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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

  • Shinguard

    De La Salle Showcase
    Today on the Pitch
    Saturday December 15

    9:00am Bishop O’Dowd VS Ygnacio Valley
    11:00am Richmond VS Clayton Valley Charter
    1:00pm San Ramon Valley VS Mater Dei-Santa Ana
    3:00pm Acalanes VS Bullard-Fresno
    5:00pm Campolindo VS St. Francis
    7:00pm De La Salle VS Cathedral-LA

    Come on out and support your local team & players.

  • Mt Eden fan

    Hi Matt
    What was the reason tennyson forfeit all there 8 games ? Was it because players dint make grades?

  • Mudhen

    Berkeley 3 arroyo 2

    A really good exciting match that could have gone either way.

  • Shinguard

    Well placed free-kick from the 20 with the classic bend by De La Salle’s #10 Mikie Guerrero was hammered into the top corner of the net to give the Spartans that 1 goal to seal the win. Spartans back 4 and Goalie Andrew Konstantino shut down Mater Dei. The Spartan offense did break through but the shots were skillfully stopped by by Mater Dei’s Sophomore Keeper Jon Klinsmann and some feisty defenceive play by the Monarchs. Both teams played very tough aggressive ball in midfield but Sparty kept forward pressure on for most of the game and prevailed to hold on to that 1 goal.

  • Stewie

    Alhambra needs to get things done earlier on in the game not at the last 10 min…but it is still good to have that last push available. Dublin can be beat with aggressive speed and some good feeder passes. But you do need to close the deal to make it happen…..Its one of those JUST DO IT moments.

  • Stewie

    Gonna head out to Showcase today …Acalanes and Campo games should be good games to see. I might even hang for the 7pm game..Sparty serves some good burritos at snack stand. Actually YV starts in a few think I will resign to the fact that I am a soccer junkie gotta jam over to Winton.

  • Mudhen

    Hercules vs. Pinole Valley on Tuesday, has all of the makings of a wild one.

  • Matt Smith

    @Mt. Eden Fan What happened to Tennyson was that some paper work on a transfer student didn’t get filed in time, or correctly. It was an oversight, a simple error. It’s really too bad.

  • Matt Smith

    YV goes up 1-0 on O’Dowd. Tata header.

  • Matt Smith

    YV wins 2-0.

  • HalaMadrid

    I heard balotelli scored against o’down hahahaha any other good games today? Concord demonstrating its skilled and talented high schools?

  • Tack

    Thanks Matt! It’s nice to be back. I’ve expanded my soccer watching to more than just Dublin now, so maybe ill catch you at a game sometime soon. Unfortunate that the Tennyson news is true, they had a strong team in my opinion.

  • T. Powell

    O’Dowd is slowly falling apart barely able to put out a starting 11 due to injuries and suspensions. Should be interesting once January come around and they have a full active roster. Matt, you have a summary for this mornings game? Wasn’t able to attend either O’Dowd game this weekend.

  • Foothill fan

    Foothill at Pittsburg at 5 pm today. Should be a good one!

  • Ncschamps

    The game vs Pitt is at 6pm. I believe the coach has been trying to contact foothill’s new coach to get the time correct.

  • Mt Eden fan

    @matt
    Oh okay .
    I think on your predictions you rank mt eden to low because there doing great right now they havent lost no season game yet .

  • http://dndmlawyers.com dlsdefender

    At the end of the Showcase Richmond HS Oilers v. Clayton Valley CHS first half, 0-0 …very even match-up

  • Matt Smith

    @T. Powell I wasn’t there, I was just getting updates. I heard O’Dowd is pretty banged up, huh?

    Richmond beats Clayton 1-0.

  • DLSwireless

    DLS Showcase #5 & #6

    YV 2 O’Dowd 0 Final

    Richmond 1 Clayton Valley 0 Final

    Game #7 @ 1pm San Ramon vs. Mater Dei

  • Matt Smith

    Mater Dei up 1-0 on SRV.

  • DLSwireless

    DLS Showcase #6

    Mater Dei 2 SRV 0 Half

  • DLSwireless

    Ah meant DLS Showcase Game #7.. Sorry!

  • Matt Smith

    SRV down 2-1.

  • Matt Smith

    SRV up 3-2 with about 10 minutes left.

  • Matt Smith

    SRV wins 3-2.

  • http://dndmlawyers.com dlsdefender

    Next game up for the DLS Showcase: Acalanes Dons v. Bullard Knights…should be a great game!

  • lovesoccer

    I seen a Hayward play last night against San Leandro Hayward 2 San leandro 1 it should been a bigger win for Hayward. they missed about 9 shots San Leandro was lucky. Hayward has a lot of injuries but they keep on going very impressed when they get for strength they should be a very scary to me to play.

  • lovesoccer

    I seen a Hayward play last night against San Leandro Hayward 2 San leandro 1 it should been a bigger win for Hayward. they missed about 9 shots San Leandro was lucky. Hayward has a lot of injuries but they keep on going very impressed when they get for strength they should be a very scary to me to play. also when Hayward play Mt Eden they were playing most the game with 10 players in the second half they were playing with 9 any still tied the game Wow Cata went down didn’t play again San Leandro.

  • Anon

    Too bad Richmond had to show lack of class.
    Player kicked cv player in the face when play was
    over and cv player was on the ground. Should’ve
    been given a red. Lack of class.

  • DLSwireless

    DLS Showcase #8

    Acalanes 0 Bullard 0 Half

  • Matt Smith

    Acalanes 1, Bullard 0 in second half

  • DLSwireless

    DLS Showcase #8

    Acalanes 2 Bullard 0 Final

  • DFAL Rocks

    Matt…Maybe this is the Year we get the Matt Smith D1 vs D2 Championship Game! Lots of Very Strong D2 Teams starting with Acalanes.

  • Matt Smith

    Newark beat Alameda today, 1-0.

  • eL Pata

    Richmond has been nothing but class for years as a program. Not saying it didn’t happen, I wasn’t there; but if you are going to make the claim put your name on it. Don’t hide behind “anon”

  • DLSwireless

    DLS Showcase #9

    Campo 0 St. Francis 0 Half

  • Matt Smith

    San Lorenzo beat Encinal 4-0 yesterday.

  • Foothill fan

    Halftime, Foothill-0,Pittsburg-0

  • Matt Smith

    Campo loses 1-0.

  • DLSwireless

    DLS Showcase #9

    St Francis 1 Campo 0 Final

  • Matt Smith

    @DFAL Rocks I have been toying with the idea of trying to put together a tournament of champions, maybe an eight team, two-group tournament, or trying to get a Division I v. Division II game. All thoughts are very preliminary.
    Thoughts?

  • Matt Smith

    Dublin 3, Moreau 0
    De Anza 2, St. Pat’s 0

  • Foothill fan

    Final, Foothill-1,Pittsburg-1

  • DLSwireless

    DLS Showcase #10

    DLS 0 Cathedral 0 Half

  • Matt Smith

    @DLSwireless You are the man today, by the way. Mad props!

  • DFAL Rocks

    Matt…I know it wouldn’t be NCS Sanctioned, but it would be pretty cool to have the D1 and D2 Winners Play each other say 2 or 3 Days after the NCS Champnship Game. Runnerups maybe in a Game right before? Just need a Field and 6 Officials and Coaches Support.

  • DLSwireless

    DLS Showcase #10

    DLS 0 Cathedral 0 Final

  • DLSwireless

    Matt,

    Thanks for the props, great games especially Richmond – Cathedral and DLS – Cathedral. Cathedral is a very good team and Richmond played a perfect game to defeat them. DLS Cathedral with was as entertaining game that looked like a NCS Championship game. DLS might see them down in SoCal in a few weeks again. So it was a wonderful set of 10 games with classy teams. It’s time to turn the lights out in the press box. See you at Amador on Tuesday.

  • Juan Pito

    DLS-Amador, DLS-MV this week, should be great action in EBAL!

  • Matt Smith

    I’m having a hard time choosing which games to go to!