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

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

Matt Smith