The Berkeley High boys soccer team was looking to remain perfect in the West Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division, but was facing its toughest task so far this season on Jan. 10 when it hosted top challenger Bishop O'Dowd.

The host Yellowjackets not only stayed perfect in league play after the 1-0 win, but continued their streak of clean sheets as they still have not allowed a goal in league play at press time.

It wasn't until the 57th minute when Berkeley (11-1-1, 6-0-0 WACC) was able to break through. After an even first half, the Yellowjackets started to create opportunities before Yassine Hamdouni put the game-winner across.

Hamdouni got into the penalty area, was able to split two defenders to get into the six-yard box, then used the outside of his foot to sneak the ball past the Bishop O'Dowd goalkeeper and into the net.

"Jasper (Hebert) found me with a great pass, I saw the seam and got between the defenders," Hamdouni said. "I saw the goalie coming at me, I tried not to hit it too hard and I got lucky enough to get it past him."

The Dragons (5-2-3, 3-1-2) also boast a stingy defense, and had only allowed two goals in league play heading into the showdown with Berkeley.

Boys basketball

El Cerrito 87, St. Patrick-St. Vincent 77: The visiting Gauchos bounced back from their first loss of the season with an impressive victory over the Bruins (14-2, 1-1 Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division) on Jan. 10.


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The Gauchos (15-1, 1-1) received a jaw-dropping 40 points, including a 19 for 20 performance from the free-throw line, from junior Tyrell Alcorn. He also had six steals, five rebounds and three assists. Teammates Anthony Sullen and Jovontae Carleton added 17 and 15 points respectively.

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St. Joseph Notre Dame 55, El Cerrito 49: The host Gauchos dropped their first game of the season as the Pilots outscored the Gauchos 23-22 in the fourth quarter in their TCAL-Rock opener on Jan. 8. Sayeed Pridgett led El Cerrito with 15 points. Temidayo Yussuf of St. Joseph Notre Dame paced all scorers with 27 points.

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