Boys Soccer: Semifinals, Updated Rankings, Standings, Stats

Boys Soccer: Semifinals, Updated Rankings, Standings, Stats

Will we see some upsets on Wednesday? Will the the North Bay rule Division II? Will we see a Miramonte v. BOD rematch in Division III? Will we get that anticipated Marin Academy v. St. Mary’s DIV final?

Division I
Pittsburg will be looking to make sure that it is not an all-EBAL final, but has a tough task, traveling to DLS. Anyone remember the last time DLS lost a playoff match at home? I don’t… Also, this matchup harkens back to my first year on the beat, when Pitt beat DLS at DLS to win the BVAL with a last second goal. DLS was in the BVAL then.
We get the Danville Derby on the other side of the bracket, so don’t expect any team to run away with that one. It will be a battle.

Division II
This division could argue for having the two most compelling semifinal matchups. Montgomery, the top seed, will face a YV team that was considered the DII frontrunner early in the year. Now, YV is healthy, so it should be a great matchup. On the other side, Redwood and Richmond should be a great matchup. The two teams have no common opponents, but based on what I am hearing, should be an entertaining match.

Division III
Two great matchups here as Miramonte faces an 18-win Rancho Cotate team while BOD and Acalanes face off in a battle we have seen many times in the playoffs.

Division IV
Branson gets another crack at Marin Academy, while University gets another crack at St. Mary’s. Fans have wondered who would win in a matchup between Marin Academy and St. Mary’s, but Branson and University will have something to say about that.


Updated rankings… because… why not?

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


Pittsburg (16-4-4, 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 (15-4-5, 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 (16-2-2, 8-1-1) 25
Acalanes (17-7-1, 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 (15-2-7, 8-0-5) 29
San Ramon Valley (11-2-12, 6-0-7) 25
Monte Vista (9-4-10, 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 (15-4-2, 12-1-1) 37
Marin Catholic (13-7-2, 8-5-1) 25
Terra Linda (9-5-5, 7-3-4) 25
Branson (14-6-3, 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 (19-2-1, 14-0-0) 42
Rancho Cotate (18-3-0, 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 (13-3-4, 8-0-2) 26
Richmond (12-1-9, 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 (17-1-4, 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 (10-1-4)
Lick-Wilmerding (7-8-1)
University (12-6-2)
Valley Christian (0-8-0)

Kanghere, Newark 25
AlaTorre, SLZ 23
J. Santillan, Newark 20
Doherty, DA 19
Khamush, Dublin 19
Sievers, Branson 18
Olaee, Irvington 18
Barahona, Concord 17
Ju. Rodriguez, Kennedy-R 17
Alvarado, Kennedy-R 16
Perez, Hayward 15
Loiza, Kennedy-F 15
Gardner, LL 15
Jung, Marin Ac. 15
Correa, Mt. Eden 15
Montoya, Pinole 15
Garcia, Moreau 14
Perez, Pinole 14
Edelstein, University 14
Kiehle, AV 13
Hausser, BOD 13
Ruiz, Clayton 13
Perez, Pinole 13
Rogan, RW 13

Lombana, Newark 20
AlaTorre, SLZ 17
Bauchou, JFK-F 16
Kekre, Irvington 15
Lopez, Antioch 13
Rondan, Freedom 13
Harless, DA 12
Slominski, Livermore 12
Garcia, Granada 11
Ramos, LL 11
Solano, Pitt 11
Martinez, SLZ 11
Barahona, Concord 10
Rodriguez, Concord 10
Esparza, Newark 10
Montoya, Pinole 10

80 thoughts on “Boys Soccer: Semifinals, Updated Rankings, Standings, Stats

  1. Montgomery is an excellent team, perhaps the best I saw this season. Very balanced, mature, creative and physically tough. I loved Bryan Rosales in the midfield as well as their left wing (#9) and the giant #10, who has very nice technical abilities in spite of his size. They are deserving D2 NCS champions, and would probably give the Top D1 teams a very hard time.

    Richmond gave them a good game and fought with all they had. Missing their holding mid, their right back and their playmaker is not unheard of at the end of such a grueling 4 months season but teams have to deal with it, and they did. The young class in midfield (1 freshman and 2 sophomores) showed well even though they were overmatched physically, which might explain NorthBayObserver’s comments on ‘soft’ fouls. The coaching staff at Richmond is extremely tough on simulations, though, most sadly, too many people would still assume the opposite to be true.

    An entertaining game, hard fought by both sides in a very positive manner. Hats off to Monty’s excellent group and best of luck to both teams in the CIF playoffs.

    1. Zlaatan, Montgomery sounds impressive. Did you see O’Dowd play this year? How about Marin Academy? Is there a case to be made that the winners of D2, D3 & D4 could compete with anyone at the top of D1? I’d love to hear Matt’s take on this historically and this year particularly.

      1. I saw O’Dowd play early on. I was impressed. I did not see MA. I definitely think Monty would do very well vs. DLS or MV. They are more creative than either of these two and have DLS’s physical strength and close to their discipline.

        In terms of lower division teams competing well with D1 schools, I think that is usually the case. For example, Richmond, D2 finalist, tied DLS and SRV, 2 of the D1 semi-finalists, DLS being D1 champion.

        I think the difference between divisions is not necessarily in terms of pure team strength, but rather on depth. I think it would be generally difficult for a top D2 team with a smaller pool of players, to compete in 4 back-to-back playoff games with D1 teams.

  2. Summary of D2 Final:

    Richmond kicked off first half, Monty took away ball in their half, two touches and a great thru ball up right side plus a smooth finish equaled 1-0 lead 15 seconds into game.

    Somewhat soft foul but avoidable if Monty defender played smarter gave Richmond a PK to tie it. After that, it was almost all Monty possession with a few Richmond counters. In the second half, Richmond got smart and for most part stopped playing long balls which Monty defenders will always win them.

    After Monty scored its 2nd on excellent cross to far post and header, game changed again with Richmond forced to commit numbers to attack. Monty countered well, including shot from tight angle that banged off far post and luckily back into arms of GK lying on ground after his dive for the ball.

    Richmond started manufacturing some fouls, some of which appears awfully soft for this level of a game. One kick from 35 out with about 3 left in stoppage time was taken by Richmond GK, straight into Monty defenders in area, resulting in a jail break counter and ball in net but GK offside correctly given because GK was not last defender.

    4 or 5 yellows total but not a dirty game, mostly dissent including after a noncall that looked like it should have been a PK for Monty in second half.

    Richmond represented well. I can see how they only lost one regular season game and tied 9– great D overall but somewhat lacking on the attacking end. Monty is a very tough team to play against, even without one of their center backs/captains, out for concussion protocol.

    Congrats to Montgomery and good luck to both teams in the NorCal tourney!

  3. D2’Boys

    15 seconds in , thru ball for Monty down right side, shot from corner of area into lower left corner, 1-0 for Monty. Richmond D sieve like there

                    1. Yellow for 6 Monty reckless foul, Monty gets ball back, counters down left, shot off far post and back to GK

            1. Probably the most unimpressive NCS champion since 1981 Amador Valley. Not one of these player will play D1 soccer. Let’s hope for a better game in 2019.

              1. Actually there are some kids from this game that will be playing D1 next year and in a few years as well. The game may have been ugly but there was some good talent out there. Some can see talent and others can’t, so based on your comment we know where you fall.

              2. Mr. Hack-
                I’d like fries with my Big Mac….and a small Coke!!
                DLS …All Day…Every Day!!!
                Hard Work!!!
                Easy Work!!!

              3. Makes me sick to my stomach when the Finals a joke. Monte vista should of never been there in the first place, it should of been SRV vs DLS final and everybody knows it. The ref for the MV vs SR game should never ref again. He was absolutely horrible, truly shifted the entire game. He couldn’t even keep the players safe, players such as #2 and #22 in Monte Vista were out of control and he did nothing about it. Sad time in NCS soccer, no matter what anyone says about SRV you can’t argue that they were the only team to give DLS a difficult time the season.

  4. For more details on the DLS/Pitt game: Pitt scored a late goal in the second half to put them up 2-1 with 5 minutes remaining. With around 15 seconds left, DLS put one in the back of the net on the last play of the game. In OT, DLS scored off a header to win it in golden goal. Crazy game. Packed crowd. Personally, one of the craziest games that I have ever watched. I can expect nothing less on Saturday. Going to be a great game.

    1. Thanks for the update – wish I was there for that one. Feel bad for Pitt. They lost in the NCS quarterfinals in golden goal a few years back, heartbreaking. But t]credit to them they keep coming back strong every year!

  5. Pretty good year for TCAL-Rock with 2 teams in NCS finals: Richmond (D2) and St Mary’s (D4.) That is as many as the EBAL. Granted TCAL-Rock teams are distributed among D2, D3 and D4, while EBAL teams are distributed among D1 and D2.

      1. True. TCAL can get a maximum of 4 because they have 1 D2, 4 D3 and 1 D4, so its 67% for EBAL this year and 50% for TCAL in that sense.

        1. @LOSERHack…3 goals from the defense???
          Uhhhhhhh????? How do you win soccer games without scoring goals???????
          You F-cking Idiot!!!!

          Come on Fruitcake!!! You can do better than that. I’m playin’ with ‘House Money’.

  6. De la one of the craziest games I’ve watch! Pittsburgh played so well needed to hold on for 40 seconds keeper tried to kill time by going down like he was injuried caused them the game! Solid performance from both sides. 3-2 De la

        1. Depends whether or not they get the corner kick or throw in they want, because we all know they sure as hell can’t score in the flow of the game. Garbage with an emphasis on dirty play as opposed to skill. But that’s how you win in this circumstance of the game.

          1. wow – a little taste of bitterness here. Last night was a heck of a match and a very strong showing from Pitt. I look forward to Saturday and another match with MV. Congrats to all the teams that made the final.

          2. Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!
            Sounds like somebody needs a Nappy Nap. What happened Mr. EBAL Father??? (I’d be ashamed to have you as a dad…. if you are actually a dad….LOSER!!!!) Big Boy soccer too much for you?
            No better feeling than to demean teenage boys who have worked hard and deserve success.

            There will be a ticket at Will Call for you at Saturday’s final….it will be under the name JACK ASS!!!

            MUCH credit and respect to both Pitt and DLS for an amazing game.
            Congrats to DLS and MV to reaching the final. It will be a great game. WELL DONE!!!!

  7. BOD 2-1 Acalanes HT. Quality first half by both teams. Acalanes scored first and BOD responded with a goal off a corner and a PK with 6 min left in the half. Both teams looking dangerous.

  8. Not only are today’s games for a spot in the Final, they should be for a spot in the NorCal Regional also unless NCS throws a wrinkle into it when they send its schools to CIF. Uncharted territory, so to make it sure, gotta win the Final.

    1. DLS 1-1 Pitt (Pitt 6-5 PK’s)
      SRV 3-1 MV

      Monty 3-1 YV
      Redwood 3-2 Richmond

      MIramonte 1-4 RC
      BOD 1-1 Acalanes (BOD 4-2 PK’s)

      MA 3-2 Branson
      SM 1-0 Univ (1OT)

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