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Girls ESR Spring Top 50, March 26

TOP STORY: Rainy and snowy weather ruled the week. Most of Illinois’ Top 15 teams and Michigan’s scheduled season openers were nearly all wiped out last week. As for events on the field, Green Hope (N.C.) reinforced its No. 1 billing with a 3-0 win over previous No. 13 Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.).

BIG MOVER: Battlefield (Haymarket, Va.). A win over previous No. 5 Cosby, the defending large-school state champions, vaults Battlefield to No. 12 this week.

NEWCOMERS: No. 47 Legacy (Broomfield, Colo.), No. 48 Rio Americano (Sacramento, Calif.), No. 49 Downers Grove South (Downers Grove, Ill.) and No. 50 Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.).

NOTES: The spring season includes the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California (spring), Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Rankings through matches played as of March 24, 2013

Rk. School (City, State) Record Prev.
1 Green Hope (Cary, N.C.) 10-0-0 1
Alexis Degler and Maria McDonnell each had a goal and one assist as Green Hope handled previously undefeated and formerly No. 13 Millbrook 3-0 to highlight a three-win week.
2 Bishop Kelley (Tulsa, Okla.) 4-0-0 2
Bishop Kelly was idle last week.
3 St. Teresa’s (Kansas City, Mo.) 0-0-0 3
In one of the first major matches of the season, St Teresa’s could see St. Thomas Aquinas (Kan.) at the MoKan Challenge this week.
4 Hough (Cornelius, N.C.) 6-0-0 4
Hough, the defending state and national champions, is expected to face a major challenge this week when it faces No. 25 Lake Norman, which also is undefeated. Last week, Hough rolled up a pair of victories by a 16-0 margin.
5 Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.) 2-0-0 7
Murielle Tiernan scored both goals as Stone Bridge defeated Robinson 2-0. The result was made even more impressive when Robinson, a few days later, pinned a 3-0 defeat on Blacksburg, which is projected as one of the top Group AA teams in Virginia. The combination of results provides a glance between the elite Group AAA programs, in which Stone Bridge plays, as compared to the top AA teams.
6 Troy (Troy, Mich.) 0-0-0 6
Troy’s scheduled season opener last week was washed out by bad weather.
7 Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.) 4-0-0 8
Corey Burns had a goal and two assists in Loyola’s 5-0 win over Evanston last week.
8 Olathe East (Olathe, Kan.) 0-0-0 9
Olathe East starts regular-season play March 26 at the Olathe Northwest Tournament.
9 Ankeny (Ankeny, Iowa) 0-0-0 10
Ankeny starts regular-season play April 5 against Cedar Rapids Kennedy in a rematch of last year’s state final.
10 St. Thomas Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.) 0-0-0 11
St. Thomas Aquinas opens regular-season play March 25 at the MoKan Challenge.
11 Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) 4-0-0 42
Megan Massey, Gabbi Miranda and Mallory Pugh have each scored four goals this season.
12 Battlefield (Haymarket, Va.) 5-0-0 41
Colleen Gawkins scored the only goal as Battlefield defeated defending state champ Cosby 1-0 last week and restored Northern Virginia’s place as the state powerhouse region this year.
13 Marian (Omaha, Neb.) 1-0-0 12
Gini Yost netted the only goal as Marian slipped past Papillion-La Vista South 1-0 to start regular-season play.
14 Naperville North (Naperville, Ill.) 0-0-1 14
Naperville North had two matches postponed last week.
15 Plymouth (Canton, Mich.) 0-0-0 17
Plymouth, like the other Michigan teams in the Top 25, had its scheduled season-opener canceled due to weather.
16 Fairview (Boulder, Colo.) 3-0-0 47
Fairview’s win over previous Top 25-ranked Cherry Creek resulted in a major bump in this week’s rankings.
17 Okemos (Okemos, Mich.) 0-0-0 18
Okemos had its scheduled season-opener washed out last week.
18 St. Dominic (O’Fallon, Mo.) 3-0-0 21
MacKenzie Rief scored three goals last week as St. Dominic posted victories over Howell North, Rosati-Kain and Visitation.
19 Cor Jesu (St. Louis, Mo.) 0-0-0 22
Cor Jesu starts regular-season play this week against Edwardsville (Ill.).
20 Millard North (Omaha, Neb.) 2-0-0 23
Sarah Woeful and Sydney DeVries each had a pair of goals last week as Millard North defeated Omaha Burke and Lincoln Pius X.
21 Plainfield North (Plainfield, Ill.) 3-0-0 24
Ashley Handwork netted the lone goal as Plainfield North edged Sandburg 1-0 last week.
22 Edmond Memorial (Edmond, Okla.) 3-0-0 25
Edmond Memorial was idle last week.
23 Barrington (Barrington, Ill.) 1-0-0 26
Barrington was idle last week.
24 Padua (Wilmington, Del.) 1-0-0 27
Sophomore Karline Panella delivered two goals and one assist in the first 25 minutes of Padua’s 4-0 season-opening win over Archmere Academy.
25 Lake Norman (Lake Norman, N.C.) 9-0-0 39
After scoring 26 goals over its last four outings, Lake Norman jumps up into the Top 25 just in time for this week’s clash with No. 4 Hough. Last year, Lake Norman went 22-3 with all three losses coming to Hough, which finished No. 1 in the country.
26 Centreville (Clifton, Va.) 3-0-0 46
27 Bentonville (Bentonville, Ark.) 5-1-0 28
28 Edmond North (Edmond, Okla.) 4-2-0 29
29 Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 3-1-0 30
30 Divine Savior-Holy Angels (Milwaukee, Wis.) 0-0-0 31
31 Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis, Mo.) 0-0-0 32
32 Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.) 9-0-0 33
33 Unity Christian (Hudsonville, Mich.) 0-0-0 34
34 Lyons (Lyons Township, Ill.) 1-0-1 35
35 Quincy Notre Dame (Quincy, Ill.) 0-0-0 36
36 Cosby (Midlothian, Va.) 3-1-0 5
37 Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.) 4-0-0 37
38 Northville (Northville, Mich.) 0-0-0 38
39 Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, Colo.) 1-1-0 16
40 Metea Valley (Aurora, Ill.) 0-0-0 40
41 Marist (Atlanta, Ga.) 7-0-1 43
42 St. Charles North (St. Charles, Ill.) 2-0-0 45
43 Riverside (Greer, S.C.) 7-0-1 44
44 Assumption (Davenport, Iowa) 0-0-0 48
45 Appleton North (Appleton, Wis.) 0-0-0 50
46 Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.) 8-1-0 13
47 Legacy (Broomfield, Colo.) 5-0-0 NR
48 Rio Americano (Sacramento, Calif.) 6-0-2 NR
49 Downers Grove South (Downers Grove, Ill.) 3-0-0 NR
50 Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.) 6-1-0 NR
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2 Responses »

  1. Can you explain how Millbrook high school in NC went from 13 to 46 with an 8-1-0 record. There are many teams ranked above them that have not even played games. How do you compile your rankings. Not complaining just curious how a team that is half way thru their season ranks below those that haven’t even started.

    • This is easy, Millbook climbed higher and higher as other teams lost (and Millbrook kept winning). However, the 3-0 loss now sends Millbrook down the list … i.e. to the back of the line … while other teams take their shot at earning the ranking on the field. As you will see, let’s assume Millbrook wins its matches this week, some teams ahead of them will lose, and Millbrook will start to creep back up a few spots each week.

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