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Boys Soccer: MVAL, Rankings, Standings, Stats

It might not appear to be a league loaded with top flight teams, but if you look very closely at the Mission Valley Athletic League, it is a league that is pretty solid from top to bottom and it is a league that will have several teams make the playoffs.

Of course Newark Memorial still headlines the league. The program has recently reached the NCS finals, and a couple years before that was in the NCS semifinals. They are a team that should be considered the favorite, but as evidenced by Irvington playing them tough last week, there will be very few easy wins.
Irvington, with a win over Mission San Jose this year and draws with Antioch and Newark shows the Vikings are going to be in the mix.
Speaking of MSJ, this team could be a serious threat. Every loss, including to two EBAL teams and a ranked Mt. Eden team, have been by one goal. They have played well against very highly thought of teams.
Washington has a win and a draw against EBAL schools and is off to a very good start, and looks like a legit playoff contender, along with MSJ.
And of course there is Logan. A team that got off to a rough start outside of league play, but was always going to bounce back because they are just always solid. The Colts have ran out to the league lead, and talks of their demise were probably way too premature. Logan looks like a playoff team, once again.
Kennedy, American and Moreau have all had close results that show that they could also be tough on any team on any given night, and don’t be surprised if one or more of these teams makes a push to the playoffs.
The MVAL is very competitive and should be very competitive from top to bottom this season.

Rankings

Couldn’t drop DLS from the top spot after a draw with a very good out of area team in Cathedral. Acalanes is waiting to pounce on that top spot as the Dons have looked nothing short of impressive this year.
Back into the top five is YV as that team seems to be getting better, while Amador Valley and San Ramon Valley both jump two spots after successful weeks.
The newest team into the top 15 is Mt. Eden, who continues to put up good results. Hercules creeps nearer to the top 15 with a big test against Pinole Valley this week, while St. Mary’s, Washington and Freedom all jump into the consideration list.

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

Others Considered: Campolindo (6-3-0), Bishop O’Dowd (2-3-1), Hercules (7-1-1), Antioch (4-1-3), St. Mary’s (3-0-3), Deer Valley (4-3-1), Northgate (5-1-2), Alameda (4-3-2), Washington (4-2-3), Freedom (3-4-0)

Standings

BVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Antioch (4-1-3, 0-0-0) 0
Deer Valley (4-3-1, 0-0-0) 0
Freedom (3-4-0, 0-0-0) 0
Heritage (2-6-1, 0-0-0) 0
Liberty (1-2-0, 0-0-0) 0
Pittsburg (2-2-1, 0-0-0) 0

DFAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Acalanes (9-0-0, 4-0-0) 12
Dublin (5-4-1, 3-1-0) 9
Campolindo (6-3-0, 2-1-0) 6
Dougherty Valley (3-3-0, 2-1-0) 6
Alhambra (4-3-3, 1-2-1) 4
Miramonte (2-5-1, 1-2-0) 3
Las Lomas (0-5-3, 0-3-1) 1

DVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

College Park (4-4-2, 1-0-0) 3
Ygnacio Valley (5-1-1, 1-0-0) 3
Clayton Valley (0-7-1, 0-0-1) 1
Concord (1-1-1, 0-0-1) 1
Berean Chr. (0-3-1, 0-0-0) 0
Mt. Diablo (0-1-0, 0-1-0) 0
Northgate (5-1-2, 0-1-0) 0

EBAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Amador Valley (8-1-0, 1-0-0) 3
De La Salle (3-0-1, 1-0-0) 3
California (9-0-2, 0-0-1) 1
Monte Vista (5-1-3, 0-0-1) 1
Foothill (5-1-2, 0-1-0) 0
Granada (2-1-3, 0-0-0) 0
Livermore (2-5-2, 0-1-0) 0
San Ramon Valley (5-1-1, 0-0-0) 0

MVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Logan (3-5-2, 2-0-0) 6
Mission San Jose (3-4-4, 1-0-1) 4
Newark Memorial (5-1-3, 1-0-1) 4
Washington (4-2-3, 1-0-1) 4
Irvington (1-3-4, 0-1-1) 1
Kennedy (1-2-2, 0-1-1) 1
Moreau Catholic (0-4-2, 0-1-1) 1
American (2-4-2, 0-2-0) 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 (0-3-1, 0-0-0) 0
Skyline (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0

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

St. Mary’s (3-0-3, 1-0-1) 4
El Cerrito (2-5-0, 1-0-0) 3
Richmond (2-2-3, 0-0-1) 1
Albany (1-4-3, 0-1-0) 0
Salesian (1-1-0, 0-1-0) 0
St. Joseph Notre Dame (1-3-1, 0-0-0) 0

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

Hercules (7-1-1, 2-0-0) 6
Pinole Valley (4-2-0, 2-0-0) 6
De Anza (2-3-0, 1-1-0) 3
Kennedy (0-2-0, 0-2-0) 0
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (0-2-0, 0-1-0) 0
Swett (0-1-0, 0-1-0) 0

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

Alameda (4-3-2, 3-1-0) 9
Mt. Eden (6-3-2, 2-0-2) 8
Arroyo (3-4-3, 2-1-1) 7
Berkeley (5-1-3, 2-0-1) 7
Bishop O’Dowd (2-3-1, 2-1-1) 7
Castro Valley (2-3-3, 2-1-1) 7

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

Hayward (7-2-1, 2-1-1) 7
San Lorenzo (2-2-0, 2-2-0) 6
Piedmont (2-2-1, 1-2-1) 4
San Leandro (1-6-0, 1-2-0) 3
Tennyson (0-10-0, 0-4-0) 0
Encinal (0-4-0, 0-4-0) 0

Stat Leaders

Name School Goals
R. Castillo, Hayward 13
Reiter, CP 8
Gray, Hayward 8
Ayala, YV 8
Gala, Dougherty 7
Mendoza, Hayward 7
Romero, Hercules 7
Villegas, Mt. Eden 7
Mirner, Acalanes 6
Croze, Acalanes 6
Solomon, Berkeley 6
Raynor, Cal 6
Grixtin, Cal 6
Montes, Richmond 6
Maul, SRV 6
Espinoza, St. Mary 6

Name School Assists
Gomez, Hayward 11
Raynor, Cal 7
Croze, Acalanes 5
Diaz-Valdes, Campo 5
Clark, FH 5
L. Castillo, Hayward 5
Greenberg, MV 5
Foster, Ngate 5
Maestre, SRV 5
Dull, St. Mary 5
Damian, YV 5

Matt Smith

  • SoccerFan

    Dougherty 3-0 over Campo

  • Yellow Jacket

    @Matt Smith yeah another dominant win for Berkeley to continue their control of the league. It was at O’Dowd too

  • Mt. Eden fan

    Mt. Eden beat arroyo 3-0

  • HS Soccerfan

    Acalanes 3-1 over Alhambra.

  • RoyKeanefan

    Acalanes 3-1 over Alhambra.

  • Ball Don’t Lie

    Matt,

    Curious what your view was of the Logan-Newark match? Was 0-0 the appropriate result? Also, just a suggestion, but maybe you could list this blog page at the end of your newspaper write-ups so that maybe others will help with reporting scores, etc.

  • Matt Smith

    @Ball Don’t Lie I will ask the people in charge if that is something that can be done, for sure…

    As far as the game goes, I think Newark looked a bit more dangerous tonight. They looked good moving the ball, but maybe rushed a little bit in taking shots. They were a little over anxious maybe and took some shots they probably didn’t need to.
    Logan did a great job defensively, stayed organized and calm during any Newark threats. I think 0-0 was probably fair tonight. The two teams were pretty even.

  • lovesoccer

    Hayward beat Piedmont and controled the hole game they were about to break the game wide open but the game was called do to the field.Hayward 1 piedmont 0

  • Matt Smith

    These are scores from tonight/tomorrow that I am looking for…

    Encinal v. Tennyson
    San Leandro v. San Lorenzo
    Las Lomas v. Miramonte
    El Cerrito v. Freedom
    Liberty v. Dublin
    Salesian v. Albany

    Also, I am really not getting many TCAL scores. If you guys can please help, that would be great. Let me know of anything you know.

  • MVAL Alumni

    @Lovesoccer

    What game were you watching? Hayward’s goal was on accident and not even a shot. It deflected off a player and went in. Look at the stats. Piedmont held a 9-1 shot ratio in the first half and 6-3 in the second before the game was suspended, not called. Hayward could only dump the ball because of great pressure by the front four of Piedmont. Their midfield played outstanding. It was a back and forth game. Hayward’s keeper had to come up big quite a few times to stop Piedmont from putting the ball in the back of the net. It was a great game to watch. Hayward style of play was dump and chase, Piedmont possessed more often than not.

  • MVAL Alumni

    @Lovesoccer

    Playing the first 15 to 20 minutes in your own final third is not controlling the game by the way.

  • Matt Smith

    I’m pretty sure the Hayward/Piedmont game was called. In high school, once you’ve played more than a half, it can be an official game.
    I’ve been told it is a 1-0 win for Hayward.

  • Salesian trooper

    @ Matt Smith Salesian is (1-1-1)
    Salesian beat Kennedy, but not sure of the score.
    El cerrito 5 Salesian 0
    Salesian 0 Richmond 0

  • Shinguard

    Southern California High School Classic by NIKE
    *Formally known as the Nautical Cup

    Here is the link for all divisions.

    http://205.134.241.51/~socalh6/

  • Soccer fan

    If berkeley was so good why they had trouble vs mt eden? Mt. Eden is undefeated so far in league.

  • Matt Smith

    @Soccer Fan I think Berkeley had trouble because Mt. Eden is a very good team, so they deserve credit. And I’m sure playing on the smaller grass pitch was an adjustment as well.

  • albany cougars

    Here is albanys record so far in league play.

    Albany 3 vs st jospeh 0 W

    Albany 0 vs st marys 3 L

    Albany 0 vs richmond 1 L

    Albany 2 vs el cerrito 0 W

  • Matt Smith

    Thanks to both Albany Cougars and Salesian Trooper.
    I think you guys play each other today, so keep me posted.

  • berkeleyfan

    I attended the Mt. Eden- Berkeley game. No excuses but berkeley only had 20 mins. to warm up and the grass pitch was very poor. But credit goes to Mt. Eden. They have solid defenders.

    Matt,
    Do you think Berkeley can make a long run in NCS?

  • bkells

    @Shinguard thanks for link…looks like some excellent talent on some very good teams.DLS will have to bring their A game in order to advance .

  • Matt Smith

    Headed to YV with Sweeper. Should be a doozy.

  • goalboy

    Freedom beat El Cerrito 5-0. This Jorge Cendejas kid keeps giving impressive performances. In this game he scored 2 goals and had 3 assists. That gives him a total of 10 goals in the last 4 games that he’s played. Freedom seems to be picking it up as of late. El Cerrito didn’t have a lot to offer in this game, but much was due to the Falcons display of good discipline, solid defense, and their mids and strikers playing well together. I saw some good 1-2 touch passing in the middle of the field. We’ll see how they do against a solid St. Mary’s team. That should be a good test. I believe they face each other in a non-league game the first week of January.

  • Cooper

    El Cerrito did not have their game today. A couple players missing and a couple players out of town for the holidays really affected them. I attended the Salesian vs El Cerrito game and the Albany vs. El Cerrito game and they were well organized. Got very unlucky vs Albany at the end. But El Cerrito has a couple key players that is the base of their team and players you should take a look at, #4,#8,#9,#10, and #11.

  • goalboy

    Anyone know the score of the Pitt-YV game?

  • Rey2517

    Does anyone know the results of Alameda vs Castro Valley?

  • Cooper

    El Cerrito did not have their game today. A couple players missing due to injuries and a couple players out of town for the Holidays really affected them today. I attended the El Cerrito vs. Salesian game and the Albany vs. El Cerrito game and they were well organized. They dominated the Salesian game and won 5-0 and they got very unlucky vs. Albany towards the end with a match that could’ve gone either way. But El Cerrito has a couple key players that is the base of the team and that you should take a look at. They are #4,#8,#9,#10,and #11.

  • Matt Smith

    YV and Pitt just ended 1-1

  • goalboy

    Thanks for the score Matt!

  • Matt Smith

    It was an entertaining game. The rain effected the play, but it was still good.

    St. Mary’s beat St. Joe’s 10-0 today.

  • Matt Smith

    @Berkeleyfan I will be addressing that very question in my new notebook which I hope to have up tonight :)

  • Matt Smith

    @Rey2517 Castro Valley beat Alameda 3-1.

  • mudhen

    Beating somebody 10–0(if that really was the final score) is an example of really pitiful gawd-awful sportsmanship, and the players and coach of St. Mary’s should be ashamed of themselves.
    One defeats an opponent, not humiliates them.

  • Matt Smith

    @mudhen Normally I think that is true, but I know Sal from St. Mary’s well and he probably had all his backups in and had guys playing in unfamiliar spots, and it’s hard to tell your kids to stop playing. Especially those who don’t play often.

  • 2000ortega

    Mval alumni I have no idea of what game you we’re watching musta been a dream because there was no doubt that Hayward control the whole game and the midfield controlled the whole thing 6 ,3 ratio come on also a header not a shot that’s a joke ask coach they were sucking wind defensively Hayward was working them please.

  • mudhen

    No excuse. You tell them to play triangles and STOP trying to score . Period.

  • mudhen

    Alameda plays tough defense so beating them 3 nil says something.

  • Matt Smith

    @Sweeper It feels good to get home and put some dry clothes on after sitting in that torrential downpour. Thanks for the company today and shuttling from and to BART in that sweet ride. Happy holidays!

  • lovesoccer

    Hi mval alumni first off I would like to say no disrespect to Piedmont I do not know anybody from Hayward or Piedmont I’m just a scout and I do know a lot about soccer you’re saying is 6/3 ratio that is just not true in the first half Hayward had 9 corner kicks 5 shot on goal 1 shot definitely went over the goal line. referee was not in position. also header is a shot last time I checked. Piedmont had 6 corner kicks 3 shots on goal
    2 shots came from 25 yards out you will not score from that far out. in regards to the mid field come on hayward mid control the game. but that’s not to say pm I didn’t hang in there

  • lovesoccer

    Hi mval alumni first off I would like to say no disrespect to Piedmont I do not know anybody from Hayward or Piedmont I’m just a scout and I do know a lot about soccer you’re saying is 6/3 ratio that is just not true in the first half Hayward had 9 corner kicks 5 shot on goal 1 shot definitely went over the goal line. referee was not in position. also header is a shot last time I checked. that would have made it 2 to nothing Hayward at the half. Piedmont had 6 corner kicks 3 shots on goal
    2 shots came from 25 yards out you will not score from that far out. in regards to the mid field come on hayward mid control the game. but that’s not to say Piedmont didn’t hang in there because they did hang in there. again not trying to disrespect nobody I’m just giving my opinion. good luck on your season.

  • goalboy

    @cooper Freedom had 3 starters out due to injuries and 2 out on vacation today as well. I’m pretty sure #’s 8, 9 & 11 for EC played in today’s game.

  • Cooper

    @Goalboy Don’t get me wrong, Freedom looked very solid. What I was trying to imply is that it probably would’ve been a more interesting game if EC would’ve have their full team. Freedom has a couple key players out there that make a difference. What can you say of #’s 8, 9 and 11??

  • HalaMadrid

    Yv vs pittsburg was a very physical and intertaning game, made second half, game could of gone eaither way, rain may of sped up the tempo and physicality but on the field were two teams that wanted the win. i see two very ambitious teams that could go far in ncs…. Impressed by pittsburg over all, last season i attended their 0-4 defeat to yv either pitt has improved its game and talent or some of yv’s talent has graduated… These are the type of games that pump up the fans on both sides.

  • goalboy

    @mudhen @matt smith Running up the score? What is this? 8 year olds playing recreational?

  • goalboy

    @cooper OK, yes I agree. Those 3 players have good skill. I was especially impressed with #11. Good leader, has the ability to organize the midfield and good vision, just didn’t have a go to guy up on top. I was also really impressed with Freedom’s #9 Cendejas and #10 Lopez. I was told to keep an eye on Cendejas and honestly he did impress me. He stands out. I wish both teams good luck. Good disciplined players on both teams. Both Porras (EC) and Acevedo (Freedom) are good coaches with respectful backgrounds.

  • Mt. Eden fan

    I think berkeley and mt eden are one of the hardest team this year. There both undefeated league wise. Is ganna be a good game when they play again.