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Boys Soccer: League Predictions, Rankings, Standings, Stats

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

Matt Smith

  • Matt Smith

    It’s 1-1 at half at Northgate.
    Love seeing Tommy Powell on the blog.

  • Matt Smith

    Livermore 1, AV 0 at half.

  • Foothill fan

    Foothill-1, De La Salle-0, halftime, Cody Hall goal

  • Matt Smith

    Wow.

  • Matt Smith

    AV gets a goal. 1-1.

  • Matt Smith

    AV goes up 3-1.
    And in a flash YV turns a 1-1 game into a 3-1 game as well.

  • Stalwart

    What’s the #104 post “Wow” for?

  • HalaMadrid

    Mat Was the yv game interesting??

  • Matt Smith

    Wow that Foothill was beating DLS at half.

    YV was very interesting. Northgate is fiesty, but YV is very creative.

  • RCain

    Could we get more info on the YV game? I missed it but was looking forward to it. Thanks!

  • Anon

    Clayton -1 Concord-1 Final

  • soccerman

    mv 1, cal 1 Final

  • soccerman

    Mv played with 10 players most of the game.

  • nikessss

    Who won the Foothill DLS game?

  • SCP

    John swett 0 Hercules 5

  • Juan Pito

    was at mv cal game tonight. Cal was up a man due to a red card early in the first man and really didn’t take advantage. MV is a dangerous and speedy team, while I think Cal has a very strong middle and some great goalkeeping.

  • Juan Pito

    also caught first half of foothill dls game, foothill will be challenging for teams this year. A real dark horse in EBAL.

  • Lionel Messi

    DLS over Foothill 2-1. Rumor has it Foothill scored an own goal?

  • DBS

    2-1 DLS over foothill final.

  • Lionel Messi

    Or was it an own goal by DLS?

  • Foothill fan

    No own goal in the Foothill/ De La Salle game, but it was a very even game. Looks like Foothill is for real!

  • T. Powell

    O’Dowd 2 Castro Valley 2 final. Not much defense played in the first half resulting in 4 goals but the second half was very sloppy. Little ball possession and ball control. Poor game management of both teams giving up late 1st half goals.

    Thanks for the love Matt. It’s very weird being a spectator this season but I might as well contribute my time by adding to the blog.

  • Stewie

    Foothill did not play bad..they played tough.
    De La Salle is still jelling.

  • DLSwireless

    For the DLS win the game went back a forth in the 1st half. Foothill played a fine game, just they did not have a lot shots on goal against DLS. Clarke was not a factor in the game. Foothill scored in the 1st half past Andrew. DLS came out hard in the 2nd half and tied on a cross into the box as DLS was crashing the back of a Foothill defender just redirect into the goal. DLS second goal with about 15 mins left on a set play deflection to goal. DLS depth in the second half helped keep the ball in the attacking zone most of the half not giving Foothill a lot of scoring opportunities. On to the DLS Showcase.

  • Shinguard

    Mater Dei-LA was having practice after Foothill game at DLS. Apparently US Coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s son is a Sophomore and a Goal-Keeper for Mater Dei. This match should be top notch. Game time is 7pm Friday at DLS.

  • http://boyssoccer HOMELESS

    DUBLIN AT ALHAMBRA 6:15PM

  • Shinguard

    DLS Showcase Today’s Match-ups

    Friday December 14
    1:00pm San Ramon Valley VS Gilroy
    3:00pm Bishop O’Dowd VS Bullard-Fresno
    5:00pm Richmond VS Cathedral-LA
    7:00pm De La Salle VS Mater Dei-Santa Ana

    Come out and Cheer, Catch some good soccer, get a look at a future opponent, Meet some new and old friends, & simply Enjoy the Beautiful Game.
    *** general admission is $3

  • Shinguard

    WHO LET THE DOGS OUT ? Go unleash some goals.
    GO ALHAMBRA :)

    @ Capt Ahab..the fisherman ..hope to see you & the crew this weekend at Showcase

  • bkells

    Nice win 3-1 by AV over Livermore last night.AV came out flat and was down 1-0 at half.The second half was a different story.Coach Berglin seemed to adjust players and positions which resulted in win.Looking forward to Tuesday’s game against DLS.
    Matt will you be able to attend this game?

  • Matt Smith

    Sorry for the late response, but I had to spend some time with Miss Idaho when I got home last night and not be on the blog :)

    So YV/Northgate… Northgate was in control early, and looked very dangerous, and got a goal out of it. After that, YV dominated possession but Max Sonnier played an amazing game to keep things tied.
    YV did have a lot of the ball, did look dangerous, especially when they were quick with their passes, but they dribbled a little too much.
    Northgate did have other chances as well and looked pretty dangerous coming up the left side, and with Foster in the midfield.

  • Matt Smith

    Here’s a roundup of all the scores, so they are in one place…

    DVAL
    YV 3, Northgate 1
    CP 4, Mount 1
    Concord 1, Clayton Valley 1

    EBAL
    AV 3, Livermore 1
    DLS 2, Foothill 1
    Monte Vista 1, Cal 1

    TCAL
    Hercules 5, Swett 0
    Pinole 3, Kennedy 1
    St. Mary’s 3, Albany 0

    WACC
    Bishop O’Dowd 2, Castro Valley 2

    Non-League
    Washington 1, Dublin 0

  • Shinguard

    Max is a Keeper for Walnut Creek Legends 95 at the club level..does a good job shares duty with Keegan Murphy who is #2 keeper at DLS behind Konstantino

  • DarkHorse

    Going back to the part about GK stats. Did anyone notice the Foothill gk that had 6.5 games shutout streak?

  • DLSwireless

    DLS Showcase Update

    SRV 3 Gilroy 1

    SRV Goals: Maul (2), Friedler (1)
    Gilroy Goals: #10

    32 mins left in 2nd

  • DLSwireless

    DLS Showcase Final #1

    SRV 5 Gilroy 1

    SRV Goals: Maul (3), Friedler, #28
    Gilroy: #10

  • DLSwireless

    DLS Showcase #2

    O’Dowd 0 Bullard 0 Half

  • DLSwireless

    DLS Showcase #2

    Bullard 2 O’Dowd 0

    Bullard Goals: #8, #17

  • Mt Eden fan

    Mt eden beats alameda with the score of 1-0 juan villegas score . Injury for there main foward #24 juan villegas

  • DLSwireless

    DLS Showcase #3

    Richmond 2 Cathedral LA 1. Half

  • DLSwireless

    DLS Showcase #3

    Richmond 4 Cathedral 1 Final

  • DLSwireless

    DLS Showcase #4

    DLS 0 Mater Dei 0 Half

  • Soccerrrrr

    Dublin 1 Alhambra 0
    Dublin is rolling!

  • RCain

    Thanks Matt. Sounds like your prediction about Northgate is right… they’ve turned around dramatically. I’m not surprised Matt did well, like I said earlier he performed excellently at the Stevenson game. He needs to work on his goalkicks and other distribution… but that kids got the fastest reflexes of any goalkeeper I’ve seen in person.
    I won’t lie I’m an underdog kind of guy, was excited when you posted Northgate was up. YV sounds consistently dominant but I feel they lack cohesiveness.

  • RCain

    Max* not Matt in reference to the keeper

  • SoccerFan

    Campolindo 3-1 over Las Lomas tonight

  • DLSwireless

    DLS Showcase #4

    DLS 1 Mater Dei 0 Final

  • MVAL player

    Mission San Jose 3, Irvington 0
    Kennedy (MVAL) 0, Logan 2 (I think it was 2 or 3)

    I guess you can say revenge is sweet for the Warriors tonight. Yet, Irvington played a strong game in the 2nd half.

    Almost an even game for Kennedy and Logan, yet Logan capitalized on their scoring chances when they got them. Great game!

  • RoyKeanefan

    Acalanes3 Dougherty Valley 0 Final.

  • Tack

    Dublin beat Alhambra 1-0. Alhambra had a chance to tie it up in the dying seconds but couldn’t finish.

    Heard Tennyson had to forfeit all 8 games due to player ineligibility? If that’s true that’s rough.

  • Matt Smith

    Tack! Nice to see you man.

    And yes, that is true about Tennyson, unfortunately. Just one of those pesky paper work issues. An honest mistake and no bad intentions whatsoever.