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Boys Soccer: Six Pressing Questions, Rankings, Standings, Stats

By Matt Smith
Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 at 11:11 pm in Boys soccer.

As I was thinking about soccer in the East Bay on my way back from Ygnacio Valley today, six questions popped into my head. Here they are…

1. Can Berkeley get a top three seed in NCS?

There is no doubt. They are 1-0-1 against the EBAL, they have a win over College Park and look like they are the favorite to win the WACC’s Foothill League. They have scored 23 goals over their last five games and this team is getting better and better.

2. Can St. Mary’s win the TCAL Rock?

A draw against Richmond, and an Oiler draw against Salesian, has set the Panthers up to be in control of the TCAL Rock early on. They win out, and it’s theirs. Of course, there are seven games left in league for St. Mary’s and Richmond, and most expect Richmond to right the ship. However, given the remaining schedule, if St. Mary’s can get at least a draw in Richmond, then it would be hard to see them slipping up along the way. Is Richmond the most likely of the two to win out? Perhaps. But at this point I give St. Mary’s a 50/50 shot to win the league.

3. Is Acalanes good enough to finish No. 1 in the East Bay?

I was talking to some people about this recently, and they don’t think so. However, I disagree. This team is big, athletic and, as usual, does not give up many goals, allowing just five goals in 11 games. If the Dons keep winning like this, then they will have a strong case. However, non-league games against College Park, SRV, YV, Northgate and Hayward as well as DFAL games at Campolindo and Dougherty Valley will test this team.

4. Can the EBAL get seven teams in the playoffs?

In short, yes. And I think they will. Granada knows how to grind out enough wins/draws in league play to make it. The question right now is Foothill and if they can get over the hump that is EBAL play. Once this team wins one or two, then watch out. I think seven teams is going to happen, because right now, it’s a virtual guarantee that five are getting in.

5. Can Tennyson still make the playoffs?

Bad, bad luck struck the Lancers this year and it seems like the wind has gone out of the sails a bit. However, this team still can make the playoffs. A .500 record in league is still achievable. With six games left that I think are completely winnable, and others that are winnable or at least drawable, this team can do it. The talent is there. It’s time to shake off the bad luck and get back to business.

6. Is Freedom for real?

I haven’t seen them yet, and they certainly have played better since the return of Mr. Cendejas, but there are still questionable results. However, this team could possibly pose as the biggest threat to Pittsburg in the BVAL and could be one of those low seeds in the playoffs that a team doesn’t want to play.

Rankings

The biggest criticism I open myself up to this week is moving AV down to No. 6. Did they deserve to fall three spots? Probably not. But among the top teams, they were the only ones that lost. Be it, the loss was to De La Salle, I had to reward Cal, YV and MV for successful weeks. I also kept Pitt above Berkeley so at 6-7-8-9, the team above has beat the team below.
St. Mary’s into the rankings, while Richmond hangs on by a thread.

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

Others Considered: Foothill (5-2-3), Northgate (6-1-3), Dougherty Valley (5-3-0), Campolindo (7-4-0), Granada (4-2-3), Antioch (4-1-3), Hercules (9-2-0), Deer Valley (4-3-1), Logan (4-5-3), Castro Valley (3-4-3)

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 (5-6-0, 0-0-0) 0
Heritage (2-6-1, 0-0-0) 0
Liberty (2-2-0, 0-0-0) 0
Pittsburg (2-2-2, 0-0-0) 0

DFAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Acalanes (11-0-0, 6-0-0) 18
Campolindo (7-4-0, 3-2-0) 9
Dougherty Valley (5-3-0, 3-2-0) 9
Dublin (5-5-2, 3-2-0) 9
Miramonte (2-6-2, 1-3-1) 4
Las Lomas (0-6-4, 0-3-2) 2
Alhambra (5-5-3, 0-4-1) 1

DVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Ygnacio Valley (7-1-2, 3-0-0) 9
College Park (5-4-3, 2-0-1) 7
Northgate (6-1-3, 1-1-1) 4
Concord (3-1-2, 0-0-2) 2
Berean Chr. (1-4-2, 0-1-1) 1
Clayton Valley (0-9-1, 0-2-1) 1
Mt. Diablo (0-3-0, 0-2-0) 0

EBAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

California (11-0-2, 2-0-1) 7
De La Salle (4-0-2, 2-0-1) 7
Amador Valley (9-2-0, 2-1-0) 6
Monte Vista (6-1-4, 1-0-2) 5
Granada (4-2-3, 1-1-0) 3
Foothill (5-2-3, 0-2-1) 1
San Ramon Valley (5-2-2, 0-1-1) 1
Livermore (2-7-2, 0-3-0) 0

MVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Logan (4-5-2, 3-0-1) 10
Newark Memorial (6-1-4, 2-0-2) 8
Irvington (2-3-5, 1-1-2) 5
Washington (3-3-5, 1-1-2) 5
Kennedy (3-4-1, 1-2-1) 4
Mission San Jose (3-5-4, 1-1-1) 4
Moreau Catholic (0-5-3, 0-2-2) 2
American (2-4-3, 0-2-1) 1

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 (4-0-3, 2-0-1) 7
Albany (3-5-3, 2-2-0) 6
Richmond (3-2-4, 1-0-2) 5
El Cerrito (2-7-0, 1-1-0) 3
Salesian (1-1-1, 0-1-1) 1
St. Joseph Notre Dame (1-5-1, 0-2-0) 0

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

Hercules (9-2-0, 4-0-0) 12
Pinole Valley (5-3-0, 3-1-0) 9
De Anza (3-4-0, 2-2-0) 6
Kennedy (0-3-0, 0-2-0) 0
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (0-4-0, 0-2-0) 0
Swett (0-2-0, 0-2-0) 0

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

Berkeley (8-1-3, 5-0-1) 16
Alameda (5-4-3, 4-2-0) 12
Mt. Eden (7-3-3, 3-0-3) 12
Castro Valley (3-4-3, 3-2-1) 10
Arroyo (3-6-3, 2-3-1) 7
Bishop O’Dowd (2-4-1, 2-2-1) 7

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

Hayward (9-2-1, 4-1-1) 13
San Lorenzo (2-2-2, 2-2-2) 8
San Leandro (2-7-1, 2-3-1) 7
Piedmont (2-4-1, 1-4-1) 4
Tennyson (1-11-1, 1-5-0) 3
Encinal (0-5-0, 0-5-0) 0

Stat Leaders

Name School Goals
R. Castillo, Hayward 13
Gala, Dougherty 12
Ayala, YV 11
Reiter, CP 10
Cendejas, Free 10
Williams, Mt. Eden 10
Solomon, Berkeley 9
Raynor, Cal 8
Grixti, Cal 8
Gray, Hayward 8
Mendoza, Hayward 8
Villegas, Mt. Eden 8
Sandoval, Newark 8

Name School Assists
Gomez, Hayward 11
Raynor, Cal 8
Damian, YV 7
Aguilar, YV 7
Croze, Acalanes 6
Solomon, Berkeley 6
Foster, Ngate 6
Diaz-Valdes, Campo 5
Guzman, Castro 5
Hernandez, CP 5
Clark, FH 5
L. Castillo, Hayward 5
Greenberg, MV 5
Maestre, SRV 5
Dull, St. Mary 5

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  • Matt Smith

    AV goes up 1-0 on Albany in the 22nd minute.

  • Matt Smith

    Liberty up 1-0 at half.
    AV up 2-0

  • Matt Smith

    Liberty 1, Mt. Eden 0
    Amador Valley 2, Albany 0

  • soccer fan

    @Matt
    How was the Mt. Eden game? I dint get to c it

  • Matt Smith

    @Soccer Fan I think that Mt. Eden looked dangerous. Possessed the ball very well, but just couldn’t put away a goal. This team on turf would be very dangerous.

  • soccer fan

    @Matt
    Did you get to c number #70 play?

  • Shinguard

    SoCal
    DLS 2 St Francis-Gardena CA 2 final

  • bkells

    AV-2 Albany-0
    Howald back on defense and he was solid.Goals by #12 Richwood and #7 Pangia in first half allowed AV to play defensive in 2nd half.

  • Matt Smith

    I heard the DLS game should not have been a draw. DLS outshot them 17-1. I guess 17-2 counting the PK they converted.

  • Matt Smith

    De La Salle falls 2-1 to JSerra Catholic.

  • Shinguard

    @Matt
    It was a tough game for DLS…but they survived to make it to qtr finals. Heard the same about the earlier game with St. Francis..out-shooting but the net was elusive :) . They will play Torrey Pines at 10:45am this morning.

    *other note Bellarmine Prep has also advanced and is playing Iolani HS from Hawaii also at 10:45

  • Mudhen

    Matt, why should it have not been a draw? One can kick the ball all night, but it only counts if you get through the uprights and under the bar.

  • Shinguard

    2nd half at Torrey Pines…0 – 0

  • Matt Smith

    @Mudhen I think it’s just something that soccer fans have believed forever, that if you dominate, then a loss or a draw is not a fair result.
    I guess I’ll just say it could have easily not been a draw.

  • Shinguard

    DLS 1 – Torrey Pines 0 going into the half.
    DLS gets header into net before clock ran-out for 1/2.

  • Shinguard

    1 – 1 handball pk called on DLS

  • Mudhen

    Still…. St. Francis Gardena got two goals past DLS. That rarely happens up Norte, so who’s to say? Maybe St. Francis, concededed possession in order to maintain a draw.
    It’s just that it smacks of that ol’ saw about D.L.S. yes they ARE good at least up here, but down in SO CAL there is a HUGE pool of talent to draw from, and I have personally seen some fearsomely good soccer teams.

  • Matt Smith

    DLS falls 2-1 to Torrey Pines, losing on Golden Goal.

  • goalboy

    Anyone at the St. Mary’s vs. Antioch game that can give us an update on the score?

  • jogabonito

    update on the yv game?

  • jogabonito

    update on the yv game??

  • Shinguard

    Questionable handball call for PK in regulation in DLS game along with DLS player having to go to Hospital for possible Jaw fracture and stitches. Bells advance to semi’s to play Cathedral and in other semi Torey Pines plays La Costa Canyon.

    Hope Bells make into final so north is represented …otherwise its all SoCal

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU SOCCER FANS.

  • bkells

    @Matt….. is the talent that better in SoCal or is DLS vulnerable this year in the EBAL?Would appreciate your thoughts

  • Matt Smith

    @Bkells Overall the talent is better, but as far as DLS is concerned, they would do fine down there, and I think they’d actually do quite well. The reports I got from down there, from people who don’t BS me, is that DLS played pretty well and just got unlucky. I think this team is coming together and will be hungry to prove that when they get back.

  • Matt Smith

    YV beat Madera South 2-1.

  • Matt Smith

    St. Mary’s 4, Antioch 2

  • washingtontransplant

    3 years ago DLS went 0 for in So Cal and only lost one game the rest of the year. Won NCS 1-0 to CAL. They will gel as the season progreses.
    What’s with giving up so many goals though?

  • mudhen

    Shinguard, What was it that made the handling questionable? Because it went against DLS? Most referees have a super high criterion for handball in the box.Go on U.S.SOCCER.COM and check it out.

  • bkells

    @Matt…. much appreciated thanks

  • Shinguard

    That is why DLS likes to go to SoCal it helps hone the team. You get tough competition and exposure to various styles all in a few days.

  • Matt Smith

    Pittsburg 5, Livermore 0

  • Matt Smith

    The four games I know of tomorrow…

    Newark v. Richmond
    Campo v. Village Christian
    Pittsburg v. Concord
    College Park v. Logan

  • Shinguard

    Intent…Intentional + purposeful extension or blocking with arm / hand or unintentional as trying to get your arm or hand out of the way or natural reaction to balance or falling down and the arm and hand just happen to be in the way…or a call made that nobody saw :)

  • Yassine Alami

    Hi Matt, I just wanted to hear your opinions on Berkeley’s # 8.

  • mudhen

    Or the usual one; Denying space to an opponent by the arm or hand being in an unnatural position. Intent cannot be judged–They can’t read minds.

  • The Real Yassine Alami

    I’d just like to clarify that I didn’t actually ask that.. I don’t know who the impostor is hahaha

  • Stewie

    A bad call is still a bad call..MLS,NFL, EPL, and it can be painfully brutal at times.