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Boys ESR Spring Top 50, May 7

TOP STORY: “It doesn’t matter where you start, but how you finish,” is a phrase uttered by many coaches. That became very evident this week in the ESR Top 50. Lassiter (Ga.) was knocking on the door of a national No. 1 ranking until a first-round playoff exit bounced the team totally out of the rankings for now. Meanwhile, Norman North (Okla.), the preseason No. 1 squad, has clawed its way back into the Top 50 this week after knocking off former No. 28 Norman to reach the state semifinals.

BIG MOVER: E.C. Glass (Lynchburg, Va.). Lynchburg isn’t exactly known as a hotbed for soccer, but E.C. Glass is putting up an impressive season this spring. The team’s only setback is to Top 25-ranked Blacksburg, and this week moves up six spots after a second win over previous Top 50-ranked Jefferson Forest.

NEWCOMERS: No. 46 Edmond North (Edmond, Okla.), No. 47 Academic Magnet (North Charleston, S.C.), No. 48 Deep Run (Glen Allen, Va.) and No. 49 Norman North (Okla.).

NOTES: The spring season includes the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

Rankings through matches played as of May 5, 2013

Rk. School (City, State) Record Prev.
1 Wando (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) 21-0-0 1
Wando’s shootout victory over Academic Magnet allowed the team to close out its first undefeated regular season since 2003.
2 Mills Godwin (Henrico, Va.) 12-0-0 3
The top-ranked team in the Richmond area rolled to a 3-0 win over Patrick Henry and 11-0 over Thomas Jefferson.
3 Omaha South (Omaha, Neb.) 20-0-0 4
Michael Jamie scored twice as Omaha South closed out a perfect regular season with a 6-0 win over Bellevue West.
4 McIntosh (Peachtree City, Ga.) 19-0-0 5
McIntosh routed Thomas County 10-0 in the opening round of the playoffs.
5 Grand Island (Grand Island, Neb.) 14-0-0 6
Grand Island wrapped up an undefeated regular season with a 4-0 victory over North Star.
6 St. Pius (Atlanta, Ga.) 15-0-2 7
St. Pius, like No. 4 McIntosh, will be heavily favored in the playoffs as its bracket does not contain any other Top 50-ranked teams. St. Pius opened postseason play with a 5-0 win over Dawson County.
7 Dalton (Dalton, Ga.) 18-0-0 9
Ramiro Huitanda scored four goals and Eder Mora added three has Dalton mercy-ruled Stone Mountain 10-0 to start postseason play.
8 East Coweta (Sharpsburg, Ga.) 17-0-1 10
Mercer commits and twins Ian and Conner Antley each scored three goals after sitting out the first 20 minutes of the team’s 8-0 playoff-opening win over Alcovy.
9 Franklin (Franklin, Tenn.) 10-0-2 11
First-year Franklin head coach Mike Burgoyne has guided the team to an undefeated regular season and the program’s first district title in at least a decade.
10 Oakton (Vienna, Va.) 10-0-2 12
Daniel Helms had two goals and one assist as Oakton handled Yorktown 6-2 in its only outing last week.
11 Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.) 11-0-3 14
Rick Matthews posted a pair of shutouts in goal as CBHS defeated Briarcrest and Germantown last week. Christian Brothers has seven shutouts in its last nine outings.
12 Vestavia Hills (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) 27-1-1 15
As expected, Vestavia Hills cruised to the Alabama Class 6A state semifinals with wins over Hoover (4-1) and Hewitt Trussville (8-1). The team faces Sparkman in the semifinals with a possible state final clash with Oak Mountain on Saturday.
13 J.L. Mann (Greenville, S.C.) 17-1-0 16
J.L. Mann shut out T.L. Hanna, Woodmont and Easley last week.
14 South Lakes (Reston, Va.) 11-1-0 17
South Lakes extended its win streak to 11 with a 1-0 victory over Fairfax. Eddie Chavez Alvarenga netted the winning goal.
15 Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.) 18-1-1 18
Northwestern blanked Blythewood 5-0 last week.
16 Lake Braddock (Burke, Va.) 7-0-5 13
Although Lake Braddock remains undefeated in a highly competitive Northern Region, the mounting number of ties cost the team a few spots in this week’s rankings.
17 Herndon (Herndon, Va.) 9-1-3 19
Herndon faces Robinson and Yorktown this week as it inches closer to a district title.
18 Blacksburg (Blacksburg, Va.) 9-0-2 20
Bradford Mills scored three goals last week as Blacksburg posted wins over Christiansburg and Hidden Valley.
19 Tuscarora (Leesburg, Va.) 11-0-2 21
Angel Ceron-Garcia delivered the winner in the team’s 1-0 victory over Loudoun County. Tuscarora followed up that result with a 4-0 win over Dominion.
20 Owasso (Owasso, Okla.) 15-1-0 24
Owasso’s ranking will be put to the test this week as it faces two-time defending champ and No. 49-ranked Norman North in the state semifinals.
21 Kennedy (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) 10-0-0 25
Kennedy edged former state No. 1 Cedar Rapids Prairie 1-0 last week to stay undefeated.
22 Oak Mountain (Birmingham, Ala.) 20-2-1 22
Oak Mountain blanked Pelham (3-0) and Prattville (4-0) to advance to this week’s state semifinals.
23 Brighton (Salt Lake City, Utah) 13-1-0 8
Brighton’s undefeated run ended with a 1-0 loss to rival Alta, but then Alta turned around and lost to Copper Hills, leaving Brighton in first place in the region.
24 Fort Mill (Fort Mill, S.C.) 22-3-0 26
Fort Mill routed Spartanburg 7-1 in the team’s only outing last week.
25 White House (White House, Tenn.) 16-1-1 27
White House, whose only loss this season is to No. 11 Christian Brothers, has inched back into the Top 25 for the second time this season.
26 Centennial (Roswell, Ga.) 17-2-0 29
27 Memphis University School (Memphis, Tenn.) 12-1-2 30
28 Stadium (Tacoma, Wash.) 12-1-1 31
29 Glynn Academy (Brunswick, Ga.) 18-0-1 32
30 Snohomish (Snohomish, Wash.) 15-1-0 33
31 Eastside (Taylors, S.C.) 17-1-1 34
32 Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) 13-1-0 35
33 Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, Tenn.) 10-0-1 36
34 E.C. Glass (Lynchburg, Va.) 11-1-1 40
35 Creighton Prep (Omaha, Neb.) 15-3-0 38
36 Alta (Sandy, Utah) 13-2-0 23
37 First Colonial (Virginia Beach, Va.) 10-2-1 37
38 Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.) 17-1-0 41
39 Iowa City (Iowa City, Iowa) 9-1-0 43
40 Monacan (Richmond, Va.) 9-2-0 44
41 Cosby (Midlothian, Va.) 9-2-1 45
42 Central Kitsap (Silverdale, Wash.) 9-1-4 46
43 Iowa City West (Iowa City, Iowa) 8-1-0 47
44 Jefferson (Auburn, Wash.) 12-0-4 48
45 Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 12-2-1 49
46 Edmond North (Edmond, Okla.) 13-2-0 NR
47 Academic Magnet (North Charleston, S.C.) 12-3-0 NR
48 Deep Run (Glen Allen, Va.) 9-2-1 NR
49 Norman North (Norman, Okla.) 12-3-0 NR
50 Norman (Norman, Okla.) 12-2-0 28

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