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Boys ESR Top 50: Dec. 11

TOP STORY: Let the churn big! The early weeks of the Winter rankings are full of change as potential and hype is replaced by results. Thirteen new teams join this week’s Top 50, nine of them check in at No. 34 or lower.

BIG MOVER: Fleming Island (Fleming Island, Fla.). This perennial title challenger jumped from No. 30 to No. 18 this week on the heels of a 9-0 start. Fleming Island is 62-2-1 over the past three seasons.

NEWCOMERS: No. 10 Carlsbad (Carlsbad, Calif.), No. 17 Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.), No. 23 Buchholz (Gainesville, Fla.), No. 28 Alisal (Salinas, Calif.), No. 34 El Rancho (Pico Rivera, Calif.), No. 35 Desert Vista (Phoenix, Ariz.), No. 40 Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.), No. 44 St. Augustine (San Diego, Calif.), No. 45 Leuzinger (Lawndale, Calif.), No. 47 Santa Margarita (Rancho SM, Calif.), No. 48 Cathedral (Los Angeles, Calif.), No. 49 Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and No. 50 Madison Central (Madison, Miss.).

NOTES: The winter season includes the following states: Arizona, California (winter), Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Rankings through matches played as of Dec. 9, 2012

Rk. School (City, State) Record Prev.
1 Boca Raton (Boca Raton, Fla.) 14-0-0 3
Gio Dimauro’s goal lifted Boca Raton to a 1-0 win over previously undefeated Park Vista. The result keeps Boca Raton perfect and moves the team to No. 1 this week, ahead of Montverde Academy — which it tied last season.
2 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) 15-0-1 1
Montverde Academy’s national best undefeated streak stands at 68 matches. The team has outscored its opponents 83-3 this season.
3 Brophy Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) 3-0-0 8
The return of two-time All-America selection Riggs Lennon elevates Brophy Prep to national contender status. The Virginia commit has scored 11 goals with three assists in three matches as Brophy has outscored its opponents 21-0.
4 Alief Elsik (Houston, Texas) 0-0-0 7
Alief Elsik starts regular-season play in January.
5 Paramount (Paramount, Calif.) 2-0-1 4
Paramount started strong with a win over Top 25-ranked Loyola.
6 Sharyland (Mission, Texas) 0-0-0 10
Sharyland starts regular-season play in January.
7 Coppell (Coppell, Texas) 0-0-0 11
Coppell starts regular-season play in January.
8 McKinney Boyd (McKinney, Texas) 0-0-0 12
Boyd starts regular-season play in January.
9 Watsonville (Watsonville, Calif.) 3-0-0 13
Watsonville started the season with three straight shutouts.
10 Carlsbad (Carlsbad, Calif.) 5-0-0 NR
Carlsbad’s one-sided win over a 9-1 San Clemente squad jumps this San Diego-area program into this week’s Top 10.
11 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 1-0-0 15
De La Salle opened the season with a 6-1 win over Logan, scoring all six goals in the first half.
12 Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) 0-0-0 16
Marcus starts regular-season play in January.
13 Plano (Plano, Texas) 0-0-0 17
Plano starts regular-season play in January.
14 Brother Martin (New Orleans, La.) 8-0-0 19
An early win over New Orleans Jesuit, coupled with Jesuit’s undefeated run through Mississippi helps validate Brother Martin’s lofty ranking.
15 San Clemente (San Clemente, Calif.) 9-1-0 6
San Clemente already has faced a pair of key opponents — beating Santa Barbara but losing to Carlsbad.
16 Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.) 3-1-1 14
Loyola’s bid to move into the Top 10 took a step backwards in a loss to Paramount.
17 Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.) 2-0-0 NR
An early win over Los Alamitos vaults Long Beach Wilson into this week’s Top 25.
18 Fleming Island (Fleming Island, Fla.) 9-0-0 30
Fleming Island’s perfect start means this program is 34-1 in its last 35 matches.
19 Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.) 9-0-0 29
Bolles, which has not allowed a goal this season, faces Buchholz this weekend in a battle of Top 25 programs.
20 Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos, Calif.) 4-1-1 9
Los Alamitos, one of Orange County’s projected frontrunners, took an early loss to Long Beach Wilson.
21 Marina (Huntington Beach, Calif.) 5-1-0 24
Marina’s setback is to Los Alamitos.
22 Sunny Hills (Fullerton, Calif.) 3-0-0 20
Sunny Hills is off to a perfect start, but bigger challenges await this program.
23 Buchholz (Gainesville, Fla.) 7-0-2 NR
Buchholz’s claim to fame this season is tying previous No. 1 Montverde Academy.
24 Klein (Klein, Texas) 0-0-0 25
Klein starts regular-season play in January.
25 Jesuit (New Orleans, La.) 8-1-2 23
Jesuit has a win over Mississippi No. 2-ranked Madison Central.
26 Ocean Springs (Ocean Springs, Miss.) 6-0-0 31
27 San Pasqual (Escondido, Calif.) 2-0-0 32
28 Alisal (Salinas, Calif.) 4-0-0 NR
29 American Heritage-Delray (Delray Beach, Fla.) 12-1-0 44
30 Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.) 10-1-0 43
31 Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta, Calif.) 7-0-1 39
32 Ventura (Ventura, Calif.) 8-0-1 41
33 St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) 6-1-1 18
34 El Rancho (Pico Rivera, Calif.) 3-0-0 NR
35 Desert Vista (Phoenix, Ariz.) 7-1-0 NR
36 Jesuit College Prep (Dallas, Texas) 0-0-0 33
37 Westlake (Austin, Texas) 0-0-0 34
38 Mililani (Mililani, Hawaii) 0-0-0 37
39 Cypress Bay (Weston, Fla.) 6-1-3 2
40 Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.) 5-0-2 NR
41 Sunset (Miami, Fla.) 7-0-3 38
42 McNeil (Austin, Texas) 0-0-0 46
43 Rivera (Brownsville, Texas) 0-0-0 47
44 St. Augustine (San Diego, Calif.) 3-0-0 NR
45 Leuzinger (Lawndale, Calif.) 3-0-2 NR
46 Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) 6-1-0 28
47 Santa Margarita (Rancho SM, Calif.) 7-1-1 NR
48 Cathedral (Los Angeles, Calif.) 3-0-0 NR
49 Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach, Calif.) 3-0-0 NR
50 Madison Central (Madison, Miss.) 9-1-1 NR
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