Boys Soccer: Updated Playoff Picture, Rankings, Standings, Stats

Boys Soccer: Updated Playoff Picture, Rankings, Standings, Stats

Playoff committee meets in less than two weeks.

Division I

Locks: Berkeley, Clayton Valley, De La Salle, Deer Valley, Dublin, Freedom, Granada, Logan, MV, Pitt, San Ramon Valley

Deer Valley is now a lock. I’m locking in MV, which just needs one draw in the last four matches. Considering they have nine draws this year, I don’t see it being a problem.

Likely In: Amador Valley, California, Castro Valley, Dougherty Valley, Heritage

AV – Went from looking like a team that could miss out, to pretty much a lock. Just need one win, or two draws, and it’s a done deal. The resume is strong.

Cal – One Division I win, or two draws, does the trick. I think it’s close to a guarantee.

Castro Valley – A good overall and schedule. Should get in. One caveat. If FH gets eligible, they will go in ahead with a win over CV.

Dougherty Valley – A real feel good story this year. They have been competitive in the best league in NCS, and now just need two draws, or a win, to get eligible. If they get eligible, they are in.

Heritage – Another great story. Seemed left for dead a few weeks ago, but a win over FH jump started them. Two good results against DV since then as well. A win and a draw, or better, in the final four league matches, gets them eligible and I think that gets them in.

On the Bubble: College Park, Foothill, Irvington, Liberty

There are 11 locks and five likely to get in. That does not bode well for these teams. They just need to get eligible and hope a team on the next tier slips up.

CP – For them it’s simple… have to beat Clayton to get eligible to even have a chance.

FH – It’s looking grim for Foothill. Two games under overall and league, and with four tough matches left. Also, a recent head-to-head loss to Heritage and to Deer Valley.

Irvington – Gotta go .500 in their five remaining league matches or go 1-1 or better against Logan and American. Getting eligible is step one.

Liberty – Just a game under in league, but with DV, Pitt, Freedom and Heritage to end the year. Gonna be tough.

Division II

Locks: Concord, Las Lomas, Livermore, Maria Carrillo, Montgomery, Mt. Eden, Newark Memorial, Redwood, Richmond, YV

YV joins the locks. Mt. Eden is now mathematically eligible, and that should be enough to be a lock.

Likely In: Hayward, Northgate

Hayward just needs a win to guarantee eligibility. I think they’ll get in. Northgate will get in.

On the Bubble: Arroyo, Casa Grande, Santa Rosa, Tamalpais

Arroyo – Needs to finish the season strong with two more wins than losses in their final four league matches.

Casa Grande – Casa’s bubble didn’t burst thanks to a win over Maria Carrillo, but are still a game under in DII matches. Will need at least 1-0-1 in their last two DII matches.

SR – At .500 in league, and a game over in DII. The matches against Maria Carrillo and Casa will be the determining factors.

Tam – 1-0-1 or better to end the league season does it.

Division III

Locks: Acalanes, Analy, Bishop O’Dowd, De Anza, Kennedy-Fremont, Miramonte, Piner, Pinole Valley, Rancho Cotate, San Lorenzo, Sir Frances Drake

Analy is now a lock. Piner is a lock, leading the SCL. And now I think DA has done enough, even if other teams get eligible. That is 11 locks.

Likely In: Sonoma Valley, Terra Linda

SV is positioned to finish in the top two in the SCL. Top three at worst. I think that will get them in.

TL has climbed to second in the MCAL and should finish top four. Should be a lock after this week with one positive result.

On the Bubble: Albany, Campolindo, El Cerrito, Elsie Allen, Encinal, San Marin, San Rafael

There is only room for three of these teams.

Albany/El Cerrito – It’s a winner take all match from the first round of the TCAL Tournament. Winner becomes eligible, loser is not. A draw, and both teams stay squarely on the bubble.

Campo – Starting to slip from the bubble picture. They need to go two games over .500 in their remaining league or division matches. And the schedule is tough.

Elsie Allen – At .500 in league and should finish there or better. The question will be whether the resume stacks up.

Encinal – A win or draw against Piedmont this weeks gets them eligible, but unless they are in need of a 16th team, the Jets won’t get in.

San Marin/San Rafael – Likely a do-or-die match between these two tomorrow. Winner stays on the bubble.

Division IV

Locks: Berean Christian, Branson, Cardinal Newman, Kennedy-Richmond, Marin Academy, Marin Catholic, Moreau Catholic, St. Mary’s, University

University is the latest team to become a lock.

Likely In: Healdsburg, Lick Wilmerding

Lick needs to just avoid three losses in a row to end the year.

I also moved Healdsburg up here because they are unbeaten in DIV matches and have none left. The only reason they aren’t a lock is because I could be missing some matches. They don’t always report scores.

On the Bubble: Piedmont, Salesian

Piedmont – I still think in good shape, but just one game over in league, and has four matches left.

Salesian – I am not sure they can get eligible. Still waiting for some results to be submitted.


Newark jumps into the top five, but that isn’t the big news. The big news is this… I have been told, by several people, that I have St. Mary’s severely under-ranked and they are a legit threat to Marin Academy in Division IV.

St. Mary’s has now gone toe-to-toe with Richmond three times, and jumps into the top ten. Logan, winners of 11 matches in a row, breaks the top ten.

Miramonte jumps up five spots after a win over Acalanes, while AV charges back into the top 15. Undefeated in five EBAL matches and three wins in a row, including a very impressive 4-0 win on the road at Dublin is the reason for this.

There were a few big shifts, and sometimes the rankings need that.

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


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

Foothill Division
Acalanes (11-6-1, 5-1-0) 15
Concord (12-3-2, 5-1-0) 15
Miramonte (10-2-2, 4-1-1) 13
Berean Chr. (10-4-3, 2-3-1) 7
Alhambra (1-13-3, 0-5-1) 1
Mt. Diablo (1-9-3, 0-5-1) 1
Valley Division
Clayton Valley (11-3-4, 4-0-2) 14
Northgate (6-6-4, 3-2-1) 10
Ygnacio Valley (9-4-4, 3-2-1) 10
Las Lomas (12-3-3, 2-2-2) 8
Campolindo (4-10-3, 1-3-2) 5
College Park (5-10-4, 0-4-2) 2

Mountain Division
De La Salle (10-2-5, 5-0-4) 19
San Ramon Valley (7-2-10, 4-0-5) 17
California (7-6-3, 3-4-2) 11
Monte Vista (5-3-9, 2-2-5) 11
Dougherty Valley (6-4-6, 1-3-5) 8
Valley Division
Amador Valley (9-7-4, 4-3-2) 14
Granada (8-2-6, 3-1-5) 14
Foothill (5-7-4, 2-4-3) 9
Dublin (9-5-2, 2-5-2) 8
Livermore (4-6-7, 1-5-3) 6

Redwood (12-3-1, 11-0-1) 34
Terra Linda (6-3-4, 6-2-4) 22
Branson (10-4-3, 6-3-3) 21
Marin Catholic (9-6-1, 6-5-1) 19
Drake (9-5-3, 5-4-3) 18
San Rafael (4-10-3, 4-5-3) 15
Tamalpais (4-6-4, 4-5-3) 15
San Marin (5-9-5, 3-4-5) 14
Novato (4-8-5, 2-6-4) 10
Justin-Siena (0-11-1, 0-11-1) 1

Newark Memorial (14-1-4, 9-0-1) 28
Logan (11-5-3, 8-1-0) 24
Kennedy (8-5-3, 6-2-2) 20
Irvington (4-8-1, 4-4-1) 13
Washington (3-9-3, 3-4-3) 12
Moreau Catholic (6-9-2, 2-7-1) 7
American (2-12-0, 2-8-0) 6
Mission San Jose (1-11-3, 0-8-2) 2

Montgomery (13-2-1, 9-0-0) 27
Rancho Cotate (13-2-0, 9-1-0) 27
Santa Rosa (5-6-0, 5-5-0) 15
Maria Carrillo (6-6-1, 4-4-0) 12
Windsor (5-8-2, 3-6-1) 10
Casa Grande (6-9-1, 3-6-0) 9
Cardinal Newman (6-8-2, 2-6-1) 7
Ukiah (1-8-1, 1-8-0) 3

Piner (10-2-1, 7-1-0) 21
Sonoma Valley (6-5-1, 6-1-1) 19
Analy (9-5-0, 5-3-0) 15
Elsie Allen (5-6-1, 3-3-1) 10
Petaluma (3-11-0, 3-5-0) 9
Healdsburg (2-7-4, 2-5-2) 8
El Molino (0-11-0, 0-8-0) 0

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

Foothill Division
Berkeley (11-3-5, 9-0-3) 30
Bishop O’Dowd (12-1-3, 9-0-3) 30
Castro Valley (8-5-7, 7-2-3) 24
Mt. Eden (6-6-6, 4-4-4) 16
San Leandro (6-11-2, 5-5-1) 16
Arroyo (4-10-4, 4-5-3) 15
Shoreline Division
San Lorenzo (11-5-0, 7-3-0) 21
Hayward (8-8-0, 5-6-0) 15
Piedmont (5-10-1, 4-7-1) 13
Alameda (2-11-1, 1-7-1) 4
Encinal (1-8-1, 1-8-1) 4
Tennyson (0-17-1, 0-9-1) 1

Marin Academy (9-0-3)
Lick-Wilmerding (7-5-1)
University (9-5-1)
Valley Christian (0-8-0)

Kanghere, Newark 20
Khamush, Dublin 18
Barahona, Concord 17
Ju. Rodriguez, Kennedy-R 17
Sievers, Branson 15
Doherty, DA 15
J. Santillan, Newark 14
Perez, Hayward 13
Perez, Pinole 13
AlaTorre, SLZ 13
Kiehle, AV 12
Olaee, Irvington 12
Jung, Marin Ac. 12
Montoya, Pinole 12
Reynoso, SL 12
Rondan, Free 11
Loiza, JFK-F 11
Garcia, Moreau 11
Correa, Mt. Eden 11
Rogan, RW 11
Pollak, St. Mary 11
Edelstein, Univ 11

Lombana, Newark 17
Bauchou, JFK-F 13
Harless, DA 12
Lopez, Antioch 11
Martinez, SLZ 11
Rondan, Freedom 10
Barahona, Concord 9
Sandoval, Newark 9
Galvan, Pinole 9
Montonya, Pinole 9
AlaTorre, SLZ 9
Morelra, DV 8
Garcia, Granada 8
Kekre, Irvington 8
Loiza, JFK-F 8
Kanghere, Newark 8
Solano, Pitt 8

79 thoughts on “Boys Soccer: Updated Playoff Picture, Rankings, Standings, Stats

  1. Scores…
    Berean 0-1 Acalanes
    Alhambra 0-3 Miramonte
    Concord 6-1 Mt. Diablo
    Campo 0-0 Northgate
    LL 2-0 CP
    Irvington 5-2 American
    Washington 0-1 JFK-F
    Logan 4-0 Moreau
    Newark 7-0 MSJ
    Rancho 3-1 CN
    SR 3-0 Carrillo
    Monty 4-1 Windsor
    Ukiah 1-2 Casa
    Arroyo 0-1 BOD
    Mt. Eden 1-3 Berkeley
    Alameda 3-0 Encinal
    Tennyson 0-1 Hayward
    Piedmont 1-3 SLZ
    University 7-0 Leadership
    Acalanes 4-0 Cal
    Campo 0-1 Miarmonte
    Clayton 1-2 YV
    Richmond 0-0 DLS
    Carrillo 0-1 Rancho
    Piner 4-0 Analy
    Luma 0-3 Sonoma Valley

  2. Congratulations Dublin High admin. You fired the Dublin coach early In the season to go in a different direction. Well the direction is at the bottom of the ebal. I hope those few parents who spearheaded the firing are happy their kids got lots of play time at the expense of the team.

  3. saw most of Granada @ Amador last night,
    Fun game with a lot of talented players, many combinations that were impressive. Granada is very athletic, Amador is fast, and both have more than their share of talent. It would be hard for me to believe there was a better match to watch last night than this. Granada kept it close and even scored with less than 2 minutes to play.
    Granada I have seen many times, but this may be one of the better sides they have fielded. Most all of them can touch the ball well, and their defense was pretty solid. Was interesting to see how they could move different players in and out of the line-up without much drop off. They seemed to adapt well to the offensive speedy attack of Amador. Coach was moving players for better match-ups. It worked pretty well other than the 2 goals. Matadors create several chances, most of them good. But I wouldn’t call any of them great. Best quality for them was their intensity, which served them well.
    Amador was a very different team. They were quicker and had a tad more ball control. I think either team could have scored more than they did, but Amador missed some higher percentage shots. Smarter team as far as ball movement and possession, and some surprising talent. The one forward was very hard for Granada to deal with as they had no one who could match his speed. Best quality for them was their composure and organization.
    I sat on the Amador side, announcer was entertaining, and fans were loud for both sides. Ref made it more difficult as many calls were confusing for both sides. I lost count of the cautions. 2 red cards for AV, none for Granada. Numerous yellow cards for both. Honestly felt the referee was “in over his head”. And best wishes to the GHS player who went down in the last minute. I believe they said we went to the hospital. Hoping he is well and it was precautionary.
    Ultimately a fair result. Amador 2 Granada 1
    Cheers to both sides.

    1. Possible EBAL league championship on the line Tuesday with AV vs. DLS at DLS. Will those 2 red cards run over? How many games are you suspended? (if any). SRV is still in the hunt but need help.

      Good stuff!!!

    1. Good question. I have Dougherty at 1-4-6 in Division I matches.

      So the way out of section matches work is this… you look at the enrollment of the school. For example, Dougherty played Tracy.

      Tracy High has 2,094 kids. Since it is 2,050 kids makes you Division I in NCS, that match is considered a DI match for NCS purposes. It doesn’t matter what division a team is in their section, it matters what their enrollment is and what division they would be in IF they were an NCS team.

  4. Antioch 3-2 DV
    Freedom 1-3 Heritage
    Pitt 3-0 Liberty
    FH 0-0 Cal
    DLS 1-1 SRV
    MV 2-1 Dougherty
    AV 2-1 Granada
    Dublin 0-0 Livermore
    Branson 4-3 San Marin
    TL 0-2 Marin Catholic
    Novato 0-3 Redwood
    Tam 1-2 Drake
    El Mo 1-3 Piner
    EC 0-1 Albany
    DA 2-1 Hercules
    SL 1-2 Castro Valley

  5. Can anyone give insight on how AV turned it around so quick? Tonight makes 6 in a row in EBAL. Who is scoring all these goals? HOW are they scoring all these goals?

      1. A healthy roster makes a huge difference in HS soccer. And coaching plays a role too. My guess, they must have some of both.

  6. Monte Vista 2-1 Dougherty
    We were a little unlucky on their second goal but overall I would say this was a fair result. MV played very well tonight. Good luck to them.

  7. Congratulations to Berean Christian! Never heard of them before this year. But they sure are making a name for themselves. I might have to catch one of their game, IN THE PLAYOFFS!

  8. NCS & the EBAL?
    Seems like EBAL may have a chance to send all 10 teams to NCS… What are the odds? Is it really possible or are there mathematical complications? Has this ever happened before? Matt, can you give a bit of insight? Some of the teams look like they could miss eligibility, due to the .500% qualifier: MV, Cal, Foothill, DV. Did any of these clinch a spot after last night? If they all get in, any chance some are not selected based on the field?
    This could be the strongest EBAL showing yet?

    1. I know I’m not Matt but… It seems fairly possible actually. Foothill is 1 game under .500 and MV, DV, and Cal are all 1 game over. That would be epic. Need lots of ties.

    1. Interesting they are so strong “away”. This may work for them in NCS. They won’t have many home games in the playoffs. Could upset some teams? Especially teams from another league who haven’t seen them or aren’t ready for their forward tandem. They are a “must-see” in the 1st round.

      1. Dublin will finish with a possible 8 game losing skid. Most over rated team in the league. Why are they a lock? Beat low level teams to get an enhanced record (This was planned). Teams Like AV should be moved up with a strong finish!

        1. Other teams can be moved up for a strong finish to the season. But strong starts need to matter too? I do think Dublin can strike lighting at any given moment. Their attack is talented and quick. And having to play in the EBAL, it is understandable that their record in league will be worse than preseason. But that is true for all the EBAL. Their non-league records are all better than their in-league, except for maybe AV. But they are hard to read, especially since I don’t know much about their early season opponents. Either way, I think we have to give Dublin credit for the results they earned.

        2. They are mathematically eligible. This goes a long way in becoming a lock. Now look at the teams on the bubble, and tell me which ones would go in ahead of them? Dublin has a great SOS, and some good results.

          Now, if your axe to grind is that AV wasn’t mentioned as a lock, it’s because they hadn’t become a mathematical lock yet when I wrote that. Now they are. So, now they’re a lock.

  9. I watched San Ramon Valley take on Granada this evening. Highly entertaining, but a sloppy match on the defensive end. In all honesty, San Ramon should have won by a wide margin considering Granada’s defence of set pieces, especially corners and long throws. SRV coaching still hasn’t figured out to keep #1 in the goal, which proved costly down the stretch. DLS-SRV this Thursday should decide the league.

    1. Last I checked, both teams combine for 2 losses total in EBAL play. I guess their defenses are working pretty well? 2nd & 3rd place teams in the toughest league. I’ve seen both teams and thought they were both very organized, in different ways.
      But as for the SRV coach, he must have figured something out. He’s undefeated in EBAL with only 3 games to play. Glad he is putting faith in more than just one player. It’s working!

    1. Can you tell me what two matches I am missing? Here is what I have.

      v. MSJ 3-0 W
      v. Castle 5-0 W
      v. SL 1-0 W
      v. Living 0-3 L
      v. Enochs 0-1 L
      v. Sierra 4-2 W
      v. Berk 0-3 L
      v. Castro 0-1 L
      v. BOD 0-1 L
      at ME 1-2 L
      at Arroyo 1-2 L
      at Ala 3-0 W
      v. Tenny 4-0 W
      at SLZ 1-4 L
      at Enc 3-1 W
      at Pied 2-0 W

  10. Salesian now has a 4-4 league record after defeating SPSV and John Swett twice, respectively, in league. I believe this makes them NCS eligible since they have a .500 record in league play.

      1. Yes, indeed they are. Congrats to Salesian. A small school that has been struggling for a long time and that finally has a chance to get to NCS playoffs. The D4 field is a high quality one this year: Marin Academy, St. Mary’s, University, Kennedy-R among others…

  11. Updating the league races…

    With four matches left, five teams are still mathematically alive, but I think the race for the league title stops at 10 points. Pitt is in the driver’s seat right now, but can’t count on DV and Heritage to take points off each other (since they’ve played twice) and will have to win this title. Freedom can max out at 20 points, and I just think Pitt ends up with more than that. I think DV or Heritage would have to win out to take the league.

    A great three-team race has developed with Acalanes, Concord and Miramonte with the three being separated by two points. And they all still play each other one more time.

    Clayton in complete control with a four-point lead, with just four matches to go. They still have YV and Northgate, both this week, which are the teams right behind, so we will know whether it will come down to the final week, or if it gets locked up this week.

    This league has two divisions, but just one champion. Confusing, yes. Four teams are alive in the race, but two of them, AV and Granada, are five points behind DLS. Being that far behind DLS with four matches to play is never a good thing. SRV is just two points back, so they have the best chance if DLS is to drop points.

    The regular season champ has already been crowned, with Redwood running away with it. Now it’s about the race for the top six to reach the MCAL playoffs. TL and Branson will join RW, and Marin Catholic is in a great position to do so as is Drake. Tamalpais, San Rafael and San Marin are in a race for that last spot.

    This league will be decided on Feb. 7 in the rematch between Newark and Logan. Newark is in the fortunate position of just needing a draw.

    A two-horse race with Montgomery and Rancho. Monty has a match in hand, and a head-to-head win already. The two play to end the season.

    Piner and Sonoma Valley are in a tight race with four matches, to go, separated by two points. Analy is six points off the pace, and would need results to break their way.

    St. Mary’s won the TCAL-Rock regular season title and Kennedy won the Stone. Now it’s on to the tournament.

    Berkeley and BOD seemed destine to finish level on points atop the table. Now I need to figure out the tiebreaker…

    SLZ is in pole position with a seven-point lead and should lock the league up this week.

    1. WACC-Foothill – tiebreaker
      Per WACC: “The teams with the most points at the end of the season are the league champions and the automatic qualifiers to NCS competition. If there is a tie for 1st place, the league championship shall be shared….” It goes on to spell out how the NCS representative will be determined.

        1. The second or third should resolve it:
          -The records of the tied teams in their head-to-head competition.
          -The records of the teams within the tie against the team immediately below them in the
          league standings
          -The records of the teams within the tie against the next lowest team in the league standings.
          This process shall continue using all teams in the league standings
          There are four more after that including the last, a draw from the hat.

  12. Logan has 1 loss (to Newark) in the last month. So close to 11 in a row.

    But the point stands! ;D Good work as always Matt!

      1. Excuses! We expect exact photographic memory of all 100+ team results and their relative standings in league, vs their division, vs their NCS needs to get in.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *