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Girls ESR Top 50: Feb. 5

TOP STORY: There’s a swap at the top as Westlake (Austin, Texas) moves into the No. 1 position, ahead of Plano West (Plano, Texas). Despite a pair of ties, Plano West only falls to No. 2. The reasoning — the Wolves are still undefeated and could play their way back into No. 1 contention. It will take losses by Westlake and Plano West before the No. 1 ranking could move out to the West Coast, which holds three of the top six spots and 12 of the top 25.

BIG MOVER: Miami girls soccer. Long an afterthought, Miami teams of the past posted gaudy records but never delivered on the state stage. That changed last week when the top two Miami programs — Gulliver Prep and Our Lady of Lourdes — advanced to the state finals. Gulliver knocked out former Top 10-ranked American Heritage-Delray on its way to the final while Lourdes handled Palm Beach Central 4-0, the same Palm Beach Central team that stunned St. Thomas Aquinas on penalty kicks one round earlier. Gulliver moves into the Top 25 this week while Lourdes checks in at No. 26, its highest ranking ever.

NEWCOMERS: No. 46 Keller (Keller, Texas), No. 49 Wakeland (Frisco, Texas) and No. 50 Carlsbad (Carlsbad, Calif.).

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

Rankings through matches played Feb. 3, 2013

Rk. School (City, State) Record Prev.
1 Westlake (Austin, Texas) 12-0-0 2
  Christy Goldberg leads Westlake with 13 goals while Kendall Ritchie has 12 assists. Westlake is coached by former Texas A&M standout Rennie Rebe, who was a two-time All-America candidate during her college days.
2 Plano West (Plano, Texas) 10-0-2 1
  Highland Park rallied for a pair of goals late to tie Plano West and then the Wolves tied No. 4 Coppell. There remain plenty of matches among Texas’ elite Class 5A programs that will ultimately settle the issue on the field.
3 Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 15-1-3 3
  Jennifer Munoz scored twice to lead Capistrano Valley to a 3-1 win over El Toro last week.
4 Coppell (Coppell, Texas) 10-0-3 4
  Paige Jacobs and Sarah King scored in Coppell’s 2-2 draw with No. 2 Plano West. The Cowgirls face another major challenge this week with No. 13 Hebron.
5 San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.) 15-0-4 5
  San Ramon Valley has allowed only three goals in its last 14 matches, an amazing feat in a conference as highly competitive as the East Bay Athletic League.
6 Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) 15-0-4 6
  Marquel Love scored twice to lead Mitty to a 3-2 victory over league rival and Top 25-ranked St. Francis-Mountain View.
7 Highland Park (Highland Park, Texas) 9-0-3 25
  After tying then top-ranked Plano West, this perennial Texas 4A title challenger blew out Waxahachie 8-0 behind Katie Martin’s four-goal outing. The team faces a pair of interesting challenges this week in private schools Hockaday and Nolan Catholic.
8 Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) 11-1-1 7
  Dani Murphy scored twice in Marcus’ 4-0 win over Creekview last week.
9 South Torrance (Torrance, Calif.) 21-0-6 12
  Nineteen players have scored goals for South Torrance this year en route to a surprising undefeated showing through 27 matches. Senior Amanda Whittle leads the team with 14 goals and 16 assists.
10 Dana Hills (Dana Point, Calif.) 9-1-4 14
  Dana Hills was idle last week.
11 Pinnacle (Phoenix, Ariz.) 18-2-1 11
  A pair of 3-0 wins last week lands Pinnacle in the Division I state semifinals against perennial Arizona state title challenger and state-ranked Xavier College Prep. Pinnacle won the last meeting between these teams, which vaulted the team to No. 1 in the state rankings.
12 Sunny Hills (Fullerton, Calif.) 18-1-5 15
  Sunny Hills is taking a 23-match undefeated streak into the final week of regular season play.
13 Hebron (Hebron, Texas) 7-0-2 24
  Hebron, which tied Highland Park and Plano, will be challenged this week by facing No. 14 Boyd and No. 4 Coppell to kick off league play.
14 Boyd (McKinney, Texas) 7-1-3 18
  Sydnie Dolzine scored twice as Boyd edged Mesquite Poteet 4-3 to set up a Tuesday clash with undefeated Hebron.
15 Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 13-1-0 19
  The Dragons already have 11 shutouts this season and league play is just getting under way.
16 Melbourne (Melbourne, Fla.) 23-0-1 26
  Melbourne has cruised through the Class 4A playoffs without allowing a goal. Now it faces perennial state title challenger George Jenkins in the final Saturday. In the state semifinal match, Keira McCarthy scored both goals as Melbourne defeated Lakewood Ranch 2-0 in a contest that was delayed 75 minutes when the officials did not show.
17 Edison (Huntington Beach, Calif.) 13-3-4 20
  Mackenzie Cerda and Sidney Stout each scored twice in Edison’s 4-1 win over Marina, which came after the team drew with state-ranked Los Alamitos.
18 Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) 8-2-7 17
  Lauren Miller’s second-half goal allowed Aliso Niguel to play to a 1-1 draw with No. 34-ranked San Clemente.
19 Desert Vista (Phoenix, Ariz.) 20-1-1 27
  Almost two months to the day, Desert Vista handed Highland a 2-1 setback. Now, the teams will clash again — this time in the state semifinals in Arizona’s Division I, where the top four seeds all advanced to the semis.
20 Valencia (Valencia, Calif.) 13-1-5 30
  Valencia’s only official loss this year is to Aliso Niguel. The team also lost to Upland, but that result was overturned on forfeit. This week, Valencia closes out regular-season play against Harvard-Westlake.
21 Flintridge-Sacred Heart (La Canada, Calif.) 14-1-3 28
  Savannah Viola, Hailey James and Sarah Teegarden each scored a goal as the Tologs surprised previously league undefeated Harvard-Westlake 3-2 last week. The result puts Flintridge-Sacred Heart and Harvard-Westlake on pace to tie for the team title after splitting their regular-season matches.
22 Highland (Gilbert, Ariz.) 21-2-2 31
  Highland, which started the year ranked in the Top 25, has a chance now to finish there. Highland advanced to the state semifinals with a 4-1 win over Boulder Creek. Next up is a rematch with Desert Vista. Highland is led offensively by Ashley Hatch, with 43 goals, and Jaden DeGracie, with 46 assists.
23 Gulliver Prep (Miami, Fla.) 21-0-4 37
  Gulliver Prep’s case for a national ranking is getting major help from Lourdes. Gulliver Prep will be a favorite in its Class 2A final match, but the team has a 2-0 win over Lourdes, which will be playing in the large-school/Class 5A state final.
24 Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.) 16-2-3 13
  Despite a loss to Flintridge-Sacred Heart last week, a Monday win will have clinched at least a share of the Mission League crown with the Tologs.
25 St. Francis (Mountain View, Calif.) 14-2-1 23
  Junior Megan Keeth and freshman Kelly Park scored second-half goals to make it interesting, but St. Francis fell to Top 10-ranked Archbishop Mitty 3-2 last week.
26 Lourdes (Miami, Fla.) 20-2-0 47
27 Castro Valley (Castro Valley, Calif.) 17-2-2 47
28 Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) 18-2-1 21
29 Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) 15-2-5 22
30 Palm Beach Central (Wellington, Fla.) 21-2-0 16
  Season complete. Florida Class 5A state semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 2,990 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: The transfer of Yulie Lopez from American Heritage-Delray helped turn Palm Beach Central into an instant powerhouse. Lopez topped 40 goals and the team’s only loss in the regular season was to Douglas. The team exacted some revenge of sorts after it ended St. Thomas Aquinas’ run of back-to-back state titles a few days after Aquinas ousted Douglas in the playoffs. Palm Beach Central’s season ended with a surprisingly one-sided 4-0 setback to Our Lady of Lourdes in the state semifinals.
Fun Fact: Palm Beach Central has qualified for the regional playoffs all but one year since the school opened — however, this year’s team won more regional playoff matches (3) than the previous eight Palm Beach Central teams combined (2).
31 St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) 22-2-1 8
  Season complete. Florida Class 5A regional runner-up.
School Facts: Private, 2,200 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: The Raiders’ season ended with a shootout loss to Palm Beach Central after holding a commanding edge in shots and possession. St. Thomas Aquinas was bidding for a third straight state title, and the setback to Palm Beach Central marked the program’s first loss to a Florida school since 2010.
Fun Fact: St. Thomas Aquinas, which existed for 25 years before taking on the name St. Thomas Aquinas, is perhaps the most storied athletic high school in the country. The school has produced such greats as tennis star Chris Evert, NFL star Michael Irvin, and recently 2012 Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross. The Raiders’ athletic program has won the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Dodge Sunshine Cup for best overall sports program every year since the inception of the award in 1995.
32 Torrance (Torrance, Calif.) 16-3-1 32
33 Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) 15-2-4 33
34 San Clemente (San Clemente, Calif.) 8-5-6 34
35 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.) 17-3-3 35
36 Scripps Ranch (San Diego, Calif.) 15-1-4 39
37 Douglas (Parkland, Fla.) 22-1-0 40
  Season complete. Florida Class 5A regional semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 3,050 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Douglas’ perfect season ended with a 2-1 loss to St. Thomas Aquinas in the regional semifinals. Douglas had regular-season wins over Palm Beach Central and Lourdes, both of whom advanced further in the playoffs.
Fun Fact: Jackie Titone, an actress and model who is better known as the wife of comedian Adam Sandler, was in one of the early graduating classes of Douglas in the early 1990s.
38 The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas) 8-1-1 43
39 Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas) 12-0-1 48
40 Rancho Cucamonga (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) 18-4-0 41
41 Upland (Upland, Calif.) 14-3-0 29
42 Chino Hills (Chino Hills, Calif.) 15-2-5 42
43 Corona del Mar (Newport Beach, Calif.) 12-3-4 36
44 St. Scholastica (Covington, La.) 15-1-2 44
45 Long Beach Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.) 14-4-3 46
46 Keller (Keller, Texas) 9-2-1 NR
47 Mansfield (Mansfield, Texas) 9-1-0 49
48 Iolani (Honolulu, Hawaii) 14-1-1 50
  Season complete. Hawaii Division I state champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,869 students in grades K-12.
Notes: Jill Shimabuku, a midfielder, scored a pair of goals and Alyssa Kim added the clincher in a 3-1 state final win over Punahou in a battle of the state’s most decorated programs. Iolani’s fourth state title — first since 1999 — marks its fourth overall, trailing only Punahou’s 11. The teams split during the regular season with Iolani winning in the league tournament and again in the state final. Shimabuku, one of nine seniors — four who have started for four seasons — was named Division I All-Tournament MVP. Defender Taylor Kipili’i, midfielders Nikki Mitsuyasu and Ashley Park-Hunt, and forwards Kim and Kama Pascua were named to the all-tournament team.
Fun Fact: Iolani was established in 1862, nearly 100 years prior to Hawaii becoming a U.S. state. The school’s storied list of alumni includes Sun Yat-sen, a Chinese revolutionary who is considered the father of the Republic of China and served as its first president in 1912.
49 Wakeland (Frisco, Texas) 10-1-2 NR
50 Carlsbad (Carlsbad, Calif.) 9-2-5 NR

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2 Responses »

  1. We’re new to the high school scene and I’m just curious… why does Marcus suffer no adverse affect from forfieting their game to McKinney Boyd? Why do you show Boyd with 7-1-3 record instead of 8-1-3 record? Are forfiets in high school booked as a canceled game? If so, why wouldn’t every low-ranked team always forfeit games against powerhouse programs just to keep a better record?

    • I’m still researching the situation. Just because someone calls it a forfeit doesn’t always mean that’s the case. If this is indeed an UIL-issued forfeit, then the topic will be re-visited. Until then, this is a canceled contest and the Boyd’s record remains 7-1-3. As for every lower ranked team “forfeiting,” that obviously cannot happen for a number of reasons (starting with UIL- and league-imposed penalties, in addition to lost gate revenue, in addition to lost match time for the players and on and on). To be honest, whether Boyd and Marcus played now or not matters very little in the big picture. They both are 5A teams and the issue will be settled on the field sooner or later.

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