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Boys Soccer: Top Players, Rankings, Standings, Stats

By Matt Smith
Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 at 8:44 am in Boys soccer.

This is to get the conversation started. I am not purposely leaving anyone out, but I am only going to mention three players from each position, and allow you guys to fill in the rest with your discussion.
Let’s take a look at the three players at each position who have stood out the most to me, so far.

Strikers: Jeff Greenberg, MV; Tyler Pangia, AV; Jesus Maldonado, Alhambra

Had to give these three the love right now. They are in double digits in scoring, as they are fighting at the top to lead the area in goals scored.

Maldonado has a nose for the ball and a nose for goal. If he gets inside the 18 with possession, you are in big trouble. He’s very smooth and skilled.

Greenberg and Pangia are very similar to me in the way in which they are patient. They won’t try to force it to score goals, but instead let it come to them. And both will make you pay if you aren’t marking them on the attack.

And I have to mention my boy Tata Ayala from YV. He’s only played five games so far, and has seven goals. I predict that by the end of the season, he’ll lead the area in scoring. Right now, others have played more games than him.

Midfield: Yassine Hamdouni, Berkeley; Seth Kofman, Campolindo; Charles Zaloumis, MV

Hamdouni has been the most talked about midfielder in the games that I’ve visited. Big, strong and very fluid, he makes it look easy. The game comes to him very naturally.

Kofman was the most impressive midfielder on the pitch during the Servite match. Very creative and quick. If he gets the ball in space, watch out.

Greenberg gets a lot of headlines for MV, but the engine that makes them go is Zaloumis. Lightning quick, but also very, very smart and usually makes the right choice and puts the ball in the right spot.

An honorable mention also goes to Jasper Hebert from Berkeley. I tried not to mention two kids from the same school at the same position. Also, Mario Mendez and Antonio Zumaya from YV are pretty incredible. Also, I’m a big Alex Lee fan, from Foothill. Incredibly fast.

Defenders/Keepers: John Wayland, SRV; Alex Brown, MV; David Hernandez, St. Mary’s

I can’t even begin to tell you how many coaches and players have mentioned Wayland to me. He’s big, strong and physical. Alex Brown anchors a defense that has allowed one goal in 10 games, while Hernandez stood tall on Saturday when facing an explosive YV offense. A very underrated player.

Keepers: Nicholas Kubler, Albany; Jeff Lefcourt, Campo; Keegan Murphy, DLS

These three had great games the time I saw them. Kubler stopped three of the four PK’s he saw against Alhambra in the WSC as the Cougars won the Bronze Division.

Anyone who saw the Campo/Servite match knows how good Lefcourt was as he kept Campolindo in the game with two incredible second half saves, including one of the best saves I’ve seen. The Sweeper said that save was worth the price of admission.

Murphy was impressive to me against Cathedral. He was under fire a lot during that match, made some very good saves and seems composed for a first year keeper at a school with a tradition of great keepers.

Rankings

Can’t wait to hear some crap about the new rankings, but more things have been revealed as more games are being played. Let’s start at the top.
Monte Vista has looked like a No. 1 team and deserve the jump to the top after DLS and Campo lost. Those two teams lost to good Southern Section teams, and don’t drop too far. Just one spot.
San Ramon Valley jumps to into the top 10 after a win over Amador Valley and two wins at the DLS Showcase, while AV slots in right behind them after a 3-1 loss to the Wolves.
St. Mary’s had to move above Hayward because of a very recent result against a common opponent. St. Mary’s played tough with YV, and deserves to be a top 15 team.
Logan jumps to No. 11, while Foothill and Cal had drops after two losses for both teams.

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

Others considered: Bishop O’Dowd (4-1-3), Albany (5-1-1), Alhambra (6-4-2), California (4-3-1), Northgate (6-2-0), Freedom (6-2-2), Arroyo (3-3-1), Granada (2-3-0), San Leandro (3-3-2), College Park (2-3-3)

Standings

BVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

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

DFAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

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

DVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

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

EBAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

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

MVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

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

OAL
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 (0-2-0, 0-0-0) 0
Skyline (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0

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

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

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

Hercules (5-2-4, 2-0-0) 6
De Anza (4-3-0, 0-0-0) 0
Kennedy (0-5-0, 0-1-0) 0
Pinole Valley (1-2-1, 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 (8-1-1, 4-0-0) 12
Bishop O’Dowd (4-1-3, 2-0-2) 8
Castro Valley (2-5-3, 2-0-2) 8
Arroyo (3-3-1, 2-1-1) 7
Alameda (1-6-1, 1-3-0) 3
Mt. Eden (3-5-3, 1-3-0) 3

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

Hayward (6-1-3, 2-0-2) 8
San Leandro (3-3-2, 2-1-1) 7
San Lorenzo (2-3-1, 2-2-0) 6
Encinal (1-3-0, 1-3-0) 3
Tennyson (2-8-1, 1-3-0) 3
Piedmont (3-4-0, 0-4-0) 0

Stat Leaders

Name School Goals
J. Maldonado Alhambra 15
Greenberg, MV 14
Pangia, AV 12
Udave, Hayward 9
Khorami, Dublin 8
Berumen, Pitt 8
Hebert, Berkeley 7
Katunaric, Dublin 7
Payerchin, Freedom 7
Castillo, Hayward 7
Foscalina, Livermore 7
Ayala, YV 7
Cassino, LL 6
Mogharei, MV 6
Padilla, Ngate 6
Dull, St. Mary 6
Several tied with 3

Name School Assists
Greenberg, MV 8
Zaloumis, MV 8
Matute, Alhambra 7
Simmons, Campo 7
Udave, Hayward 7
Ortega, Hayward 7
Cleary, AV 5
Hebert, Berkeley 5
Molinar, Dublin 5
Casby, FH 5
Burrows, Ngate 5
Renteria, YV 5
Wright, Berkeley 4
Khorami, Dublin 4
E. Garcia, EC 4
Lee, FH 4
Sunday, MSJ 4
Farretta, MV 4
Enriquez, Newark 4
Xu, Piedmont 4
Baringer, Piedmont 4
Rios, Richmond 4
Zumaya, YV 4
Several tied with 2

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  • Matt Smith

    DLS draws with Brophy, 2-2.

  • Kyle

    What did you think of dublin?

  • Cooper

    El Cerrito-2 Mt.Diablo-1

  • MikeT

    Draw after 2 OT’s and penalties?

  • Matt Smith

    Brophy won in PK’s, to move on, for the purposes of who advances.

  • Matt Smith

    I didn’t see the match. Hope to catch Dublin soon.

  • Matt Smith

    Campo results at Duarte Invite…

    v. El Rancho 0-1
    v. Northwood 0-1
    v. Duarte 2-0
    v. Northview 1-2

    They were down several starters, but still competed. They’ll come back to NCS better for the experience.

    Same can be said for YV’s experience in San Diego.

  • Taha

    Will anybody be going to the, Logan at Berkeley game tonight? Should be an interesting matchup.

  • Taha

    Berkeley 3 Logan 1.