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

  • Fan

    Hopefully Foothills Varsity Team can put up there first EBAL win tonight. If you are going out to watch the Varsity team take time to check out their JV team too. There are exciting to watch and are currently 8-0-1. They are coming out of the winter break as Dublin’s NY Eve Tournament Champs.

  • Bigfan

    The Cal-Granada game is 2:00 today

  • Jim08


    Does it matter how many games you play during the season when it comes to making NCS or is it just the record they look at?

  • Matt Smith

    Cal up 1-0 early.
    Berean beat Clayton 1-0.

    @Jim08 It helps to play more games just because it increases your strength of schedule and increases the chance of big wins that help you in seedings. Teams that don’t play anywhere near a full schedule tend to be seeded low because there is a mystery, or a question about them. So there is no requirement, but it’s a good idea and certainly helps.

  • Matt Smith

    Amador up 1-0 on Hercules early on.

  • Matt Smith

    Cal 1-0 Granada at half.

  • Any updates to cal-granada? Or, how about monte vista-newark game.

  • Tks Matt! Re: NCS playoff. Then maybe Maxpreps isn’t a bad yardstick?

  • Matt Smith

    Amador up 1-0 at halftime.

    Second half kick off at Cal.

  • JogaBonito

    interesting match up at CP today. Could very well determine the winner of DVAL.

  • Matt Smith

    Cal still up 1-0 with under 20 minutes left.

  • Matt Smith

    Cal up 2-0 with 10 minutes left.

  • Matt Smith

    Hercules equalizes with Amador. About 15 minutes left.

  • Matt Smith

    Cal wins 2-0.

  • jogaBonita

    Yv up 2-0 at the half. Ayala and Zumaya with the goals.

  • jogaBonito

    Full time at CP. Yv wins 4-1 goals: for Ayala(2), Zumaya, and Pope.

  • Matt Smith

    Monte Vista beats Newark 3-0.
    Hercules draws Amador Valley, 1-1.

  • Nacho Don

    @Matt, Monte Vista beat Newark & tied Hercules in the same day? OR did you mean Amador? Haha, Cabo must’ve had it’s effect on you!

  • Foothill fan

    Halftime, Foothill-2. Livermore-0

  • Matt Smith

    Haha, thanks Nacho Don. I’m a little jet lagged… or something…

    DLS/SRV is 0-0 at the half.

  • Matt Smith

    SRV 1-0 DLS Final

  • Foothill fan

    Final. Foothill-3, Livermore-0

  • Yellow Jacket

    Wow, what a result by SRV. Any more info on how that game played out?

  • goalboy

    Freedom 4-0 St. Mary’s

  • goalboy


    Matt, I noticed you had Freedom as the Dark Horse in the BVAL and previously you threw out the question, Is Freedom for Real? Today they beat previously undefeated St. Mary’s which you currently rank #12. The Cendejas kid had another great game: 1 goal and 2 assists. You we’re right, they are getting better. St. Mary’s in their last game had beat Antioch 4-2.

  • goalboy

    @Yellow Jacket I agree, what a great result for SRV. I’m also curious as to how the game was played, who dominated, if any team, and who had the most scoring opportunities. Must have been a great game.

  • Stewie

    Dark-horse is De La Salle…got spanked by SRV

  • Matt Smith

    @Goalboy It looks like Freedom is very dangerous.

  • goalboy

    @Matt I saw the second half and they looked good all around.

  • Student

    @Matt Smith

    I just want a scholarship, might sound desperate but hopefully a UC, a private school is even better. Thanks!

  • concrete17

    45.Student Says:
    January 3rd, 2013 at 2:16 am
    Hi everyone, player here who wants to play collegiate soccer. Currently playing high school soccer. Wondering what I should do to get noticed by scouts and possibly earn a scholarship. It would really help, thanks!

    1)EBAL Dad’s info #48 is a great place to start.
    2)Remember, you are a student-athlete, pick your college choices based on lifelong career possibilities.
    3) Unless you an athletic stud of studs most college coaches will not even know you exist. It is up to YOU to contact those coaches at those schools You would like to attend. Do your college homework….be sure that your college choices are a good fit and vice versa.
    4) When my son started his college search he started with public institutions but quickly learned that the privates were more more forthcoming with financial support.
    5)Can not understate the importance of your grades/test scores. Many of the coaches did not even respond to my son’s emails, letters, updates etc until he was accepted by their schools, then it was a 180 degree flip where their assistant coaches were contacting us on a weekly basis.

  • Dude

    SR dominated the whole game.. Should have been many more goals for them in my opinion. DLS had 0 shots on goal.. Does that say enough??

  • Student

    Thanks so much EBALdad and concrete17.

    Couple of more questions if you don’t mind.

    1. I am a sophomore, is it to early to start contacting coaches?
    2. What do I say when contacting them?
    3. What can I do about east coast schools, do their people scout me even if I’m over here?
    4. How should I go about making a highlight reel?

    Thanks so much again!

  • Wolfpack

    SRV / DLS

    Disclaimer- – Im an SRV parent. First time I’ve seen DLS this year but they looked like they need a lot of work. The game was controlled by SRV with DLS having few (maybe zero) dangerous scoring opportunities. SRV had several. SRV controlled the midfield winning most of the free balls and created scoring chances both out of the back and playing the ball through the middle of the field. The goal by SRV (Maestre) was well setup and also a very well struck ball from just inside the 18 to the top left corner. Had to be as DLS’s goalie is excellent.

    SRV has two losses this year to Berkeley and Cal. Based on last nights game DLS is not in the same league as those two programs.

    A lot of DLS players were playing outside their “normal” club positions and they never looked organized or able to string together passes. DLS had a lot of younger players on the field and which gave SRV an advantage physically. For DLS, Nic Bob (#12) was their clear leader but had little support. Tony Bell provided some danger at right forward but saw limited minutes.

    SRV did have a different lineup last night, particularly on defense, putting players where they have played during club. SRVs defense played their best game of the season. For reference, 3 of the starters for this game were out sick when SRV played Cal.

    bottomline: coaches at DLS have a lot of work, SRV coaches made some adjustments over the break and looked much improved over December games.

  • Itsabob

    Watched 1st half of MV game vs Newark. MV are looking sharp and more aggressive as compared to 3 weeks ago. I don’t see a big threat in Newark unless they change things up.
    Bounced on over to catch SRV game saw last 25 min of game. Damage was already done to DLS and SRV was physically dominating the entire mid field and the DLS front was just not organized until last 10 min of game.
    Was talking to asst from Clayton Valley said DLS keeper had some critical saves otherwise 3-0 was a possibility. Looks like EBAL title will be a horse race to the finish.

  • hootie

    DLS played a very odd game last night against SRV. It wasn’t until about 20 minutes into the game before they were able to string 3 passes in a row. What I found odd was how their defense would not or did not settle the ball out of the air and attempt to control the ball. It was a constant state of “just wack it” up in the air or down the field. Their usual great goalie play definitely kept if from being 3-0 or worse.

  • goalboy

    @Itsabob @Hootie Thanks for the game updates!

  • EBALDad

    here are my thoughts:

    1. I am a sophomore, is it too early to start contacting coaches?
    Check the NCAA web site. It oulines what every student should be doing given their year in school.
    It’s never too soon to contact coaches. Go to their summer camps too. Probably the best way to get to know a coach and the school. Usually fun as well.

    2. What do I say when contacting them?
    Show them you are interested, show them you have good grades and can get into their school (hopefully), tell them about some games (either club or HS) that you will be playing in near them so they can come see you play if they have the time. Be confident but respectful. Usually coaches have specific positions they are looking to fill. You might inquire about that. You might also ask about their game schedule to go see them play and/or practice.

    3. What can I do about east coast schools, do their people scout me even if I’m over here?
    Most East Coast schools think us West Coasters won’t go to cold weather climates so they don’t bother much. Some do, not many and when they do it’s to a large club showcase tourney. Go through the same process, let them know you are interested in coming east!

    4. How should I go about making a highlight reel?
    Perhaps your coach has someone filming your games. Ask for those and get some clips of yourself put together from those. You can always hire someone or get a friend to do the same. Keep it fairly short.

    good luck!

  • Matt Smith

    Great advice from EBALDad. And if there are any particular coaches you need to reach, let me know, and I might be able to help.
    Also, talk to your coach and let him know you’re interested. It’s part of what they do, to promote you to college coaches.

  • Shinguard

    Full Saturday at DLS 1.5.2013
    Frosh play SRV at 11am
    JV vs Clayton Valley Charter 4pm
    Varsity vs Clayton Valley Charter at 6pm

    Next week Sparty has Granada & Livermore
    Jan 19th Richmond at DLS 6pm

  • goalboy

    In non-league games: Today, Liberty @ Alameda 6pm. Satuday, Freedom @ Irvington 1pm, Dougherty Valley @ Pittsburg 6pm, Dear Valley @ Foothil 3pm. All intersting matches.

  • Shinguard

    **TIME CHANGES at DLS Saturday 1.5.2013 **
    Frosh vs San Ramon at 11 am
    JV vs Clayton Valley Charter at **1:00pm
    Varsity vs Clayton Valley Charter at **3:00pm

  • Matt Smith

    Alameda 0, Liberty 0

  • Student

    Thanks EBALdad, will definitely take that advice in consideration.

    Matt, any way we can talk off this board, can I possibly get an email address?

    Thanks again!

  • Juan Pito

    Amador Valley at Monte Vista at 6 tonight! Huge game in the EBAL race!

  • Juan Pito

    Amador Valley at Monte Vista at 6 tonight! Huge game in the EBAL race!

  • Matt Smith
  • Yellow Jacket

    Berkeley vs. El Cerrito at 1pm at Berkeley.

  • soccerman

    is the AV/MV game confirmed at 6:00pm? maxpreps says 4:00pm? does anyone know for sure?

  • EBALDad

    Maxpreps now shows 6:00pm