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Boys Soccer: League Races, Rankings, Standings, Stats

Last week we looked at the playoff situation, so this week we’ll breakdown how the league races are shaking down.

BVAL

Right now it looks like a three-team race, but it will be interesting to see if Freedom hangs in there after losing Cendejas. Pittsburg is perched on top like many expected, but Antioch is hanging with them. The league will hit it’s halfway point on Tuesday, and if DV and Liberty get results against Freedom and Heritage, and if Pitt and Antioch draw, then we have a four-team race.

Scenario: Pittsburg wins if it wins out. Antioch needs to win one of the two matchups with the Pirates.

DFAL

Mathematically, Dublin and Dougherty Valley are still alive in the DFAL (so is Miramonte) but realistically, Campolindo is the only team that has a real chance to catch Acalanes this year. Six points separates the two teams, but with no head-to-head games left between the two, the Dons are in prime position to capture a fourth league title in five years.

Scenario: Four wins in their last six league games clinches no worse than a tie for the league title. Campo needs to win out.

DVAL

Halfway home and Ygnacio Valley has a fairly commanding lead in the DVAL. At this point, only College Park and Concord can catch them. Northgate is still mathematically alive, but would need a lot of help. If YV draws against CP and Concord, they should be fine by not allowing them to gain points.

Scenario: YV beats both CP and Concord, and the league is wrapped up. If they draw against them both, it is also likely a done deal.

EBAL

It’s starting to turn into a two-team race in the EBAL, though San Ramon Valley has three games this week and if things went right for them, they could find themselves on top of the league. If California gets healthy (they are more banged up than most) then they could stick their nose back into the title race.
However, right now Monte Vista holds the biggest lead anyone has held this year in the EBAL, a three-point cushion over DLS as those two teams have to be considered the favorites at this moment.

Scenario: If Monte Vista wins twice this week, they’d have at least a four-point lead over SRV (if they win all three) and would be up six on DLS. It would be the Mustangs league to lose.

MVAL

Just over halfway, and Newark and Logan have identical league records. It’s going to make for a fun finish between those two. However, a surprise Kennedy team is in the thick of the race, just five points back and could be just two points back on any given day if things went right. Washington has drawn a lot this year, but a week with two wins puts them right into the race.

Scenario: In all likelihood, if there is a winner of the Newark v. Logan game on Jan. 30, they will win the league.

OAL

Oakland Tech has started league play with two nice wins and seems to be the team to beat. They will always have a handful with Skyline and the winner of those matchups likely wins the league.

TCAL-Rock

Richmond isn’t running away and hiding, but they do have a comfortable lead at this point. Four points gives them the comfort of having a slip and still being in control of their own destiny. St. Mary’s is the only other team mathematically alive, with two league games left.

Scenario: A win over Salesian or St. Joe’s and the Oilers win the league.

TCAL-Stone

Say hello to the first league champions of the 2012-2013 campaign, the Hercules Titans. They have won this league resoundingly, and are going to be a handful for anyone in the NCS playoffs.

WACC-Foothill

Mt. Eden is the only team with a realistic chance to catch Berkeley at this point, sitting eight points behind. To do so, the Monarchs need to get wins instead of draws. They have not lost a league game, but have as many wins (5) as draws. Berkeley needs four wins, or three wins and three draws, to clinch the league. Castro Valley and Bishop O’Dowd need to win out and hope Berkeley only wins once more.

Scenario: If Berkeley wins a couple of games this week, including Friday’s game against Mt. Eden, then it would be hard to see a situation where the league is not wrapped up.

WACC-Shoreline

Hayward is still in control, but by getting seven points this week, San Lorenzo is back in the hunt for the league title. It’s really going to come down to the closing skills of the Farmers. If they get wins, they put it away. A four point lead right now is giving the Farmers some wriggle room.

Scenario: The Rebels have been coming on strong of late, and if they keep the pressure up, then the end of season game between them and Hayward could determine the league title.

Rankings

Eleven wins in a row has the Berkeley Yellowjackets in the top three and threatening for the top seed in the Division I playoffs. And they move into the top three in the rankings.
The top two stay the same after a good showing by both sides, while YV falls down one spot after a draw with Concord. De La Salle is back in the top five after a solid week.
San Ramon Valley lost one-goal games to the top two teams, and with two losses in a week has to drop, but just a little bit.
Newark is back in the top 15, Logan is just outside waiting to get in and San Lorenzo appears in the consideration list for the first time this year.

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

Others considered: Logan (8-5-5), St. Mary’s (8-2-3), College Park (7-7-4), Northgate (9-3-4), Hercules (14-3-1), Mt. Eden (9-4-5), Antioch (7-3-4), San Lorenzo (6-2-3), Kennedy-Fremont (7-5-1), Washington (4-3-8)

Standings

BVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Pittsburg (7-2-4, 3-0-1) 10
Antioch (7-3-4, 3-1-0) 9
Freedom (8-7-2, 2-1-1) 7
Deer Valley (6-6-2, 1-2-1) 4
Liberty (4-5-1, 1-3-0) 3
Heritage (2-9-2, 0-3-1) 1

DFAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Acalanes (15-0-2, 7-0-1) 22
Campolindo (12-5-1, 5-2-1) 16
Dublin (6-8-3, 4-4-0) 12
Dougherty Valley (7-5-0, 4-3-0) 12
Miramonte (3-8-2, 2-5-1) 7
Las Lomas (1-8-4, 1-5-2) 5
Alhambra (7-6-3, 1-5-1) 4

DVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Ygnacio Valley (11-1-4, 6-0-1) 19
College Park (7-7-4, 4-1-2) 14
Concord (8-1-5, 3-0-4) 13
Northgate (9-3-4, 3-3-1) 10
Berean Chr. (3-6-2, 2-3-1) 7
Mt. Diablo (1-7-0, 1-6-0) 3
Clayton Valley (0-15-1, 0-6-1) 1

EBAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Monte Vista (12-1-4, 6-0-2) 20
De La Salle (9-3-4, 5-1-2) 17
California (13-3-2, 4-3-1) 13
San Ramon Valley (10-4-2, 4-2-1) 13
Foothill (8-3-5, 2-3-3) 9
Amador Valley (10-6-2, 2-5-1) 7
Granada (4-7-4, 1-5-1) 4
Livermore (3-11-3, 1-6-1) 4

MVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Logan (8-5-5, 5-0-3) 18
Newark Memorial (9-3-6, 5-0-3) 18
Kennedy (7-5-1, 4-3-1) 13
Washington (4-3-8, 2-1-5) 11
Irvington (3-5-7, 2-3-3) 9
Moreau Catholic (2-6-4, 2-3-3) 9
Mission San Jose (3-8-6, 1-4-3) 6
American (2-9-3, 0-7-1) 1

OAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Oakland Tech (2-3-1, 2-0-0) 6
Castlemont (0-1-0, 0-1-0) 0
Fremont (0-1-0, 0-1-0) 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 (9-3-5, 6-0-2) 20
St. Mary’s (8-2-3, 5-1-1) 16
Albany (5-8-3, 4-4-0) 12
El Cerrito (4-12-1, 3-4-1) 10
Salesian (3-3-2, 2-3-2) 8
St. Joseph Notre Dame (3-12-1, 0-8-0) 0

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

Hercules (14-3-1, 8-0-0) 24
Pinole Valley (8-5-1, 5-2-1) 16
De Anza (6-4-1, 5-2-1) 16
Kennedy (3-7-0, 3-5-0) 9
Swett (2-7-0, 2-6-0) 6
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (0-9-0, 0-8-0) 0

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

Berkeley (13-1-3, 9-0-1) 28
Mt. Eden (9-4-5, 5-0-5) 20
Castro Valley (4-6-5, 4-3-3) 15
Bishop O’Dowd (4-6-2, 4-4-1) 13
Alameda (5-8-4, 4-5-0) 12
Arroyo (4-8-4, 3-5-2) 11

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

Hayward (11-3-2, 6-2-2) 20
San Lorenzo (6-2-3, 5-2-3) 18
San Leandro (3-8-3, 3-4-3) 12
Piedmont (3-9-1, 2-7-1) 7
Tennyson (1-12-4, 1-6-3) 6
Encinal (0-8-0, 0-8-0) 0

Stat Leaders

Name School Goals
Montes, Richmond 25
Ayala, YV 19
Romero, Hercules 18
Gala, Dougherty 17
Cendejas, Free 17
R. Castillo, Hayward 13
Al. Marques, Hercules 13
Berumen, Pitt 13
Solomon, Berkeley 12
J. Maldonado, Alhambra 10
Reiter, CP 10
Sako, EC 10
Raygoza, Logan 10
Williams, Mt. Eden 10
Sandoval, Pinole 10

Name School Assists
Damian, YV 14
Gomez, Hayward 13
Murgia, Pitt 13
Alvarez, Richmond 9
Bramvila, Richmond 9
Lindgren, Acalanes 8
Raynor, Cal 8
Clark, FH 8
Foster, Ngate 8
Bolender, Ngate 8
Aguilar, YV 8
Croze, Acalanes 7
Berumen, Pitt 7
Montes, Richmond 7
Espinoza, St. Mary 7

Matt Smith

  • Soccer Dad

    Hey Matt
    Do you know the tournament format for TCAL Leagues?
    Who plays who?

  • mudhen

    Richmond Berkeley should be an interesting match. The Jackets are as close to an EBAL style school as one sees on the bay, , while the Oilers remind me of Hayward, albeit with more discipline in their back line. Berkeley is bigger, but Richmond is faster. I have to give my vote to the jackets tho’.

  • cokito

    @Mudhen, also Berkeley is older than Richmond.

  • soccer788

    @#NotBenPanconi I think Ben should be cry-baby of the year.

  • Matt Smith

    @Soccer Dad I believe this will be the seeding…

    Hercules, Richmond, Pinole and St. Mary’s will have byes.

    De Anza v. St. Joe
    EC/Albany v. Swett
    EC/Albany v. St. Pat
    Salesian v. Kennedy

  • bobby

    @mudhen I would have to disagree with you. Berkeley is definitely faster than richmond and I don’t think they play anything like an EBAL school AT ALL. The big kickball game is nothing like Berkeley. From what I have seen, the play short passes and work it up the field with occasional long throw balls to their fast outside mids

  • mudhen

    Uh, well…. shucks. Faster? No. Richmond are speed merchants compared to anybody I’ve seen on the Bay side, except for maybe Hayward.

  • The Sweeper

    Richmond and SRV are each clearly on a roll as the season builds. Just ask a SOLID Foothill soccer squad. It is up to Berkeley and DLS, respectively, to stop these two offensive freight trains.

    Berkeley gets the wide-field challenge visiting Richmond on Monday (my favorite pitch west of the dreaded tunnel, with The TAK a close second), while SRV has to eat the home cooking served at Owen Owens Field on Tuesday, aka the arena of Mr. Ladouceur (nothing but the utmost respect for an SRV grad).

    See you at the pitch!

  • The Sweeper

    Lame arguments aside, Berkeley and Richmond will show us who has more “speed” on Monday. By my eyes, the Yellow-Jackets have more pure speed, but the Oilers have more soccer speed. I saw Berkeley win 2-1 hosting Mt. Eden 30+ hours ago and Richmond win 4-1 at Foothill 8+ hours ago, so their team-speed is fresh in my feeble mind.

    Gladly, this argument will be decided on the pitch on Monday.

    See you at the pitch!

  • The Sweeper

    1. Acalanes
    2. Berkeley
    3. MUFC
    4. yadda yadda yadda

    Top that Matt!

  • The Sweeper

    Oh yeah, Everton is #4 ahead of yadda yadda yadda…

    The Sweepers’ mistake, DOH!

  • The Sweeper

    Matt,

    I cannot speak for the rest of the peanut gallery, but I am too tired to type 138 more messages. My 30 or so have taxed my feeble hands and brain, plus my smart phone is complaining (Huh?).

    Peace out.

  • ray beck

    Amador had solid week….went into Concord and tied a tough DLS team 1-1 then beat Granada on the road 2-1.This upcoming week will exciting for the Dons having 2 home games against tough EBAL opponents MV and Cal.My prediction is AV beating MV at the Fabled pitch 2-1.Will save prediction for Cal on Weds.The Dons have the skill and depth to compete against all the teams in the NCS.What they do lack in games that I have seen is the inability to play as a cohesive unit that is always looking for open man.A few of the players play with their head down as opposed to looking up.A simple tweak and the Dons could be more explosive.Goals have eluded them.Looking for a breakout soon

  • Piedmont Fan

    @ Matt

    Piedmont 1-0 to San Lorenzo on Friday with a hostile San Lorenzo fan base. Piedmont’s gk made three phenomenal saves. Should have been 2 or 3 more for Piedmont. Defense looked tough to break down. Thats a 3 game winning streak.

  • Stewie

    Me Knickers be in a bunch Mate’s, just like the race to the top in EBAL. That is Brit speak for a Wedgie :)

    The way I see It is:
    1. MUFC
    2. DLS
    3. SRV
    4. Everton
    *Honorable Mention “The Gunners”

    Now on Sale at the EBAL Store Wedgie Wear by Stewie G.

  • Matt Smith

    Haha @Stewie @Sweeper This is great stuff.

  • Stewie

    Tuesdays game at DLS with SRV is the ticket for the week.
    Big question is on who gets first blood and will the game submit itself to defensive tactics. Or will the game open up offensively until the final few min.

    Regarding the other side of the Tunnel Richmond has style but have lapses in quality of intensity. They need to be rock solid for all 80min. Berkeley I think may be more tactically sound.

    Matt, Cant wait for your new posting and rankings looking forward to your new set of comments.

  • Bobo

    Not sure about the NCS possibilities but on the bright side Castro Valley hasn’t lost at home thus far.