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Girls ESR Top 50: Jan. 22

TOP STORY: Perfection gets the nod as Plano West and Westlake, both from Texas, hold down the top two spots in this week’s Top 50. A week after defeating then No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), Plano West delivered a knockout blow to former No. 3 Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) at the Allen Showcase. The hot start makes Plano West, Texas’ defending state champion, an easy choice as No. 1.

BIG MOVER: Westlake (Austin, Texas). How does a team that graduated an All-American keeper who is now playing at North Carolina respond the following year? In Westlake’s case, just fine. The team won its second major tournament in dominating fashion to jump from No. 28 to No. 2 this week. If Westlake can get through this week unscathed, it might make a serious run at a perfect regular season.

NEWCOMERS: No. 22 Boyd (McKinney, Texas), No. 30 Guyer (Denton, Texas), No. 44 Gulliver Prep (Miami, Fla.), No. 46 Rancho Cucamonga (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), No. 48 The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas), No. 49 Castro Valley (Castro Valley, Calif.) and No. 50 St. Scholastica (Covington, La.).

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

Rankings through matches played Jan. 20, 2013

Rk. School (City, State) Record Prev.
1 Plano West (Plano, Texas) 7-0-0 1
Plano West strengthened its hold on No. 1 with a three-match sweep at the Allen Showcase, which included a 2-0 win over previous No. 3 Marcus.
2 Westlake (Austin, Texas) 7-0-0 28
Westlake makes a very significant jump after winning a second straight tournament. This past weekend, Westlake, which returned most of its field players but graduated a keeper who is now at North Carolina from last year’s squad, captured the I-10 Challenge with a 4-0 win over Kingwood in the final. Westlake scored three goals in the first 19 minutes, pinning a defeat on Kingwood that was more lopsided than any team that beat Kingwood during the National Elite Prep Showcase.
3 Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 12-1-3 4
Mei-Te Coco scored a pair of goals as Capo Valley defeated Trabuco Hills 3-0 last week in the team’s only outing.
4 Dana Hills (Dana Point, Calif.) 9-0-3 5
Molly Regan scored the lone goal in Dana Hill’s 1-0 win over Tesoro.
5 Coppell (Coppell, Texas) 5-0-1 8
Coppell has posted six straight shutouts.
6 Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) 12-0-3 7
Marquel Love scored twice as Mitty defeated Notre Dame 5-0 to extend its undefeated run.
7 San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.) 11-0-4 6
San Ramon Valley and unranked Monte Vista played to a 1-1 draw last week, which resulted in Mitty and San Ramon Valley swapping spots in this week’s ranking. The teams tied when they went head-to-head in December.
8 Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) 5-1-1 3
Marcus, which tied St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) on Jan. 11, lost to Plano West 2-0 this past weekend.
9 St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) 20-1-1 9
Jessica Hoyt scored four goals in the Raiders’ 9-0 win over Nova. St. Thomas Aquinas followed that up with a win over Western to grab a top seed in this week’s playoffs.
10 Douglas (Parkland, Fla.) 21-0-0 10
Bailey Leal and Brianna Reef scored in Douglas’ 2-1 win over Taravella. If Douglas and Aquinas win their next playoff contests, they will go head-to-head later this week.
11 American Heritage-Delray (Delray Beach, Fla.) 20-0-1 11
Sarah Coy scored three goals in American Heritage-Delray’s 4-1 district final win over North Broward Prep.
12 Vero Beach (Vero Beach, Fla.) 19-0-0 12
Vero Beach claimed its third straight district title, beating Centennial 4-1 to advance to this week’s regional quarterfinals as a top seed.
13 Pinnacle (Phoenix, Ariz.) 16-0-1 13
Ali Linandru scored in all three of Pinnacle’s victories last week.
14 South Torrance (Torrance, Calif.) 15-0-6 14
Hayley Stuart scored three goals as South Torrance routed Centennial 9-0.
15 Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.) 13-1-3 15
Harvard-Westlake took control of the league race with a 3-0 win over previously undefeated Flintridge-Sacred Heart last week.
16 Sunny Hills (Fullerton, Calif.) 15-1-5 16
Maribell Morales scored all three goals as Sunny Hills posted wins over Sonora (2-0) and Crean Lutheran (1-0) last week.
17 Hebron (Hebron, Texas) 5-0-0 19
A 3-0 win over Grapevine last week has helped reinforce Hebron’s lofty ranking.
18 Katy Taylor (Katy, Texas) 7-0-0 21
Katy Taylor won its bracket at the I-10 Shootout to remain undefeated.
19 Palm Beach Central (Wellington, Fla.) 18-1-0 20
Palm Beach Central, whose only loss is a 1-0 setback to Douglas, won its district title, beating Wellington in the final.
20 Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) 8-2-4 22
Aliso Niguel and San Clemente played to a scoreless draw last week. This week, Aliso, last year’s national champion, faces this week’s No. 4 Dana Hills in a key league match.
21 Mansfield (Mansfield, Texas) 5-0-0 35
Mansfield capped a 4-0 run through the Vernon Newsom Classic with a 2-1 win over previously ranked Flower Mound. Lindsay Schneider and Paige Taylor scored for Mansfield.
22 Boyd (McKinney, Texas) 6-1-1 NR
Katie Foster scored the lone goal as Boyd stunned Southlake Carroll 1-0 last week. Boyd was a Top 50-ranked team until last week’s showing at the National Elite Prep Showcase. The win over the Dragons vaulted Boyd back into a familiar place — ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams.
23 Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 7-1-0 2
Southlake Carroll’s stay at No. 2 was short-lived following a 1-0 setback to McKinney Boyd.
24 Torrance (Torrance, Calif.) 14-2-0 24
Haley Noble scored the lone goal in Torrance’s 1-0 win over El Segundo, and Kealani Tiratira scored twice in the team’s 3-0 victory over Compton Centennial last week.
25 Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) 13-2-2 25
Mira Costa shut out Leuzinger and Peninsula last week to keep its place among the top 25.
26 Edison (Huntington Beach, Calif.) 11-3-3 26
27 Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) 14-1-1 27
28 Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) 14-1-5 29
29 St. Francis (Mountain View, Calif.) 11-1-1 34
30 Guyer (Denton, Texas) 6-0-0 NR
31 Catalina Foothills (Tucson, Ariz.) 16-1-3 23
32 Melbourne (Melbourne, Fla.) 19-0-1 38
33 Hagerty (Oviedo, Fla.) 23-0-1 39
34 Desert Vista (Phoenix, Ariz.) 16-1-1 44
35 Los Osos (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) 11-3-4 30
36 Saugus (Santa Clarita, Calif.) 15-2-2 17
37 Flintridge-Sacred Heart (La Canada, Calif.) 11-1-3 18
38 Highland (Gilbert, Ariz.) 17-2-2 45
39 San Clemente (San Clemente, Calif.) 8-5-3 31
40 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.) 14-3-3 32
41 Corona del Mar (Newport Beach, Calif.) 10-2-4 33
42 Scripps Ranch (San Diego, Calif.) 11-1-4 37
43 Upland (Upland, Calif.) 11-2-0 40
44 Gulliver Prep (Miami, Fla.) 16-0-4 NR
45 Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii) 10-1-0 50
46 Rancho Cucamonga (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) 15-3-0 NR
47 Chino Hills (Chino Hills, Calif.) 12-2-5 42
48 The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas) 6-1-0 NR
49 Castro Valley (Castro Valley, Calif.) 13-1-2 NR
50 St. Scholastica (Covington, La.) 12-1-2 NR
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2 Responses »

  1. In looking at this week’s poll I am curious as to why Southlake Carroll fell as far as they did based upon a single one goal loss. This is especially curious when you consider Southlake boys lost a single game by a one goal margin and held their spot in the rankings. I am not questioning, just curious.

    • For starters, you cannot compare what happens in the boys rankings to the girls because each week because the movement is affected by other results — not just the results of Team A (SLC in this case). Secondly, the issue here is quite simple. Carroll girls needed to fall behind Boyd, to which the Dragons lost and that team has a stronger collection of results right now. By contrast, the Carroll boys have a win over the team ranked right behind them in the Top 25. Basically, Carroll’s boys has a win over a Top 25 team, making a more compelling case than Carroll’s girls, which doesn’t have any wins over any current Top 25 team.

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