in the thick of things come February.

  • Juan Pito

    @Mudhen who has Hayward played?

  • Observer

    Northgate 3 Irvington 1

  • thatoneguy

    @Matt Smith overall how do you see Berkeley, what’s up with Richmond?

  • Yellow Jacket

    @Juan Pito How have Richmond been playing compared to last year? I know they have lost a few top players, but didn’t expect these results from them.

  • lovesoccer

    Dam just seen a great game Hayward 2 Bishop 3 they both played great but again referees runed the game A clear offsides from Bishop and they call a goal and they took a score a way from Hayward itโ€™s should Been a tie but what a game these 2 teams are better than last year . wow geat game.

  • soccer2014

    With one game left next Saturday, the Tri-Valley Chalenge tournament standings are now posted here:


    But is my addition wrong, or shouldn’t Amador have 19 points instead of 18 (3 wins, 7 goals, 3 shut-outs), and Berkeley 10 instead of 9 (1 win, 1 tie, 5 goals, 1 shut-out)?

    “3 points for a win
    1 point for a tie
    0 points for a loss
    1 point per goal to a maximum of 3
    1 point for a shutout
    -1 points for a red card”

  • Matt Smith

    Bishop O’Dowd 3, Hayward 2- I bet this was a good game
    @Thatoneguy: I think Berkeley is very creative in the midfield and on the wing. They are a pretty strong team and will be a top 1 or 2 team in their league and hold their own in the playoffs.
    Richmond did suffer some losses of players that will be hard to replace, but as someone said above, they’ll get there. I think they are trying to find an identity.

  • Matt Smith

    Here are the TVC standings…

    AV- 18 points
    MV- 15 points
    Pitt- 12 points
    SRV- 11 points
    Berkeley- 9 points
    CP- 7 points
    Richmond- 5 points
    Clayton- 0 points

    So if AV wins by two goals or more, or wins with a shutout against CP, then they win it. If they draw or lose then MV can still win it but would need a decent-sized win over Pitt. Pitt’s only chance is that AV loses (without scoring a goal) and then Pitt would need to beat MV 3-0.

  • Matt Smith

    I think the points are right, because there is a 3-goal maximum, so Berkeley doesn’t get a point for the fourth against CP. My math has AV at 18.

  • T.Powell

    Have to agree with Lovesoccer. Bishop O’Dowd – Hayward game was a great game however the referee crew were horrible playing a critical role in goals for Hayward and O’Dowd. Bad calls for fouls and offsides both ways which ruined the flow of the game at times. Hayward looks very dangerous this year with 2 solid fowards and good midfield and backline. O’Dowd returns their entire backline from their NCS title run along with some key players in the midfield and up top. These teams can cause some problems and it should be interesting how the WACC plays out this year.

  • Soccer2014

    Then am I using the wrong scores, maybe? For the TVCC, I’ve got:

    11/28 vs Monte Vista, tie 2-2, 3 points
    12/1 vs Pittsburg, lose 1-3, 1 point
    12/5 vs San Ramon Valley, win 2-0, 6 points
    total points = 10

    Amador Valley:
    11/28 vs Pittsburg, win 1-0, 5 points
    12/1 vs Richmond, win 3-0, 7 points
    12/5 vs Clayton Valley, win 3-0, 7 points
    total points = 19

  • AmadorFan

    I have the same point total (19) for AM as Soccer2014…

  • Matt Smith

    You know what, you are right.

    I emailed the guys running the tournament with the correct tallies.
    There were also a couple of other things I noticed as well.

    Thanks for pointing it out!

  • Matt Smith

    I’m not used to my soccer message board being so dead.
    What’s going on out there?

  • soccerman

    Anyone dare try to predict the final outcome of the competative EBAL? No matter what their is going to be a very good team in 5th place and 6th place. I’ll give it a shot.
    Amador and Dls tie for first.
    Cal sqweeks out third
    MV grabs fourth
    SRV ends up 5th followed by Foothill, Livermore then Granada.
    Matt, what do you think?

  • Soccer2014

    Things could change tomorrow or the day after, but right now Foothill and Amador have good defensive streaks going. Between the two of them, the Pleasanton high schools have now played 11 games (6 for the Falcons, 5 for the Dons) with zero goals scored against.

  • eL pata

    Alright mr smith. To get some talking steal a PTI bit: are we taking DLS to repeat, or the field.

    Without them playing yet, have to go with the field I would think. Look like some strong programs out there right noe.

  • bkells

    Amador Don’s cruised last night in their 3-0 victory over Clayton Valley.Coach Berglin provided playing time to most of the squad.Some of their starters did not play full game.Goals by Doyle,O’Lenic and Tait-Mole combined by their excellent defence allowed the Don’s to their 5-0 start to season.Looking forward to clash with DLS.

  • Juan Pito

    Cal and foothill have had strong starts out of EBAL but they have not been tested against the same competition that SRV, Amador, and Monte Vista have been tested against. We will see who’s for real starting next Thursday! Too early to predict EBAL at this point.

  • Matt Smith

    Pinole 2, Albany 0

  • Matt Smith

    How would you guys feel about me trying to predict the finish of each league?
    Like in the next notebook, I’ll try and predict top to bottom.

  • futbolfan

    Do it Matt!

  • bobby

    do it. sounds great

  • bobby

    @matt when do you think the next notebook is going to be up on this website? thanks

  • Matt Smith

    @Bobby I usually put them up on Sunday.

  • Stewie

    Logan is at DLS Sat JV and V late afternoon, not sure on times.

  • p2mk2


    What are some good match ups for this weekend?

  • Mudhen

    Hayward vs. Tennyson is today at 3:15 at Hayward.

  • Soccer2014

    There will be games all day Saturday at San Ramon Valley High School:

    Clayton Valley v. Berkeley, 11:00
    Amador Valley v. College Park, 1:00
    Monte Vista v. Pittsburg, 3:00
    San Ramon v. Richmond, 5:00

  • Matt Smith

    Also this Saturday is Hayward at YV.

    Speaking of Hayward, Farmers up 1-0 on Tennyson early on.

  • Matt Smith

    Hayward wins 4-0.

  • The Sweeper

    Back for another year of East Bay Futball mayhem! Kind of like that guy in the crazy insurance commercials, MAY-HEM!

    Tomorrow will be my first day out to the pitch, and SRV looks like the place to be, with a strong flavoring of NCS playoff-like clashes! Thanks for the tip #84 Soccer2014.

    Hey “counselor” Matt, it seems a might bit early to do a top-to-bottom for each league, but we could always use some banter about your SWAGs: “Your honor, that is clearly speculation on counselor Smith’s part!”

    See you at the pitch…

  • The Sweeper

    Hey Matt,

    What time tomorrow is Hayward at YV?

  • Foothill Fan

    Matt, how do you gather stats for your leader board? There are a couple of Foothill kids that should be on the list from last week(Christian Clark, 4 goals and 3 assists, Nick Goldstein, 3 assists).

  • bkells

    Amador Valley 2- Mission SJ-1
    MSJ showed plenty of heart…although AV controlled game.
    Goals by #6 Simpson and #7 Pangia who also assisted on 1st goal.Tait-Mole,Walsh and Howald were quite effective in their respective roles.Big game tomorrow to clinch TVC!

  • SCP

    El Cerrito- 0 Hercules – 1

  • Dublin 3 Dougherty Valley 0

  • Amador fan

    I think the post above doesn’t give MSJ enough credit. This team indeed had heart, I’ll agree on that. Yet, they were lacking in size came in with swiftness, they honestly impressed me with that. I believe it was their first “true challenge” this preseason. And I wouldn’t be surprised to see them making a run for NCS in MVAL.

    Regardless, great game played by both sides. And another victory coming in for our might Dons ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Matt Smith

    Well, this is the first night I felt like the message board was alive. I couldn’t be happier! Sorry for the delayed feedback, but after the Hayward match I had a little shopping to do and then I had a birthday dinner.
    But alas, hear I am, with Miss Idaho sound asleep by my side.

    For starters… I’m so excited the Sweeper is back! Now, soccer season has officially started. His absence was killing me!
    The YV/Hayward game is at YV at 3:30. Unfortunately, I think some of the luster may be lacking because Hayward will be without Rigo Castillo, who might be the best striker in the East Bay. He suffered some kind of knee injury against Tennyson today. Before he left, he scored one goal and could have had four. I hope he has a speedy recovery.

    @Foothill Fan I have the updated stats from Clark and Goldstein. They just haven’t run yet.

    So I will be at SRV High tomorrow. I’ll get there a little before 1:00 if anyone wants to say hello.

    Also, last question before I post some scores… How would people feel about a Twitter account for the blog where it would be easier to post and look at scores? It would be more smartphone friendly. Let me know and I’ll set it up.

  • tony paige

    Great soccer expected tomorrow at SRV and perfect weather as compared to last week!! Looking forward to it.

  • Matt Smith

    Hayward 4, Tennyson 0
    AV 2, MSJ 1
    Hercules 1, El Cerrito 0
    Dublin 3, Dougherty Valley 0
    Deer Valley 2, Washington 2
    Campo 4, Miramonte 2
    Northgate 4, Pacific Grove 1
    Alameda 2, Bishop O’Dowd 0
    Arroyo 1, Castro Valley 0
    Cal 2, Heritage 0
    Berkeley 1, Mt. Eden 1
    Acalanes 4, Las Lomas 1

  • Matt Smith

    Newark 3, Livermore 0
    Eastside College Prep 5, St. Joe’s 0

  • MacG

    Hey Matt, I read your blog daily and the comments too, and I do it at random times during the day. Personally a twitter feed would be harder for me as I can’t be dialed in at all times… food for thought.

    T.Powell, random question… as someone that seems to be in the know, how will O’Dowd fare without the mythical and mysterious “Ball Whisperer?” That was all we heard about last year during that amazing NCS run

  • Skoorb

    DVAL pre-season: Northgate playing well winning but schedule not the toughest. A. Foster still playing well with Bolender scoring. New additions include freshman twins who are playing well. CP not winning but playing tougher schedule. Solid players at all positions but giving up lots of goals. YV looks strong. Good match up today if CP can play well and beat Amador and get respect of beating EBAL teams.