Boys Soccer: League Races, Rankings, Standings, Stats

Just a quick note that I have decided to re-new my freelance agreement with the Times, and myself and this blog will return next season.
Now that I’ve announced that, let’s look at the league races, and one dark horse team from each league to be a handful the rest of the way.


Only two games in, but Pittsburg is firmly in control and remains the heavy favorite. We all know that Freedom is capable, so don’t count them out. I think they are going to get going again soon. The Falcons are dealing with more injuries than most teams, currently.
I believe both Heritage and Liberty could be a dark horse and get playoff eligible.


Campolindo is no longer running away with this league as Dublin is on their heels, Acalanes is within range and Alhambra is close, but would need help. Campolindo is still favored, because they have the three-point cushion, but Dublin is legitimately in this title race.
Acalanes is not only the dark horse in the league race, but very much so to be a tough out in the playoffs. They are getting back to playing their kind of football, and that is lock down defense.


Ygnacio Valley has a very nice cushion here, and recently beat the second place team to make it a six-point gap in the table. I don’t see the Warriors slipping enough to let CP back within three points, but the games are played for a reason, so we’ll see.
A dark horse for the rest of the season is Mount Diablo. Good results recently have them looking good to reach NCS, and they could be a tough team to deal with.


Even though Monte Vista is up six points, is anyone counting out De La Salle? If so, it would be a mistake. Because of the parity in this league, that kind of lead can disappear quickly, and the Mustangs know this. Amador Valley is not out of it by any means, nor is San Ramon Valley, who still has a game in hand.
Because they play three league games this week, and because they have proven they can beat anyone, SRV is a dark horse to get back in the race and to make noise in the playoffs, but also, Livermore is an intriguing team who’d be dangerous if they were a bit more consistent.


Newark Memorial doesn’t have a huge point gap in the league table, but they have beaten the second and third place teams pretty handily, so as far as determining the favorite, it’s the Cougars. Mission San Jose, however, is a re-energized side and they are playing with great passion, they are possessing well and they believe. So watch out. This team is my dark horse in the playoffs from this league.


Didn’t imagine that this league would be a four-team race, but it is. El Cerrito really has a chance to make a statement and take control of the league when they face Richmond on Tuesday. On the flip side, Richmond has two games in hand and can be in great shape by beating the Gauchos.
St. Mary’s also has two games in hand, which is why they are still in the race, and Albany sits quietly in second place, and has beat Richmond this year. Albany is my dark horse, because of results like the Richmond win and the Alhambra draw.


Hercules has a stronghold in this league, five points up and a game in hand. Pinole Valley is the only team that will have a chance to catch them. De Anza has too many injuries and has been too inconsistent. Pinole has some very good results this year, which is why I think they can catch Hercules, and why I think they’d be a handful if reaching the post-season.


Berkeley is in firm, firm control. Not gonna say it’s over, but they are in the best shape of all the league leaders, having handled all challenges thus far. Second place Bishop O’Dowd needs some help.
How about a dark horse? Well, it’s Mt. Eden of course. 4-0-2 in their last six games means the Monarchs could be a dangerous proposition if they reach the playoffs.


The best race in the East Bay as three teams are within a point of the top. San Leandro has recently taken over first place for the first time this season. However, it still feels like Hayward is the favorite, doesn’t it? I could be wrong. The Pirates and Rebels are in this race until the end.
San Lorenzo looks poised to get to the playoffs once again, and will be a tough team to deal with if so. They are rounding into form.


More changes in the rankings this week, and let’s start with the shuffle in the top five. Berkeley, Amador Valley and Campolindo all had losses or draws, so Newark and Ygnacio Valley deservedly move up after perfect weeks.
Saturday now boasts No. 2 v. No. 3 in Pittsburg.
Dublin and De La Salle jump up one spot, while the biggest leaps belong to Hayward and El Cerrito. Both jump five spots as the Gauchos move into the top 10 and Hayward moves up to No. 11 after a win and two draws against top five teams.
It may have seem harsh to drop Campo four spots, because a draw at Hayward is a good result. But multiple teams below them kept winning, and the Cougars drew against an unranked team and a team just outside the top 15. They are very banged up, so once they get healthy, they’ll climb again.
San Leandro and San Lorenzo also take big jumps as both teams move very close to the top 15. Another good week, coupled with another week with O’Dowd, Alhambra and San Ramon Valley slipping a little means those teams will be ranked.

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

Others considered: San Leandro (8-4-2), St. Mary’s (5-4-0), San Lorenzo (6-4-2), Granada (5-5-1), Albany (7-3-3), Mission San Jose (8-4-3), Mt. Eden (6-5-5), Mount Diablo (5-4-2), Livermore (7-6-3), California (7-6-2)


Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

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

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Campolindo (10-4-4, 5-0-2) 17
Dublin (13-1-3, 4-1-2) 14
Acalanes (5-7-2, 4-2-1) 13
Alhambra (8-5-3, 3-2-2) 11
Las Lomas (5-6-2, 1-4-2) 5
Miramonte (4-5-2, 1-4-1) 4
Dougherty Valley (1-11-2, 0-5-2) 2

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Ygnacio Valley (11-2-1, 5-0-1) 16
College Park (4-4-6, 3-1-1) 10
Mt. Diablo (5-4-2, 2-1-2) 8
Clayton Valley (3-8-4, 2-3-0) 6
Northgate (8-6-0, 2-3-0) 6
Concord (2-7-3, 1-2-2) 5
Berean Chr. (1-11-1, 0-5-0) 0

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Monte Vista (13-0-1, 6-0-0) 18
De La Salle (6-4-3, 4-2-0) 12
Amador Valley (11-2-2, 3-2-1) 10
San Ramon Valley (8-5-0, 3-2-0) 9
Livermore (7-6-3, 2-3-1) 7
California (7-6-2, 2-4-0) 6
Granada (5-5-1, 1-3-1) 4
Foothill (4-5-4, 0-5-1) 1

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Newark Memorial (10-2-2, 6-0-0) 18
Mission San Jose (8-4-3, 5-1-0) 15
Logan (7-5-3, 4-2-0) 12
Washington (5-7-1, 3-2-1) 10
American (2-4-0, 2-4-0) 6
Irvington (2-10-1, 1-4-1) 4
Kennedy (3-7-2, 1-4-1) 4
Moreau Catholic (0-9-1, 0-5-1) 1

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 (0-3-0, 0-0-0) 0
Skyline (0-0-0, 0-0-0) 0

Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

El Cerrito (11-4-2, 4-1-0) 12
Albany (7-3-3, 3-2-1) 10
Richmond (5-4-3, 3-1-0) 9
Salesian (2-4-1, 2-2-1) 7
St. Mary’s (5-4-0, 2-2-0) 6
St. Joseph Notre Dame (5-7-3, 0-6-0) 0

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

Hercules (8-3-5, 5-0-0) 15
Pinole Valley (6-5-2, 3-2-1) 10
De Anza (6-8-3, 2-1-3) 9
Kennedy (1-8-1, 1-2-1) 4
Swett (1-2-1, 1-2-1) 4
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (0-7-0, 0-5-0) 0

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

Berkeley (12-1-2, 7-0-1) 22
Bishop O’Dowd (6-3-3, 4-2-2) 14
Mt. Eden (6-5-5, 4-3-1) 13
Arroyo (4-5-2, 3-3-2) 11
Castro Valley (3-9-3, 3-3-2) 11
Alameda (1-11-2, 1-6-1) 4

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

San Leandro (8-4-2, 5-2-1) 16
Hayward (9-2-5, 4-1-3) 15
San Lorenzo (6-4-2, 5-3-0) 15
Encinal (2-5-1, 2-5-1) 7
Piedmont (6-6-0, 2-6-0) 6
Tennyson (2-12-1, 1-7-0) 3

Stat Leaders

Name School Goals
Greenberg, MV 18
Foscalina, Livermore 17
J. Maldonado Alhambra 16
Ayala, YV 16
Pangia, AV 15
Sako, EC 13
Berumen, Pitt 13
Khorami, Dublin 12
L. Moreno, EC 12
Udave, Hayward 11
Hebert, Berkeley 10
Katunric, Dublin 10
Payerchin, Freedom 10
Sundar, MSJ 10
Padilla, Ngate 10
Navarrete, EC 9
Castillo, Hayward 9
Zumaya, YV 9
Martinez, Arroyo 8
Saccomono, BOD 8

Name School Assists
Ortega, Hayward 13
Simmons, Campo 11
Berumen, Pitt 11
Udave, Hayward 9
Sundar, MSJ 9
Zaloumis, MV 9
Enriquez, Newark 9
Matute, Alhambra 8
Greenberg, MV 8
Burrows, Ngate 8
Renteria, YV 8
Zumaya, YV 8
Hebert, Berkeley 7
Khorami, Dublin 7
A. Moreno, EC 7
L. Moreno, EC 7
Garcia, EC 7
Navarrete, EC 7

Matt Smith