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Boys Soccer: Playoff Picture, Rankings, Standings, Stats

The playoff races in Division I and Division II are heating up. Who’s looking like they will get in and who isn’t?

Division I

Locks: Amador Valley, Berkeley, California, De La Salle, Foothill, Monte Vista, Newark Memorial, Pittsburg, Richmond, San Ramon Valley

These 10 teams are mathematically eligible for the playoffs already, and based on their wins and the schedule they’ve played, I believe are already in the playoffs no matter what happens. (Richmond & Berkeley have already earned an automatic berth). This leaves us six spots.

Pretty Much In: Antioch, College Park, Mt. Eden

These three teams, barring any setbacks, are in. They have mathematically qualified already, but unlike the teams above, wouldn’t be safe if they were to lose out. However, a win or two or a draw here and there in their last four games should do the trick. I’d list CP, ME and Antioch, in that order, in terms of safety. This leaves three spots.

Inside the Bubble: Castro Valley, Deer Valley, Dougherty Valley, Logan

Castro Valley- As of right now, a game above .500 in league, they are inside the bubble. However, they finish against Bishop O’Dowd, Mt. Eden and Berkeley in three of their last four games. Going any combination of 0-1-3, 1-2-1, 1-1-2, etc… in their last four league games makes them eligible.

Deer Valley- A game over .500 overall and in league. This team is actually pretty safe based on schedule strength and remaining schedule. Almost a Pretty Much In team.

Dougherty Valley- Record-wise, Dougherty is close to qualifying. They’ve played a pretty decent non-league schedule that will help increase the chances.

Logan- Once a Pretty Much In team, they have had a rough week. I think this team is a lot like DV, pretty safe. But the Colts needs to get back on track.

I believe at least two of these teams get in, which really only leaves one spot for others to fight for.

On the Bubble: Alameda, Arroyo, Freedom, Irvington, Liberty, Mission San Jose, San Leandro, Washington

Alameda- Needs two more wins than losses in their last four league games to qualify.

Arroyo- Same as Alameda.

Freedom- Has a win against MV and a draw against Pitt, but is only 3-6-2 against Division I teams. Just one game under .500 overall and in league, but qualifying and getting in are two different things.

Irvington- Just a game under .500 in league and playing better.

Liberty- Two games under in league, so good play over the last two weeks is vital.

MSJ- A side with very solid results, so I’m not counting them out yet.

San Leandro- 4-4-4 in league, so exactly .500. Keep that pace and they’ll qualify. A few more wins strengthens the case.

Washington- Had a rough week. A game under overall and in league, was looking in decent shape before this, but should be able to turn it around and get qualified.

Division II

Locks: Acalanes, Campolindo, Concord, Hayward, Hercules, Northgate, Pinole Valley, St. Mary’s, Ygnacio Valley

These nine teams are mathematically eligible for the playoffs already, and based on their wins and the schedule they’ve played, I believe are already in the playoffs no matter what happens. (Hercules has already earned an automatic berth). This leaves us seven spots.

Pretty Much In: De Anza, Kennedy-Fremont

I believe these two have already mathematically qualified, and based on the lack of qualifying teams in Division II, I pretty much believe them to be locks. I’m gonna leave myself room for error in case I don’t have their records correct. This leaves five spots.

Inside the Bubble: Alhambra, Bishop O’Dowd, Dublin, San Lorenzo

Alhambra- Despite being tied for last in the DFAL, which isn’t as bad as it sounds because it’s such a tough league, this team looks like it will probably get in. Two games above .500 with a solid schedule and a win over YV equals playoffs to me, as long as they qualify.

Bishop O’Dowd- Getting hot right now and shouldn’t have any problem qualifying, or getting in. One more league win makes them eligible. This team is Pretty Much In.

Dublin- An up and down team that is tough to figure out, seems to be in a good position now. 5-4-0 in league and 5-4-3 against Division II teams means they just have to win once or twice to end the year to get in.

San Lorenzo- Had a rough week, but being two games over .500 both overall and in league gives them room to play with. This team will be fine and should get in.

I think all four of these teams are getting in, leaving us one spot.

On the Bubble: Albany, El Cerrito, Moreau Catholic, Piedmont, Salesian

Albany- Could have qualified with a win over Salesian in their last league game, this team will now have to win twice or go 1-0-1 in the TCAL Tourney. They are 5-6-1 in Division II games (remember, Oakland Tech counts as Division II) so winning a TCAL tourney game, then drawing one, or winning two would help. They could even win one and then lose against Richmond (DI) and get in.

El Cerrito- I’m not seeing the mathematical possibility, but I could be wrong. Overall is clearly not good enough, and 4-5-1 isn’t gonna work in league. They needed a win or draw in their last game. They are 5-8-1 in Division II games, so I guess winning the TCAL Tourney, as long as they play all DII schools on the way, could do it.

Moreau Catholic- Believe it or not, this team is probably in the best shape. They are playing much, much better, are only a game under .500 in league and are 2-0-2 against the four teams they have left.

Piedmont- The Highlanders are playing better right now, but need to go unbeaten (4-0-0, or 3-0-1) in their last four games to get in.

Salesian- 3-4-2 against Division II teams, so a win and a draw or a couple of wins in the TCAL tourney, will get them eligible.

Rankings

Even though they are still undefeated, a draw against Miramonte was enough for me to jump Berkeley over Acalanes and give the Yellowjackets their first No. 1 ranking in the history of these rankings. Any time a team wins 13 straight games, at any level, is an incredible feat, and deserves to be rewarded. The Jackets will have their hands full against Richmond tomorrow as No. 1 will be tested right away. Should be an exciting matchup and a great test for the new No. 1 team in the East Bay.
Acalanes stays at No. 2 despite the draw with Miramonte, while De La Salle and Pittsburg both jump two spots. San Ramon Valley now leads the EBAL by a point and is really hitting stride, breaking into the top five. This will be a big week as DLS and SRV square off. Winner likely goes into the final week with the best chance to win the league.
MV and YV both drop a few spots after losses to unranked teams, while Richmond jumps up to No. 8 after a good week. Campo creeps up one spot, as does AV.

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

Others considered: St. Mary’s (11-2-3), College Park (9-7-4), Kennedy-Fremont (9-5-1), Northgate (10-4-4), Hercules (15-4-2), Deer Valley (8-7-2), Logan (8-7-5), Mt. Eden (9-5-6), Bishop O’Dowd (7-6-2), Pinole Valley (10-5-1)

Standings

BVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Pittsburg (10-2-4, 5-0-1) 16
Antioch (8-4-4, 4-2-0) 12
Deer Valley (8-7-2, 3-2-1) 10
Freedom (8-9-2, 2-3-1) 7
Liberty (4-6-2, 1-4-1) 4
Heritage (2-10-3, 0-4-2) 2

DFAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Acalanes (15-0-3, 7-0-2) 23
Campolindo (13-5-2, 5-2-1) 16
Dublin (7-7-3, 5-4-0) 15
Dougherty Valley (8-5-1, 4-3-1) 13
Miramonte (3-8-4, 2-5-2) 8
Alhambra (8-6-4, 1-5-2) 5
Las Lomas (1-10-4, 1-6-2) 5

DVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Ygnacio Valley (13-2-4, 8-0-1) 25
College Park (9-7-4, 6-1-2) 20
Concord (9-1-5, 4-0-4) 16
Northgate (10-4-4, 4-4-1) 13
Berean Chr. (4-8-2, 2-5-1) 7
Mt. Diablo (1-8-0, 1-7-0) 3
Clayton Valley (0-17-2, 0-8-1) 1

EBAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

San Ramon Valley (13-4-2, 7-2-1) 22
De La Salle (11-3-5, 6-1-3) 21
Monte Vista (12-3-4, 6-2-2) 20
California (14-4-2, 5-4-1) 16
Foothill (9-5-5, 3-4-3) 12
Amador Valley (11-6-3, 3-5-2) 11
Livermore (4-12-3, 2-7-1) 7
Granada (4-10-4, 1-8-1) 4

MVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Newark Memorial (11-3-6, 7-0-3) 24
Kennedy (9-5-1, 6-3-1) 19
Logan (8-7-5, 5-2-3) 18
Irvington (4-6-7, 3-4-3) 12
Moreau Catholic (3-7-4, 3-4-3) 12
Washington (4-5-8, 2-3-5) 11
Mission San Jose (4-9-6, 2-5-3) 9
American (3-10-3, 1-8-1) 4

OAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Oakland Tech (3-3-1, 3-0-0) 9
Skyline (1-0-0, 1-0-0) 3
Castlemont (0-1-0, 0-1-0) 0
Fremont (0-2-0, 0-2-0) 0
Oakland (0-1-0, 0-1-0) 0

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

Richmond (12-3-5, 8-0-2) 26
St. Mary’s (11-2-3, 8-1-1) 25
Albany (5-10-4, 4-5-1) 13
El Cerrito (5-14-1, 4-5-1) 13
Salesian (3-5-3, 2-5-3) 9
St. Joseph Notre Dame (3-15-1, 0-10-0) 0

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

Hercules (15-4-2, 9-0-1) 28
Pinole Valley (10-5-1, 7-2-1) 22
De Anza (7-4-2, 6-2-2) 20
Kennedy (4-8-0, 4-6-0) 12
Swett (2-9-0, 2-8-0) 6
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (0-11-0, 0-10-0) 0

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

Berkeley (15-1-3, 11-0-1) 34
Mt. Eden (9-5-6, 5-1-6) 21
Bishop O’Dowd (7-6-2, 6-4-1) 19
Castro Valley (5-7-5, 5-4-3) 18
Alameda (6-10-4, 5-7-0) 15
Arroyo (5-9-4, 4-6-2) 14

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

Hayward (13-3-3, 8-2-2) 26
San Lorenzo (6-4-3, 5-4-3) 18
San Leandro (4-8-4, 4-4-4) 16
Piedmont (5-9-1, 4-7-1) 13
Tennyson (1-14-4, 1-8-3) 6
Encinal (0-11-0, 0-11-0) 0

Stat Leaders

Name School Goals
Montes, Richmond 32
Ayala, YV 23
Gala, Dougherty 20
Cendejas, Free 20
Romero, Hercules 19
Berumen, Pitt 16
R. Castillo, Hayward 15
Al. Marques, Hercules 14
Solomon, Berkeley 13
Fink, BOD 12
Sandoval, Pinole 12
Helfrich, Acalanes 11
Grixti, Cal 11
Reiter, CP 11
Williams, Mt. Eden 11

Name School Assists
Murgia, Pitt 18
Damian, YV 17
Alvarez, Richmond 16
Gomez, Hayward 13
Bramvila, Richmond 13
Clark, FH 11
Montes, Richmond 10
Espinosa, St. Mary 9
Aguilar, YV 9
Raynor, Cal 8
Torres, Moreau 8
Foster, Ngate 8
Bolender, Ngate 8
Barringer, Pied 8
Berumen, Pitt 8
Dull, St. Mary 8

Matt Smith

  • Stewie

    @ Matt Any news on the players that were hurt from what you said originally sounded bad. ??
    You always hope that the word is not so bad after seeing the Doc.

  • Matt Smith

    @Stewie I am at TAK tonight for MSJ v. Kennedy. And I think Berumen broke his collarbone. He’s 100 percent done. Vasquez might play in the playoffs. Maybe…

  • TCAL Fan

    RHS Says
    Albany is playing Pinole on Feb 5th.

  • Stewie

    Which those players all the best for a speedy recovery.

  • Stewie

    Hand eye…I Wish those players all the best for a speedy recovery. :)

  • Ncschamps

    Vasquez and Berumen are both done for the year and next three months.

  • D

    #292
    Fairly accurate description of the game. It’s been mentioned before that Northgate struggles with grass fields and that was clearly the case again tonight… However they also played more relaxed to start, possibly because they were too confident.

    Man, or rather men, of the match were the goalkeepers. YV’s played a more shot-stopping role and made some stunning saves, he deserved more applause. NG’s keeper had a few important saves too, but his technical role and strong presence on the field are where he shined.

  • Matt Smith

    Hayward 3-0 Piedmont. Farmers are WACC Shoreline champs.

  • Piedmont Fan

    What a game. Hayward’s keeper made some incredible saves in the first 15 minutes to stop Pedmont from scoring quickly. Very back and forth with both teams moving the ball well and creating chances. Piedmonts keeper made some great saves also. 1-0 until the final 2 minutes. I heard the referee apologized to the Piedmont coaches after the game. The first goal Hayward scored, rigo pushed the defender to get the ball and the referee admitted he should have called a foul and a no goal. Oh well. Matt, does Piedmont still have a chance to make NCS if they beat Encinal and go 5-5 against D2 teams? What other teams are they competing with for a spot?

  • T. Powell

    Halftime at Berkeley. Berkeley 0 – O’Dowd 0. Berkeley have had the better of the chances but the ball movement and possession is pretty even for both teams. Very defensive game.

  • MVAL Alumni

    All I have to say is if the women’s game is so poor in the US, than how come on the national stage our women(all ages) are the most dominant plus Brazil’s Marta who is unbelievable to watch. Yet our mens team can’t even beat Canada…

    On the flip side I want to point out it isn’t a great show when, in the game US vs Brazil in the women’s World Cup semi game, Rapinoe is the worst player on the field constantly giving away the ball and stays in to make a phenomenal cross. Just sayin in the mens game she would have been out by half.

  • lovesoccer

    okay why you have to make excuses Piedmont fan Hayward dominate the game yes Piedmont had few chances in the first half but hayward control out possessed Piedmont bye large margin. come on rigo was failed numerous times the first minute of the game defender grab him in the box.Hayward out played them by a large Margin. that’s why Hayward are the champions. congratulations Hayward.

  • Hayward high Fan

    @piedmontfan Rigo never pushed the defender the defender was back tracking, dumb mistake by the defender. Hayward has more opportunities game should’ve been 6-0.

  • Matt Smith

    Alhambra up on Campo 2-1. I’m at TAK. Newark up 2-1 on American late.
    I’m here for the nightcap. Kennedy v. MSJ.

  • Matt Smith

    Arroyo 2-2 Mt. Eden

  • T. Powell

    1-0 Berkeley. Poor defending from O’Dowd.

  • Matt Smith

    Washington up 1-0 on Logan.
    Newark strikes. 3-1.

  • T. Powell

    Berkeley 1 – O’Dowd 0 final.

  • Matt Smith

    Alhambra up 2-1 on Campo still. 20 to go.

  • Neal

    Congrats Farmers! Tall order for O’Dowd at Berkeley tonight but that’s why they play the game. Go Dragons!

  • Neal

    Ah, just saw @T. Powell’s update. Good battle Dragons.

  • Matt Smith

    Irvington 3, Moreau 1. Irvington is a win away (or two draws) from playoff eligibility.

  • Matt Smith

    Alhambra beats Campo 2-1. Go ahead and punch that playoff ticket for the ‘Dogs.

  • Matt Smith

    MSJ up 1-0 early on Kennedy.

  • Matt Smith

    Kennedy equalizes.

  • RoyKeanefan

    Acalanes 2 Dublin 0. The Dons dominated the game throughout. Believe that makes them DFAL League Champs.

  • Matt Smith

    Alameda beats Castro Valley 1-0. The playoff fortunes of these teams just flip flopped.

  • Shinguard

    Goals by Johnny Billecci & Dominic Weir clinched a hard fought energy filled game as Alhambra defeats Campolindo 2-1. The Dogs played a solid game of footy with a sound display of passing and control. Good Job Dogs….great team effort for all 80 min.

  • Matt Smith

    @RHS The second round of the TCAL is…

    Richmond v. De Anza
    Pinole v. Albany
    St. Mary’s v. Salesian
    Hercules v. El Cerrito

    I believe these are must win games for Albany and Salesian. I think Albany might be eligible for the playoffs if it officially ends in a draw and goes to PK’s.

  • MVAL Soccer Fan

    MVAL is shaping up to be very interesting the last week of the season. Irvington coming on strong, Logan limping to the finish, and Kennedy trying to hold on to a strong start.

    Logan vs Irvington on Wednesday just became a huge game with tonight’s results.

  • Matt Smith

    Deer Valley 2-2 Las Lomas

  • Matt Smith

    @MVAL Soccer Fan You are correct. This is shaping up to be very interesting.
    And I have to say this after catching two games here at TAK, and seeing Logan and Newark earlier… The MVAL plays exciting soccer. Fast paced, aggressive, with a lot of skill. Very good possession and great touch. If these teams finish their chances, they are dangerous if they get in the playoffs.

  • Matt Smith

    Kennedy just took a 2-1 lead.

  • Stewie

    Great evening at the Dog pound at Alhambra. Campo was tough but Alhambra had some major MoJo going. Fun to watch a good battle that had good flow and skill on display by both teams. The mids and backs for Alhambra really stepped up tonight and did not allow much opportunity to present itself for Campo.

  • Matt Smith

    Kennedy 2-2 MSJ

  • Emile Heskey

    Matt, you say albany and Salesian have must wins ahead of them but what do you have to say about el cerrito? By the way, should be a really exciting game to watch between the gauchos and titans. And word has it, Jeremy Romero is not on the team anymore because of a argument between him and a coach.

  • MVAL Soccer Fan

    @Matt

    Well Kennedy and Mission are definitely two teams that play very aggressive and fast paced. Washington is very similar.

    Logan and Newark are definitely the most talented and play the best soccer with Irvington being a close third. All three try to possess the ball but Irvington just doesn’t have the athletes that the other two do, which gets them in trouble with the bigger more aggressive teams like Mission etc.

    It’s fun to watch the contrast in styles .

  • Rebel

    San Lorenzo 5 San Leandro 0

  • RigoM

    @ Matt, I just want to thank you for coming by and checking out a very good MVAL match up. Between Kennedy vs Mission.

  • Rebel

    Juan Ramirez from Slz scored 7 goals in two games bringing his total to 11 goals

  • Matt Smith

    @Emile Heskey I am not 100 percent positive on this, but I don’t think El Cerrito can get in. I know they can’t get to .500 either overall, league (tournament games don’t count towards league record) or in their division, but the only thing I am waiting for clarification on is if the TCAL tourney champ is a team that didn’t win a league, do they get an auto berth as well? This would be the Gauchos only way in. And I hope that it isn’t true about Romero. He’s a really fun player to watch.

    @RigoM It was my pleasure. I had a good time at TAK, and it was nice to talk to a bunch of players from each team and the coaches. I saw some good soccer.

  • Matt Smith

    So my record time from Fremont to my apartment in San Francisco was ruined by the road construction going on up Market Street, but let’s say I got home very fast tonight. I’ve got myself some food, something to drink and now it’s time for me to settle in and look at playoff scenarios.

  • Matt Smith

    @Rebel Thank you very much for those updates.

  • Monreal

    Thanks for all the updates Matt…do u think u know for sure what team is already in NCS????

  • Matt Smith

    @Monreal I definitely know which teams are going to get in for sure.

  • Emile Heskey

    Matt, challenge accepted!!

  • Monreal

    @Matt Smith….okay…thanks…can u post it over the weekend, plz???

  • Matt Smith

    Will do.

  • Bobo

    Wow, looks like Berkeley/BOD game was a good one. Congrats to Farmers and as for the CVHS/Alameda game….no comment.

  • Bobo

    Wait on second thought…bring back Peacock!