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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