DANVILLE -- After two weeks and 15 matches, the stars aligned during the finale of the Tri-Valley Champions Challenge, as the Berkeley and host Monte Vista high boys soccer teams played Saturday with the championship on the line.
Monte Vista needed only a tie to win its second consecutive title. But the Mustangs still took no chances.
Monte Vista scored at crucial junctions, just before half and right after half, turning a closely contested match into a comfortable 3-0 win over Berkeley to finish the tournament with 27 points, seven points clear of Amador Valley.
"It feels great to win this tournament, especially using the momentum after Monday's win over Pittsburg," Monte Vista junior Arman Mogharei said. "Berkeley is a great team and they possessed the ball well and really made us work for it, but we were able to push through."
Mogharei's second goal of the match, just four minutes after halftime, was the back-breaker for the Yellowjackets, as that followed Jeff Greenberg's goal just before the halftime whistle.
Mogharei first scored in the 13th minute as Monte Vista (7-0-1) took control early on, but as the half reached the midway point, Berkeley (4-1-1) was able to even play out.
The Yellowjackets possession style helped create space, but they could not take advantage. In the second half, the Mustangs adjusted, giving the visitors less space to work with.
Berkeley finishes the tournament in fourth place with 16 points.
Amador Valley 4, College Park 1: The Dons had a chance to create a tie, and even a three-team tie, atop the TVC standings, but needed to win by three goals and in doing so needed a shutout.
Amador Valley (5-0-1) had the three-goal victory it needed, but lost the shutout in the 67th minute, finishing in second place with 20 points after the 4-1 win.
"It was a great tournament and a great experience to play the top teams from other leagues," Amador Valley coach Scott Berglin said. "We're starting to gel and look more dynamic in space, but we still have some inconsistencies to work on."
The Dons had the 3-0 lead they needed late in the game, getting all three goals in the first half. Alex Krause had a rocket shot to the far post to make it 1-0 in the 27th minute.
After that, the goals started to come as Pierre Marie scored on a header two minutes later, and Ryan Racer scored on a penalty kick in the 36th minute.
Erik Lopez played the role of spoiler when he scored for the Falcons (1-3-2), finishing a nifty goal to make it 3-1.
Tyler Pangia rounded out the scoring, adding to his East Bay leading total with his 10th goal.
Pittsburg 9, Dougherty Valley 2: The Pirates finished with a flurry, finishing the TVC with a strong showing at 19 points after beating the Wildcats in the morning finale.
Edwin Barelas scored two goals in the first six minutes as Pittsburg (3-1-1) was off and running early.
Javier Valencia had a day to remember, scoring three goals and assisting on two others while Brandon Garibay had a goal and an assist as well.
Dougherty Valley (2-5-0) got goals from Omar Maldonado and Borrdya Pour Bolourchian.
San Ramon Valley 3, Liberty 2: The Wolves ended the TVC on a strong note, using two second half goals to pull away from the Lions.
San Ramon Valley (2-2-0) got goals after halftime from Matt Labrie and Michael Maul to shake a short-handed Liberty side.
The Wolves took a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute thanks to Nathan Miller, but Liberty (0-5-0) equalized thanks to a goal from Salvador Castro, who was set up nicely by Cody DeYoe.
San Ramon Valley got a fight for the rest of the half, but scored in the 45th and 52nd minutes and essentially took control of the game.
Edgar Ordaz made it interesting with a 78th minute goal, but the Lions couldn't get a third.