Boys Soccer: Pressing Questions, Rankings, Standings, Stats

Here are some things I was wondering to myself. Let’s see what you guys think.

Am I underrating Freedom?

Freedom made a nice run to the NCS semi’s last year, and has started this season 4-1-2. At this point, the program has to believe in itself. Am I not giving them enough respect by keeping them a few spots outside the rankings?
I guess I am waiting to see a resounding statement. I do think a 4-1 win over Livermore is a good one, but I suppose I’m waiting to see more. Has anyone seen Freedom yet, and am I not giving them enough respect?

Will Dublin bounce back?

Dublin’s run of being unbeaten and untied came to a tough end on Friday, and I wonder if the team will be bummed out and let it linger, or will they immediately bounce back? They have a tough game against Alhambra on Wednesday, so it will not be easy.

Is Mount Diablo for real?

Three wins in four tries for the Red Devils has me wondering, but there are still questions. The win against Alhambra came when the Bulldogs were without most of their starters, and that team has obviously shown its capability since those players returned. I will need to see Mount Diablo get tested.

Can all the EBAL teams make the playoffs?

They are all talented enough, there is no doubt, and based on their non-league records, they’d be in. The tough task will be when league play rolls around. These teams need to make sure not to get buried in league play, to stay around .500 and to take care of business in non-league games.

Can Logan and Newark challenge in NCS?

Newark has been very solid so far, and once again has good players in the right spots, with a very creative mid and a solid stopper in the back. The Bellarmine Tournament over New Year’s will help see where they are.

Logan has draws against Monte Vista, Cal and De La Salle. Impressive. They have dropped only one game, a 1-0 loss to Granada. They are tough to beat at home. They have done enough this year to earn respect and if they have a great league season, could be a top seed and would be tough to beat.

Will Richmond be challenged in the TCAL?

This question has a double-meaning. Will Richmond be pushed, as in will the competition get them ready to compete in Division I? And also, is there a team that will challenge them for the league?
Albany and St. Mary’s are good, but all reports is that Richmond looked very strong against St. Mary’s and that same St. Mary’s team beat Albany. It will be good for Richmond in the long run to get some tough league games.

Can Alameda, Arroyo or Castro Valley win league?

Berkeley is the favorite and Bishop O’Dowd figures to be the team closest to them, but the league is littered with teams who are close to really breaking out. Arroyo, Alameda and Castro Valley have shown flashes this year, and are all hopeful of good seasons. Can one of them challenge?
The answer is yes. These teams will get better as the season goes, and one of them is going to be in the mix for the league title.


Couldn’t move DLS down after a draw at a tough place to play in their first game.
Monte Vista moves up after winning the TVC, while YV makes a one-spot jump as well.
Berkeley is back in the top ten, despite a loss to MV, because they won three games this week. Logan jumps Cal in that 15 spot after a hard-earned draw against DLS.
Some new blood at the bottom of the consideration list as Las Lomas, Arroyo and Mount Diablo all get their first looks this year and now will have a chance to prove they belong and move up the rankings.

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

Others considered: California (3-1-1), Northgate (5-1-0), St. Mary’s (2-1-0), Freedom (4-1-2), Albany (4-1-1), Las Lomas (4-3-0), Granada (2-2-0), Arroyo (2-2-1), Mount Diablo (3-1-0), Alhambra (4-4-1)


Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

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

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

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

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Concord (1-1-1, 1-0-0) 3
Berean Chr. (0-5-1, 0-0-0) 0
College Park (1-3-2, 0-0-0) 0
Mt. Diablo (3-1-0, 0-0-0) 0
Northgate (5-1-0, 0-0-0) 0
Ygnacio Valley (2-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Clayton Valley (0-3-2, 0-1-0) 0

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Amador Valley (5-0-1, 0-0-0) 0
California (3-1-1, 0-0-0) 0
De La Salle (0-0-1, 0-0-0) 0
Foothill (4-0-2, 0-0-0) 0
Granada (2-2-0, 0-0-0) 0
Livermore (4-3-2, 0-0-0) 0
Monte Vista (7-0-1, 0-0-0) 0
San Ramon Valley (2-2-0, 0-0-0) 0

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

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

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 (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0
Skyline (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

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

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

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

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

Berkeley (4-1-1, 2-0-0) 6
Arroyo (2-2-1, 1-0-1) 4
Bishop O’Dowd (3-1-2, 1-0-1) 4
Castro Valley (1-4-2, 1-0-1) 4
Alameda (1-4-1, 1-1-0) 3
Mt. Eden (2-4-3, 0-2-0) 0

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

Hayward (5-1-2, 1-0-1) 4
Encinal (1-1-0, 1-1-0) 3
San Leandro (2-3-1, 1-1-0) 3
San Lorenzo (1-2-1, 1-1-0) 3
Piedmont (2-2-1, 0-2-0) 0
Tennyson (1-7-1, 0-2-0) 0

Stat Leaders

Name School Goals
Pangia, AV 10
Greenberg, MV 10
Udvad, Hayward 8
J. Maldonado Alhambra 7
Castillo, Hayward 7
Foscalina, Livermore 7
Katunaric, Dublin 6
Khorami, Dublin 6
Saccomono, BOD 5
Kilwien, Campo 5
Guzman, Castro 5
Cassino, LL 5
Baringer, Pied 5
Monica, SJND 5
Gray, Hayward 4
Sundar, MSJ 4
Mogharei, MV 4
Padilla, Ngate 4
Several tied with 3

Name School Assists
Zaloumis, MV 8
Simmons, Campo 6
Udave, Hayward 6
Ortega, Hayward 6
Greenberg, MV 5
E. Garcia, EC 4
Sundar, MSJ 4
Farretta, MV 4
Baringer, Pied 4
Xu, Pied 4
Cleary, AV 3
Tait-Mole, AV 3
Wright, Berkeley 3
Molinar, Dublin 3
Khorami, Dublin 3
Casby, FH 3
Zumaya, YV 3
Renteria, YV 3
Several tied with 2

Matt Smith

  • mudhen

    Tough defense for both squads….

  • MVAL_SoccerFan

    I believe so. Should be interesting.

  • Matt Smith

    Richmond 4-2 Lincoln, F
    YV 0-0 St. Mary’s, 20:00

  • Matt Smith

    AV 1-0 Castro Valley, 20:00

  • Matt Smith

    St. Mary’s goal on free kick. 1-0.

  • Matt Smith

    YV equalizes before half. 1-1.

  • Matt Smith

    AV up 2-0.
    SM/YV tied 1-1.

  • lovesoccer18

    where is castro valley playing at does anybody know

  • Matt Smith

    AV up 3-0. YV up 2-1.

  • Matt Smith

    4-0 AV.

  • Matt Smith

    AV won 5-0. YV finished off St. Mary’s 2-1.

  • Matt Smith

    Alhambra 2-0 Pinole Valley, F

  • Matt Smith

    For anyone interested, the next two games at the DLS Showcase will be broadcasted on De La Salle television.


  • Matt Smith

    Berkeley 2-0 Acalanes, F

  • Matt Smith

    Campo 0-0 Servite, 20:00

  • MikeT

    Thanks Matt…very cool.

  • Matt Smith

    Servite goes up 1-0 on a PK in the 64th.

    It’s been a good match.

  • MikeT

    Good response from AV coming of a couple of tough matches.

  • Matt Smith

    Servite wins 1-0.

  • Matt Smith

    Cathedral strikes first. 1-0, 33:00.

  • Matt Smith

    Cathedral up 2-1, with 10:00 to play.

  • ucbears

    Hats off to a tired Berkeley Boys team, 8 games in two weeks.
    7 Wins with 5 shutouts!

  • The Sweeper

    Random comments to catch up:

    Saw YV and Servite win today at Owen Owens Field. Campo hang in there with Servite with MAJOR kudos to the keeper, and Saint Marys did likewise with YV. I give Campo an edge at keeper, and YV an edge at “edginess” with half a dozen+ yellows.

    With 8 matches in 2 weeks, Berkeley seems to have survived and done well while remaining healthy.

    MV has established momentum at the head of D-I class, and they look ready to give the reigning champs a run for the money.

    And to Matt: You are not underrating Freedom, yet; Dublin will bounce back but still look up at Campo, YV and others; Logan and Newark have some proving to do against EBAL teams; Mount Diablo needs two more quality wins out of league; all EBAL teams cannot make NCS, do the math; Richmond will only be challenged by D-I teams; and regarding CV, Arroyo and Alameda – that is a homework assignment.

    Cheers, and see you at the pitch!

  • soccer2014

    A friendly rivalry. The Castro Valley coach used to be the coach at Amador Valley. He and the present AV coach worked together there and many of the Amador seniors played for him as sophomores.

  • EBAL Dad

    By the way, this new format STINKS!! Maybe I’m just resistant to change. I’m not a change for change sake person. oh well


    Just a curious question. i want to see as much soccer (the real “football”) coverage as can be had. The boys soccer blog is usually fairly active and has new weekly posts by the covering reporter. The girls blog, is nowhere near as active with only occassional updates. (I certainly understand the conflicts of covering other HS sports) (but those seasons are over now).

    HOWEVER, when it comes to coverage IN THE PAPER it seems that girls get about the same coverage and sometimes more. What is up with that? is this CCTimes politics or something else going on?

    Don’t even get me started about amount of paper coverage of soccer v other winter sports.

    so, what gives?

  • The Sweeper

    EBAL Dad,

    BANG newspapers have been covering girls sports pari passu (that one is for Matt) with boys sports for several years, except for American football for obvious reasons (DLS). Based on the number of D-1 and D-2 scholarships for East Bay soccer players year-in and year-out, the local girls soccer scene is possibly more competitive on a national level and merits the coverage, despite the lesser blog popularity.

    The benefits of Title IX are clear one generation after passing in 1972, and local parents invest/spend on a fairly equal basis for each of their children’s extracurricular activities.

    That is not to say that boys soccer in the East Bay is less competitive or not interesting. Quite the contrary, it is more balanced than other sports across divisions.

    See you at the pitch!