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Girls ESR Spring Top 50, May 21

TOP STORY: One year ago this week, then No. 1 Green Hope fell to No. 2 Hough in the North Carolina Class 4A state final, which also produced what was then titled the POWERADE FAB 50 national title. This year, Green Hope and Hough are each one win away from another state final clash, and again the top spot will be on the line. But this year, it appears Hough’s roll — if it happens — will be as spoiler to No. 1. If Green Hope does win the 4A state title this week, it will mean the Raleigh power would have gone coast-to-coast as the only No. 1 team this season in the ESR Top 50.

BIG MOVER: Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.). Gibbons, who avenged one regular-season loss and pushed top-ranked Green Hope before falling 2-1, jumped 12 spots to No. 38 after reaching the Class 3A state semifinals.

NEWCOMERS: No. 39 Chantilly (Chantilly, Va.), No. 42 Blue Valley North (Overland Park, Kan.), No. 44 Charter (Wilmington, Del.), No. 45 Franklin (Elk Grove, Calif.), No. 46 Mountain Brook (Mountain Brook, Ala.), No. 47 Millard West (Omaha, Neb.), No. 48 Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.) and No. 50 Charlotte Catholic (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 May 19, 2013

Rk. School (City, State) Record Prev.
1 Green Hope (Cary, N.C.) 26-0-0 1
Callie McClain’s goal with less than three minutes remaining lifted Green Hope to a 3-2 victory over Leesville Road and into the state semifinals. Green Hope also escaped an overtime contest, edging ESR Top 50-ranked Millbrook 4-3 in the state quarterfinals earlier in the week.
2 Ankeny (Ankeny, Iowa) 15-0-0 2
Amber Nieland offered the offensive standout performance of the week, scoring three goals and assisting on two others in Ankeny’s 5-0 victory over Nevada.
3 Naperville North (Naperville, Ill.) 17-0-2 4
Naperville North opened postseason play with a 10-0 win over Romeoville followed by a 4-0 win over Lockport. Despite being No. 3 this week, Naperville North could move into the national title chase with a strong postseason performance. It already has one favorable result over Plainfield North (3-0), which Ankeny (Iowa) defeated 1-0. Another similar result in the playoffs will be cause to flip the teams in the rankings.
4 Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.) 15-0-2 5
Ashley Herndon scored twice in all three matches as Stone Bridge won the district title with 4-0 wins over Jefferson, Langley and McLean.
5 Plymouth (Canton, Mich.) 15-0-1 6
Madi Lewis scored three goals last week as Plymouth defeated Canton and Livonia Churchill.
6 St. Dominic (O’Fallon, Mo.) 22-0-1 8
Mackenzie Rief scored the only goal as St. Dominic survived a 1-0 playoff-opener against St. Charles West before rolling to a 5-1 victory over St. Charles.
7 Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) 18-1-0 10
Mallory Pugh scored twice as Mountain Vista posted a 6-2 win over former Top 50-ranked Fossil Ridge last week, sending Mountain Vista into a clash with No. 29 Rock Canyon.
8 Bishop Kelley (Tulsa, Okla.) 16-1-0 9
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.
9 Marist (Atlanta, Ga.) 22-0-1 12
Season complete. Georgia Class AAAA state champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,070 students in grades 7-12.
Notes: Katie MacGinnitie scored twice as Marist cruised to a 5-0 win over Columbus in the state final. Marist’s defense held Columbus without a shot until the second half. Marist outscored its five playoff opponents 40-0, and posted 18 shutouts on the season. The lone blemish on Marist’s record was a draw with McIntosh, a team that was soundly defeated by fellow Top 25-ranked St. Pius.
Fun Fact: When Marist opened its doors in October 1901, the school was a boys military school known as Marist College.
10 Westfield (Chantilly, Va.) 14-1-1 7
Westfield suffered a district tournament setback to Chantilly, but the result was merely window dressing. Westfield, which has a win over No. 11 Battlefield, already won the district regular-season title and secured a berth in this week’s regional tournament. It’s this week’s results that will hold more bearing on the team’s future ranking.
11 Battlefield (Haymarket, Va.) 16-1-1 13
Alexis Wagoner delivered the lone goal as Battlefield won its district title with a 1-0 decision over Broad Run. Next up is the regional tournament.
12 Eureka (Eureka, Mo.) 18-1-1 15
Eureka edged Lafayette in overtime 2-1 last week to advance to this week’s 16-team Class 3 state tournament.
13 Rio Americano (Sacramento, Calif.) 18-0-2 17
Season complete. California Sac-Joaquin Section Division III champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,700 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Mel Hoskins scored twice and Paige Borgorgno set up a pair of goals as Rio Americano cruised to a 5-0 win over Benicia in the section final. The win marked Rio’s third straight section crown. Despite being classified in Division III, Rio provided its worth during the regular season, which included shutout wins over Division I champion Franklin (2-0) and runner-up Davis (3-0).
Fun Fact: When Debbie Meyer was a 16-year-old student at Rio Americano in 1968, she became the first swimmer to win three individual gold medals in the Olympic Games, claiming the 200-, 400- and 800-meter titles at the 1968 Mexico City Games. To this day, no other female has ever won three individual freestyle gold medals in a single Olympics appearance.
14 St. Joseph’s Academy (St. Louis, Mo.) 16-2-0 18
Kaley Nieters scored twice in a surprisingly easily 6-2 win over Ursuline and added a goal in the team’s 4-0 victory over Webster Groves last week.
15 St. Teresa’s (Kansas City, Mo.) 16-2-0 20
St. Teresa’s edged Park Hill South 2-1 last week to advance to this week’s Class 3 state tournament.
16 Hough (Cornelius, N.C.) 20-2-0 26
Olivia DeMarcus netted the match winner in overtime as Hough upended Lake Norman 2-1 in a battle of ESR Top 50 teams. The victory sends the defending state champions back to the state semifinals and a clash with Myers Park this week. Hough lost twice to Lake Norman during the regular season before pulling out the playoff victory. Ashley Johnson scored the other goal for Hough. Hough and Lake Norman are a combined 92-0-1 the past two seasons when not playing each other.
17 Lake Norman (Mooresville, N.C.) 24-1-0 3
Season complete. North Carolina Class 4A state quarterfinalist.
School Facts: Public, 2,000 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Lake Norman’s 24-match win streak was brought to an end with a 2-1 overtime loss to Hough in the state playoffs. Amanda Karlsson’s goal late in regulation sent the contest into overtime. Lake Norman is 46-4 over the past two years with all four losses coming to Hough.
Fun Fact: Lake Norman originally was built to house 1,300 students. The population expansion in the area resulted in a new wing being added to the school, which now houses the Freshmen Academy — about 600 students.
18 Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 15-2-0 22
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.
19 St. Thomas Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.) 14-2-1 23
Jamie Kutey and Hannah Pyle each scored two goals as St. Thomas Aquinas cruised to a 5-1 playoff win over Shawnee Mission South.
20 Novi (Novi, Mich.) 12-1-2 24
Erin Dirks provided the team’s offensive highlight with a three-goal outing in a 4-1 win over Salem.
21 Cosby (Midlothian, Va.) 15-1-1 16
Cosby was held to a draw by unranked James River last week.
22 Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.) 18-1-1 27
Myers Park gets a crack at Hough in this week’s state semifinals. A win moves the team into the state final and secures a final ESR Top 50 ranking. A loss will reposition this squad in the state and national scene.
23 St. Pius X (Atlanta, Ga.) 19-1-3 28
Season complete. Georgia Class AAA state champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,000 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Junior Amanda Vocelka scored the lone goal as St. Pius defeated former Top 50-ranked Blessed Trinity 1-0 in the state final. St. Pius has won four of the past five Class AAA state titles, and the program has seven crowns since 1998.
Fun Fact: St. Pius has a faculty of 93 with an average of 17.8 years of teaching experience. More than 70 percent hold at least a Master’s degree.
24 Deep Run (Glen Allen, Va.) 14-0-1 30
Deep Run’s undefeated showing is setting up a possible regional playoff clash with fellow Top 25-ranked Cosby.
25 Utica Eisenhower (Shelby Township, Mich.) 12-0-1 31
A loss by Forest Hills Central allows Utica Eisenhower to move up to No. 3 in Michigan, and a handful of losses by Top 25 programs let this team into the Top 25 for the first time this season.
26 Waubonsie Valley (Aurora, Ill.) 18-3-1 32
27 Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.) 21-2-1 21
28 Yorktown (Arlington, Va.) 17-1-0 34
29 Rock Canyon (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) 16-1-1 35
30 Wando (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) 20-1-1 36
31 Kearney (Kearney, Mo.) 24-0-0 37
32 St. Charles North (St. Charles, Ill.) 17-3-1 38
33 Buffalo Grove (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) 22-2-1 40
34 Plainfield North (Plainfield, Ill.) 21-3-0 41
35 Olathe East (Olathe, Kan.) 14-2-1 42
36 Neuqua Valley (Naperville, Ill.) 16-3-1 43
37 Stoney Creek (Rochester Hills, Mich.) 15-1-0 44
38 Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.) 20-2-1 50
39 Chantilly (Chantilly, Va.) 10-2-3 NR
40 Forest Hills Central (Grand Rapids, Mich.) 12-1-1 14
41 Dowling Catholic (West Des Moines, Iowa) 12-1-0 49
42 Blue Valley North (Overland Park, Kan.) 13-4-1 NR
43 Shawnee Mission East (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) 12-2-4 19
44 Charter (Wilmington, Del.) 14-0-1 NR
45 Franklin (Elk Grove, Calif.) 17-3-0 NR
46 Mountain Brook (Mountain Brook, Ala.) 22-3-2 NR
47 Millard West (Omaha, Neb.) 13-3-0 NR
48 Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.) 20-3-0 NR
49 Harrison (Kennesaw, Ga.) 19-2-0 29
50 Charlotte Catholic (Charlotte, N.C.) 20-2-3 NR
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