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Boys Soccer: League Predictions, Rankings, Standings, Stats

By Matt Smith
Sunday, December 9th, 2012 at 8:43 am in Boys soccer.

For the first time, I am going to do league predictions, trying to accurately predict the leagues from top to bottom.

The first thing I ask is that nobody get upset at me, because this is just my opinion of how I think things will shake out and it gives you every chance to prove me wrong if you don’t like where you’re predicted to finish.
We’ll see how this goes and if people like it, we can make it a new thing.

BVAL

The clear favorite to me in this league is Pittsburg. Having seen them twice, this team is fast, confident and legit. Even in the loss to Monte Vista, they looked good. Deer Valley is the most likely challenger, while Antioch, Freedom and Heritage have all shown they can compete so far. This league is always competitive, and Pittsburg won’t go undefeated/untied and run away with it. These are all rivalry games and I would expect 3-4 teams from this league to make the playoffs.
Predicted order of finish:

1. Pittsburg
2. Deer Valley
3. Freedom
4. Antioch
5. Heritage
6. Liberty

DFAL

Judged on the first week of results, I’d be a fool not to say Acalanes is the favorite, and it’s what I would have said even if they hadn’t played two league games. I think the rest of the league is a crapshoot from week to week and I think anyone has the ability to beat anyone else. I do expect Dublin to play much better than they have, and Campo will be gunning for Acalanes down the stretch. Alhambra has a chance to be the surprise team, after a nice start so far.
Predicted order of finish:

1. Acalanes
2. Campolindo
3. Alhambra
4. Dublin
5. Dougherty Valley
6. Miramonte
7. Las Lomas

DVAL

Ygnacio Valley should be considered a heavy favorite, but, I don’t think College Park is going to let them run away. Expect these two teams to have battles the two times they play, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see CP win this league. I think the top two in this league are well established with others sorting things out as we go along.
Predicted order of finish:

1. Ygnacio Valley
2. College Park
3. Northgate
4. Concord
5. Clayton Valley
6. Mount Diablo
7. Berean Christian

EBAL

Should I not pick De La Salle? I pretty much have to. The four-time defending NCS champs are the favorite and have a good amount of returning players and some new blood. However, this league is deeper than it’s been in the last five years, and that is saying a lot. I don’t expect DLS to go unbeaten. With the usual suspects in the mix, plus Foothill rapidly improving, watch out for some entertaining soccer from week to week. I think it’s possible seven teams from this league make the playoffs. Predicting how this league will finish is next to impossible.
Predicted order of finish:

1. De La Salle
2. Amador Valley
3. Monte Vista
4. California
5. San Ramon Valley
6. Foothill
7. Granada
8. Livermore

MVAL

This league is in flux, and it’s a good time for some new blood to jump towards the top. Newark Memorial is still the favorite, and deservedly so, but I am keeping an eye on Mission San Jose and Washington to possibly finish in the top two or three. Don’t be surprised.
Predicted order of finish:

1. Newark Memorial
2. Mission San Jose
3. Logan
4. Washington
5. American
6. Irvington
7. Moreau Catholic
8. Kennedy

OAL

I don’t know much about this league, and I wish I knew more. I know that Oakland Tech and Skyline will likely be battling it out for the title, and that Oakland Tech is a program to keep an eye on.
Predicted order of finish:

1. Oakland Tech
2. Skyline
3. Oakland
4. Castlemont
5. Fremont

TCAL ROCK

I think other than Richmond, who will run away with this league, everyone else is pretty close. The fight for spots two through six will be very interesting.
Predicted order of finish:

1. Richmond
2. St. Mary’s
3. El Cerrito
4. Albany
5. St. Joseph Notre Dame
6. Salesian

TCAL STONE

This league is very balanced, and at first glance I’d have to say three teams stick out to me that will be battling for the league crown. De Anza, Hercules and Pinole Valley will have some great games this year and there will be a fight at the top of the standings.
Predicted order of finish:

1. Hercules
2. Pinole Valley
3. De Anza
4. Kennedy
5. St. Patrick-St. Vincent
6. Swett

WACC FOOTHILL

I think it’s possible for all six teams to win this. O’Dowd, Berkeley and Mt. Eden have been the best teams of late, Alameda is getting better while Arroyo and Castro Valley are on the rise. I still think it comes down to O’Dowd and Berkeley, but I wouldn’t be surprised to be completely wrong.
Predicted order of finish:

1. Bishop O’Dowd
2. Berkeley
3. Alameda
4. Mt. Eden
5. Arroyo
6. Castro Valley

WACC SHORELINE

Hayward is the heavy favorite here, but with so many rivalry games, namely with Tennyson and San Lorenzo, watch out. Still, I think this is the Farmers league to lose. Piedmont and San Leandro could still cause problems as those teams typically get stronger as the season goes along.
Predicted order of finish:

1. Hayward
2. Tennyson
3. San Lorenzo
4. San Leandro
5. Piedmont
6. Encinal

Rankings

By winning the TVC and looking very impressive against Pittsburg while doing so, Monte Vista gets a very deserved jump in the rankings. YV looks to be back in form and also gets a jump as earlier transgressions have been forgiven. Both MV and YV jump five spots.
Berkeley moves into the top ten after an impressive win over San Ramon Valley, while Foothill continues to climb. College Park continues to play a tough schedule, and has looked pretty tough at times this year, and is back in the top 15.

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

Others Considered: Campolindo (4-2-0), Mt. Eden (4-3-1), Alhambra (3-1-3), Deer Valley (4-2-1), Northgate (5-0-2), Alameda (3-1-2), Antioch (3-1-2), Dougherty Valley (2-2-0), Hercules (5-1-1), Concord (1-1-0)

Standings

BVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Antioch (4-1-2, 0-0-0) 0
Deer Valley (4-2-1, 0-0-0) 0
Freedom (2-4-0, 0-0-0) 0
Heritage (1-6-2, 0-0-0) 0
Liberty (0-2-0, 0-0-0) 0
Pittsburg (2-2-0, 0-0-0) 0

DFAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Acalanes (6-0-0, 2-0-0) 6
Alhambra (3-1-3, 1-0-1) 4
Campolindo (4-2-0, 1-1-0) 3
Dublin (1-4-1, 1-1-0) 3
Miramonte (2-4-1, 1-1-0) 3
Las Lomas (0-3-3, 0-1-1) 1
Dougherty Valley (2-2-0, 0-1-0) 0

DVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Berean Chr. (0-3-0, 0-0-0) 0
Clayton Valley (0-5-0, 0-0-0) 0
College Park (3-4-2, 0-0-0) 0
Concord (1-1-0, 0-0-0) 0
Mt. Diablo (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Northgate (5-0-2, 0-0-0) 0
Ygnacio Valley (3-1-1, 0-0-0) 0

EBAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Amador Valley (6-1-0, 0-0-0) 0
California (9-0-1, 0-0-0) 0
De La Salle (1-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Foothill (5-0-1, 0-0-0) 0
Granada (2-1-3, 0-0-0) 0
Livermore (2-4-2, 0-0-0) 0
Monte Vista (5-0-2, 0-0-0) 0
San Ramon Valley (3-1-1, 0-0-0) 0

MVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

American (1-3-2, 0-0-0) 0
Irvington (1-3-2, 0-0-0) 0
Kennedy (0-1-2, 0-0-0) 0
Logan (1-5-2, 0-0-0) 0
Mission San Jose (2-4-3, 0-0-0) 0
Moreau Catholic (0-2-1, 0-0-0) 0
Newark Memorial (3-1-2, 0-0-0) 0
Washington (2-2-2, 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 (0-2-1, 0-0-0) 0
Skyline (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0

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

Albany (1-3-3, 0-0-0) 0
El Cerrito (0-5-0, 0-0-0) 0
Richmond (0-2-2, 0-0-0) 0
Salesian (1-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
St. Joseph Notre Dame (1-3-1, 0-0-0) 0
St. Mary’s (2-0-1, 0-0-0) 0

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

De Anza (1-2-0, 0-0-0) 0
Hercules (5-1-1, 0-0-0) 0
Kennedy (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Pinole Valley (2-2-0, 0-0-0) 0
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (0-1-0, 0-0-0) 0
Swett (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0

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

Alameda (3-1-2, 2-0-0) 6
Arroyo (2-3-3, 1-0-1) 4
Bishop O’Dowd (1-1-0, 1-1-0) 3
Castro Valley (1-3-2, 1-1-0) 3
Berkeley (3-1-3, 0-0-1) 1
Mt. Eden (4-3-1, 0-0-1) 1

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

San Lorenzo (1-1-0, 1-1-0) 3
Hayward (6-2-0, 1-1-0) 3
San Leandro (1-4-0, 1-0-0) 3
Piedmont (1-1-1, 0-1-1) 1
Tennyson (2-3-2, 0-2-0) 0
Encinal (0-1-0, 0-1-0) 0

Stat Leaders

Name School Goals
R. Castillo, Hayward 13
Gala, Dougherty 7
Ayala, YV 7
Mirner, Acalanes 6
Solomon, Berkeley 6
Grixti, Cal 6
Raynor, Cal 6
Mendoza, Hayward 6
Reiter, CP 5
Gray, Hayward 5
Foster, Ngate 5
Espinoza, St. Mary 5

Name School Assists
Gomez, Hayward 11
Raynor, Cal 6
Clark, FH 5
Greenberg, MV 5
J. Maldonado, Alhambra 4
Diaz-Valdes, Campo 4
R. Castillo, Hayward 4
Bolender, Ngate 4
Dull, St. Mary 4
Damian, YV 4
Seitz, AV 3
Grixti, Cal 3
Massimino, Cal 3
Garcia, CP 3
Goldstein, FH 3
Ortega, Hayward 3
Gratsch, MV 3
Sandoval, Newark 3
Foster, Ngate 3
Napoles, Tenny 3
Ayala, YV 3

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  • Shinguard

    @Matt Great coverage on the games this past week and bloggers keep posting results of games and some high-light notes. All the best to all the teams …respect the game and play hard.
    Signing off

  • ReCap

    Showcase Final Results
    SRV 5 vs Gilroy 1
    BOD 0 vs Bullard 2
    Richmond 4 vs Cathedral 1
    BOD 0 vs YV 2
    Richmond 1 vs CV-C 0
    DLS 1 vs Mater Dei 0
    SRV 3 vs Mater-Dei 2
    Acalanes 2 vs Bullard 0
    St. Francis 1 vs Campo 0
    DLS 0 vs Cathedral 0

    Most Goals SRV with 8

  • TCAL__

    How about those twins on Hercules High? Heard they where great players. Both play outside back numbers 20 and 28. Any knowledge on them Matt?

  • T. Powell

    Matt, the O’Dowd team is full of problems. Pretty sad to see the team with so many injuries. We will see what happens in the next couple of weeks and after winter break.

  • Matt Smith

    @TCAL Haven’t seen Hercules, but I’m really hoping to this week.

  • mudhen

    Go tomorrow Matt, The Pinole game is a real grudge match.

  • Stalwart

    I wonder if it’s time to rethink that Northgate non-ranking. They’re 5-1-3 now, I think. Their defense, including Sonnier as goalkeeper, admirably held off a vigorous CP attack tonight. Good football.

  • Stalwart

    oops – wrong thread. Matt can you delete?