TOP STORY: An upset loss by Peabody (Peabody, Mass.) on Saturday opens the door for Maria Carrillo (Santa Rosa, Calif.) to inherit the No. 1 ranking this week. This perennial California fall-season power was in the running for No. 1 the past two years. Now, if this team wins out, the Pumas will finally capture that elusive national title.
BIG MOVER: Neshaminy (Langhorne, Pa.). This District 1-AAA title threat jumped up to No. 30 from No. 47 this week, the greatest move among the ranked teams.
NEWCOMERS: No. 19 Holy Cross (Kensington, Md.), No. 28 Viewmont (Bountiful, Utah), No. 48 Freehold Borough (Freehold, N.J.), No. 49 West Islip (West Islip, N.Y.), No. 50 East Brunswick (East Brunswick, N.J.).
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. 21, 2012
|Rk.||School (City, State)||Record||Prev.|
|1||Maria Carrillo (Santa Rosa, Calif.)||16-0-0||2|
|Arizona State commit Katie Mohr had three goals and two assists last week as Maria Carrillo defeated Rancho Cotate and Santa Rosa.|
|2||Northern Highlands (Allendale, N.J.)||16-0-0||3|
|Clare Shea had two goals and one assist as Northern Highlands defeated Hackensack 7-0 in regular-season play before handling Glen Rock 4-0 in a county tournament match Sunday.|
|3||Perrysburg (Perrysburg, Ohio)||17-0-0||4|
|The opening playoff matches for all seven Ohio top 25-ranked teams ended up being blowouts, starting with Perrysburg’s 10-0 win over Waite.|
|4||Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)||15-0-2||7|
|Walsh Jesuit cruised to a 9-0 win over Crestwood in its playoff opener.|
|5||Strongsville (Strongsville, Ohio)||16-1-0||8|
|Strongsville defeated Lakewood 6-0 last week in the team’s playoff opener.|
|6||St. Agnes (Memphis, Tenn.)||16-0-1||10|
|St. Agnes will start the Division II-AA playoffs as the top seed this week.|
|7||Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.)||13-0-2||12|
|Skyline’s current 35-match undefeated streak is tied for the third-longest active streak in the nation.|
|8||Pickerington North (Pickerington, Ohio)||15-0-2||13|
|Pickerington North handled Groveport Madison 8-0 in a playoff opener last week.|
|9||McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.)||14-1-0||18|
|McDonogh’s opening weekend loss is a thing of the past now that the Eagles bounced former Top 50 No. 1 Good Counsel in a wild 5-4 outing last week.|
|10||Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg, Pa.)||18-1-1||14|
|Jen Falconer delivered the game-winning goal as Cumberland Valley edged state-ranked Lower Dauphin 3-2 in the Mid-Penn title match. Cumberland Valley, last school year’s spring champ, starts district tournament play this week.|
|11||Peters Township (McMurray, Pa.)||17-1-0||15|
|Peters Township is averaging 6.3 goals per match this season as it aims for a third straight state title.|
|12||Strath Haven (Wallingford, Pa.)||17-0-0||16|
|Allie Wilson scored late in the match to give Strath Haven a 1-0 win over Harriton and complete a second straight undefeated run through league play.|
|13||Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)||10-1-2||6|
|Good Counsel, the preseason No. 1 team, was still in the running for the top spot until a loss to McDonogh last week, followed by a draw with upstart Holy Cross.|
|14||Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)||19-0-1||19|
|A loss last week by Franklin, which had one of the longest undefeated runs in the country, allows Farragut to move into the top ranking among Tennessee public schools. Farragut is the last undefeated team remaining in Tennessee Class AAA.|
|15||Eastern (Vorhees, N.J.)||18-1-0||5|
|Eastern was knocked from the ranks of the undefeated last week, but a pair of wins over No. 16-ranked and five-time defending state champion Lenape keeps this program ranked among the national elite.|
|16||Lenape (Medford, N.J.)||14-3-0||17|
|Lenape edged Shawnee 1-0 in the South Jersey Coaches Tournament semifinals Sunday.|
|17||Dublin Coffman (Dublin, Ohio)||13-0-4||20|
|Seven players scored goals as Dublin Coffman cruised to a 10-0 win over Central Crossing in a playoff opener last week.|
|18||Dublin Jerome (Dublin, Ohio)||13-1-3||21|
|Nine different players scored as Dublin Jerome opened the playoffs with a 9-0 win over Northland last week.|
|19||Holy Cross (Kensington, Md.)||11-0-1||NR|
|Holy Cross has made a surprising run up the Washington Post Top 10 after a win over D.C. No. 1 and former Top 50-ranked Sidwell Friends (D.C.) and a scoreless draw with former ESR Top 50 No. 1 Good Counsel.|
|20||Holy Name (Parma, Ohio)||12-2-2||22|
|Holy Name’s 5-0 win over Fairview sets up a playoff clash with top 50-ranked Bay on Tuesday.|
|21||River Hill (Clarksville, Md.)||14-0-0||24|
|Alex Hamer netted the lone goal as River Hill edged Atholton 1-0 to remain perfect. The Hawks have allowed only five goals in a highly competitive Howard County League.|
|22||Tahoma (Maple Valley, Wash.)||14-0-0||25|
|Brie Hooks continues to roll up big offensive numbers, scoring four goals and adding four assists in Tahoma’s three matches last week.|
|23||Glastonbury (Glastonbury, Conn.)||12-0-0||29|
|Defending state champion Glastonbury ran its undefeated streak to 31 matches with a pair of wins last week.|
|24||Lincoln-Sudbury (Sudbury, Mass.)||13-0-0||30|
|A loss by Peabody gives Lincoln-Sudbury the No. 1 ranking in Massachusetts, and it comes with an interesting twist. Peabody lost to former state power Acton-Boxboro in a non-league match last week. This week, Lincoln-Sudbury faces Acton-Boxboro for the second time in league play.|
|25||Washingtonville (Washingtonville, N.Y.)||11-0-0||31|
|Losses last week by St. Anthony’s and Niskayuna allow Washingtonville to inherit the No. 1 ranking in New York and move up in the ESR Top 50.|
|26||Christian Academy of Knoxville (Knoxville, Tenn.)||18-0-3||27|
|27||Montgomery (Skillman, N.J.)||14-1-2||28|
|28||Viewmont (Bountiful, Utah)||19-1-0||NR|
|Season complete. Class 5A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,700 students in grades 10-12.
Notes: Ella Johnson, one of several senior starters, headed home the winning goal in overtime as Viewmont edged Alta 1-0 in the final. This was Viewmont’s third straight trip to the state final, but first win during that run. The program’s other titles were in 1993 and 1998. Viewmont’s only loss during the season was to Lone Peak, which it avenged with a playoff victory over Lone Peak.
Fun Fact: Viewmont is more widely known as a boys’ wrestling state power in the past decade, winning seven of nine state titles between 2002-2010.
|29||Alta (Sandy, Utah)||18-1-1||9|
|Season complete. Class 5A state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 2,586 students in grades 10-12.
Notes: Alta’s bid for an eighth state title since 2001 came up short in a 1-0 loss to Viewmont, which was a rematch of last year’s final. Alta figures to be among the ESR Top 50 preseason favorites next year as juniors Bizzy Phillips (22 goals), Madi Lyons (20 goals) and Sydney Fitzpatrick (14 goals) return.
Fun Fact: Julianne Hough of “Dancing With The Stars” fame is an Alta graduate.
|30||Neshaminy (Langhorne, Pa.)||17-1-0||47|
|31||Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, Va.)||10-1-2||32|
|32||Central Catholic (Lawrence, Mass.)||11-0-2||45|
|33||Peabody (Peabody, Mass.)||14-1-0||1|
|34||Lakeville North (Lakeville, Minn.)||16-1-2||34|
|35||Franklin (Franklin, Tenn.)||16-1-2||11|
|36||St. Anthony’s (Melville, N.Y.)||12-2-1||23|
|37||Hilliard-Davidson (Hilliard, Ohio)||15-2-0||36|
|38||Exeter (Exeter, N.H.)||16-0-0||37|
|39||Bay (Bay Village, Ohio)||15-1-1||38|
|40||South Side (Rockville Centre, N.Y.)||11-0-1||40|
|41||Rocky River (Rocky River, Ohio)||15-2-0||42|
|42||Magnificat (Rocky River, Ohio)||13-2-1||43|
|43||Ursuline Academy (Cincinnati, Ohio)||13-2-2||44|
|44||Pennington School (Pennington, N.J.)||11-2-0||46|
|45||Green Valley (Henderson, Nev.)||12-0-1||48|
|46||St. Joseph (South Bend, Ind.)||21-2-0||49|
|47||Gig Harbor (Gig Harbor, Wash.)||10-0-1||50|
|48||Freehold Borough (Freehold, N.J.)||14-0-0||NR|
|49||West Islip (West Islip, N.Y.)||12-1-1||NR|
|50||East Brunswick (East Brunswick, N.J.)||15-1-2||NR|