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Boys ESR Top 50: Oct. 2

NOTES: The fall season includes the following states: California (fall), Colorado, Connecticut, D.C., Delaware, Georgia (GISA-fall), Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia (private), West Virginia, Wisconsin.

TOP STORY: Delbarton (Morristown, N.J.). Delbarton went from state ranked to national title contender with a pair of Saturday wins. Delbarton knocked off former No. 3 Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) before returning to the field for a win over Chaminade (Mineola, N.Y.). The results jump Delbarton to No. 2 this week.

BIG MOVER: St. Anthony’s (Melville, N.Y.). Of the teams ranked last week, St. Anthony’s made the biggest move by vaulting to No. 7 from the No. 50 spot following a win over former Top 10-ranked Martin Luther King (Manhattan, N.Y.).

NEWCOMERS: 2. Delbarton School (Morristown, N.J.), 23. Rustin (West Chester, Pa.), 25. Christian Brothers (St. Louis, Mo.), 31. Brighton (Brighton, Mich.), 32.Half Hollow Hills West (Dix Hills, N.Y.), 43. Concord-Carlisle (Concord, Mass.), 44. Lyons Township (LaGrange, Ill.), 45. Quincy (Quincy, Ill.), 46. Arlington (LaGrangeville, N.Y.), 47. Twinsburg (Twinsburg, Ohio), 48. Sanderson (Raleigh, N.C.), 49. Blue Valley Northwest (Overland Park, Kan.), 50. Lincoln (Portland, Ore.).

Rankings through matches played as of Sept. 30, 2012

Rk. School (City, State) Record Prev.
1 St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.) 9-0-0 1
Juan Parado scored the first goal as St. Benedict’s defeated Pennington School 2-0 in a battle of undefeated teams. The result extended the Gray Bees’ win streak to 45 matches.
2 Delbarton School (Morristown, N.J.) 9-0-0 NR
Delbarton makes a major leap in this week’s ESR Top 50, checking in at No. 2 after defeating previous No. 3 Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 3-0. Since Gonzaga and DeMatha played to a draw, Delbarton’s win justified a higher ranking than DeMatha, which falls to No. 3 this week. Mike Moshier had a goal and one assist against Gonzaga.
3 DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) 6-0-1 2
DeMatha blanked Salesianum (Del.) 2-0 is a battle of elite East Coast programs. DeMatha has allowed only one goal this year, and that came in a 1-1 draw with Gonzaga (D.C.).
4 Brentwood (Brentwood, N.Y.) 7-0-0 6
Carlos Escobar delivered the game-winning goal as Brentwood edged Sachem North 1-0 last week. Ever Torres then scored twice in the team’s 3-1 win over Sachem East.
5 Naperville Central (Naperville, Ill.) 14-0-0 7
Naperville Central puts its perfect record on the line this week against rival and state-ranked Naperville North.
6 Marquette (Milwaukee, Wis.) 15-0-2 9
Marquette stock jumped following a four-win week, capped by a bracket championship at the Gateway City Soccer Classic in St. Louis. Marquette’s busy week started with a win over perennial title challenger Brookfield East in Wisconsin. In St. Louis, Marquette defeated Kickapoo (Mo.), Dunbar (Ky.) and Rock Bridge (Mo.) en route to the program’s second straight group title at the event.
7 St. Anthony’s (Melville, N.Y.) 6-0-1 50
St. Anthony’s makes a major jump in this week’s rankings after pinning a 2-0 defeat on former top 10-ranked Martin Luther King. Brendan Reardon had a goal against MLK then delivered one goal and two assists during the team’s 5-1 victory over Iona Prep.
8 St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.) 16-0-2 8
St. Xavier extended its undefeated run to 44 matches with a win over Atherton and a draw with Greenwood.
9 St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio) 10-0-3 4
St. Ignatius tied a pair of nationally ranked teams last week. First, undefeated Twinsburg and St. Ignatius drew, which allowed Twinsburg to sneak into this week’s Top 50. On Saturday, St. Ignatius tied Western Reserve Academy, which was ranked No. 4 in the ESR Prep School rankings last week.
10 McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) 6-0-0 11
McDonogh shut out Mount St. Joseph and John Carroll last week to remain perfect, but the Eagles will get tested this week with a Tuesday match against Loyola.
11 Jesuit (Portland, Ore.) 6-1-0 18
Thanks to Sacramento Jesuit’s strong showing in St. Louis, Portland Jesuit — which defeated its California rival two weeks ago — moves higher in this week’s rankings.
12 Sacramento Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.) 14-1-1 20
New Mexico commit Niko Hansen emerged as the top overall player at the 62-team Gateway City Soccer Classic in St. Louis last week, scoring four of the team’s five goals in wins over Chaminade (Mo.) and Pingry (N.J.).
13 Wesleyan Christian (High Point, N.C.) 17-0-0 15
Wesleyan Christian inched closer to a showdown with Greensboro Day School by defeating Calvary Baptist 4-0. Wesleyan and GDS are a combined 28-0 this season.
14 Morton (Cicero, Ill.) 18-1-0 17
Morton capped a three-win week with a 4-1 decision over Downers Grove North.
15 Olentangy Liberty (Powell, Ohio) 11-0-0 19
Liberty’s perfect season continued with a 5-1 win last week over Hilliard-Davidson.
16 Green Hope (Cary, N.C.) 12-0-0 21
Green Hope moves a few spots higher after edging Cardinal Gibbons 3-2 last week.
17 Parkland (Allentown, Pa.) 11-0-0 23
Parkland is the state’s top-ranked team, but it hasn’t exactly put teams away recently. A pair of 1-0 wins last week gives the team five 1-0 wins in its last seven matches.
18 Carmel (Carmel, Ind.) 12-0-4 24
Carmel’s 1-0 win over Evansville Memorial earned the team the state’s No. 1 ranking, but the national value of that result declined when Memorial went 1-2 at the Gateway City Soccer Classic in St. Louis over the weekend.
19 Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 7-1-1 3
Gonzaga’s stay in the top five ended with a loss to Delbarton (N.J.). However, the team’s earlier draw with DeMatha keeps it ranked in front of Salesianum, which lost to DeMatha on Saturday.
20 Martin Luther King (Manhattan, N.Y.) 8-1-0 5
Martin Luther King’s win streak ended at 26 matches with a 2-0 loss to St. Anthony’s in a meeting between the defending City League champion and a perennial Catholic League power. MLK bounced back with a 3-1 win over Shea (R.I.).
21 Salesianum (Wilmington, Del.) 4-1-0 16
Salesianum dropped a 2-0 decision to DeMatha (Md.) on Saturday, a result that will keep this Delaware power ranked behind the D.C. Metro powers of DeMatha and Gonzaga (D.C.) this season.
22 Lee’s Summit North (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) 10-0-2 44
Quinton Conyers scored the lone goal as Lee’s Summit North edged Blue Springs South. This team will face tougher tests later in the season.
23 Rustin (West Chester, Pa.) 10-0-0 NR
Nick Rohleder scored the lone goal as Rustin defeated Great Valley in a battle of undefeated programs.
24 Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.) 13-2-1 10
Unlike the other local powers, Chaminade competes in the Showcase Bracket as opposed to an eight-team tournament at the Gateway City Soccer Classic. Chaminade lost to nationally ranked Jesuit (Calif.) and tied South Kent Prep (Conn.), which is ranked among the top five Prep School programs in the U.S. Chaminade maintains its local No. 1 ranking over Christian Brothers, which it beat earlier in the season.
25 Christian Brothers (St. Louis, Mo.) 13-2-1 NR
Craig McLaurine scored twice to help Christian Brothers to a 3-1 win over Bishop Gorman (Nev.) in the A Bracket final at the Gateway City Soccer Classic. The result capped a 3-0 showing by CBC, which has now won four bracket titles at the event since 2007.
26 Francis Lewis (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.) 6-0-0 31
27 Ramapo (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) 5-0-0 32
28 Maria Carrillo (Santa Rosa, Calif.) 11-0-2 33
29 Upper St. Clair (Upper St. Clair, Pa.) 9-0-1 34
30 Scotch Plains (Scotch Plains, N.J.) 9-0-1 41
31 Brighton (Brighton, Mich.) 9-0-4 NR
32 Half Hollow Hills West (Dix Hills, N.Y.) 7-0-0 NR
33 Marin Academy (San Rafael, Calif.) 9-1-1 42
34 Hicksville (Hicksville, N.Y.) 6-0-1 13
35 Pingry (Martinsville, N.J.) 7-1-1 35
36 Ludlow (Ludlow, Mass.) 6-0-1 39
37 Charleston Catholic (Charleston, W.Va.) 15-0-0 43
38 Greensboro Day School (Greensboro, N.C.) 11-0-0 45
39 Prairie Seeds Academy (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) 10-0-0 46
40 Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) 12-1-0 48
41 Norwalk (Norwalk, Conn.) 6-0-0 49
42 East Kentwood (Kentwood, Mich.) 10-1-3 14
43 Concord-Carlisle (Concord, Mass.) 7-0-0 NR
44 Lyons Township (LaGrange, Ill.) 13-3-1 NR
45 Quincy (Quincy, Ill.) 14-2-1 NR
46 Arlington (LaGrangeville, N.Y.) 8-0-0 NR
47 Twinsburg (Twinsburg, Ohio) 10-0-2 NR
48 Sanderson (Raleigh, N.C.) 14-0-2 NR
49 Blue Valley Northwest (Overland Park, Kan.) 9-1-0 NR
50 Lincoln (Portland, Ore.) 5-0-1 NR
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