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Boys ESR Spring Top 50, June 4

TOP STORY: For the second year in a row, Mills Godwin went undefeated in the regular season, yet lost in the regional playoffs. This year, the defeat costs the program the nation’s No. 1 billing, which gets turned over to Omaha South (Neb.).

BIG MOVER: Cosby (Midlothian, Va.). Cosby, a preseason Top 25 team, is back in the mix — jumping from No. 37 to No. 16 this week, following a region tournament title. Cosby beat league rival Midlothian for the title, a day after Midlothian knocked off then No. 1 Mills Godwin.

NEWCOMERS: No. 40 First Colonial (Virginia Beach, Va.), No. 49 Landstown (Virginia Beach, Va.) and No. 50 Lehi (Lehi, Utah).

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 June 2, 2013

Rk. School (City, State) Record Prev.
1 Omaha South (Omaha, Neb.) 23-0-0 2
Season complete. Nebraska Class A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,222 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Jose Marquez delivered the game-winning goal in the 75th minute as Omaha South capped a record-setting season in front of a record-setting crowd with a 1-0 state final victory over former ESR No. 1 Creighton Prep to end the season. The Packers delivered 133 goals and finished with 20 shutouts — both Nebraska state records — in winning the program’s first soccer state title, and first state championship of any kind since 1990. An announced crowd of 8,200 witnessed the final, which broke the previous state final record by more than 1,300 spectators. Junior standout Michael Jaime led the team with 30 goals and 13 assists, despite being listed as a defender and playing primarily a defensive roll against top-ranked teams. Senior Seyag Moreno, the team’s starting keeper, finished with 20 shutouts. Three seniors have committed to college soccer programs from a program that was a runner-up in 2010 and lost to eventual champ Creighton Prep in the 2011 and 2012 semifinals. This season’s Omaha South squad, coached by Joe Maass, is being touted as among the best high school teams ever assembled in Nebraska, and its case is buoyed by three shutout wins over Creighton Prep, which is loaded with college-bound talent, was averaging more than four goals per match and was aiming to become the first three-peat soccer state champion in Nebraska.
Fun Fact: Omaha South’s enrollment is capped at 2,222 — and the school had to turn away more than 150 potential freshmen during the 2012-13 school year.
2 McIntosh (Peachtree City, Ga.) 23-0-0 3
Season complete. Georgia Class AAAAA state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,600 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Georgia State signee Saloman Lorenzo scored the first goal, and that’s was generally enough, as McIntosh defeated Houston County 2-0 in the Georgia Class AAAAA state final. Chris Perez added a goal to cap the scoring. Lorenzo, the Gatorade Player of the Year for Georgia, finished the season with 24 goals and 28 assists. McIntosh recorded 21 shutouts in 2013 and allowed only two goals. In addition to pinning the only loss on Houston County, McIntosh defeated Class AAAAAA state runner-up Collins Hill 3-0, perennial AAAAAA state challenger Starr’s Mill 3-0. The team is coached by Bunky Colvin.
Fun Fact: Peachtree City, a suburb of Atlanta, has a 90-mile network of multiuse paths for pedestrians, cyclists and golf cart drivers. In fact, it’s not unusual to see teens driving golf carts around the community as a main mode of transportation since the posted age to drive a golf cart in Peachtree City is 12, provided the youngster is accompanied by an adult.
3 St. Pius (Atlanta, Ga.) 19-0-2 4
Season complete. Georgia Class AAA state champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,000 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Tyler Alexander, a senior who starred on St. Pius’ national No. 1 team in 2011, scored the first goal and J.D. Manzo added an insurance tally in the second half as St. Pius defeated Woodward Academy 2-0 in the state final. The victory marked St. Pius’ third title in five seasons and completed a boys-girls title sweep, as the St. Pius girls won a Class AAA crown earlier in the day. Ryan Beck recorded the shutout for St. Pius, which had 16 on the season. The team is coached by David O’Shea.
Fun Fact: St. Pius’ most notable soccer product is Ricardo Clark, a member of the U.S. National Team and the MLS Houston Dynamo. Clark spent three seasons with Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany’s top division.
4 Dalton (Dalton, Ga.) 22-0-0 5
Season complete. Georgia Class AAAA state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,450 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Salvador Rodriguez scored twice before Eder Mora, Daniel Palacios and Ramiro Huitanda added goals as Dalton ripped Southeast Whitfield 5-0 in the state final for the program’s first outright state title. Dalton defeated Southeast Whitfield three times this season, and that’s the same Southeast Whitfield squad that tied Top 25-ranked East Coweta. The Catamounts tied in the 2003 state final. Huitanda finished his career with a school-record 87 goals.
Fun Fact: Dalton has been involved in a student exchange program with its sister school Gerhart-Hauptmann since 1996.
5 Oakton (Vienna, Va.) 17-0-2 7
Oakton defeated upstart Mount Vernon 3-1 in the Northern Region final, but the team’s noteworthy result last week was the 3-2 overtime victory against Lake Braddock in the semifinal round. That contest pitted the D.C.-area’s top two programs, both undefeated. They tied during the regular season. With the match tied at 2 in overtime, Armand Jefferis earned a penalty kick and Patrick Moore converted for the match winner. Oakton advances to the state tournament this week and only a state title will secure this squad of a final Top 5 ranking.
6 Franklin (Franklin, Tenn.) 18-0-2 6
Season complete. Tennessee Class AAA state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,900 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Birmingham Southern signee Conner Quiggle scored the first goal, Allister Berger and Matt Brady added scores as Franklin defeated Farragut 3-1 for the program’s first state title. The team is coached by Mike Burgoyne, who was in his first season.
Fun Fact: While this was Franklin’s first boys’ soccer state title, the school’s girls team holds a record 11 state-sanctioned state crowns, which included an 83-match win streak during the 1980s.
7 Jefferson (Auburn, Wash.) 18-0-4 8
Season complete. Washington Class 4A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,000 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Matthew Cruz had a goal and one assist as Jefferson handled Union 3-0 in the state final, only a day after beating former Top 25-ranked Snohomish 3-0 in the semifinals. The victory marked a record eighth state title for Jefferson, which won its first crown 30 years ago. The team was led by senior midfielder Isidro Prado-Huerta, a former Seattle Sounders Academy player who passed on club this spring to play high school soccer. Other key players were senior Luis Alvaro Osornio and juniors Brandon Madsen and Glenn Carpenter. Prado-Huerta was the Seattle Times Player of the Year while Carpenter was a first-team selection.
Fun Fact: Two former Jefferson players have played in the MLS former the Seattle Sounders — Lamar Neagle and Wade Webber.
8 Blacksburg (Blacksburg, Va.) 18-0-2 11
Blacksburg received goals from four players in a 4-0 victory over Cave Spring in the region final. Blacksburg outscored its three regional foes 18-1 last week. The team moves into a state quarterfinal match against Turner Ashby, with a possible state semifinal clash against the Tuscarora/Lafayette winner. Those teams are a combined 38-1-3.
9 Vestavia Hills (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) 29-1-1 9
Season complete. Alabama Class 6A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,875 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Jerrod Nieves delivered the match-winning penalty kick as Vestavia Hills won the Alabama Class 6A state crown in a shootout over rival Oak Mountain. The teams played four times with Vestavia Hills winning three and Oak Mountain winning one.
Fun Fact: Trey Hardee, the Olympic Decathlon silver medalist at the 2012 London Games, is a 2002 graduate of Vestavia Hills. Hardee was an NCAA champion and record-setter in the decathlon and heptathlon before embarking on an international career.
10 Lake Braddock (Burke, Va.) 13-1-5 10
Season complete. Virginia Group AAA region semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 2,600 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Lake Braddock’s undefeated run drew to a close with a 3-2 overtime loss to Oakton in the region semifinals. In Virginia, the region playoff pairings are predetermined based on a rotating district concept, and the draw with year led to an Oakton-Lake Braddock semifinal in which could have easily been the region final. The region champion and runner-up advance to the start tournament, so the semifinal loss was the end of the road for Lake Braddock. Lake Braddock and Oakton had tied during the regular season. Ricky Crump scored the Bruins’ first goal and Zack Hopkins added the equalizer, which led to overtime.
Fun Fact: Lake Braddock’s most famous soccer alumn is Mia Hamm, who transferred into the school later in her high school career after her family relocated from Texas.
11 Iowa City West (Iowa City, Iowa) 20-1-0 13
Season complete. Iowa Class 3-A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,000 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: The Iowa City West dynasty lives on. Justin Baker and Garrett Grimsman scored to lead the Trojans to a 2-1 victory over Iowa City for the program’s second straight title, fourth in five years and seventh since 2000. Drake signee Mueng Sunday was named captain of the Class 3-A all-tournament team. Keeper Ryan Holte and Paris Martins also made the all-tournament squad.
Fun Fact: Nate Kaedling, the placekicker for the San Diego Chargers, played for Iowa City West’s first state title-winning soccer team in 2000.
12 E.C. Glass (Lynchburg, Va.) 18-1-1 15
Will Casler and Jack Valentine scored to lead E.C. Glass to a 2-0 win over Turner Ashby in the region final, and that result put E.C. Glass in the Group AA state tournament draw on the opposite side of the Blacksburg-Lafayette-Tuscarora group. Blacksburg handed E.C. Glass its only defeat this year and those teams are a combined 46-1-5. Glass won’t see ay of them until the state final, if it can advance that far.
13 Berkmar (Lilburn, Ga.) 16-5-1 16
Season complete. Georgia Class AAAAAA state champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,900 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Berkmar put an 0-3-1 start in the past and pulled out a 2-0 state title win over Collins Hill, ending the fellow Gwinnett County’s two-year run as state champions. Collins Hill beat Berkmar 2-0 early in the season. But in the final, Kofi Twumasi and Awey Houry scored second-half goals to lift the program to its first state title.
Fun Fact: Berkmar coach Tracy Crouch guided Parkview to a state title in 2005 and previously had Parkview programs that spent time at No. 1 in the nation before taking over the Berkmar program.
14 East Coweta (Sharpsburg, Ga.) 19-1-1 17
Season complete. Georgia Class AAAAAA state semifinalist
School Facts: Public, 2,800 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Connor Antley and Ian Antley scored to give East Coweta a 2-1 lead, but the team could not hold on in a state semifinal shootout loss to eventual champ Berkmar followed a 2-2 contest.
Fun Fact: Although East Coweta’s school history dates to 1917, the current formal school was started in 1946 as a merger of Haralson, Raymond, Starr and Senoia schools.
15 Forest Park (Woodbridge, Va.) 17-2-2 26
Andrew Jones scored twice as Forest Park won a wild 5-4 contest over Broad Run in the region final. Forest Park, which has avenged both of its losses this season, carries a 12-match undefeated streak into the state quarterfinals this week.
16 Cosby (Midlothian, Va.) 15-3-1 37
Andrew Michon, Cayman Fisher and Jackson Martin scored during a 14-minute surge as Cosby blew open a 1-1 match en route to a 5-1 victory over Midlothian in the region final. Regardless of the outcome, both teams advance to this week’s state tournament, where Cosby is figured a solid challenger to undefeated Oakton.
17 Tuscarora (Leesburg, Va.) 19-1-2 12
Tuscarora’s undefeated run ended with a loss to Briar Woods, a team it defeated during the regular season, but regardless this team advances to the state tournament. This week’s Group AA tournament features a trio of Top 25 teams — Blacksburg, E.C. Glass and Tuscarora — which is rare for Group AA. The results this week will sort out how many belong in the Top 25 at season’s end.
18 Oak Mountain (Birmingham, Ala.) 21-3-1 18
Season complete. Alabama Class 6A state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 1,715 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Oak Mountain’s season ended with a penalty kick setback to Vestavia Hills in the Class 6A state final. All three of the team’s losses were to Vestavia Hills this season.
Fun Fact: Oak Mountain, which was established in 1999, received the prestigious Blue Ribbon School designation in 2011. Only six public high schools in Alabama have ever achieved this honor.
19 Creighton Prep (Omaha, Neb.) 17-4-0 19
Season complete. Nebraska Class A state runner-up.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 1,025 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Creighton Prep’s bid to become the first three-peat champion in Nebraska came up short in a 1-0 state final loss to Omaha South. Creighton Prep lost three times to Omaha South and split its two matches with Grand Island. Creighton Prep’s lineup featured Creighton signee Alex Prusa and Nebraska-Omaha signee Mark Moulton.
Fun Fact: Rex Barney, a former Major League Baseball player who made a name for himself as a public address announcer, was a graduate of Creighton Prep. He served as the PA announcer for the Baltimore Orioles from 1974 until his death in 1997, and was known for two famous sayings: “Give that fan a contract” any time a spectator made a snagged a foul ball, and “Thank-youuuu” with a drawn out ending at the conclusion of each game.
20 Grand Island (Grand Island, Neb.) 15-1-0 20
Season complete. Nebraska Class A state semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 2,200 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Grand Island climbed as high as No. 5 in the ESR Top 50 before falling to playoff nemesis Creighton Prep 3-2 in the state semifinals. Grand Island had defeated Creighton Prep earlier in the season.
Fun Fact: Tom Rathman, a former NFL fullback who was a standout at Nebraska before winning two Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers, is a Grand Island graduate. Rathman currently coaches the running backs for the 49ers.
21 Edmond North (Edmond, Okla.) 13-2-0 21
Season complete. Oklahoma Class 6A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,500 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Sam Brown delivered the decisive goal to lift Edmond North to a 2-1 victory over Norman North in the state final, handing Norman North its only regulation loss of the season. The team’s other three defeats were in shootouts. Edmond North trailed 1-0 at halftime before Clay Collier scored on a header to tie the match followed by Brown’s winner. The victory marked the second title for Edmond North’s program, the first coming in 2004.
Fun Fact: Former Edmond North standout Bright Dike is a member of the MLS Portland Timbers.
22 Midlothian (Midlothian, Va.) 13-4-1 36
A day after beating then No. 1 Mills Godwin in overtime, Midlothian lost to Cosby 5-1 in the region final. The team’s showing this week will determine if Midlothian (and Mills Godwin for that fact) remain in the Top 25.
23 Mills Godwin (Henrico, Va.) 18-1-0 1
Season complete. Virginia Group AAA region semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 2,000 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: For the second straight year, Mills Godwin carried an undefeated record into the regional semifinals, and for the second straight time suffered a defeat — ending a bid to reach the state tournament. Cutter Jacobson had the team’s regulation goal in what became a 2-1 overtime loss to Midlothian. Over the past two seasons, Mills Godwin has gone 36-2-1 — both losses in the region semifinals.
Fun Fact: The school is named in honor of Mills E. Godwin Jr., a two-time governor of Virginia. Godwin was a Democrat when he won office in 1966 and switched to the Republican party in another successful bid for governor in 1974. He was the first governor in U.S. history to be elected as both a Democrat and Republican.
24 Houston County (Warner Robins, Ga.) 21-1-0 24
Season complete. Georgia Class AAAAA state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 2,500 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: In an area more known for football than soccer, Houston County delivered what is perhaps the greatest soccer season of any Middle Georgia program, going 21-0 until losing 3-0 to McIntosh in the state final. Only one other Middle Georgia team had ever reached a state final. Houston County’s stock rose with a surprising 5-0 win over Starr’s Mill in the state semifinals, a Starr’s Mill team which had beat Glynn Academy and played closer matches with the likes of East Coweta and Harrison.
Fun Fact: Buffalo Bills defensive end Kyle Moore, who was selected by Tampa Bay in the 2009 NFL Draft, is the most recent Houston County player to make the NFL.
25 Iowa City (Iowa City, Iowa) 17-3-0 25
Season complete. Iowa Class 3-A state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 1,700 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Fernando Pacheco scored in the 66th minute to make the score 2-1, but that was as close as Iowa city would get in a state final setback to city rival Iowa City West. Iowa City went 16-2 over its last 18 matches, both losses were to Iowa City West. Pacheco, Luke Mennen and Peter Larsen were named to the all-tournament team.
Fun Fact: Nobel prize-winning chemist Thomas Cech is a graduate of Iowa City. His field of research is how the genetic code of DNA is transcribed into RNA, which may be the foundation for life. He shared the Nobel prize with Sidney Altman in 1989 for their discovery of the catalytic properties of RNA.
26 Johnston (Johnston, Iowa) 20-2-0 14
27 St. Joseph’s (Greenville, S.C.) 18-3-0 27
28 Union (Camas, Wash.) 16-3-4 28
29 Irmo (Columbia, S.C.) 17-8-0 29
30 Lexington (Lexington, S.C.) 17-10-1 30
31 Starr’s Mill (Fayetteville, Ga.) 16-5-1 31
32 Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.) 17-6-1 32
33 Wando (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) 22-1-0 33
34 Norman North (Norman, Okla.) 13-4-0 34
35 Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.) 22-4-0 35
36 Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 12-3-1 38
37 Glynn Academy (Brunswick, Ga.) 18-1-1 39
38 Owasso (Owasso, Okla.) 15-2-0 40
39 Norman (Norman, Okla.) 12-2-0 41
40 First Colonial (Virginia Beach, Va.) 17-3-1 NR
41 Collins Hills (Suwanee, Ga.) 17-6-0 42
42 Harrison (Kennesaw, Ga.) 17-4-0 43
43 Centennial (Roswell, Ga.) 18-3-0 44
44 Lambert (Suwanee, Ga.) 16-4-0 45
45 Northside (Fort Smith, Ark.) 25-1-0 46
46 Father Ryan (Nashville, Tenn.) 13-4-3 47
47 Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, Tenn.) 14-1-1 48
48 Springdale (Springdale, Ark.) 19-4-1 49
49 Landstown (Virginia Beach, Va.) 17-4-0 NR
50 Lehi (Lehi, Utah) 14-5-1 NR

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