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Boys Soccer: Playoff Chase, Ubuntu, Rankings, Standings, Stats

Three weeks until the NCS playoff committee meets. Here is how it looks.

Division I

Locks:

Amador Valley, Berkeley, Monte Vista, Newark Memorial, Pittsburg, Richmond, San Ramon Valley

At five games over, I’m locking in SRV, and Richmond is a lock as well given the remaining schedule. This gives us 7 teams.

Pretty Much In:

De La Salle, James Logan, Mission San Jose, Mt. Eden, San Leandro

Can’t quite lock all these teams in yet, though I think they are safe. MSJ and San Leandro almost went in as locks, but a slump could lead to some discussion about them not being a lock. I don’t see a slump coming and I think I’ll be listing them as locks in one week’s time.
De La Salle, Logan and Mt. Eden are all three games above .500. DLS and Mt. Eden are playing quite well recently while Logan has the strength of schedule to get in.

On the Bubble:

Antioch, Arroyo, California, Castro Valley, Clayton Valley, College Park, Deer Valley, Freedom, Granada, Heritage, Liberty, Livermore, Washington

I have 13 bubble teams listed for four spots. What a balanced year this is.
The entire BVAL is on the bubble, though that will sort itself out since they’ve only played four games. This is a huge week for Freedom, who has the non-league results to get in, but needs to get some BVAL result. Tuesday’s game with Liberty will go a long way in determining which of those teams will stay in the hunt.
By virtue of playing in the EBAL, Cal, Granada and Livermore have an edge, but getting eligible won’t be easy with the remaining schedule.
College Park has the resume, so if they get eligible, I think they are in. The dark horse is Clayton Valley, who has turned it around. If they can finish second in league, be eligible, they could get in on the strength of the SRV win and the Richmond draw.

Division II

Locks:

Campolindo, Dublin, El Cerrito, Hayward, Hercules, St. Mary’s, Ygnacio Valley

These seven teams are in.

Pretty Much In:

Pinole Valley, San Lorenzo

I feel comfortable saying Pinole is probably in, given the remaining schedule with St. Pat’s and Swett will put them safely above .500 in league, and with a very good non-league schedule.
This would give us nine teams.

On the Bubble:

Acalanes, Albany, Alhambra, Bishop O’Dowd, Concord, De Anza, Las Lomas, Miramonte, Mount Diablo, Northgate, Piedmont, Salesian

This gives us 12 teams fighting for six spots. And look at the quality on this list.
I think Albany, Alhambra and Bishop O’Dowd are going to be fine and get in. I also think the same about Mount Diablo. I think Acalanes and Northgate will get in if they stay eligible. I think De Anza will be eligible, but might get squeezed out by Las Lomas, Miramonte or Piedmont, if those teams get eligible. Piedmont is the wild card for me. Some very good results, and they play mostly Division I teams in league. I think this team deserves to get in.
The Division II picture is definitely muddled by a lot of competitive balance.

Ubuntu Athletics

The captains of the Mission San Jose soccer team founded a program called Ubuntu Athletics. Guhan Sundar, Sid Ambulkar and Sahil Bansal fromed this non-profit organization and also have the Ubuntu Athletics Club within the high school.
This organization has been successful in coaching kids in the community and using the money to fund programs in their area, and in Brentwood, and also outside the country in Mexico and India.
Check out the link for more details: http://ubuntuathletics.weebly.com/

Rankings

Pittsburg takes over at No. 1, with rival Ygnacio Valley right behind them at No. 2. Let the discussion begin.
Pittsburg showed it deserved the No. 1 rankings, because of they way they are playing right now. YV still hasn’t lost an NCS team. Tough to drop MV two spots, but a loss and a draw, no matter what, will drop you.
Richmond and San Ramon Valley make the biggest jumps, while I believe Amador Valley has the biggest gripe. However, my problem was this… I had to get SRV ahead of AV. I normally don’t worry about trying to arrange the rankings by head-to-head, especially when the teams are separated by a lot, but the Wolves have now beat the Dons twice.
Also, AV plays DLS this week, so they’ll have a chance to jump up a few spots with another win against the Spartans.
San Leandro moves into the top 15, for the first time in the history of these rankings. That team deserves a lot of props, and is now in the driver’s seat for the WACC-Shoreline crown.
St. Mary’s is back in the rankings as well.

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

Others considered: San Lorenzo (7-4-3), Mission San Jose (10-4-3), Mt. Eden (8-5-5), Alhambra (8-6-3), Bishop O’Dowd (6-5-3), Livermore (8-7-3), Granada (5-6-3), California (8-7-2), Mount Diablo (6-4-3), Hercules (11-3-5)

Standings

BVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Pittsburg (13-1-1, 4-0-0) 12
Liberty (4-8-0, 2-2-0) 6
Antioch (4-9-1, 1-2-1) 4
Deer Valley (3-9-7, 1-2-1) 4
Heritage (3-9-3, 1-2-1) 4
Freedom (8-5-5, 0-1-3) 3

DFAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Campolindo (10-4-4, 5-0-2) 17
Dublin (13-1-3, 4-1-2) 14
Acalanes (5-8-2, 4-2-1) 13
Alhambra (8-6-3, 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

DVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Ygnacio Valley (13-2-1, 6-0-1) 19
Mt. Diablo (6-4-3, 3-1-3) 12
Clayton Valley (4-8-5, 3-3-1) 10
College Park (5-5-6, 3-2-1) 10
Northgate (9-7-0, 3-4-0) 9
Concord (3-8-3, 2-3-2) 8
Berean Chr. (1-13-1, 0-7-0) 0

EBAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Monte Vista (13-1-2, 6-1-1) 19
De La Salle (8-5-3, 6-2-0) 18
San Ramon Valley (10-5-1, 5-2-1) 16
Amador Valley (12-3-2, 4-3-1) 13
Livermore (8-7-3, 3-4-1) 10
California (8-7-2, 3-5-0) 9
Granada (5-6-3, 1-4-3) 6
Foothill (4-7-4, 0-7-1) 1

MVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Newark Memorial (12-3-2, 8-0-0) 24
Mission San Jose (10-4-3, 7-1-0) 21
Logan (8-5-4, 5-2-1) 16
Washington (5-8-2, 3-3-2) 11
American (2-4-2, 2-4-2) 8
Kennedy (4-8-2, 2-5-1) 7
Irvington (2-12-1, 1-6-1) 4
Moreau Catholic (0-11-1, 0-7-1) 1

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

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

Richmond (8-4-3, 5-1-0) 15
El Cerrito (12-5-2, 5-2-0) 15
St. Mary’s (9-4-0, 5-2-0) 15
Albany (7-5-3, 3-4-1) 10
Salesian (3-6-2, 3-4-1) 10
St. Joseph Notre Dame (5-9-3, 0-8-0) 0

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

Hercules (11-3-5, 8-0-0) 24
De Anza (8-8-3, 4-1-3) 15
Pinole Valley (7-7-2, 4-3-1) 13
Kennedy (3-9-3, 3-4-1) 10
Swett (2-5-1, 2-5-1) 7
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (0-10-0, 0-8-0) 0

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

Berkeley (13-1-3, 8-0-2) 26
Mt. Eden (8-5-5, 6-3-1) 19
Bishop O’Dowd (6-5-3, 4-4-2) 14
Castro Valley (3-9-4, 3-3-3) 12
Arroyo (4-7-2, 3-5-2) 11
Alameda (2-12-2, 2-7-1) 7

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

San Leandro (10-4-2, 7-2-1) 22
Hayward (10-2-6, 5-1-4) 19
San Lorenzo (7-4-3, 6-3-1) 19
Piedmont (7-7-0, 3-7-0) 9
Encinal (2-6-1, 2-6-1) 7
Tennyson (2-14-1, 1-9-0) 3

Stat Leaders

Name School Goals
Foscalina, Livermore 19
Greenberg, MV 19
Berumen, Pitt 19
J. Maldonado Alhambra 17
Ayala, YV 17
Pangia, AV 15
Romero, Hercules 14
Sako, EC 13
Bautista, Richmond 13
Khorami, Dublin 12
L. Moreno, EC 12
Castillo, Hayward 12
Dull, St. Mary 12
Hebert, Berkeley 11
Udave, Hayward 11
Zumaya, YV 11
Martinez, Arroyo 10
Katunric, Dublin 10
Payerchin, Freedom 10
Sundar, MSJ 10
Padilla, Ngate 10

Name School Assists
Ortega, Hayward 16
Sundar, MSJ 13
Berumen, Pitt 13
Simmons, Campo 11
Zumaya, YV 11
Udave, Hayward 10
Enriquez, Newark 10
Renteria, YV 10
Velasquez, Concord 10
Mesquite, St. Mary 10
Nassiri, St. Mary 10
L. Moreno, EC 9
Zaloumis, MV 9
Burrows, Ngate 9
Matute, Alhambra 8
Wright, Berkeley 8
A. Moreano, EC 8
Navarrete, EC 8
Greenberg, MV 8
Ledesma, Pitt 8

Matt Smith