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Boys Soccer: Playoff Picture, Rankings, Standings, Stats

By Matt Smith
Sunday, January 13th, 2013 at 11:46 am in Boys soccer.

The playoffs are only a month away, believe it or not, so it’s time to look at each division and see which teams are in a position to get in. This is the scenario for each team as it stands right now.

Division I

Locks: Berkeley, California, Monte Vista

These teams are pretty much mathematically qualified and there is almost no scenario where they don’t get in.

Pretty Much In: Amador Valley, De La Salle, Foothill, Logan, Mt. Eden, Newark Memorial, Pittsburg, Richmond, San Ramon Valley

These teams could still mathematically not make it if they fell on hard times, but let’s be serious, these teams are also getting in the playoffs. That gives us 12 teams, with four spots left.

Inside the Bubble: Alameda, Antioch, Castro Valley, College Park, Dougherty Valley, Liberty

These teams are above .500 either overall, or in league, or perhaps both. Antioch is the safest team in this bunch and almost made the pretty much in list, but they don’t have the resume of the other teams quite yet. Still, Antioch is looking very good. After that, I’d have to pick College Park, Dougherty Valley and Alameda to round out the 16 teams, at this exact moment.

On the Bubble: Arroyo, Deer Valley, Freedom, Granada, Heritage, Irvington, Mission San Jose, San Leandro, Washington

These teams are either exactly at .500 in one of the categories, or within a couple of games. I think Granada is one of the top 16 teams in Division I, but the league is very tough and they are going to need some wins to get in. Freedom, Deer Valley, MSJ, San Leandro and Washington are teams that I think are capable of winning a few in a row and busting into the bracket.

Division II

Locks: Acalanes, Hercules, Ygnacio Valley

Count these three teams into the playoff bracket.

Pretty Much In: Campolindo, Concord, Hayward, Northgate, St. Mary’s

Mathematically these teams aren’t locked in, but each of these teams will get in. That gives us eight teams that will get in.

Inside the Bubble: Albany, Bishop O’Dowd, De Anza, Kennedy-Fremont, Pinole Valley

Given their standing in the leagues they play in, I actually think all of these teams will get in. Barring anything unexpected, that is. But I think all these teams are pretty safe. I think that makes 13 teams that are pretty safe.

On the Bubble: Alhambra, Berean Christian, Dublin, El Cerrito, Miramonte, Moreau Catholic, Salesian

Alhambra and Dublin are good enough to be in, but they have a bunch of tough DFAL games left, and might be in trouble. One of them (perhaps the winner of the next time they play) should get in. Alhambra is 5-4-2 in Division II games, so that helps, while Dublin is 4-4-3 against Division II, and 3-4-0 in league. If El Cerrito can just win one more game than it loses the rest of the season, then I think the Gauchos should be in based on their schedule.

Rankings

There is a new number one team, and it’s the Monte Vista Mustangs. Unbeaten in their last seven, and four wins in a row find the Mustangs on top of the EBAL and now on top of the East Bay rankings. Two draws only knocks Acalanes down one spot while YV stays one spot behind the Dons.
Berkeley deserves a jump, but I didn’t think moving Cal down more than two spots was right. So, the Yellowjackets will have to wait another week as Cal will face De La Salle and Monte Vista this week. This will give Cal a chance to stay in the top three, or maybe for Berkeley to jump up a spot or two.
Foothill jumps up three spots after its big win over Cal, while Campolindo jumps into the top ten. Concord debuts in the top 15.
Antioch is back in the consideration list while Kennedy-Fremont and Pinole Valley make the list for the first time this season.

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

Others considered: Newark Memorial (7-3-6), Logan (7-5-4), Dougherty Valley (7-4-0), Mt. Eden (8-4-4), St. Mary’s (6-2-3), Antioch (6-2-4), College Park (6-7-4), Kennedy-Fremont (6-4-1), Hercules (12-3-1), Pinole Valley (6-4-1)

Standings

BVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Antioch (6-2-4, 2-0-0) 6
Pittsburg (5-2-4, 1-0-1) 4
Liberty (4-3-1, 1-1-0) 3
Deer Valley (5-5-2, 0-1-1) 1
Freedom (6-7-2, 0-1-1) 1
Heritage (2-7-2, 0-1-1) 1

DFAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Acalanes (13-0-2, 6-0-1) 19
Campolindo (11-5-1, 4-2-1) 13
Dougherty Valley (7-4-0, 4-2-0) 12
Dublin (5-7-3, 3-4-0) 9
Miramonte (3-7-2, 2-4-1) 7
Las Lomas (1-7-4, 1-4-2) 5
Alhambra (6-6-3, 1-5-1) 4

DVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Ygnacio Valley (10-1-3, 5-0-0) 15
College Park (6-7-4, 3-1-2) 11
Concord (7-1-4, 2-0-3) 9
Northgate (8-2-4, 2-2-1) 7
Berean Chr. (3-5-2, 2-2-1) 7
Clayton Valley (0-13-1, 0-4-1) 1
Mt. Diablo (0-6-0, 0-5-0) 0

EBAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Monte Vista (10-1-4, 4-0-2) 14
California (13-1-2, 4-1-1) 13
De La Salle (7-3-3, 4-1-1) 13
San Ramon Valley (9-2-2, 3-1-1) 10
Foothill (8-3-3, 2-3-1) 7
Amador Valley (10-5-1, 2-4-0) 6
Granada (4-6-3, 1-4-0) 3
Livermore (2-11-2, 0-6-0) 0

MVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Logan (7-5-4, 4-0-2) 14
Newark Memorial (7-3-6, 3-0-3) 12
Kennedy (6-4-1, 3-2-1) 10
Mission San Jose (4-7-4, 2-3-1) 7
Washington (3-3-7, 1-1-4) 7
Irvington (2-4-7, 1-2-3) 6
Moreau Catholic (1-5-4, 1-2-3) 6
American (2-7-3, 0-5-1) 1

OAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Oakland Tech (1-3-1, 1-0-0) 3
Castlemont (0-1-0, 0-1-0) 0
Fremont (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Oakland (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Skyline (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0

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

Richmond (7-2-5, 4-0-2) 14
Albany (5-6-3, 4-2-0) 12
St. Mary’s (6-2-3, 3-1-1) 10
El Cerrito (3-10-1, 2-3-1) 7
Salesian (2-2-2, 1-2-2) 5
St. Joseph Notre Dame (1-10-1, 0-6-0) 0

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

Hercules (12-3-1, 6-0-0) 18
Pinole Valley (6-4-1, 4-1-1) 13
De Anza (4-4-1, 3-2-1) 10
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (1-5-0, 1-3-0) 3
Kennedy (0-5-0, 0-4-0) 0
Swett (0-4-0, 0-4-0) 0

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

Berkeley (11-1-3, 7-0-1) 22
Mt. Eden (8-4-4, 4-0-4) 16
Alameda (5-6-4, 4-3-0) 12
Castro Valley (3-5-5, 3-2-3) 12
Bishop O’Dowd (3-4-3, 3-2-2) 11
Arroyo (3-7-4, 2-4-2) 8

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

Hayward (10-3-1, 5-2-1) 16
San Lorenzo (3-2-3, 3-2-3) 12
San Leandro (3-7-2, 3-3-2) 11
Piedmont (2-8-1, 1-6-1) 4
Tennyson (1-12-2, 1-6-1) 4
Encinal (0-6-0, 0-6-0) 0

Stat Leaders

Name School Goals
Montes, Richmond 20
Gala, Dougherty 16
Ayala, YV 16
R. Castillo, Hayward 13
Cendejas, Free 12
Solomon, Berkeley 11
Romero, Hercules 11
Berumen, Pitt 11
Reiter, CP 10
Williams, Mt. Eden 10
Grixti, Cal 9
Mendoza, Hayward 9
Villegas, Mt. Eden 9
Sandoval, Newark 9
Bolender, Ngate 9
Foster, Ngate 9

Name School Assists
Gomez, Hayward 12
Damian, YV 12
Murgia, Pitt 11
Raynor, Cal 8
Clark, FH 8
Foster, Ngate 8
Aguilar, YV 8
Bolender, Ngate 7
Montes, Richmond 7
Espinoza, St. Mary 7
Croze, Acalanes 6
Lindgren, Acalanes 6
Solomon, Berkeley 6
Goldstein, FH 6
Cendejas, Free 6
Luigi Castillo, Hayward 6
Greenberg, MV 6
Maestre, SRV 6

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  • Matt Smith

    Pinole 2, El Cerrito 1

  • Matt Smith

    No refs at YV today, so the game with Dougherty Valley did not happen.

  • Matt Smith

    Underway at Acalanes.

  • Matt Smith

    1-0 Acalanes, right away.

  • Matt Smith

    1-0 20 minute mark.

  • Matt Smith

    DLS 0-0 Richmond at 20 minute mark.

  • Matt Smith

    Richmond up 1-0 on DLS.

  • Matt Smith

    Acalanes went up 2-0. SRV got a lifeline with a goal just seconds before half. 2-1.

  • Matt Smith

    SRV equalizes.

  • Matt Smith

    Richmond 1-1 DLS 25 minutes left.
    Acalanes 2-2 SRV 20 minutes left.

  • Matt Smith

    Acalanes 3-2 SRV
    DLS 2-1 Richmond

  • DLSwireless

    For the DLS – Richmmond game, it was a back and forth game. Richmond broke through with about 10 minutes left in the half for a 1 to 0 lead. It was a solid strike from their right winger. DLS came out quickly in the 2 nd half scoring twice by Jones to take the lead. The play of the game with about 10 minutes left was Konstantino stopping Montes on a PK. Richmond after that never got a serious attack against the DLS defense. Good hard win for DLS. Pretty solid week of soccer for DLS with wins over Cal and Richmond, tie with Foothill.

  • MustangFan

    I watch Montes last year. Matt Smith, after watching him again today, I have no clue how you could pick him as the player of the year last year. I will not say anything negatively about anyone but someone from the EBAL must win the award. Molineax or Marcinskiwski from DLS should have won last year. If Montes played in the EBAL, I guarantee he would not be all first team. Probably a second team most likely. Richmond has the weakest conference schedule and unless they score 55 goals, the goals do not mean much. Sorry to question you but…,

  • soccer788

    @MustangFan Actually Montes Is an amazing player. He is easily one of the most skilled players in the area. I advise to either post something that is logical or to stop posting because most of your posts are full of nonsense.

  • Matt Smith

    @MustangFan You are certainly entitled to your opinion, and don’t be sorry.
    I have watched him for four years, and I think he is terrific. He is amazing to watch. I heard he played fine tonight, but maybe didn’t have his best game finishing. Regardless, he’s fantastic.

  • The Sweeper

    MustangFan,

    I completely understand your comment, “I have no clue…” That is very transparent to me. Afterall, Montes has no track record scoring against EBAL teams, correct?

    While I cannot and will not speak for Mr. Smith, the idea that you can “guarantee he would not be all first team” is pure conjecture, unless you have an EBAL vote, and even then…

    In the matches that I have seen over the past three years, EBAL teams clearly respect the young man’s talent, and yet he scores with regularity and authority.

    But then again, I did not see the match today, so things may have changed.

    I certainly appreciate that you strongly support two EBAL players for the 2011-2012 season POY, but that discussion left the BART station months ago.

    Respect the game and the players.

  • The Sweeper

    Congratulations to Acalanes for outlasting SRV 3-2. It was a very competitive match that required a full effort from both teams. I am sure that Mr. Smith will have a good write-up of the details in the morning paper, and all that I can say is that I enjoyed every minute of the match. I imagine that both coaches learned a few good things tonight.

    See you at the pitch!

  • Feint

    Richmond played a disciplined passing game with very obvious triangle , diamond and wedge. Some very good opportunities were taken away by the DLS Backs and Keeper. DLS cinched down more in the second half with better play in the mid-field with winning the ball and some good aggressive and relentless box play up front. Bottom line Spartans got the job done even though it was not that pretty.

  • Feint

    Last note on the DLS Richmond game. The Spartans Keeper was faced with a PK. Talk about no fear and confidence, he executed a great stop on a well hit rifle shot. That is getting the job done.

  • The Truth

    Check out the story of Sebastien Lleget now on the U -23 National team and currently under consideration for the West Ham regulars. His talent was evident as a U13 and was offered a youth team spot on the West Ham U18′s. He played club locally ( as in the bay area locally) for Burlingame and Santa Clara Sporting 92′s. Marc Pelosi is another local product on the National team radar ( DeAnza Force 93). Lleget never played for the Academy teams but I believe Pelosi did (?).
    Anybody else know of success stories like this? Just curious…

  • DFAL Fan

    @Peppers and All Matt Smith Fans I’d like to offer that the Dublin vs Dougherty Valley Game is what High School Soccer is all about and why we enjoy talking about it so much. Big Rivalry and League Game between 2 Schools that are only a few miles apart. They Play for something called the Stone Leaf Trophy and the School that Wins the Final Game of the 2 Game Home and Home keeps the Trophy over the Off Season. Dublin now holds the Trophy for the Second Year in a Row after 2 Wins over Dougherty Valley this Season.

    As far as the Game went, it was a hard-fought, physical affair, or a typical DFAL Game. Both Sides scored in the First Half and then Dublin scored the Winning Goal on a Very Nice Free Kick perfectly placed past the Dougherty Valley Keeper from 23 Yards out in the Second Half. Strong Defense by Both Sides and the Junior Heavy Dublin Side was able to control the talented Dougherty Valley Seniors in the Second Half. Dougherty Valley dominated Possession and had the Ball in the Dublin Half the majority of the First Half, but Dublin made some nice corrections at Half Time and had a slight advantage in the Second Half.

    I think Every Player on the Field at Dougherty Valley was Playing for their Team and for School Pride. Congratulations to Both Sides…their Players, Coaches and Fans…for an Outstanding Night of High School Soccer!

  • eL Pata

    Sebi was around before the advent of the Academy situation. He got a look by west ham from connections inside of Santa Clara sporting … Or a college coach … Memory is foggy :)

    Awesome for him, awesome for US soccer.

  • bournville

    Have had the opportunity of watching a few EBAL games this year and I do not see a clear cut winner.Although MV seems to be the best team in conference others can win.I have noticed that MV players look for one another and play well together as a team.AV on the other hand has some talented players yet they do not play well as a team.AV has not played well in the last 6 games and need some changes.Possibly rethinking player positions.Doyle and Howald are usually solid in back…Lee and others need to put in a solid 80 minutes with better decisions on their passes.Seitz,Pangia and Tait-Mole need to step it up.Lack of creativity in mid-field creates lack of goal scoring opportunities

  • hoops

    I have nothing against soccer but it will always be behind the other major sports in the U.S.The cold hard truth is that the majority of people find it boring compared to basketball,football and even baseball.It is a great sport for kids because it gets them running around and is easier to play at the basic level.It is a lot more difficult to teach a kid the skills needed to play basketball and baseball than soccer,again, at the basic level.Almost any kid can get something positive from playing soccer at the basic level.Not so true with the other sports.

  • Waterboy

    I saw the first half of the Rich DLS game, and I did not see Montes at his best, he is playing with many underclassmen. With a better supporting cast he is as dangerous as anybody in the Eastbay.
    To the comment of the Player of the Year should come from the EBAL, I say WHY? It appears to me that this is more a rebuilding year in the EBAL and there are players at Berkeley, Hayward, Hercules, Pittsburgh and others that are as good or better.

  • The Sweeper

    I have nothing against basketball but it will always be about the last two minutes: foul, time-out, commercial, foul, time-out, commercial, foul, time-out, commercial, foul, time-out, commercial…and this is at the “highest level” of play!?!

    Seriously, see you at the pitch!

  • The Sweeper

    @225 is for @223.

    See you at the pitch!

  • Feint

    POY is basically a goal tally. You will have teams that have 6 players with 5 goals each and team with 1 player with 30. Who has the better player or has the better team?? Yes a POY can be a defender or Keeper but the play and leadership needs to be of the charts. You have to be honest also that certain team and leagues the speed and intensity of play are a noticeable step down from others and the goal tally just keeps on ticking for the 1 or 2 skilled players.

  • hoops

    Sweeper I get your point but but most people are bored by soccer because of the lack of any real scoring opportunities for 98 % of the game time.A very very small portion of people will appreciate all the nuances and skill outside of actual scoring opportunities.That is the downfall of soccer as a major spectator sport for the American masses,along with a lack of patience.The biggest hope for soccer here is our changing demographics.

  • The Sweeper

    @Hoops,

    Well put, “for the American masses”. However, I believe that there are forces beyond the “changing demographics” that will have just as much, if not more, impact on the popularity of soccer in the U.S.

    Until recently (the past 20 years) soccer was intentionally held back from the American masses by network television, due to the lack of commercial breaks that limited revenue. This left soccer at a significant disadvantage compared to the other major sports that were regularly broadcast in the U.S.

    Cable, satellite and Internet alternatives as well as the demand for content have greatly improved the situation. In addition, advertisers have flocked to support broadcast soccer matches. And with the truly global nature of soccer combined with access to all major matches, the American masses will gradually shift their views.

    See you at the pitch!