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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.

BVAL

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.

DFAL

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.

DVAL

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.

EBAL

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.

MVAL

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.

TCAL-Rock

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.

TCAL-Stone

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.

WACC-Foothill

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.

WACC-Shoreline

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.

Rankings

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)

Standings

BVAL
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

DFAL
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

DVAL
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

EBAL
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

MVAL
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

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

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