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Boys Soccer: Semifinals, All-Star Game, Rankings, Standings, Stats

And just like that, there is less than a week left in another great soccer season. Semifinals on Wednesday, finals on Saturday.

Division I
No. 1 De La Salle v. No. 5 San Ramon Valley; No. 2 Monte Vista v. No. 6 Amador Valley

Do you think that these teams know each other well? Do you think that the games will be physical and hotly contested? Only definitely.

For San Ramon Valley, it’s about figuring out how to matchup with the Spartans. The Wolves have been outscored 9-1 in two matchups.
This time will likely be closer, but San Ramon Valley has a tough task ahead of them in order not to have their season end at the hands of De La Salle for the third straight year.
The Spartans have allowed only one goal in their last seven games, and have not allowed one in the playoffs. This is their time of the year, and beating them at home, let alone scoring on them, will be very hard.

Monte Vista and Amador Valley played two of the best regular season EBAL games against one another, both resulting in one-goal wins for the Mustangs. It’s hard to imagine that this also won’t be a one-goal game. Both teams showed a lot of composure and resolve in holding off very talented teams in Pittsburg and Richmond in the quarterfinals.
The first goal will be important, but I don’t think it will be as vital as in the other semifinal. I have a feeling that this will be a back and forth game.

Division II
No. 1 Ygnacio Valley v. No. 4 Hercules; No. 2 Campolindo v. No. 3 Dublin

Much like the Division I games, the Campolindo and Dublin game is a rematch of two regular season between two teams that are essentially Division II versions of EBAL teams. Strong, fast, physical, organized. This will be a battle, it’ll get chippy and hotly contested.
For Dublin, being on the road, scoring first is essential. Getting down to a very big Campo defense will be a tough hill to climb, but they did it once this season.
Campolindo, which loves me to death (I have video proof of them professing their love, or something to that effect) are built for the post-season because of their ability to defend, the ability in the midfield and on the wing with Kofman and Kilwien, and with the ability to score on set pieces and throw-ins.

What I think is very cool, is that either YV or Hercules will be in the NCS finals, which will be a first for either school. For YV, it would be the culmination of four years of build up and potential. They were very close last year, and have been a team on a mission this year. They still have yet to lose to an East Bay team, and have perhaps the area’s best striker in Tata, and maybe the best wing in Zumaya.
The Titans are a different team with Jeremy Romero, who has scored 27 goals in half a season. Hercules has won 11 matches in a row, which is an incredible run. The last four have been against St. Mary’s, Richmond, Acalanes and San Lorenzo. This team is to be taken seriously on Wednesday.

All-Star Game

Another reminder to everyone that 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.
I am currently working on putting the rosters together, and it is a very difficult task.
Let’s show them how the East Bay soccer community takes care of business and make this year’s game a huge success. Spread the word and let’s make the second annual game and even bigger success than last year.

Rankings

Campolindo and Dublin may have gripes, but gotta give the two top teams in the EBAL and in the Division I bracket their due. If DLS or MV win the DI title, and YV wins DII, it’ll be hard who to settle on for No. 1.
AV beat the No. 1 ranked team on the road in OT, and deserved to jump ahead, and Pittsburg suffered enough with a five-spot drop.
If Campo and Dublin fans are upset about not being higher, they just need to look at Berkeley, which dropped to No. 9 with a 20-2-3 record.
Hercules climbs into the top 10 as this team just keeps impressing.

1. Ygnacio Valley (20-2-1)
2. De La Salle (16-6-3)
3. Monte Vista (19-3-2)
4. Campolindo (16-4-5)
5. Amador Valley (19-4-3)
6. Pittsburg (20-2-1)
7. Dublin (20-2-3)
8. San Ramon Valley (17-7-1)
9. Berkeley (20-2-3)
10. Hercules (18-3-5)
11. Richmond (14-6-3)
12. San Lorenzo (14-5-4)
13. Newark Memorial (15-5-5)
14. San Leandro (13-4-5)
15. Hayward (15-4-7)

Others considered: Bishop O’Dowd (12-7-3), Mission San Jose (13-6-5), St. Mary’s (13-8-0), El Cerrito (14-9-2), Mt. Eden (10-9-6), College Park (10-8-6), Logan (12-7-5), Freedom (11-8-6), Las Lomas (11-8-3), Northgate (11-10-1)

Standings

BVAL
Team W-L (overall, league) PTS

Pittsburg (20-2-1, 10-0-0) 30
Antioch (9-12-2, 5-4-1) 16
Freedom (11-8-6, 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 (16-4-5, 9-0-3) 30
Dublin (20-2-3, 8-2-2) 26
Acalanes (7-12-4, 5-5-2) 17
Alhambra (10-10-4, 4-5-3) 15
Las Lomas (11-8-3, 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 (20-2-1, 11-0-1) 34
College Park (10-8-6, 8-3-1) 25
Clayton Valley (6-11-5, 5-6-1) 16
Northgate (11-10-1, 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 (16-6-3, 11-3-0) 33
Monte Vista (19-3-2, 10-3-1) 31
San Ramon Valley (17-7-1, 9-4-1) 28
Amador Valley (19-4-3, 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 (15-5-5, 11-1-2) 35
Mission San Jose (13-6-5, 10-2-2) 32
Logan (12-7-5, 9-3-2) 29
Washington (9-10-3, 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 (15-7-3, 9-1-0) 27
St. Mary’s (13-8-0, 7-3-0) 21
El Cerrito (14-9-2, 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 (18-3-5, 10-0-0) 30
Pinole Valley (12-8-1, 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 (20-2-3, 14-0-2) 44
Bishop O’Dowd (12-7-3, 9-5-2) 29
Mt. Eden (10-9-6, 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 (14-5-4, 11-3-2) 35
San Leandro (13-4-5, 10-3-3) 33
Hayward (15-4-7, 9-2-5) 32
Piedmont (10-12-1, 5-10-1) 16
Encinal (3-12-1, 3-12-1) 10
Tennyson (2-20-1, 1-15-0) 3

Stat Leaders

Name School Goals
Ayala, YV 32
Berumen, Pitt 31
Romero, Hercules 27
Bautista, Richmond 25
Foscalina, Livermore 23
Greenberg, MV 22
Pangia, AV 21
Khorami, Dublin 21
Udave, Hayward 19
J. Maldonado Alhambra 18
Castillo, Hayward 18
Cassino, LL 17
Dull, St. Mary 16
Hamdouni, Berkeley 15
Sako, EC 15
Roman, SL 15
Mesquita, St. Mary 15
L. Moreno, EC 14
Martinez, Arroyo 13
Saccomono, BOD 13
Hernandez, CP 13
Williams, Mt. Eden 13
Zumaya, YV 13

Name School Assists
Ortega, Hayward 21
Sundar, MSJ 19
Simmons, Campo 17
Udave, Hayward 15
Berumen, Pitt 15
Mesquita, St. Mary 15
Zumaya, YV 15
Enriquez, Newark 14
L. Moreno, EC 13
Raygoza, Logan 13
Renteria, YV 13
Greenberg, MV 12
Zaloumis, MV 12
Escobar, Richmond 12
Nassiri, St. Mary 12
Velasquez, Concord 11
Ledesma, Pitt 11
A. Moreno, EC 10
Garcia, EC 10
Burrows, Ngate 10

Matt Smith

  • GiNas

    Whimsical,
    Hopefully your son is a senior and is going away to college and gets away from a loser like yourself. Why don’t you apply to be a coach and show everyone how easy it is when you have a bunch of meddling parents trying to run the team.

  • GiNas

    The student section started a chant that was a bit inappropriate, not horrible, but the MV coach immediately addressed them and told them to knock it off.

  • GiNas

    What were the issues at the AV game?

  • Tampa2

    Coach D Brown COY

  • whimsical

    Unless your the coach you’re clueless! Unless you’re one of the 12 parents who stood up for their child youre clueless.

    I didnt knock any of the boys, they deserve the win and endured a staff of manipulation for years. Kids were subbed into a high pressure scenario and performed. A mockery it was, why didnt the coach try that line up at campo? Answer that wise one. Better yet, why were those same players yanked off the field last year in the first round of NCS and throughout the season last year. If a coaches job is to win, he failed last year! Why would staff call those seniors busch leaguers and yet still play them for an NCS title.

    Kids on the field are equally credentialed and have 100x more play hours then some staff. Hows that for perspective. In DHS staff style lingo enjoy your shared ncs title. Pretty screwed up to talk like that Huh? Thats exactly the attitude they portrayed on this blog.

    I havent breached any educational laws or borderlined cif infractions. Yet im poison its all good, we’re out of there, left a title and lashing for whats right, good luck to you in the future.

  • whimsical

    Son? Please explain?

  • whimsical

    Hahaha funny.

  • whimsical

    Stud for sure!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kyle

    At Least. Some one saw it.. I heard it was his first goal of the season!! What a great way to score the first goal of his season in the finals.

  • John

    @lovesoccer18 not to bring up any dirt but I saw the video of the Dublin/Hayward game and it clearly doesn’t go in………fast forward to 6:00
    http://www.tri-valleytv.org/streaming/tvsf-vod.html

  • bestie

    the MV fan base does a lot of innapropriate screaming/yelling at specific players using their names… which makes the comments personal and often hurtful…but not something a coach can control

  • Moonshine

    Coming from a DLS fan, this isnt that big of a deal considering the same trophy presentation has occurred 6 years in a row now. No loss of respect there on the MV side

  • Tampa2

    All-Star Game just around the corner :)

  • Tampa2

    Well Done Lad’s > DI De La Salle & DII Dublin

    NCS CHAMPIONS

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcYWCe1cIg8

  • TBro5

    Brosius is a baller. He has dominated the defense all season. It too bad the bloggers have seen DHS as a one person. The 21 players on the orginal roster have workes hard and earnes this title. Their talent as a team.amazes me. Talent alone did not get them to this Title… They work hard, have integrity, and are a band of brothers. They truely deserve this moment of glory, no one can take this moment away from them, and no onenother than the players can claim this Title. Congratulations Gentlemen! I’m a proud DHS Alumni, die hard fan, and Mama! You guys ROCK

  • Turftoespain

    SPARTANS
    WELL DONE & WOW

  • Turftoespain

    Was a good battle by both MV and DLS
    Spartan Fans are awesome.
    So many soccer alumni players and parents and so many friends of DLS soccer were all in force.

  • NCS11

    Hold up did you seen the comments dls fans were saying to greenberg

  • whimsical

    Further up in the vid it looks like Katunaric’s left side shot was behind the post when the keeper got ahold of it.

  • bestie

    sorry I was not there.. I was responding to a question about the MV-AV game that I was at…

  • whimsical

    Any video floating around showing how hurcules #23 pulled down dublins defender netting the games folirst goal. Looked like the striker didnt have possesion.

  • Kyle

    Youtube has all goals of the final. Type in CIF NCS Soccer Dublin vs Hercules.
    If you click on the persons name who posted the video it’ll take you to his page and it has the videos in a list

  • whimsical

    Thanks! Ill check it out, I would love to screen shot when DHS RB slid up to attack, Titans froze like they saw a ghost

  • Kyle

    Very lovely goal #5 Brosius scored. Knuckle over the wall in the upper right. The goalie was clueless on where that ball was going. Also to tie the game and get Dublin back in the game 4 minutes after #23 Romero put in a pk to give Hercules the lead. Dublin needed that and what a great way to settle it.

  • BlankStare

    Guess we watched the game from different angles.

  • BlankStare

    Because one team plays more counter attacking & created shots when they had the ball & one team had the ball more but didn’t put the keeper under pressure. Is that better or should I draw diagrams for you?