Boys Soccer: NorCal Tourney, NCS Champs, Updated Rankings

Boys Soccer: NorCal Tourney, NCS Champs, Updated Rankings

What will everyone do for a week without soccer being played. We will all speculate about the NorCal draw.

It’s quite exciting, that the NCS title games does not mark the end of the season, with the NorCal Tournament draw upcoming on Sunday. NCS teams wait their fate in order to see who winds up where.

Until then, congrats to De La Salle, re-claiming a throne they had gone four years from perching atop of. After winning a sixth consecutive title in 2014, the Spartans lost in two of the last three title tilts, until getting back on top Saturday.

Montgomery showed true class by beating YV and Richmond in the semifinals, and then the finals, going through the gauntlet of top DII teams. BOD was too much to handle in the DIII bracket, avenging their only loss of the season. Meanwhile, Marin Academy won the DIV showdown everyone had been waiting for, blanking a very good St. Mary’s team.


Will the NorCal Tournament change these at all? We could see some re-matches.

1. De La Salle (17-2-7)
2. Montgomery (21-2-1)
3. Bishop O’Dowd (19-1-4)
4. Richmond (13-2-9)
5. Monte Vista (10-5-10)
6. Pittsburg (16-5-4)
7. San Ramon Valley (11-3-12)
8. Marin Academy (13-1-4)
9. Miramonte (17-3-2)
10. St. Mary’s (14-4-4)
11. Redwood (15-5-2)
12. Ygnacio Valley (15-5-5)
13. Newark Memorial (19-2-4)
14. Acalanes (17-8-1)
15. Rancho Cotate (18-4-0)
16. Berkeley (14-4-7)
17. University (12-7-2)
18. Livermore (7-8-8)
19. California (8-10-5)
20. Clayton Valley (14-5-4)
21. Las Lomas (16-5-3)
22. Granada (9-6-7)
23. Logan (15-7-3)
24. Amador Valley (12-9-4)
25. Branson (14-7-3)


Pittsburg (16-5-4, 8-1-1) 25
Heritage (8-7-4, 6-3-1) 19
Freedom (11-7-6, 4-3-3) 15
Deer Valley (10-8-3, 4-4-2) 14
Liberty (3-11-1, 2-7-1) 7
Antioch (3-14-4, 1-7-2) 5

Foothill Division
Clayton Valley (14-5-4, 7-1-2) 23
Ygnacio Valley (15-5-5, 7-2-1) 22
Las Lomas (16-5-3, 5-3-2) 17
Northgate (6-9-5, 3-5-2) 11
Campolindo (6-13-4, 2-5-3) 9
College Park (5-14-4, 0-8-2) 2
Valley Division
Miramonte (17-3-2, 8-1-1) 25
Acalanes (17-8-1, 8-2-0) 24
Concord (13-6-3, 6-3-1) 19
Berean Chr. (12-5-5, 4-4-2) 14
Mt. Diablo (2-12-3, 1-8-1) 4
Alhambra (1-17-3, 0-9-1) 1

Mountain Division
De La Salle (17-2-7, 8-0-5) 29
San Ramon Valley (11-3-12, 6-0-7) 25
Monte Vista (10-5-10, 4-3-6) 18
California (8-10-5, 3-5-5) 14
Dougherty Valley (8-8-7, 2-5-6) 12
Valley Division
Amador Valley (12-9-4, 7-4-2) 23
Granada (9-6-7, 3-4-6) 15
Foothill (6-9-5, 3-6-4) 13
Livermore (7-8-8, 3-6-4) 13
Dublin (9-8-4, 2-7-4) 10

Redwood (15-5-2, 12-1-1) 37
Marin Catholic (13-7-2, 8-5-1) 25
Terra Linda (9-5-5, 7-3-4) 25
Branson (14-7-3, 7-4-3) 24
Drake (11-7-3, 7-4-3) 24
San Rafael (6-12-3, 6-5-3) 21
Tamalpais (4-7-5, 4-6-4) 16
San Marin (5-12-4, 3-6-5) 14
Novato (4-10-5, 2-8-4) 10
Justin-Siena (0-12-2, 0-12-2) 2

Newark Memorial (19-2-4, 13-0-1) 40
Logan (15-7-3, 12-2-0) 36
Kennedy (10-7-4, 8-3-3) 27
Irvington (6-10-2, 6-6-2) 20
Washington (3-12-4, 3-7-4) 13
Moreau Catholic (7-12-3, 3-9-2) 11
American (3-15-0, 3-11-0) 9
Mission San Jose (2-14-3, 1-11-2) 5

Montgomery (21-2-1, 14-0-0) 42
Rancho Cotate (18-4-0, 12-2-0) 36
Santa Rosa (9-8-0, 8-6-0) 24
Cardinal Newman (11-10-2, 6-7-1) 19
Windsor (7-10-2, 5-8-1) 16
Maria Carrillo (7-12-1, 5-9-0) 15
Casa Grande (7-13-1, 4-10-0) 12
Ukiah (1-13-1, 1-13-0) 3

Sonoma Valley (11-6-1, 10-1-1) 31
Piner (14-4-1, 10-2-0) 30
Analy (11-8-0, 7-5-0) 21
Elsie Allen (7-9-1, 5-6-1) 16
Healdsburg (4-9-4, 4-6-2) 14
Petaluma (3-14-1, 3-8-1) 10
El Molino (0-14-1, 0-11-1) 1

Rock Division
St. Mary’s (14-4-4, 8-0-2) 26
Richmond (13-2-9, 7-0-3) 24
De Anza (12-9-4, 5-5-0) 15
El Cerrito (8-11-2, 4-5-1) 13
Albany (5-11-1, 3-7-0) 9
Hercules (1-13-0, 0-10-0) 0
Stone Division
Kennedy (16-6-4, 7-0-1) 22
Pinole Valley (10-5-5, 6-1-1) 19
Salesian (5-11-0, 4-4-0) 12
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (1-9-0, 1-7-0) 3
Swett (2-8-0, 1-7-0) 3

Foothill Division
Bishop O’Dowd (19-1-4, 13-0-3) 42
Berkeley (14-4-7, 12-0-4) 40
Castro Valley (10-8-8, 8-4-4) 28
Mt. Eden (8-9-7, 6-6-4) 22
Arroyo (5-13-4, 5-8-3) 18
San Leandro (6-15-3, 5-9-2) 17
Shoreline Division
San Lorenzo (16-7-1, 11-4-1) 34
Hayward (12-10-0, 9-7-0) 27
Alameda (6-11-5, 5-6-5) 20
Piedmont (6-13-3, 5-9-2) 17
Encinal (1-13-2, 1-13-2) 5
Tennyson (0-22-2, 0-14-2) 2

Marin Academy (13-1-4)
Lick-Wilmerding (7-8-1)
University (12-7-2)
Valley Christian (0-8-0)

127 thoughts on “Boys Soccer: NorCal Tourney, NCS Champs, Updated Rankings

  1. Question to bloggers, and especially to coaches and ex-coaches on here.

    You are one day from the NorCal finals, and 3 of your players, including 2 starters are pressured to participate in a Futsal tournament that week-end. As a result they miss recuperation training and team meeting on the Friday before the game.
    What do you do?

    1. Play them, no repercussions. This part of the season goes farther than any year has, therefore people may have previous commitments which they still want to be a part of. If you can do both, might as well. It’s hard to give up two months of your life to high school soccer, that’s what made this tournament as an extension of the season so hard because you have to give up at least another week, maybe 2 or 3.

    2. Seriously?????
      What Futsal coach in their right mind would pressure any player and issue an ultimatum like that? I hope the players stood up and told the Futsal coach to POUND SAND!!!
      Holy Crap!!!….It’s freakin’ Futsal!!!

      1. Maybe some players needed to get back to having fun. The Regional tournament was an ill thought out grind for many of the participating teams. Most away teams had to travel long distances in the middle of the school day, and there was only 1 recovery day between games. I would assume that with @zlaatan asking this question that players did not tell a futsal coach to “pound sand”, but that 3 players played in a futsal tournament and were benched for the regional final.

        I can’t fault the players for playing Futsal, which is way more fast paced and exciting than Futbol, and I can’t fault the coach for sticking to his rules. To the initial question, I have no idea what I would have done if I were the coach and had to deal with that issue. I just felt the desire to try to temper the excessive number of ?s and !s from AE

        1. This was the first year of the Regional tournament and it did add an additional two weeks to the season of which all the teams had to deal with. Yes, there was some extra travel which was not ideal but necessary. The schedule will be adjusted next year and the necessary adjustments will be made. It’s the first step toward a true California State High School Soccer Championship and once teams adjust their schedules accordingly it won’t be a big deal.
          No fault to players or coach for the decisions they made. That being said, if a player makes a commitment at the beginning of the season they need to fulfill it. The Regional tournament was not a last minute addition. It’s not fair to their teammates and coaches to not finish out the season. If the season is too long…….Don’t play. The tourney showcased some great soccer and a BIG congrats to all division champs. Nor Cal showed up BIG TIME.
          (Hey…..I didn’t use one “!” or “?”)

        2. As Angel says, this is a work in progress. Bugs have to be worked out. It must have been quite exciting to play new teams, and to have the excitement of playoffs with it.

          As to the kids having chosen Futsal, yes futsal is exciting to play, but playing in a state finals is something rare, and these kids very likely will not get another chance. Not to mention letting their teammates down after 4 months of hard work together to get there.

          I think if a player makes this choice, he probably did not belong in his HS team in the first place, however good he may be.

          As to what the HS coach did, he asked the opinion of the team, and the team chose to cut the futsal players.

          1. I don’t think you give the players the power to “cut” or not cut the offending players. You can talk about it and see what the rest of the team says but the coach must make the decision. Based on the details given, including that this was the last game of the HS season win or lose, I would have benched the 3 players in the first half and to start second half, but would have had them available during second half to play if the team needed them for its best chance to win. Yes, at the risk of being lukewarm, wishy washy– but I am considering the game itself, it is not a quarter or semi. I understand why the coach “cut” them however and would respect the decision if I were a parent of one the players.

            1. I think it depends on the coach’s philosophy. If it is a players-oriented team, asking them to decide the fate of the offending players may make sense. It’s their season, their team, their work. Not to mention the educational experience.

  2. A few notes on Richmond Bellarmine:

    First half starts with Bellarmine high press that Richmond sustains. Then Richmond takes control of the game and has a golden opportunity from a cutback cross that they do not convert. Bellarmine is hard-working, very strong in the center defensively. Richmond is possession-oriented and moves the ball nicely between the Bellarmine lines.
    Second half isi even , with maybe a slight Richmond advantage. The dying minutes are extremely tense, as Richmond clears the various set plays attempts that Bellarmine throw at them.

    Overtime in CIF Championship is one 15 minutes period, sudden death.

    In the first minute of overtime, Richmond has a great shot from medium range that the huge Bellarmine keeper barely deflects in CK. The remainder of the overtime is tense and even. Bellarmine works really hard through the last second.
    Bellarmine shoots first, Richmond keeper deflects 0-0
    Richmond scores 0-1
    Bellarmine scores 1-1
    Richmond scores 2-1
    Bellarmine misses 2-1
    Richmond scores 3-1
    Bellarmine scores 3-2
    Diraj Magar, the first Nepali player on the Richmond team and one of the handful of non-Latino players on the team in the last 20 years takes the PK and scores, putting Richmond into the CIF finals. 4-2.

    Interestingly, Brandi Chastain, of, among other things, WC PK fame is an assistant on the Bellarmine team.

    Richmond had another shootout win on that same field, in that same goal, against Loyola-LA a few years ago and won it also.

  3. Sorry for the disconnected posts on the Monty Burlingame match. Hard to focus on both the game action and where to click on “Reply” while typing with my thumbs into a phone.

    Monty was mostly dominant in this game as I think my posts indicate, with many more excellent chances to score than their 3 goals. Some great saves by Burlingame’s.GK and timely defending and clearances from his teammates kept them in the game until the last minute of OT. At least twice in OT before the goal, Monty created shots from in close that I was about to say “Game over” only to be stunned by the GK’s heroics.

    Burlingame had some spurts of attacking here and there and Monty definitely had about 20 minutes of doldrums in the second half which culminated in Burlingame tying it up at 2-2 with a long service and speedy attack down the left side, with unlucky deflection off defender’s leg.

    And Burlingame had a couple of very dangerous counter attacks after it was 2-2 and in the OT. Not always a sog but scrambling defense including bang bang plays involving GK well out of goal.

    Definitely a great game of HS soccer!

    A deserved win but certainly

    1. Ignore that last fragment of a sentence, was my original intro to post that I tried to delete.

      Nice to see NCS with one team in every Final for all divisions boys and girls (except D4, where no NCS team was placed). 4 of the 6 Finals will be hosted by NCS teams.

      Includes University hosting the D3 Final. Who would have thought it, after they got crushed 5-0 by St. Mary’s in the NCS D4 semifinals???

      1. It is very nice to see the large number of NCS teams in all of the finals.

        Maybe now it would be OK to shed a little un-biased perspective on the St. Mary’s/University semifinal. For the first 30 minutes of the second half, University attacked relentlessly and was only held scoreless because of great plays by the SM GK and the frame of the goal. It was one of those games where the goal was the size of a basketball hoop for University. With about 10 minutes to go, and University stretched out, pushing almost everyone forward, St. Mary’s capitalized on a great counter and got the 3rd goal, then the 4th and 5th just followed. The scoreline was not representative University’s quality, it was just one of those hard to explain kind of matches where 1-0 or 10-0 is really the same result. Glad they got a second chance to show their game.

  4. Monty attack up left side and ball sent in, great shot by 11, and Monty finally cashes in

    3-2 Monty in Final

  5. Getting unite chilly sitting in stands

    Great chance by 6 for Monty 90 seconds in, saved by B GK

    Two more corners for Monty. Corners 12-2 in their favor

    Great counter for Burl and GK out to make great play

    6 in, amazing save by B GK from 8 yards out shot

    1. Foul by Burl 40 out but service too long GK easy collect

      5 left

      Counter and now Monty with corner, Ball cleared and back in, shot from 12 out but angle goes wide

  6. 0-1 Burlingame goal 90 seconds in

    Mont to other end for shot over crossbar

    B goal resulted from corner , ball cleared out and back up left side of area, beat Mont GK inside near post

      1. Mont with all the attack after the initial foray by Burl

        . Multiple shots and balls sent in for aerial attempts, nothing els on goal however . 12 in

        1. Burl really packing it to n

          Burl with 7 subs, Mont with 11 on bench

          1–1 Ball pumped into area ,!great run by #10, B defender panicked and muffed it, landed at 10s feet, easily beat GK with left from 6 yards

          1. Another shot by Monty to left sideof goal, GL for B with diving save. Corner results in another shot blocked by defender and another corner

            18 in

    1. Another shot by Monty to left sideof goal, GL for B with diving save. Corner results in another shot blocked by defender and another corner

      18 in

      1. #9 “Momo” creating havoc. Burl needs at least 3 defenders working together to contain her m.

        Another great save by B GK

        Mont averaging a shot every 30 seconds

        Only 2 counters by Burl so far after their early goal

        1. 25 in

          Another sog, GK to ground to save. No rebound

          B counter and shot way over

          Foul past Mont bench, Service to far side, header ends up in GK arms barely before second head gets to it

          10 left

          Burl winning more balls as halftime gets closer

          Great opp for Burl, service from right shot saved diving by Mont GK, corner

          1. 2md half, 2nd min great cross from left , side footed shot by right wing just wide

            Burl counters well with Gam diving 1v1 with attackers, rebound cleared

            Another counter and chip over crossbar by B attacker, better effort wouk have scored

    2. More trouble being caused by Mont attackers with ball at feet inside area. Burl defending with 10

      4 left

      Mont keeps recycling their attacks, Burl often turning ball back ov r quickly. Great work by Mont midfield

    3. Halftime 1-1

      Story so far is Momo creating havoc but final touch inside area doesn’t succeed or Burl GK with great save or other intervention

      1. 8 left, great ball and run down left side by Burl #8, patient defending at side of 6 but soft shot deflects back inside post for unlucky goal


        1. Burl with very nice shot from left , great save by Monty GK

          2 corners for Monty including headed ball to post saved by GK

          Can’t get shot off on second corner, ball ping ponging in area. Whistle ends half.


    4. Now 5 I’m, service chipped over to darting #6 for Momt , first shot point blank saved but rebound within his reach . Goal from 6 or 7 yards

      1. Burl sending long balls, another one results in urgent GK clearances outside area

        Mont attack down left, near post service, solid header but right at GK

      2. Burl with more sustained attacks last 10 minutes

        Now midfield play for noth teams

        Relatively few fouls, both teams disciplined, not diving in

        15 left

        1. 13!left looked lik a corner on nice attack by Burl but offside

          Now at 11 left an actual corner, for B. To near side , shot weak and out for goal kick

    1. Ditto. Would be really interested to get a report, as DLS was the only NCS team to lose at home, boys or girls. The fact that they were the EBAL and NCS D1 Champions makes it even more intriguing. Definitely shows CCS has D1 quality depth but we already knew that.

      1. Seemed like a big ‘Hangover’ game for both teams, DLS with the long break and Burlingame with the quick 3 day turnaround. Have to give a lot of credit to Burlingame for coming out after a tough loss 3 days earlier and toughing it out against DLS. DLS went up 1-0 early and seemed to be on their way to a fairly comfortable win. Burlingame responded with a nice goal to draw even late in the first half. Both teams were playing at a conservative pace with DLS possessing most of the time. Burlingame scored midway through the 2nd half on a nice over the top pass which was cleaned up for the score. DLS pressed but Burlingame packed in tight and denied a few good scoring chances. All in all DLS should have won this game. It seemed Burlingame was content on sitting back and waiting to see how the game played out and were waiting to get beat. Had DLS put up another goal I think Burlingame would of folded. A bit disappointing but can’t complain too much. A great season for DLS!!!

        Best of Luck to the remaining NCS teams. Pulling for Monty to represent the NCS D-1.

        My pick:
        Monty- 3
        Burlingame- 1

        1. I don’t believe that DLS would keep possession of the ball. They don’t like to connect more than 2 passes and if they did, that’s probably why they lost.

          Montgomery the best team in NCS and they have a good shot at being the best team in Norcal!

  7. Quick report on Richmond vs. Antelope.

    Antelope dominated the first 10 minutes. Richmond seemed out of rhythm after their 10 day break. After they adjusted they took control of the midfield and had a good number of opportunities, which they failed to convert. The game was fast-paced and very entertaining.

    Richmond scored early in the second half after coming very close a few times. Antelope tied it with maybe 20 minutes left on one of their rare clear opportunities. Richmond pushed hard and missed a few chances until about 5 minutes from time when a hard ball in front of the Antelope goal was deflected inside either by an on-rushing Richmond midfielder or by one of the defenders who marked him. I could not tell from where I was.

    A great evening of soccer between the D3 Sac-Joaquin champ and the D2 NCS runner-up. On a side note, it seems that the classification in divisions within sections is dependent on the section with Antelope D3 with 1900 students and Richmond D2 with 1600, according to the announcer.

    Richmond was happy to have their playmaker back after a concussion in the TCAL finals vs. St Mary’s, a month ago.

    1. Still wondering why BOD was placed correctly? They should schedule some tougher non-league games next year.

  8. Unluckiest opponent draw for a top 4 seed looks like it goes to Pleasant Valley. Seeding committee dropped Monte Vista to a 6 seed in Div 3. I would not want to be Pleasant Valley’s coach game-planning for this one.

    1. Pleasant Valley seemed to handle the mighty mighty EBAL 4th place team pretty well. Our north coast section is not crushing the other weaker sections as expected. Looks like University did well.

      1. University apparently wins by forfeit. Which means Monte Vista could have had a home game semifinal if they had managed to beat Pleasant Valley. On the other side of the D3 bracket, PV’s rival Chico lost by two goals.

  9. Games to watch in division 1 and 2 should be
    Division 1

    #2Montgomery vs#7 McClatchy

    Division 2

    #1Alilsal vs #8 Galt

    These two matches are pretty even so don’t let the seeding fool you. I have seen all 4 teams play. And they should be great matches.

      1. Obviously I’m rooting for Richmond high but Antelope is coming from a very dominant performance beating Pacheco high a very good high school 3-0 in the final. And semis winnning 2-0. It’s going to be interesting seeing a San juaquin team play an NCS team. Idk what to expect lol

    1. Redwood is a quality team, but yes, I would rather have seen Pitt. What got them in is that they beat Monty in November and Monty is #2 in D1.

    2. What is truly sad is NCS sent University, a 5-0 loser in D4 semifinal, to NorCal over Pitt. This was an NCS decision, not a CIF decision.

      NCS needs to publicly explain this fiasco and then fix the problem next year. Did staff make this decision or a committee of school/league reps? I believe this was a discretionary decision and their hands were not tied by a black or white rule.

      If a finalist cannot participate in NorCal, such as St. Mary’s, their spot should be given to the best NCS semifinalist period, regardless of division. Unlike NCS, NorCal division placement and seeding is based on competitive strength, not enrollment. This assumes they will stick with 4 divisions next year and 8 automatic spots that go to the 8 finalists.

      If this rule were implemented this year, Pitt
      or SRV would have a spot in NorCal. I would argue for Pitt, others might argue for SRV, but it should have been one or the other.

  10. There is a post on the Girls side indicating that a couple of schools have decided to turn down the automatic bid for the CIF playoff. Any news about that on the Boy’s side? Are all 8 NCS finalists going to play?

      1. So if they do the same as with the girls, NCS will give an “automatic” spot to Branson boys, D4 semifinalist losing 2-4 to MA. But what they SHOULD do is consider all semifinalists, D1 through D4: Pittsburg, Monte Vista, Redwood, YV, Rancho, Acalanes, Branson and University. Personally, I would give it to Pitt for having come within seconds of beating the eventual D1 winner. (Then Redwood would be the top contender from NCS for a “wild card” spot if Pitt gets an automatic, IMO.)

        1. University got the automatic spot when St. Mary’s decided not to attend. University lost 5-0 in semis and somehow they are going to Norcal because St. Mary’s opted out.

          1. NCS is a joke if this is in fact what has happened. If staff made this decision, they need to be terminated. If a committee, they need to be replaced.

            1. University was the #3 seed and Branson was the #4 seed. Logically why wouldn’t they put the next highest seeded semi-finalist loser..Branson?
              Looks like they’re not going to shake up the teams with regard to Divisions (Maybe D-1). If Marin Academy gets bumped up to D-1 maybe Branson slips in? Monte Vista would then drop out and go where? Or will there be a trickle down with multiple teams being re-assigned?

              Either way not much clarity.

              1. Here’s my point: The only “automatic” bids from NCS were reserved for finalists. University was NOT a finalist– in fact, they were the semifinalist, out of 8 losing semifinalists, who lost by the most goals, a 5-0 blowout (to the #2 seed in their division who then got shut out by 2 goals in the Final). University should not get an automatic bid reserved only for finalists. The replacement bid should go to the best out of the 8 losing semifinalists. In my mind, that is Pitt but others could make good arguments for SRV and Redwood. But obviously, that team is NOT University.

                These NorCal divisions, 1 through 4, are not based on school size. They will divide the teams by competitive strength. So NCS will be sending perhaps the worst of 16 semifinalists to regionals when it could send one of the top 3 or 4 semifinalists instead.

                Again, there is nothing in NCS or CIF rules that says that the replacement team must come from the same division. NCS should put the best team available, period, to replace St. Mary’s (from among all the semifinalists who do not already have a bid).

                1. And here is a hypothetical for you: Let’s say both Branson and University also did not want to go to regionals. Then, by the logic of NCS, they would have to drop down into the Division 4 quarterfinal losers for a replacement for St. Mary’s. To that I would say, “Are you kidding? What a incredible joke.” When they have some truly excellent teams in Division 1, 2 and even 3 who lost close games in the semifinals.

                  1. Great points.
                    I’m guessing that the Nor Cal committee will look at the MaxPreps rankings (SOS will play a large part) and simply re-seed EVERYONE into whatever Division fits them best. D-1 being the most competitive with D-4 being the least. Head to Head, League, Etc….will not be a major factor. This way ALL teams have a chance to compete based on where they’re ranked. The SOS is the only determining factor to balance out teams. Not perfect, but it’s something to work with.

                2. @NBO, you are preaching to the choir on this one. Logically, if an NCS automatic qualifying team drops out, the spot should go to the next highest ranked team in NCS. Pitt, Redwood, SRV, YV, Acalanes, Rancho, etc, etc. The list is pretty long on quality, even into the D1 quarterfinals, before selecting a D4 semifinal team that lost 5-0.

      2. St Mary’s students participate in travel week this coming week. Many of them visit other countries or otherwise participate in service projects. This is planned a long time in advance, hence the inability of the soccer team to participate in Regionals.

    1. Mar 6
      Round I
      G13/6 @ 4p
      Los Gatos
      Preview Game Show Details
      G23/6 @ 3p
      St. Ignatius
      Marin Academy
      Preview Game Show Details
      G33/6 @ 4p
      De La Salle
      Preview Game Show Details
      G43/6 @ 4p
      Preview Game Show Details

        1. You did 🙂
          I’m a bit surprised that they would put them at #2. They’re definitely a quality team. State ranking, NCS ranking, D-1 Champ, and SOS were all tilted toward DLS. I would of had DLS #2 and Monty #3 or #4. Napa and Richmond were the only common opponents. Monty dominated Napa and DLS lost 2-1 which was DLS’ first game of the season @Napa. DLS tied Richmond @ Richmond and Monty of course won championship over them.

          It’s a good draw and should set up some great soccer.

          1. I think Monty is a more creative team than DLS, esp with #6 in midfield, the controversial transfer from SR a few years back. DLS is more disciplined, no surprise there. I think Monty’s back line and keeper are a little bit suspect, not much. Both teams are very athletic. Good matchup!

  11. WANT TO COMPARE WILD CARD TEAMS TO ONE ANOTHER BASED ON COMMON OPPONENTS. (Notice that some teams have more games than others based on playing a team more than once)

    San Ramon(4-2-6) VS Pittsburg(7-3-2) Ad. Pitt
    San Ramon(4-1-3) vs Ygnacio (8-1-1) Ad. Ygnacio
    Pittsburg (3-2-1) vs Ygnacio (4-1-2) Ad. Ygnacio
    Acalanes(4-2-0) vs Ygnacio (7-1-1) Ad. Ygnacio
    Rancho( 6-2-0) vs Redwood(1-3-1) Ad. Rancho
    The other teams don’t have many or any teams in common to compare. Based on common opponents between the Wild card teams, Ygnacio should be the 1st wild card and Pittsburg and Rancho should be very close to each other for 2nd wild card.

    1. Not going to happen.
      Sorry 🙁

      If NCS gets a Wild Card it will be Pitt but probably not.

      CCS will definitely get one of the two.

      Here’s the CCS Final 4 with my picks:
      Los Gatos vs. St Ignatius (Los Gatos wins)
      Alisal vs. Burlingame (Alisal wins)
      Alisal wins Championship
      Alisal & Los Gatos- Auto Bid
      Archbishop Mitty wins Wildcard bid.

      The San Joaquin Section will Auto bid Folsom and Jesuit. The Wildcard bid will come from the loser of the McClatchy vs. Jesuit semi-final. Jesuit is a virtual lock due to high state ranking.

      Also….Monte Vista will be moved to D-2 and Marin Academy to D-1.

      Of course all of the above is IMHO!!!

      Great Stuff!!

      1. In CCS, all 4 Open Division semifinalists are getting automatic bids to NorCal. Plus the champions of D1 and D2 for a total of 6.

        Mitty has an excellent case for a wild card. The argument against them is their number of playoff wins in CCS: zero (and their playoff loss was a 2-0 shutout). Pretty amazing that a team could get a bid to NorCal without having won a single playoff game in section.

      2. Looks like I was (slightly off) my predictions. Big upsets in both D-1 CCS and SJS playoffs last night:

        #1 Los Gatos lost (CCS)
        #2 Alisal lost (CCS)
        #2 Jesuit lost (SJS)

        This opens the door for DLS to secure a #2 Seed-Home game (Folsom #1 in SJS should lock up #1 seed with a win on Saturday). Also could hurt the NCS’ chances for a Wildcard. #2 Alisal (CCS) and #2 Jesuit (SJS) who both are ranked high in the state may snatch up the 2 Wildcards.
        Of course….IMHO.

        1. CORRECTION:
          If NorthBayObserver is correct with the CCS Open Division semi-finalist and finalist getting auto bids that will eliminate Alisal and Los Gatos from Wildcard births. So it looks like Jesuit (SJS) will get 1 Wildcard and it will be a toss up between Pitt (NCS) and Archbishop Mitty (CCS).

          1. I don’t believe Pitt will have any chance at the wild card. They might go off Maxpreps and Pitt is ranked below SRV, Redwood, and YV.

            1. Hopefully someone will get the word to the committee that MaxPreps rankings are very unreliable. For example, I was looking at OAL teams, which have their JV teams also listed as Varsity “II” teams — no idea why, but some kind of funny business to manipulate the rankings— and at least one team’s JV squad was ranked significantly higher than the Varsity even tho the Varsity beat the JV 7-0.

              Definitely the OAL rankings are whacked.

  12. Question for debate:

    If you are one of the teams that lost in the Final, would you rather be a in a lower NorCal division to give your team a better shot at winning a Championship?

    For example, if you are Monte Vista, would you rather end up in Division 2. That would give you a much better shot to win NorCal. Same for Richmond– Division 3 gives them a much better shot to win it all. Miramonte would have a more favorable set of opponents in Division 4.

    Where would you want to be if you were one of those teams?

    1. I don’t think that teams who have gotten to this stage would want to play in a lower division. This does not fit the mental profile, imho. Anything can happen in a given game, anything.

  13. So I don’t think NCS is going to put any quarterfinalists in its ranked teams being sent to CIF– finalists and semifinalists only. Finalists get the “automatic” bids and semifinalists eligible for for a wild card. But really, only the top two ranked semifinalists are going to be eligible because there are only two wild card spots spread across the entire set of 32 teams.

    Here’s how I would rank all 16 NCS semifinalists, regardless of division, etc. I am looking at their entire season’s body of work, but giving a lot of weight to NCS results.

    1. DLS*
    2. Pitt+1
    3. Montgomery*
    4. Marin Academy*
    5. Richmond*
    6. BOD*
    7. Monte Vista*
    8. Redwood+2
    9. SRV
    10. Acalanes
    11. Miramonte
    12. Rancho Cotate
    13. Ygnacio Valley
    14. St. Mary’s*
    15. Branson
    16. University

    *NCS finalist
    +1 First possible wildcard
    +2 Second possible wildcard

    This is how I would rank all the semifinal teams, not how I think NCS will do it. In fact, I think NCS is going to put the 8 finalists as the top 8, then their two strongest semifinalists at 9 and 10.

    And only Pitt would have a real shot at a wild card, IMO. The wild cards should come from NCS, CCS and Sac-SJS, with only two to split amongst those 3 sections, so 1 section will for sure get zero wildcards. CCS has only 6 automatic spots, versus 8 each for NCS and Sac-SJS, so CCS is going to press hard for at least one of the wildcards, leaving one to split between Sac-SJS and NCS.

    Sac-SJS has 7 playoff divisions, so only one losing finalist will get an automatic bid. They will have 6 losing finalists to put up against the best losing semifinalists in NCS. Would love to be a fly on the wall to hear the debate on that one!

    1. Observer, the only ranked list that NCS sends to CIF is the list of finalists: 8 teams. I do not believe any other team is ranked by NCS.

      1. Maybe, nobody knows the process, very lacking in transparency.

        If each section only sends its automatic qualifiers, how will the seeding committee pick the 2 wild card teams? Seems like it would help narrow down the list if each section gave them 2 candidates for wild card selection. Then they would have only 10 or 12 teams to compare versus possibly dozens and dozens.

      1. @NorthBayObserver
        I have to disagree where you have BOD and Monty. Monty should be #2 and BOD #3. Both have impressive records. More so, BOD allowed six goals all year and utterly dominated their final. It is a little disservice to have them at 6 below the D4 champ.

      2. I will put Monty at #1 myself, having seen DLS several times and Monty twice.

        More objectively, DLS and Monty have a common opponent in Richmond. DLS tied Richmond and Monty beat Richmond. This said, DLS strength of schedule is also a factor, and in that they do beat Monty.

        BOD’s problem is the strength of schedule. Newark won a lot of games as well, but was no match in playoffs.

        1. @Zlaatan
          Did Newark win their NCS division? No. Your point makes no sense. BOD avenged their one loss emphatically, and has two ties with Berkeley. They cannot control who is in their league, but the results measure up.

          1. Look at who BOD played in the rankings formulated above by observer:

            1. DLS*
            2. Pitt+1
            3. Montgomery*
            4. Marin Academy*
            5. Richmond*
            6. BOD*
            7. Monte Vista*
            8. Redwood+2
            9. SRV
            10. Acalanes
            11. Miramonte
            12. Rancho Cotate
            13. Ygnacio Valley
            14. St. Mary’s*
            15. Branson
            16. University

            *NCS finalist
            +1 First possible wildcard
            +2 Second possible wildcard

            Unless, I am mistaken, they only played #10 and #11, no-one from the top 10.

            I am not trying to put BOD down. I do believe they are a good team, an exciting team to watch even, but their strength of schedule is not very high.

        2. @Zlaatan-
          I think the Maxpreps NCS rankings are pretty solid. I’m not totally in agreement with Marin Academy being #1. The X-factor is the SOS which looks at a teams entire season. Trying not to be biased (just a little), if you look at DLS’ overall schedule which includes the toughest league (EBAL) in NCS, away games @Napa, @Richmond, @SLO, and @Santa Maria, and also a draw against #1 state ranked Cathedral-L.A. and finally winning the D-1 NCS title, you can’t deny them an NCS #1 ranking and Nor Cal #2 seed behind Folsom (if they win Saturday).
          Neither here nor there…..I believe that any match between DLS, Monty, BOD, Marin Academy would be AWESOME!!!
          Can’t wait for Sunday’s Nor Cal seedings.

          My Top 4 D-1 Nor Cal seeding picks:
          #1 Folsom-SJS (If they win Saturday)
          #2 DLS-NCS
          #3 Alisal-CCS
          #4 Saint Ignatius-CCS (If they win Saturday)
          Wildcards will be:
          Archbishop Mitty-CCS

      1. I believe Matt counts the PK shootout win against Terra Linda as a tie for his rankings. Maxpreps will recognize the 20-1-3 record.

    1. A shootout win is a draw. Email anyone at the NCS office and they will tell you. A coach or admin can go into Maxpreps and check it as a win, but for actual record keeping purposes, it’s a draw. Always has been, always will be.

  14. I feel like Pitt should be one of the at large teams to get in due to there good record and last result which barely was a loss to De La Salle actually they even almost beat DLS.

  15. In the rumors around SL Soccer Team, is that they won because they had a great player which he coached during their six victories.

  16. Divisional placement of teams in the Northern California Regional Tournament will be based on rankings provided by each Section at the conclusion of their playoffs. Teams in the Northern California Regional Tournament may be moved to a different division than the one in which they participated in during their
    section playoffs. Final division placement for the CIF NorCal Regional Soccer Championships is the
    responsibility of the seeding committee.

    Seeding Procedures:
    Central Coast 6
    North Coast 8
    Northern 6
    Oakland 1
    Sac-Joaquin 8
    San Francisco 1
    At-Large 2

    So, I read this to mean 32 teams, 8 teams per bracket for each division I-IV. Montgomery could end up being a DI team and BOD a DII team to get the numbers right. NCS might get one extra team in as an at-large bid, but not likely to be two teams.

    1. Seems like Montgomery would want to go against the D1s. Winning a D1 state championship would mean more and they’ve already beaten their closest D2 competition in NorCal. Same for BOD. A D2 championship would be great for them instead of coasting to a D3 state title, unless of course that’s their ambition. They could probably compete for D1 too. Same for Marin Academy into a higher division (maybe not D1). No way they should be in D4 for this tournament. At this point, it’s go big or stay home. Should be interesting to see the draws when they come out.

    2. It would be interesting to know what ranking criteria will be used by NCS. Will it be the existing seeding criteria used for NCS playoffs, updated after the playoffs results? Will it be Maxpreps? Something else? Matt would it be possible for you to reach out to NCS and find out?

      I think Redwood may have a shot at a wildcard as well, as they beat Montgomery early in the season.

    1. So wait – 1 day between games, and no idea on how far a team might have to travel? This can’t be good for the health of the players. That said,

      Good luck to all of our NCS teams. Hope that Pitt and/or SRV get the at large bids too. I agree with Zlaatan that they should be in.

      1. Yes, that is a very good point. This schedule is dangerous for the health of the players, not to mention the quality of the finals.

    1. Top 2 teams in each of the Nor Cal sections (5 sections I think) per Division. Teams will be selected/seeded March 4th. Rumor has it that there will be some at-large selections. I’m guessing that Section Champions will host the first game?
      Sections are:
      San Joaquin/Oakland
      San Francisco

      Please jump in and correct/confirm.

      1. Actually, it is a little more complicated as described in the link above. Here is the number of slots per section, all divisions included:

        Central Coast 6
        North Coast 8
        Northern 6
        Oakland 1
        Sac-Joaquin 8
        San Francisco 1
        At-Large 2

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