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Boys Soccer: NCS Playoff Brackets, All-Star Game, Rankings, Standings, Stats

This year, I am first going to list how I would seed the teams, and then I’ll try to predict how the NCS seeding committee will do.

Division I

Official Bracket

No. 1 De La Salle v. No. 16 Freedom
No. 2 Monte Vista v. No. 15 Antioch
No. 3 Pittburg v. No. 14 Washington
No. 4 Berkeley v. No. 13 College Park
No. 5 San Ramon Valley v. No. 12 Mt. Eden
No. 6 Amador Valley v. No. 11 James Logan
No. 7 Richmond v. No. 10 Mission San Jose
No. 8 Newark Memorial v. No. 9 San Leandro

Matt Smith’s Seeding:

1. Pittsburg
2. Berkeley
3. De La Salle
4. Monte Vista
5. Amador Valley
6. San Ramon Valley
7. Richmond
8. Newark Memorial
9. San Leandro
10. Mission San Jose
11. Mt. Eden
12. College Park
13. Logan
14. Freedom
15. Washington
16. Antioch

NCS Committee Prediction:

1. Pittsburg
2. De La Salle
3. Monte Vista
4. Berkeley
5. San Ramon Valley
6. Amador Valley
7. Richmond
8. Newark Memorial
9. San Leandro
10. College Park
11. Mission San Jose
12. Mt. Eden
13. Logan
14. Antioch
15. Freedom
16. Washington

I think the committee will value head-to-head, therefore putting MV ahead of Berkeley. But I look at the entire season as a whole. I also think the committee will just seed the EBAL teams according to league finish instead of really digging into where to put the teams. Though I think the teams from the EBAL are very good, I reference college basketball when I say that even teams from the top conferences aren’t the top overall seed when they have losses.
Are DLS and MV the favorites? Probably. But I think winning over the course of a season would be enough for me to put Pitt and Berkeley as 1 and 2. I would also have AV ahead of SRV based on the entire resume, but I think they’ll seed based on league finish.
I think the committee will put CP ahead of MSJ based on an anomaly of an early season game. The committee loves head to head. They also believe in not having rematches of teams from the same league, even though it means not putting a team where they think they should be. A team should just be seeded, and they should just play whoever they play.
I think because of that, they’ll drop Washington to the No. 16 seed to avoid a BVAL rematch.

Division II

Official Bracket

No. 1 Ygnacio Valley v. No. 16 Alhambra
No. 2 Campolindo v. No. 15 Las Lomas
No. 3 Dublin v. No. 14 Mt. Diablo
No. 4 Hercules v. No. 13 Acalanes
No. 5 San Lorenzo v. No. 12 Piedmont
No. 6 Hayward v. No. 11 Pinole Valley
No. 7 Bishop O’Dowd v. No. 10 El Cerrito
No. 8 St. Mary’s v. No. 9 Northgate

Matt Smith’s Seeding:

1. Ygnacio Valley
2. Campolindo
3. Dublin
4. San Lorenzo
5. Hercules
6. Bishop O’Dowd
7. Hayward
8. St. Mary’s
9. El Cerrito
10. Piedmont
11. Pinole Valley
12. Albany
13. Northgate
14. Las Lomas
15. Alhambra
16. Acalanes

NCS Committee Prediction:

1. Ygnacio Valley
2. Campolindo
3. Dublin
4. Hercules
5. San Lorenzo
6. Bishop O’Dowd
7. Hayward
8. St. Mary’s
9. El Cerrito
10. Northgate
11. Las Lomas
12. Pinole Valley
13. Piedmont
14. Albany
15. Alhambra
16. Acalanes

The committee will seed Hercules higher than I would, though I think SLZ deserves to be No. 4 after going 9-0-2 in their last 11 games. Hercules has won nine straight, and are a different team with Romero, but I have them No. 5 for the early season slip-ups.
Bishop O’Dowd edges out Hayward based on a slightly better recent form. I have Piedmont at No. 10 because of a great schedule and some great wins. However, I think the committee will rely to heavily on the head-to-head put Northgate (who beat Las Lomas) then LL, who beat Piedmont. Pinole has some nice wins, so deserves to be at least No. 12, probably better.
Lastly, I think Acalanes edges out Mount Diablo for the last spot. Acalanes has one of the best schedules of any Division II teams, and has earned it.

All-Star Game

The All-Star game is set for March 7th, 7:00 p.m. at Richmond High. It will feature 20 of the top seniors in Division I against 20 of the top seniors in Division II.
Last year’s game was a huge success, so please spread the word and let’s make the second annual game and even bigger success than last year.

Rankings

For the first time this season, the rankings truly do not matter, with the playoff seedings set to come out on Sunday afternoon. Still, this is how it looks.
Campo back into the top five after the big win over Dublin, who was ranked No. 5 at the time. SRV back into the top 10 after a good week.
Hercules makes the top 15 for the first time this year as this team seems to be hitting stride.
Logan and Freedom are back on the list, just outside the top 15, while Piedmont features for the first time this season.

1. Pittsburg (19-1-1)
2. Ygnacio Valley (18-2-1)
3. Berkeley (19-1-3)
4. Campolindo (14-4-5)
5. De La Salle (14-6-3)
6. Monte Vista (17-3-2)
7. Dublin (18-2-3)
8. Amador Valley (17-4-3)
9. San Ramon Valley (15-7-1)
10. Richmond (14-6-3)
11. San Lorenzo (13-4-4)
12. San Leandro (13-4-4)
13. Hayward (14-3-7)
14. Newark Memorial (15-4-4)
15. Hercules (16-3-5)

Others considered: St. Mary’s (12-7-0), Bishop O’Dowd (11-6-3), Mission San Jose (13-5-5), El Cerrito (14-8-2), Mt. Eden (10-8-6), College Park (10-7-6), Logan (12-6-5), Freedom (11-7-6), Las Lomas (11-7-3), Piedmont (10-11-1)

Standings

BVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Pittsburg (19-1-1, 10-0-0) 30
Antioch (9-11-2, 5-4-1) 16
Freedom (11-7-6, 3-3-4) 13
Liberty (5-12-1, 3-6-1) 10
Deer Valley (4-13-8, 2-6-2) 8
Heritage (4-13-4, 2-6-2) 8

DFAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Campolindo (14-4-5, 9-0-3) 30
Dublin (18-2-3, 8-2-2) 26
Acalanes (7-11-4, 5-5-2) 17
Alhambra (10-9-4, 4-5-3) 15
Las Lomas (11-7-3, 4-5-3) 15
Miramonte (5-7-5, 2-6-4) 10
Dougherty Valley (1-17-3, 0-9-3) 3

DVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Ygnacio Valley (18-2-1, 11-0-1) 34
College Park (10-7-6, 8-3-1) 25
Clayton Valley (6-11-5, 5-6-1) 16
Northgate (11-9-1, 5-6-1) 16
Concord (5-10-5, 4-5-3) 15
Mt. Diablo (7-8-3, 4-5-3) 15
Berean Chr. (1-20-1, 0-12-0) 0

EBAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

De La Salle (14-6-3, 11-3-0) 33
Monte Vista (17-3-2, 10-3-1) 31
San Ramon Valley (15-7-1, 9-4-1) 28
Amador Valley (17-4-3, 8-4-2) 26
Livermore (9-10-5, 4-7-3) 15
Granada (7-8-5, 3-6-5) 14
California (8-11-4, 3-9-2) 11
Foothill (4-12-5, 0-12-2) 2

MVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Newark Memorial (15-4-4, 11-1-2) 35
Mission San Jose (13-5-5, 10-2-2) 32
Logan (12-6-5, 9-3-2) 29
Washington (9-9-3, 7-4-3) 24
Irvington (5-14-2, 4-8-2) 14
Kennedy (6-12-2, 4-9-1) 13
American (3-8-3, 3-8-3) 12
Moreau Catholic (0-17-1, 0-13-1) 1

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

Richmond (14-6-3, 9-1-0) 27
St. Mary’s (12-7-0, 7-3-0) 21
El Cerrito (14-8-2, 6-4-0) 18
Albany (9-8-3, 4-5-1) 13
Salesian (3-10-2, 3-6-1) 10
St. Joseph Notre Dame (5-12-3, 0-10-0) 0

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

Hercules (16-3-5, 10-0-0) 30
Pinole Valley (12-7-1, 8-2-0) 24
De Anza (8-13-2, 4-4-2) 14
Kennedy (5-12-3, 4-5-1) 13
Swett (2-8-1, 2-7-1) 7
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (0-13-0, 0-10-0) 0

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

Berkeley (19-1-3, 14-0-2) 44
Bishop O’Dowd (11-6-3, 9-5-2) 29
Mt. Eden (10-8-6, 8-6-2) 26
Castro Valley (7-12-4, 7-6-3) 24
Arroyo (6-11-2, 5-9-2) 17
Alameda (2-19-2, 2-13-1) 7

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

San Lorenzo (13-4-4, 11-3-2) 35
San Leandro (13-4-4, 10-3-3) 33
Hayward (14-3-7, 9-2-5) 32
Piedmont (10-11-1, 5-10-1) 16
Encinal (2-12-1, 2-12-1) 7
Tennyson (2-19-1, 1-14-0) 3

Stat Leaders

Name School Goals
Berumen, Pitt 29
Ayala, YV 29
Romero, Hercules 26
Foscalina, Livermore 23
Bautista, Richmond 22
Greenberg, MV 21
Khorami, Dublin 20
Pangia, AV 20
J. Maldonado Alhambra 18
Castillo, Hayward 18
Udave, Hayward 18
Cassino, LL 17
Dull, St. Mary 16
Sako, EC 15
Mesquita, St. Mary 15
L. Moreno, EC 14
Roman, SL 14
Martinez, Arroyo 13
Hamdouni, Berkeley 13
Hernandez, CP 13
Williams, Mt. Eden 13

Name School Assists
Ortega, Hayward 20
Sundar, MSJ 19
Simmons, Campo 15
Udave, Hayward 15
Berumen, Pitt 15
Mesquita, St. Mary 15
Zumaya, YV 14
L. Moreno, EC 13
Raygoza, Logan 13
Enriquez, Newark 13
Nassiri, St. Mary 12
Renteria, YV 12
Velasquez, Concord 11
Ledesma, Pitt 11
Escobar, Richmond 11
A. Moreno, EC 10
Garcia, EC 10
Greenberg, MV 10
Zaloumis, MV 10
Burrows, Ngate 10

Matt Smith