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Girls ESR Spring Top 50, May 14

TOP STORY: The final week of regular-season play in Kansas was a head-shaker. Olathe East, which had not lost since 2011, lost twice in the 48 hours. Blue Valley, which had climbed as high as No. 7 powered by an undefeated record, twice last week, as well. Even highly regarded Blue Valley North sustained a pair of losses last week. The net result was Shawnee Mission East moving to the top of the list in Kansas, followed by St. Thomas Aquinas. Neither team has lost in state, and SME boasts a win over St. Teresa’s (Mo.), which handed Aquinas one of its two setbacks.

BIG MOVER: Forest Hills Central (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Of last week’s Top 50 teams, Forest Hills Central and Waubonsie Valley (Aurora, Ill.) each made 14-spot jumps in this week’s rankings. Forest Hills Central gets the nod as top mover as its undefeated record now has this team in the Top 15 for the first time ever.

NEWCOMERS: No. 31 Utica Eisenhower (Shelby Township, Mich.), No. 44 Stoney Creek (Rochester Hills, Mich.), No. 45 St. Francis (Sacramento, Calif.), No. 46 Heritage (Ringgold, Ga.), No. 47 Greensboro Day School (Greensboro, N.C.), No. 48 Menomonee Falls (Menomonee Falls, Wis.), No. 49 Dowling Catholic (West Des Moines, Iowa) and No. 50 Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, 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 May 12, 2013

Rk. School (City, State) Record Prev.
1 Green Hope (Cary, N.C.) 24-0-0 1
Alexis Shaffer has 37 goals and Alexis Degler has added 35 this season. Green Hope rolled to a 6-1 win over Sanderson last week to set up a showdown with No. 21 Millbrook on Wednesday. Green Hope handed Millbrook its only loss this season.
2 Ankeny (Ankeny, Iowa) 13-0-0 2
Ankeny defeated perennial state title challengers West Des Moines Valley and Waukee as part of a four-win week. Ankeny has yet to allow a goal this season.
3 Lake Norman (Lake Norman, N.C.) 23-0-0 3
Lake Norman was given a scare, pushed to a shootout by Porter Ridge before advancing in the Class 4A playoffs.
4 Naperville North (Naperville, Ill.) 15-0-2 4
Abbie Boswell scored twice and Zoe Swift added a goal as Naperville North defeated Plainfield North 3-0 last week in a meeting of Top 50 teams. The Huskies then closed out an undefeated regular season with a 4-0 win over Glenbard North.
5 Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.) 12-0-2 5
Murielle Tiernan and Ashley Herndon each scored twice in Stone Bridge’s 4-0 win over Thomas Jefferson.
6 Plymouth (Canton, Mich.) 13-0-1 8
Alyssa Dillon was the team’s offensive star last week as Plymouth rolled up three 8-0 wins.
7 Westfield (Chantilly, Va.) 13-0-1 9
Meghan DiPippa scored the lone goal as Westfield defeated Oakton 1-0.
8 St. Dominic (O’Fallon, Mo.) 20-0-1 10
Emily Monroe had a four-goal outing against Lutheran to highlight St. Dominic’s three-win week.
9 Bishop Kelley (Tulsa, Okla.) 16-1-0 11
Season complete. Oklahoma Class 6A state champion.
School Facts: Private, 850 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Katie Sprouse’s overtime goal lifted Bishop Kelley to a 3-2 victory over Jenks in the state final pitting a pair of nationally ranked programs. The Comets have won four straight titles and 14 in the past 15 years. The team’s only setback this season was in the Heart of America final to St. Teresa’s (Mo.). Bishop Kelley started the season ranked No. 2, and becomes the first to clinch a Top 10 final ranking. This year’s senior class was led by six NCAA Division I signees: Darienne Chapman (Tulsa), Bailey Haydock (Michigan), Claire Kelley (Arkansas), Kaela Little (Notre Dame), Katie Sprouse (Clemson) and Kristie Wilburn (Orla Roberts).
Fun Fact: Bishop Kelley High School was created in 1960 as a response to the closing of Tulsa’s two previous Catholic high schools — Holy Family and Marquette, which had dated to the early 1900s.
10 Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) 16-1-0 14
Megan Massey scored three goals last week as Mountain Vista posted playoff wins over Prairie View and Doherty. Jess Stolz had a pair of goals in the team’s win over Prairie View while UCLA commit Gabbi Miranda scored twice against Doherty.
11 Millard North (Omaha, Neb.) 16-1-0 16
Jennifer Springer, Avery Anderson and Nebraska signee Rachel Brennan scored as Millard North defeated Lincoln Pius X 3-0 in a state semifinal match. A projected clash with Omaha Marian in the final did not materialize as Marin was upset by Millard West in the other semifinal.
12 Marist (Atlanta, Ga.) 20-0-1 15
Marist rolled to a pair of 9-0 playoff wins over Alexander and Locust Grove. The results sends this team into the state semifinals.
13 Battlefield (Haymarket, Va.) 14-1-1 13
A rain-delayed tie with Patriot marked the end of regular-season play for Battlefield last week.
14 Forest Hills Central (Grand Rapids, Mich.) 11-0-1 28
Marti Corbi scored twice as Forest Hills Central defeated Grand Haven 3-1 to cap a three-win week.
15 Eureka (Eureka, Mo.) 17-1-0 23
Hannah Leinert scored twice as Eureka edged Nerinx Hall 3-2 in a battle of top St. Louis-area programs last week.
16 Cosby (Midlothian, Va.) 13-1-0 18
Sisters Tessa and Toryn Broadwater each scored three goals in Cosby’s 8-0 win over Hanover last week.
17 Rio Americano (Sacramento, Calif.) 16-0-2 19
Rio defeated Vanden 3-0 last week to send the team into this week’s section semifinals.
18 St. Joseph’s Academy (St. Louis, Mo.) 14-2-0 27
St. Joseph’s, whose losses are to St. Dominic and Eureka, returns to the Top 25 this week in time for the playoffs.
19 Shawnee Mission East (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) 11-1-4 26
A wild ending in Kansas allows Shawnee Mission East to jump to the top of the state rankings with a challenging 6A playoff bracket yet to come.
20 St. Teresa’s (Kansas City, Mo.) 14-2-0 29
The Stars closed out regular season play last week with a pair of wins, and the team is among the favorites in this year’s Missouri Class 3 playoffs.
21 Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.) 21-1-1 30
Millbrook gets a second crack at No. 1 Green Hope this week. Green Hope won the first meeting 3-0 early in the season.
22 Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 15-2-0 12
Season complete. Oklahoma Class 6A state runner-up
School Facts: Public, 2,870 students in grades 10-12.
Notes: Jenks twice rallied from one-goal deficits before falling to Bishop Kelley 3-2 in overtime of the Class 6A state final. Elizabeth Adams netted the team’s second goal to force overtime. Lizzie Keester scored Jenks’ other goal. Jenks’ senior class features four players who have signed with NCAA Division I programs, led by Keester, who has signed with Texas A&M
Fun Fact: The girls’ soccer program has accounted for nine of the school’s 139 sports state titles.
23 St. Thomas Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.) 13-2-1 36
St. Thomas Aquinas defeated former undefeated Blue Valley, and Blue Valley defeated former Top 10 Olathe East last week resulting in a reordering of the Kansas rankings.
24 Novi (Novi, Mich.) 9-1-2 24
Novi defeated former Top 25-ranked Northville last week, 1-0.
25 Greater Atlanta Christian (Atlanta, Ga.) 18-1-0 31
GAC, whose only loss is to Marist, advanced to this week’s state semifinals.
26 Hough (Cornelius, N.C.) 18-2-0 32
27 Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.) 16-1-1 33
28 St. Pius X (Atlanta, Ga.) 17-1-3 34
29 Harrison (Kennesaw, Ga.) 18-1-0 35
30 Deep Run (Glen Allen, Va.) 12-0-1 37
31 Utica Eisenhower (Shelby Township, Mich.) 10-0-1 NR
32 Waubonsie Valley (Aurora, Ill.) 15-3-1 46
33 Assumption (Davenport, Iowa) 11-0-0 39
34 Yorktown (Arlington, Va.) 14-1-0 40
35 Rock Canyon (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) 14-1-1 42
36 Wando (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) 18-1-1 43
37 Kearney (Kearney, Mo.) 22-0-0 45
38 St. Charles North (St. Charles, Ill.) 15-3-1 20
39 Blue Valley (Blue Valley, Kan.) 14-2-0 7
40 Buffalo Grove (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) 20-2-1 17
41 Plainfield North (Plainfield, Ill.) 19-3-0 21
42 Olathe East (Olathe, Kan.) 12-2-1 6
43 Neuqua Valley (Naperville, Ill.) 14-3-1 49
44 Stoney Creek (Rochester Hills, Mich.) 11-1-0 NR
45 St. Francis (Sacramento, Calif.) 14-1-7 NR
46 Heritage (Ringgold, Ga.) 20-0-0 NR
47 Greensboro Day School (Greensboro, N.C.) 17-0-2 NR
48 Menomonee Falls (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) 10-0-2 NR
49 Dowling Catholic (West Des Moines, Iowa) 10-1-0 NR
50 Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.) 17-2-1 NR
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