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Girls ESR Winter Top 50: March 19

TOP STORY: With most Texas programs on spring break last week, there was no movement in the Top 50. That will soon change once the postseason starts in Texas in about two weeks.



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

Rankings through matches played March 17, 2013

Rk. School (City, State) Record Prev.
1 Westlake (Austin, Texas) 22-0-0 1
Westlake, like most of Texas, was on spring break last week and did not play.
2 Plano West (Plano, Texas) 19-0-2 2
Plano West was idle last week.
3 San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.) 20-0-5 3
Season complete. North Coast Section Division I champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,150 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Stanford signee Megan Turner scored the match-winning goal as top-seeded San Ramon Valley defeated second-seeded Monte Vista 1-0 in the section final. The Wolves were making their eighth straight NCS final appearance, but claimed their first win since 2009, when the program capped a run of four straight titles. In addition to a rare undefeated run through the EBAL, San Ramon Valley also won the Tri-Valley Classic, where it defeated Top 50-ranked Santa Margarita 3-1. San Ramon Valley has eight seniors who have signed with NCAA Division I programs and one with Division II: Turner (Stanford), Alyssa Alarab (UCLA), Morgan Idso (UC Santa Barbara), Hannah Koski (California), Makenna Kummer (UC Santa Barbara), Kristen Pavlick (Ohio State), Katie Tao (Cal State Pomona), Roxie Teichman (Cal State Northridge), Alexa Vandevanter (California).
Fun Fact: Construction workers found native American remains while working on a new gymnasium in 2009, according to an article in the Danville Weekly. The story indicated that archeologists believed the camp was six miles away, making it unusual to find remains so far from the camp.
4 Melbourne (Melbourne, Fla.) 25-0-1 4
Season complete. Florida Class 4A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,000 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Despite playing a person down for 50 minutes, Melbourne controlled play, found a late match-tying score then defeated George Jenkins in a shootout in the state final played on Melbourne’s home field. The victory marked Melbourne’s third state title in five seasons. Melbourne figures to remain a factor next year with several underclassmen projected to return, including scoring sensation sophomore Keira McCarthy.
Fun Fact: Bruce Bochy, a former Major League Baseball player and current manager of the San Francisco Giants, is a 1973 graduate of Melbourne. He guided the Giants to World Series titles in 2010 and 2012.
5 Highland Park (Highland Park, Texas) 17-0-4 5
Highland Park was idle last week.
6 Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) 18-2-1 6
Marcus was idle last week.
7 Coppell (Coppell, Texas) 14-2-6 7
Coppell was idle last week.
8 The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas) 16-1-3 8
The Woodlands was idle last week.
9 Boyd (McKinney, Texas) 12-3-5 9
McKinney Boyd was idle last week.
10 Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 22-2-0 10
Mehan Murphy’s goal carried Southlake Carroll to a 1-0 win over Keller in a district match-up last week.
11 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.) 26-3-4 11
Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division II champion. CIF San Diego Division III champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,750 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Kelly Bieraugel, Brittany Doan and Tamara Gomez scored second-half goals all in a 17-minute window, to carry Cathedral Catholic to a 3-1 win over Chaminade in the regional final. The victory marked Cathedral Catholic’s second SCR title in five years. Cathedral Catholic had key wins over SCR Division I runner-up Westview, Corona del Mar and Esperanza and a draw with Harvard-Westlake. Although the team lost to the likes of San Clemente and Edison from the Southern Section, it in essence atoned for those setbacks by beating Chaminade, which won the section title in a tournament that included San Clemente and Edison.
Fun Fact: Cathedral Catholic was founded as University of San Diego High School and held that name until the school changed locations and rebranded itself in 2005.
12 Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.) 22-4-5 12
Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division II runner-up. CIF Southern Section Division 1 champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,250 students in grades 6-12.
Notes: Abbi Williams gave Chaminade a 1-0 lead, but the team surrendered three second-half goals in a 3-1 setback to Cathedral Catholic in the SCR Division II final. The loss ended a run of seven straight postseason wins, which included victories over four ESR Top 50 programs.
Fun Fact: Among Chaminade’s storied list of alumni is comedian Gallagher, who is best known for smashing watermelons with a sledgehammer during his routines.
13 Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.) 20-3-3 13
Season complete. CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinalist.
School Facts: Private, 1,600 students in grades 7-12.
Notes: Harvard-Westlake was the Mission League champion, but lost to its league rival Chaminade in penalty kicks in the section semifinals. Prior to that result, Harvard-Westlake had scored 10 goals in playoff wins over Mater Dei, Mission Viejo and Esperanza — all teams that spent time in the rankings this season.
Fun Fact: Harvard-Westlake is the result of the 1991 full merger of Harvard School for Boys and Westlake School for Girls. Both schools were founded before 1905.
14 El Camino Real (Woodland Hills, Calif.) 21-4-3 14
Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division I champion. CIF Los Angeles Section Division 1 champion.
School Facts: Public, 3,550 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: It took seven rounds of penalty kicks following a scoreless match before El Camino Real emerged with a victory over Westview for the SCR Division I title. The first 13 players all converted their kicks before ECR’s sophomore keeper Alex Best delivered a game-winning save to end the contest. ECR, which dominates the Los Angeles Section, was 0-4-2 against teams that appeared in the ESR Top 50 before the regional tournament. There, ECR defeated then Top 25-ranked Buchanan 1-0 and eventually beat Westview, which had posted a win over defending SCR champion Aliso Niguel. That series of results vaults ECR, which ended the year with an 18-match undefeated streak, high in the rankings. In winning the title, ECR became the first school from other than the San Diego and Southern Sections to claim an SCR title in any division.
Fun Fact: Schools in the Los Angeles area tend to produce an abnormally high numbers of actors and actresses. A few who hailed from ECR include America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Brad Garrett (Everyone Loves Raymond), Paige Hurd (Everybody Hates Chris), Christopher Knight (Peter on the original Brady Bunch), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Super Bad) and William Zabka (Karate Kid).
15 Westview (San Diego, Calif.) 21-6-2 15
Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division I runner-up. CIF San Diego Section Division II champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,400 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Westview fell to El Camino Real in the SCR final in penalty kicks after beating Top 25-ranked Aliso Niguel and Eastlake to reach the final.
Fun Fact: Arianna Afsar, a Top 10 finisher in the 2011 Miss America pageant and a former American Idol contestant, is a graduate of Westview. She was the first runner-up in the 2006 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition while she was attending Westview.
16 Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) 13-4-7 16
Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division I quarterfinalist. CIF Southern Section Division 1 runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 3,000 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Aliso Niguel’s season ended with a 2-0 loss to Westview in the SCR quarterfinals. The result ended Aliso Niguel’s bid to repeat as SCR champion. That setback marked the team’s second straight loss since it fell 3-1 to Chaminade in the Southern Section Division 1 final. Although Aliso Niguel finished league play behind Dana Hills, it put together a strong postseason run that included wins over currently ranked Edison, Villa Park and Capistrano Valley.
Fun Fact: Kayla Ross, a member of the U.S. Olympic Gold Medal-winning gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, currently is a sophomore at Aliso Niguel.
17 Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 18-2-4 17
Season complete. CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinalist.
School Facts: Private, 2,950 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Capistrano Valley was ranked as high as No. 3 this past season. Capistrano Valley’s season ended with a 3-2 loss to Aliso Niguel in the section semifinals. The Cougars won the prestigious Excalibur Tournament in December, which vaulted this team into the national top 10 for most of the season.
Fun Fact: Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez is a graduate of Capistrano Valley. In fact, he illustrated the school’s 1979 yearbook.
18 Dana Hills (Dana Point, Calif.) 12-1-5 18
Season complete. CIF Southern Section Round of 16.
School Facts: Public, 3,000 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Dana Hills’ season ended with a shootout loss to Rancho Cucamonga. Despite the setback, Dana Hills put together an impressive resume this season that included winning the South Coast League title, which included a 3-0-1 showing against Aliso Niguel and San Clemente. Dana Hills also defeated Top 50-ranked Long Beach Wilson.
Fun Fact: Dana Hills is home to a highly regarded marine ecology program for seniors. The course, which was launched when the school opened in 1973, is capped in May when students, parents, teachers and past alumni spend a week in Baja, Calif., conducting a field study.
19 Edison (Huntington Beach, Calif.) 16-4-4 19
Season complete. CIF Southern Section Division 1 Round of 16.
School Facts: Public, 2,200 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Edison’s season ended with a 1-0 loss to Aliso Niguel in the Southern Section playoffs. Edison went undefeated in the Sunset League, placed second to Capistrano Valley in the Excalibur Tournament and had key wins over Cathedral Catholic of San Diego and Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland.
Fun Fact: While most schools are named either in memory of a person or for the town/city in which it is located, Edison is named after the business that donated the land for the school. Edison is built on land that was offered up by Southern California Edison, which today still serves the electricity needs of more than 14 million people.
20 Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) 25-2-1 20
Season complete. CIF North Coast Section Division II champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,150 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Top-seeded and favored Bishop O’Dowd was pushed to penalty kicks before emerging with a victory over Piedmont in the section title match that was scoreless through regulation and two overtime sessions. Stephanie Zuniga delivered the decisive penalty kick and freshman keeper Lorna McElrath responded with a match-clinching save in the 3-2 shootout victory, the program’s second straight section title. During the regular season, O’Dowd split with Castro Valley, which reached the Division I semifinals, and lost to Southern Cal’s Edison while participating in the Excalibur Tournament in December. Zuniga and Stanford commit Ryan Walker-Hartshorn were the team’s key offensive players this season.
Fun Fact: Nearly 80 percent of the school’s student body participates in high school athletics as O’Dowd field 57 teams in 15 sports.
21 Eastlake (Chula Vista, Calif.) 16-3-6 21
Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division I semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 2,600 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Eastlake lost to Westview 2-1 in overtime in the SCR semifinals in a meeting of top San Diego teams. The San Diego teams had a strong SCR showing, going a combined 6-2-1 in matches against non-San Diego Section programs.
Fun Fact: Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was a senior at Eastlake in 2000 when he was selected with the No. 1 overall draft pick in the Major League Draft by the Florida Marlins. He’s a four-time All-Star, three-time Golden Glove Award winner and sports a career batting average of .294 with more than 200 home runs. There’s a chance he could make a serious run to be one of the few .300 BA-300 home run players in MLB history — a feat accomplished only 26 times in MLB history.
22 Oviedo (Oviedo, Fla.) 16-6-3 22
Season complete. Florida Class 5A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,500 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Perhaps it was fitting that Oviedo’s amazing postseason run ended with an almost unbelievable finish as the program captured its second title in three years. Oviedo failed to get a shot on goal during 100 minutes of regulation and overtime, yet converted every penalty kick in the shootout to stun Lourdes.
Fun Fact: Oviedo was handed the harshest penalty ever by the state association in 2011 when the FHSAA fined the school $280,000 (which was later reduced to $57,000) for a series of volleyball and wrestling eligibility violations. The fallout cost the volleyball coach, the entire wrestling staff, the athletic director and the assistant athletic director their jobs. Both sports from were placed on probation and the wrestling team was barred from postseason competition for a few years.
23 Our Lady of Lourdes Academy (Miami, Fla.) 20-3-0 23
Season complete. Florida Class 5A state runner-up.
School Facts: Private, all-girls, 850 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Lourdes posted shutouts in every single win, and even through 100 minutes of play in the state final, before falling to Oviedo in penalty kicks. For this program, it marked the first state final appearance after years of being highly competitive in the Miami area, but unable to get past the more established Broward and Palm Beach county powers. Lourdes outscored its opponents 107-3 and Jenny Herold was in goal for every shutout.
Fun Fact: Gloria Estefan, known as the Queen of Latin Pop, is a graduate of Lourdes. Her estimated 90 million records sold rates her among the Top 100 best-selling artists of all time.
24 Hagerty (Oviedo, Fla.) 23-1-1 24
Season complete. Florida Class 5A regional semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 2,600 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: After easily beating Oviedo three times during the season, Hagerty suffered a 2-1 setback to their city rival in the regional semifinals, ending an undefeated season. The fact Oviedo went on to win the Class 5A state title helps Hagerty’s national cause.
Fun Fact: Hagerty, named after former school superintendent Paul J. Hagerty, opened in 2005 with only freshmen and each year an additional grade was added until the first graduating class in 2009. The first graduates from Hagerty, basically, would be college seniors this school year.
25 Palm Beach Central (Wellington, Fla.) 21-2-0 25
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).
26 St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) 22-2-1 26
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.
27 Douglas (Parkland, Fla.) 22-1-0 27
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.
28 Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.) 19-5-1 28
29 Hebron (Hebron, Texas) 12-3-3 29
30 Xavier College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) 17-4-3 30
Season complete. Arizona Division I state champion.
School Facts: Private, all-girls, 1,200 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: After upending top-seeded Pinnacle in the state semifinals, Xavier captured the state title with a 1-0 victory over Desert Vista. Kellie Peay, a top recruit, scored the lone goal, giving the program its third title in the past five seasons and eighth overall. Xavier College Prep started in the Top 25 but likely will not finish that high. The team’s 1-2 showing at the Excalibur Tournament in California validates a number of Southern California programs ahead of this perennial Arizona power.
Fun Fact: Although Xavier is known for producing professional golfers, its swim program is one of the most dominant in the nation. The team recently won its 14th straight state title and 26th in the last 28 years. Xavier once put together a dual meet win streak of 217 contests.
31 Deer Park (Deer Park, Texas) 15-1-1 31
32 Guyer (Denton, Texas) 17-1-0 32
33 Pinnacle (Phoenix, Ariz.) 20-3-1 33
Season complete. Arizona Division I state semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 2,500 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Pinnacle was undefeated in contests that counted toward playoff seeding and earned the top seed in the Division I playoffs. The team’s season came to an end with a loss to Xavier College Prep, a team in which it had split two earlier matches. Pinnacle’s talented roster features elite recruit Jorian Baucom, a recent invitee to the US Soccer Under-18 National Team training.
Fun Fact: Former Pinnacle coach Kacey Bingham, who recently took over the Dixie State College head coaching position, coached at the high school and Paradise Valley Community College at the same time. During the 2010-11 season, she guided PVCC to an undefeated, national title-winning season in the fall, then had an undefeated state title-winning high school season in the winter.
34 Desert Vista (Phoenix, Ariz.) 21-3-1 34
Season complete. Arizona Division I state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 3,075 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Desert Vista fell to Xavier College Prep 1-0 in the state final. During the season, Desert Vista lost to Pinnacle and twice beat Highland, the second time coming in the state semifinals.
Fun Fact: Jake Balsiger, a 2009 Desert Vista grad and currently a college student, placed third in the 2012 World Series of Poker. He is the youngest person to make the WSOP final.
35 Highland (Gilbert, Ariz.) 21-3-2 35
Season complete. Arizona Division I state semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 2,985 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Highland’s season ended with a state semifinal loss to Desert Vista, the team’s second loss to the eventual state runner-up. BYU signee Ashley Hatch ended with 44 goals. Miami signee Jaden DeGracie had a national-best 47 assists. Ashley March has signed with Arizona State and Paige Morris is destined for Northern Colorado. Over the past two years, Highland has gone 43-6-2, the six losses by a total of four goals (two defeats were in penalty kicks).
Fun Fact: Ryan Fitzpatrick, quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, is a Highland graduate. He has been a starting quarterback in the NFL since 2008. He is married for former Harvard women’s soccer player Liza Barber, and when playing, he wears his wedding ring.
36 Santa Margarita (Rancho SM, Calif.) 10-5-5 36
37 San Clemente (San Clemente, Calif.) 10-7-6 37
38 Iolani (Honolulu, Hawaii) 14-1-1 38
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.
39 Upland (Upland, Calif.) 16-4-0 39
40 Villa Park (Villa Park, Calif.) 19-6-5 40
41 Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos, Calif.) 13-4-7 41
42 American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) 26-2-0 42
Season complete. Florida Class 3A state champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,420 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Melanie Monteagudo scored twice and Alyssa Robinson added a goal — her 30th of the season — as American Heritage defeated Ponte Vedra 3-0 in the state final. The Patriots rolled through the playoffs without a allowing a goal, which pushed the team’s shutout total to 23 for the season. American Heritage’s two losses this season were to Class 5A programs — Boca Raton early in the season and eventual 5A state runner-up Our Lady of Lourdes late in the season.
Fun Fact: American Heritage is known as a baseball power. Over the past five years the program has gone 133-23-1, and some of its recent standouts include current Kansas City Royals’ first baseman Eric Hosmer and Red Sox’s first-round draft pick in 2012 Deven Marrero.
43 Rancho Cucamonga (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) 21-6-0 43
44 Flintridge-Sacred Heart (La Canada, Calif.) 15-2-4 44
Season complete. CIF Southern Section Division 1 Round of 32.
School Facts: Private, all-girls, 410 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Flintridge-Sacred Heart finished second to Harvard-Westlake in the Mission League and split their regular-season meetings. The Tologs were ousted from the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 playoffs in the first round. This year’s senior class includes Kayla Mills (Southern Cal), Sarah Teegarden (Wake Forest), Sava Viola (New Mexico), Claire Kostelnik (St. Mary’s, Md.), Kendall Sandoval (UNLV), Hailey James (Cal Poly Pomona), Miranda Saldival (Swarthmore) and Krista Meaglia (Northeastern).
Fun Fact: Flintridge-Sacred Heart is coached by Frank Pace, a successful TV producers whose credits include shows such as Suddenly Susan, Murphy Brown and Head of the Class. Pace said the 2013 season would be his last with the program.
45 Cinco Ranch (Katy, Texas) 15-2-0 45
46 Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.) 15-6-6 46
47 Corona del Mar (Newport Beach, Calif.) 16-4-4 47
48 Downey (Downey, Calif.) 24-5-2 48
49 Long Beach Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.) 23-5-3 49
50 Sunny Hills (Fullerton, Calif.) 23-2-6 50
Season complete. CIF Southern Section Division 2 runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 2,400 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: For the second straight season, Sunny Hills’ season ended with a loss in the section final. This year, the team was handed a 1-0 setback by Long Beach Wilson.
Fun Fact: Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne is a graduate of Sunny Hills. Browne has sold more than 18 million albums in the U.S. His professional signing career started shortly after he graduate from high school in 1966 and moved to New York. He has been performing ever since.

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