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Girls ESR Top 50: Nov. 6

TOP STORY: Maria Carrillo (Santa Rosa, Calif.) is inching closer to a first-ever national title. The Northern California power reached the section semifinals this week and need a pair of wins to secure the No. 1 ranking.

BIG MOVER: Mason (Mason, Ohio). Mason avenged its only loss of the season with a 2-1 win over Top 50-ranked Ursuline Academy, sending this program into the state semifinals. Mason moved up to No.; 17 and the three other Division I semifinalist are all ranked in the Top 10.

NEWCOMERS: No. 27 Wayzata (Plymouth, Minn.), No. 28 Brentwood (Brentwood, Tenn.), No. 42 Tates Creek (Lexington, Ky.), No. 45 Kellenberg (Uniondale, N.Y.), No. 46 Freehold Borough (Freehold, N.J.), No. 47 Seneca Valley (Harmony, Pa.), No. 48 Evansville Memorial (Evansville, Ind.) and No. 50 Northwest Catholic (West Hartford, Conn.).

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 Nov. 4, 2012

Rk. School (City, State) Record Prev.
1 Maria Carrillo (Santa Rosa, Calif.) 18-0-0 1
Maria Carrillo’s section semifinal contest is against Analy, a team it beat 5-1 to start the season.
2 Northern Highlands (Allendale, N.J.) 18-0-0 2
Northern Highlands was idle due to Hurricane Sandy.
3 Perrysburg (Perrysburg, Ohio) 21-0-0 3
Perrysburg is the only undefeated, untied team remaining in the Ohio state playoffs. The team squares off against Strongsville in the semifinals this week.
4 Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) 19-0-2 4
After knocking off nationally ranked Rocky River 2-1 in the regional semifinal, Walsh Jesuit added a regional title to the trophy case with a 3-0 win over Canfield. The win sends Walsh Jesuit into the state semifinals this week.
5 Strongsville (Strongsville, Ohio) 20-1-0 5
Dominique Dinardo and Melissa Shoff each had a goal and one assist to help Strongsville past Solon 4-1 in the regional final. The win sends Strongsville into a state semifinal match with No. 3-ranked Perrysburg.
6 Pickerington North (Pickerington, Ohio) 19-0-2 6
Pickerington North took out a pair of Top 25 teams last week to reach this week’s state semifinals. After pinning the first loss of the year on Dublin Coffman, the Panthers edged Dublin Jerome 1-0 in the regional final. Ashlynn Jones netted the winning goal. Pickerington North faces Mason in the state semifinals.
7 Strath Haven (Wallingford, Pa.) 21-0-0 9
Morgan Glassford scored three goals and Strath Haven pinned a eye-popping 6-0 defeat on Downingtown West in the district final. The result sends Strath Haven into the state tournament as the district’s top seed, but an unfortunate result in District 3 leaves this program facing former top 10-ranked Cumberland Valley in the state’s round of 16.
8 Peters Township (McMurray, Pa.) 20-1-0 8
Virginia commit Veronica Latsko, a junior, scored in the closing seconds of overtime to lead Peters Township to a 2-1 victory over top 50-ranked Seneca Valley for the district title. Peters Township starts state playoff action this week.
9 McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) 16-2-0 12
The Eagles advanced to this week’s IAAM final against rival Archbishop Spalding, whose longtime coach has announced he will retire at season’s end.
10 Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) 16-1-2 13
Season complete. Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,200 students in grades 10-12.
Notes: The preseason No. 1 team in the nation became the first team to secure a final Top 10 ranking with a 2-0 win over Bishop O’Connell (Va.) in the WCAC final. With the match at 1-0 late in the contest, keeper Megan Hinz saved an O’Connell penalty kick. Midge Purce, who represented the U.S. at the Under-17 World Championships this past fall, scored her second goal of the match shortly thereafter to give the Falcons breathing room.
Fun Fact: While in the military, Good Counsel head coach Jim Bruno got to celebrate his 21st birthday twice. Bruno, who was a 4th Infrantry Division-combat medic, turned 21 the day he left Vietnam. However, his flight heading east took him over the International Date Line, making it a day earlier. Therefore, the next day, he “turned” 21 again.
11 Eastern (Vorhees, N.J.) 21-1-1 14
Eastern was one of the few teams, along with league rival Lenape, to play matches in New Jersey last week. Most high school action was halted as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Madison Tiernan had a goal and an assist as Eastern defeated Cherry Hill West 2-0 in a Sunday match, which also marked a school-record 21st victory for the team.
12 Lenape (Medford, N.J.) 17-3-1 15
Lenape received goals from three players in a 3-0 win over Vineland in first-round playoff action.
13 Tahoma (Maple Valley, Wash.) 18-0-0 16
Kaysha Darcie had two goals and one assist to help Tahoma to a 4-0 win over Evergreen for the Bi-District title.
14 Glastonbury (Glastonbury, Conn.) 16-0-0 19
Glastonbury pushed its win streak to 36 matches with a 7-0 win over Wethersfield.
15 River Hill (Clarksville, Md.) 16-0-0 21
River Hill advanced to this week’s regional final, leaving this one-time state power only three wins away from regaining the title as top public school team in Maryland.
16 Washingtonville (Washingtonville, N.Y.) 16-0-0 22
Kathleen Bidad converted the winning penalty kick as Washingtonville edged state-ranked Monroe-Woodbury 3-2 in a shootout following a 1-1 result through regulation and overtime. Washingtonville, with a new coach this season, continues its local domination as the win over Monroe-Woodbury marked the program’s fourth district title in five seasons and 17th overall.
17 Mason (Mason, Ohio) 19-1-1 47
Mason avenged its only loss of the season, beating Ursuline Academy 2-1 in the regional final. The result sends Mason up 30 spots in this week’s rankings and into the state semifinals with a showdown against undefeated Pickerington North.
18 Montgomery (Skillman, N.J.) 17-1-2 24
Montgomery was idle last week due to Hurricane Sandy.
19 Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, Va.) 14-2-2 11
Season complete. Washington Catholic Athletic Conference runner-up.
School Facts: Private, 1,200 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Both of Bishop O’Connell’s defeats were to a Good Counsel (Md.) that spent time at No. 1 in the nation this season. The most recent setback was 2-0 decision in the WCAC final. O’Connell had a chance to tie that match at one but a penalty kick attempt was saved by the Good Counsel keeper and a minute later Good Counsel added an insurance goal. This year’s team was led by Virginia commit Morgan Ruether.
Fun Fact: O’Connell is home to the annual Superdance, a 12-hour dance marathon that raises money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The first dance was held in 1976 and since it has raised more than $4 million for the foundation.
20 Viewmont (Bountiful, Utah) 19-1-0 26
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.
21 Alta (Sandy, Utah) 18-1-1 27
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.
22 Dublin Coffman (Dublin, Ohio) 15-1-4 17
Season complete. Ohio Division I regional semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 1,850 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Dublin Coffman’s undefeated season ended with a playoff loss to Pickerington North in the regional semifinals. The team tied fellow Top 25-ranked Dublin Jerome and Walsh Jesuit.
Fun Fact: From the inception of the school in 1973 until 1995, the school was simply known as Dublin. The “Coffman” was added in 1995 as the city of Dublin, home to the original Wendy’s fast-food restaurant, laid plans for a second high school in the city.
23 Dublin Jerome (Dublin, Ohio) 16-2-3 18
Season complete. Ohio Division I regional finalist.
School Facts: Public, 1,250 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: During Dublin Jerome’s 19-match undefeated run, the team tied both Pickerington North and Dublin Coffman. A loss to Pickerington North in the regional final ended Jerome’s undefeated streak and season.
Fun Fact: Jerome, the newest of three Dublin high schools — opened in 2004 — is nicknamed the Celtics, and a bagpiper leads the football team onto the field for every game.
24 Central Catholic (Lawrence, Mass.) 13-0-4 29
Central Catholic pinned a 6-1 defeat on Lexington on Sunday, setting up a playoff match with perennial power Winchester this week.
25 Lincoln-Sudbury (Sudbury, Mass.) 16-1-0 30
Lincoln-Sudbury survived a shootout with Chelmsford to advance in the playoffs. Lincoln-Sudbary and Central Catholic could play this week in both win their scheduled Tuesday playoff contests.
26 Green Valley (Henderson, Nev.) 17-0-1 41
27 Wayzata (Plymouth, Minn.) 17-2-2 NR
Season complete. Minnesota Class AA state champion.
School Facts: Public, 3,400 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Wayzata used to be a fixture in the Top 50 rankings, but spent most of the 2012 season on the outside looking in until sweeping its way to a state crown. Wisconsin commit Kylie Schwarz and Ruby Stauber and scored the goals and Wayzata held White Bear Lake to one shot in a 2-0 state final victory. For Wayzata, it marked the program’s second straight state title, third in four years and seventh overall for legendary coach Tony Peszneker, who indicated he may retire after 23 years at the helm.
Fun Fact: Wayzata is not only the largest high school in Minnesota based on population, but also in school size. To put the school’s 487,000 square feet in perspective, it can easily house two, maybe even three, Super Walmarts.
28 Brentwood (Brentwood, Tenn.) 18-2-1 NR
Season complete. Tennessee Class AAA state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,425 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Meg Howard’s second-half goal carried Franklin to a 1-0 state title over Siegel, which came a day after Brentwood avenged a loss by beating favored Farragut in the state semifinals. The title marked the program’s first since 1997 and gave Brentwood a rare boys-girls double. The school’s boys’ soccer team captured the Class AAA state crown last spring.
Fun Fact: Brentwood is one of the few high schools in the country that owns and operates its own TV station. WBHS9 is carried on the Comcast cable network in the Nashville area and the station has won more than 100 awards over the past five years. The station has about 10 hours of programming every day.
29 Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.) 23-1-1 10
Season complete. Tennessee Class AAA state semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 1,850 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Farragut’s 24-match undefeated streak and season ended with a 1-0 loss to eventual state champion Brentwood in the state semifinals. Farragut defeated Brentwood during the regular season. Farragut also defeated Top 50-ranked Holy Name (Ohio) during the season.
Fun Fact: The school, which opened in 1904, is named in honor of Civil War hero David Glasgow Farragut, a Union admiral best known for saying, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.”
30 Franklin (Franklin, Mass.) 17-0-1 46
31 Exeter (Exeter, N.H.) 19-0-0 37
Season complete. New Hampshire Division I state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,705 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Sophomore Casey Estey scored twice as Exeter cruised to a 5-1 victory over Bedford for the program’s fourth straight state title. This marked the program’s sixth title in seven years, but its first perfect season. Seniors Maggie Couett, Allie Day, Kanoe Eichholz and Abby Short celebrated their fourth titles in four years on the varsity team.
Fun Fact: Only months prior to becoming president, Barack Obama held a rally in the Exeter High School gymnasium.
32 Holy Cross (Kensington, Md.) 13-2-1 20
Season complete. Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinalist.
School Facts: Private, all-girls, 600 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: In a league dominated by Good Counsel and Bishop O’Connell (Va.), Holy Cross made a name for itself this season. The team’s only losses were to Bishop O’Connell, and the team tied Top 10-ranked Good Counsel.
Fun Fact: Under the guidance of coach Bill Sheahan, the girls’ basketball team at Holy Cross put together a staggering 115-game win streak during the late 1970s and early 1980s. No school in Maryland, nor the D.C. Metro area, has come close to clipping that record.
33 Hilliard-Davidson (Hilliard, Ohio) 17-3-0 33
Season complete. Ohio Division I regional semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 1,800 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Hilliard Davidson’s season ended with a 2-0 loss to nationally ranked Dublin Jerome. The team’s other setbacks were to Top 50-ranked Dublin Coffman and Pickerington North.
Fun Fact: Hilliard Davidson has an e-campus system, which allows students to take online classes offered by the school district.
34 Rocky River (Rocky River, Ohio) 17-3-0 34
Season complete. Ohio Division I regional semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 860 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Rocky River’s season ended with a 2-1 loss to Walsh Jesuit in the regional semifinals. The team split its matches with nationally ranked Holy Name, and defeated once-ranked Magnificat.
Fun Fact: Perhaps not a “fun” fact, it’s certainly interesting to note that Rocky River has not won a state title in any sport since capturing a boys’ track and field crown in 1927.
35 Holy Name (Parma, Ohio) 13-3-2 35
Season complete. Ohio Division II district finalist.
School Facts: Private, 805 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Holy Name lost to Rocky River in the district final, reversing an earlier result between the programs. Holy Name’s other losses this year are to nationally ranked Walsh Jesuit and Farragut (Tenn.). Holy Name has a win over St. Anthony’s (N.Y.).
Fun Fact: When Holy Name opened in 1914, it was the first co-ed Catholic high school in Cleveland.
36 St. Anthony’s (Melville, N.Y.) 13-2-1 36
37 South Side (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) 13-0-1 38
38 Pennington School (Pennington, N.J.) 13-2-0 40
39 Gig Harbor (Gig Harbor, Wash.) 14-0-1 42
40 West Islip (West Islip, N.Y.) 13-1-1 43
41 East Brunswick (East Brunswick, N.J.) 18-1-2 44
42 Tates Creek (Lexington, Ky.) 23-1-4 NR
Season complete. Kentucky state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,750 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Perhaps it’s fitting in a state where few public schools win state titles, Tates Creek’s victory came with an unusual twist. The Commodores won in a shootout over favored Notre Dame following a 1-1 draw through regulation and two overtimes, and the decisive PK was converted by a player who didn’t play during regulation — Bailey Lankster. Tates Creek became the first public school since 2006 to claim a girls’ soccer state title in Kentucky.
Fun Fact: Head coach Bo Lankster won two state titles as a player at Lexington Catholic and his first state title after 21 years as a head coach came with three of his daughters on the team — defender Bailey, midfielder Aaron and goalkeeper Arly.
43 Benilde-St. Margaret’s (St. Louis Park, Minn.) 21-0-1 48
Season complete. Minnesota Class A state champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,200 students in grades 7-12.
Notes: Kelly Pannek scored a pair of goals and Benilde-St. Margaret’s avenged last year’s state final loss to Blake with a 3-2 win over the team this year. Dana Buckhorn scored the other goals. Forward Maria Michels, midfielder Buckhorn, forward Pannek and defender Anne Arnason were named to the all-tournament team.
Fun Fact: Although Benilde-St. Margaret’s came into existence in 1974 through the merger of a all-boys Benilde and all-girls St. Margaret’s Academy, the school traces its beginning to 1907 — the opening of the girls’ school.
44 Toms River North (Toms River, N.J.) 17-1-0 50
45 Kellenberg Memorial (Uniondale, N.Y.) 12-1-1 NR
46 Freehold Borough (Freehold, N.J.) 14-1-2 NR
47 Seneca Valley (Harmony, Pa.) 19-2-0 NR
48 Evansville Memorial (Evansville, Ind.) 21-3-0 NR
Season complete. Indiana Class 2A state champion.
School Facts: Private, 800 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Gracie Lachowecki had a goal and one assist to helped Memorial to a 3-1 victory over St. Joseph’s in the large-school state final. Lachowecki, a senior, topped 40 goals for her career. Coupled with her brother Max, Memorial claimed three state titles (two boys and one girls) with Lachoweckis as leading scorers.
Fun Fact: Although Memorial has won 16 state titles in soccer (12 boys and four girls — including sanctioned and unsanctioned tournaments, the school’s most famous athletic alum is former New York Yankee great Don Mattingly, the current manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
49 Ursuline Academy (Cincinnati, Ohio) 16-3-2 39
Season complete. Ohio Division I region finalist.
School Facts: Private, all-girls, 800 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Ursuline’s season ended with a regional final loss to Mason, which it defeated earlier in the season.
Fun Fact: Actress Amy Yasbeck, known for her striking red hair and being the widow to former Three’s Company star Jack Ritter, is a graduate of Ursuline Academy.
50 Northwest Catholic (West Hartford, Conn.) 15-0-1 NR
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