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Girls ESR Top 50: Oct. 9

TOP STORY: Consider this the “correction” week. In a rare move, three teams previously unranked jumped into the Top 25, and one former top 15 team moved down 10 spots as a result. The big winners were Strath Haven (Wallingford, Pa.), which vaulted to No. 18 with its undefeated record. The team’s early schedule did not include any opponents of state or regional consequence until a big win last week over Conestoga, which justified a significant jump. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.) moved up for a recent win over Holy Name (Parma, Ohio), which had a win over St. Anthony’s (Melville, N.Y.). Those head-to-head results brought a new order to teams ranked 15-25 this week.

BIG MOVER: Peters Township (McMurray, Pa.). The defending state champions make a 13-spot move, the largest leap among the teams that were in last week’s rankings. Peters Township’s only loss is a setback to top 10-ranked Cumberland Valley, and coupled with losses by teams from last week’s top 25, spots opened up for this program to jump higher. A potential state playoff meeting with Cumberland Valley is seemingly very possible this fall.

NEWCOMERS: No. 18 Strath Haven (Wallingford, Pa.), No. 23 Christian Academy of Knoxville (Knoxville, Tenn.), No. 24 Holy Name (Parma, Ohio), No. 49 Central Catholic (Lawrence, Mass.), No. 50 Centerville (Centerville, Ohio).

NOTE: The fall season includes the following states: California (fall), Connecticut, D.C., Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia (private), Washington, West Virginia.

Rankings through matches played as of Oct. 7, 2012

Rk. School (City, State) Record Prev.
1 Peabody (Peabody, Mass.) 8-0-0 1
After a pair of high-scoring outings last week, Peabody — with Haley Dowd — is avergaing five goals per match.
2 Maria Carrillo (Santa Rosa, Calif.) 12-0-0 2
Arizona State commit Katie Mohr leads the team with 11 goals and seven assists. Second on the team is freshman Maddy Gonzalez with six goals and seven assists. Gonzalez will be heading to North Carolina later this month for the U.S. Under-15 training camp.
3 Northern Highlands (Allendale, N.J.) 11-0-0 3
Madison Holleran scored four goals last week as Northern Highlands ran up three victories. Holleran had at least one goal in each match.
4 Perrysburg (Perrysburg, Ohio) 14-0-0 4
Senior-loaded Perrysburg has allowed only one goal in its last nine matches.
5 Eastern (Vorhees, N.J.) 12-0-0 5
Eastern is strengthening its case to be considered No. 1 in New Jersey following a 3-0 win over five-time defending champ Lenape. Christina Padovani, Jaylyn Thompson and Maxine Turshin were the goal scorers.
6 Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) 7-0-1 6
Midge Purce returned to the lineup after her stint with the U.S. Under-17 World Cup team, and she netted a pair of goals in the Falcons’ 4-0 win over Elizabeth Seton.
7 Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) 12-0-2 7
Walsh Jesuit defeated Hoban and St. Francis de Sales last week to extend its undefeated run. Freshman Juli Knapp scored twice against de Sales in the 3-0 decision.
8 Magnificat (Rocky River, Ohio) 10-1-1 8
Magnificat won a pair of 1-0 matches last week, but its league clash with Padua Franciscan was postponed due to poor field conditions.
9 Strongsville (Strongsville, Ohio) 12-1-0 9
Strongsville is riding an 11-match win streak since an early setback to Magnificat. The team travels to New Mexico this week for two matches, including a contest against current state No. 2 Los Alamos.
10 Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) 13-0-1 11
Taylor Sneidman scored all three goals as Cumberland Valley defeated Mechanicsburg last week.
11 St. Agnes (Memphis, Tenn.) 14-0-1 13
St. Agnes won a pair of matches last week to move higher in this week’s rankings.
12 Beavercreek (Beavercreek, Ohio) 13-0-1 12
Beavercreek has a showdown with top 50-ranked Centerville this week.
13 Alta (Sandy, Utah) 15-0-1 14
Alta will enter the Utah playoffs as the state favorite, but league rival Brighton could be a serious challenger to this perennial power.
14 Franklin (Franklin, Tenn.) 15-0-2 16
Franklin capped a three-win week with a 3-1 victory over Siegel on Sunday.
15 Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) 9-0-2 25
Lianna Simms scored three goals in the team’s 3-0 win over Bothell and Anne Deweirdt added a pair of goals as Skyline edged Inglemoor 3-2 last week.
16 Pickerington North (Pickerington, Ohio) 13-0-2 21
Christy Macioce and Kate Prewitt scored as Pickerington North edged Hilliard Davidson 2-1 last week.
17 Peters Township (McMurray, Pa.) 13-1-0 30
Peters Township’s only loss is to Cumberland Valley, a team it was beating until allowing a pair of goals in the final seven minutes. Peters Township is continuing its Pittsburgh area dominance and could get a rematch with Cumberland Valley in the state playoffs.
18 Strath Haven (Wallingford, Pa.) 13-0-0 NR
A win over Conestoga last week was the result needed to lift Strath Haven into the rankings. Now, with a perfect record, this team has earned its place among the nation’s elite and could be on course for a postseason clash with other ranked Pennsylvania programs.
19 Lenape (Medford, N.J.) 8-3-0 18
Lenape fell a spot following a second loss to No. 5 Eastern in a matter of two weeks. It’s hard to move Lenape down too far considering it beat No. 20 Paul VI, which beat No. 21 McDonogh (Md.).
20 Paul VI (Haddon Township, N.J.) 9-2-1 19
An up-and-down Cherokee team stunned Paul VI last week. Cherokee, a former top 25 team, has wins over Lenape and Paul VI, but also several losses. Paul VI remains ahead of Cherokee in the league standings.
21 McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) 10-1-0 20
McDonogh is pretty much riding the coattails of Paul VI (N.J.), and the team’s only chance to move up in the rankings will come in a clash for state No. 1 against Good Counsel later this season.
22 Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.) 15-0-1 31
It might seem odd that a team moves up nine spots following a draw, but such is the case as Farragut makes a move up while other former Top 25 teams stumbled.
23 Christian Academy of Knoxville (Knoxville, Tenn.) 14-0-2 NR
CAK was outside of the Tennessee top five until playing to a draw with Farragut. Given the team’s undefeated record and Farragut’s results, CAK had to move into this week’s rankings.
24 Holy Name (Parma, Ohio) 9-2-2 NR
Holy Name’s losses are to Walsh Jesuit and Farragut (Tenn.), and the recent win streak moves it into the top 25 this week.
25 St. Anthony’s (Melville, N.Y.) 8-1-1 15
St. Anthony’s handled St. Dominic and Holy Trinity last week, but its early loss to Holy Name (Ohio) and other subsequent Holy Name results led to a reassignment of this team’s ranking.
26 River Hill (Clarksville, Md.) 10-0-0 24
27 Tahoma (Maple Valley, Wash.) 10-0-0 27
28 Niskayuna (Niskayuna, N.Y.) 11-0-0 26
29 Dublin Coffman (Dublin, Ohio) 11-0-4 17
30 Dublin Jerome (Dublin, Ohio) 10-1-3 22
31 Montgomery (Skillman, N.J.) 8-1-2 23
32 Glastonbury (Glastonbury, Conn.) 8-0-0 32
33 Lincoln-Sudbury (Sudbury, Mass.) 8-0-0 33
34 Bethel Park (Bethel Park, Pa.) 14-0-0 34
35 Washingtonville (Washingtonville, N.Y.) 6-0-0 35
36 Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, Va.) 7-1-2 37
37 Issaquah (Issaquah, Wash.) 11-1-0 40
38 Lakeville North (Lakeville, Minn.) 13-1-2 41
39 Tualatin (Tualatin, Ore.) 7-1-1 42
40 Hilliard-Davidson (Hilliard, Ohio) 12-2-0 39
41 Exeter (Exeter, N.H.) 13-0-0 43
42 Red Land (Lewisberry, Pa.) 12-1-1 45
43 Sachem East (Sachem, N.Y.) 9-0-1 46
44 Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.) 16-2-1 48
45 Ursuline Academy (Cincinnati, Ohio) 9-2-2 49
46 South Side (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) 7-0-1 28
47 West Lawn (Wilson, Pa.) 12-0-1 50
48 Pennridge (Perkasie, Pa.) 9-1-2 29
49 Central Catholic (Lawrence, Mass.) 9-0-0 NR
50 Centerville (Centerville, Ohio) 14-1-0 NR

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