Boys Soccer: Dark Horses, Rankings, Standings, Stats

We all know who the favorites, or the league leaders, in each league. However, I want to talk about one team per league which might not be leading the league right now, or considered the favorite.


The favorite here is Pittsburg, and Deer Valley and Antioch have a recent history of success. However, I’m starting to feel like the team to watch out for is Freedom. Since getting Jorge Cendejas back, this team has played much better, including a 1-0 win over Monte Vista. The results have still been a little inconsistent, but you can see this team is improving.


If you want inconsistent results, look no further than Dublin. However, this team’s recent 3-0 win over Dougherty included with the fact they are young means they are improving. Also, this team can lock down defensively in the playoffs which leads me to believe this is a very dangerous team, familiar with success.


Northgate is not going to surprise anyone for the rest of the year. This team is for real and is learning how to get results. The Broncos will only get better and better as the season goes on, so I’d be very wary of them.


There are no surprises in this league, so I won’t be shocking anyone by saying that I like Monte Vista a lot. Clearly, they are a good team. However, I really like this team. They have what it takes to win an NCS title. A couple of dangerous kids up top in Jeff Greenberg and Charlie Zaloumis, a great holding midfielder in Ben Panconi, an organized defense, an experienced keeper and a long throw with Reid Gratsch.


Logan is a team that got off to a rough start and is starting to find its footing. With a stud and a leader in Miguel Montoya, and enough talent around him, this team could win the MVAL and then be a handful in the NCS playoffs.


There is one team that always seems to find a way to make the playoffs, and that is El Cerrito. Don’t let the overall record fool you. This team is better than the results are showing, and at 2-4-0 within Division II, this team is right in the mix for an NCS spot, and will probably get one.


The Spartans have a new head coach and saw their star player transfer. But still, this team is 5-3-0. Not only is this team going to make NCS, this team could win the league and will be a tough out for anyone.


Castro Valley is a very proud soccer program that, recently, has fallen on hard times. Last year was a rebuilding year, and this year the Trojans are showing signs of bouncing back. The goal differential this year is -1, with close results against Foothill, Deer Valley, draws against Logan, Bishop O’Dowd and Granada and wins over San Lorenzo and Alameda.


The word on San Lorenzo is that the Rebels are very fast and creative. Scoring goals has not been a problem, scoring 14 of them in six games. The results have bee decent for them, and with the explosiveness, this team could challenge Hayward.


There’s a new No. 1 as the Acalanes Dons are the top team in the East Bay for the first time in the history of my rankings. De La Salle drops a couple spots despite playing pretty well against good competition. This should make the DLS v. Cal match very interesting.
Not much else changed with the rankings other than St. Mary’s and Richmond moving up and Foothill moving back in.

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

Others Considered: Campolindo (10-5-0), Logan (5-5-3), College Park (5-5-3), Mt. Eden (7-4-3), Dougherty Valley (5-3-0), Granada (4-2-3), Hercules (9-2-0), Deer Valley (4-3-1), Liberty (3-2-0), Castro Valley (3-4-3)


Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Antioch (4-2-3, 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 (3-2-0, 0-0-0) 0
Pittsburg (3-2-3, 0-0-0) 0

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Acalanes (11-0-0, 6-0-0) 18
Campolindo (10-5-0, 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

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Ygnacio Valley (8-1-2, 3-0-0) 9
College Park (5-5-3, 2-0-1) 7
Northgate (6-1-3, 1-1-1) 4
Concord (3-1-3, 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

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

California (11-0-2, 2-0-1) 7
De La Salle (4-2-3, 2-0-1) 7
Amador Valley (10-2-0, 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 (2-8-2, 0-3-0) 0

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Logan (5-5-3, 3-0-1) 10
Newark Memorial (6-1-5, 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

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

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Richmond (4-2-5, 2-0-2) 8
St. Mary’s (5-0-3, 2-0-1) 7
Albany (3-6-3, 2-2-0) 6
El Cerrito (2-8-0, 1-2-0) 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 (7-4-3, 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
Ayala, YV 13
Gala, Dougherty 12
Reiter, CP 10
Cendejas, Free 10
Williams, Mt. Eden 10
Solomon, Berkeley 9
Sandoval, Newark 9
Raynor, Cal 8
Grixti, Cal 8
Gray, Hayward 8
Mendoza, Hayward 8
Villegas, Mt. Eden 8
Montes, Richmond 8

Name School Assists
Gomez, Hayward 11
Raynor, Cal 8
Damian, YV 8
Aguilar, YV 7
Espinoza, St. Mary 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

  • soccerman


  • The Sweeper

    0-0 @half SRV @ NM. End to end action and no goals on an uneven and slow pitch.

  • The Sweeper

    SRV scores in the 49th minute as the NM keeper was out of position, and again 2 minutes later after a missed clear was converted to a cross and header. 2-0 SRV with 25 left.

  • The Sweeper

    SRV wins 2-0

  • Matt Smith

    Logan 4, Castro Valley 0

  • Bobo

    CVHS AD Please bring back Al Peacock!! Enough is enough!

  • Matt Smith

    Anyone going to Acalanes today, the game is actually at CP.

  • Foothill fan

    Halftime, Foothill-0, Deer Valley-0

  • Matt Smith

    Acalanes 3-0 CP at half

  • Foothill fan

    42nd min. Foothill-1,Deer Valley-0, Debenedetti from Goldstein

  • Foothill fan

    42nd min. Foothill-1,Deer Valley-0, Debenedetti from Goldstein

  • Foothill fan

    42nd min. Foothill-1,Deer Valley-0, Debenedetti from Goldstein

  • Foothill fan

    65th min. Foothill-2, Deer Valley-0 Clark goal

  • Stalwart

    Two minutes in (!) Northgate 2 – St Joseph Notre Dame 0.

  • Stalwart

    17 minutes: NG 4 – StJND 0

  • Jim08


    Thank you for answering my question concerning NCS.

  • Stalwart

    NG 8 – StJND 0 at half.

  • foothillfan

    Final, Foothill-2, Deer Valley-0

  • MVAL Soccer Fan

    Final, Irvington 0 – Freedom 0.

    Good match, both teams played well. Irvington defense did a good job and shutting down the dangerous Cendejas. Freedom did a good job at holding the ball. Definitely had more possession but Irvington had a few more chances. Interesting game, I hope one of these teams gets a chance to make NCS.

  • Matt Smith

    Acalanes 5-0 CP
    Berkeley 5-1 El Cerrito
    Freedom 0-0 Irvington

  • goalboy

    Final score: Freedom 0-0 Irvington. Game was at Irvington. Freedom had trouble adapting to the grass field in bad shape. Still dominated most of the game but couldn’t finish. Cendejas and other starters are banged up and sat out out. Apparently to be ready for BVAL season. Which starts Tuesday. Good result for Irvington.

  • goalboy

    Cendejas played second half for Freedom. I agree @MVAL Soccer Fan credit goes to Irvington defense for holding down Cendejas. I liked Freedom’s touches and discipline and Irvington’s heart and toughness.

  • goalboy

    Cendejas played second half for Freedom. I agree @MVAL Soccer Fan credit goes to Irvington defense for holding down Cendejas. I liked Freedom’s touches and discipline and Irvington’s heart and toughness.

  • MVAL Soccer Fan

    Definitely thought the Freedom v Irvington game could have gone either way. Both teams had chances just could not finish. Draw was probably a fair result.

  • goalboy

    I agree tie was a fair result. But I disagree that Freedom played well. I’ve most of there last 5 games. (3 wins, 1 draw, 1 tie) and this is by far the worst I’ve seen them. Not horrible, just looked bad on the grass field. They better be ready for an away league game at Antioch with similar field conditions. Again, credit to Irvington can’t take nothing away from them. Wish both teams good luck.

  • Matt Smith

    MV up 2-1 on AV with 10 to go in the first half.

  • goalboy

    @ Matt Will Freedom’s latest surge grant them consideration on your next Rankings list especially after 4-0 win over St. Mary’s? Anyone know status of Pittsburg-Dougherty Valley game? They should still be playing 1st half. Trying to catch 2nd half .

  • MVAL Soccer Fan

    Yea the field was definitely a problem. I hadn’t seen Freedom play yet but I heard good things. Speaking to the Irvington coach after the game I guess they were missing some starters who were still on vacation. And a player he says is the best player in MVAL, who I remember from last year, is still hurt. Irvington seems to be a draw machine as of late, having trouble scoring goals. I thought they had 3 or 4 good chances to score but their number 8 couldn’t take advantage on the counter.

    Freedom is definitely a dangerous squad and Cendejas is a quality player. With him on the field they always have a chance of scoring. I’d like to see them play again. Sounds like you’re around them a lot Goalboy, so good luck to them in BVAL. I watched Mission and Irvington both outplay Antioch I don’t think they should cause too much of a problem. But poor field conditions always level out the competition.

  • ReCap

    DLS – 5 CVC- 0 Final

  • Soccer Fan

    Pitt and Dougherty Valley tied 2-2 at the half.

  • Matt Smith

    MV beats AV 2-1.

    @Goalboy I’d have a hard time not putting Freedom on the consideration list, that’s for sure. We’ll see how it shakes down tomorrow.

  • Matt Smith

    Northgate beats St. Joe 9-0.

  • Soccer bro

    Looks like your eBal dark horse is doing well

  • mudhen

    Acalanes looks very strong. Big and mean.

  • goalboy

    Very true @MVAL Soccer Fan That is interesting. Do you know the name of the player that the coach considers the best in MVAL? Just curious.

    For Freedom, yes, Cendejas is a dangerous attacker. I follow the BVAL as much as I can and this year Freedom has caught my attention quite a bit. They had a rough start early in the preseason, as Matt once put it, some results showed inconsistency, but now they seem to have put it all together and they look solid all around. Good GK’s, strong defending, solid mids and dangerous attackers.

    Well, I wish both Freedom and Irvington good luck. Hope they both make NCS!

  • MVAL Soccer Fan

    His name is Edgardo Cuellar. Was tipped to be recruited to possible D1 Colleges but he tore his ACL late last year and hasnt been cleared for contact yet. Coach was very adamant that he is a top quality player. Hoping he can return for the final couple weeks of the year.

  • goalboy

    @Matt Thanks for your reply.

    @Mudhen No doubt, I’ve seen Acalanes 4 times this year. They work like a mean machine.

  • goalboy

    @MVAL Soccer Fan Thanks! I will keep an eye our for Mr. Cuellar. Wishing him a fast recovery.

  • Matt Smith

    @Soccer bro MV might be the best team in the EBAL right now.

    @Acalanes That team is scary good right now.

  • EBALDad

    Do you have Goal and assist stats that you can break out by League?
    I’m just thinking it would be more of an apples to apples comparison, and it would be interesting.
    Thanks for all you do!

  • Bobo

    Late input on the academy/HS conversation. I’m all for the high school experience but when a high school program is in shambles and the school is unwilling to fix it then kids who have potential end up losing out. Not going to name names but a once proud and fairly successful program under a former coach has now become the laughing stock of the area with many of its highly talented players (youngers) either contemplating bypassing their last two years of high school soccer or upperclassman who have decided not to play at all. For that reason the academy way is the only option.

  • mudhen

    Acalanes vs. San Ramon, or Berkeley would be a fun match up.

  • Matt Smith

    @EBALDad That would take a little more work than I have time for, to be completely honest. I will try to do something like that one of these weeks, or at the end of the year, but with my last law school semester starting, it might be hard. But I promise to try and get it done some time.
    The new rankings are posted.