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Boys ESR Spring Top 50, Final 2013

TOP STORY: Omaha South becomes the first Nebraska program to finish the season ranked No. 1 in the ESR Top 50, which has long been dominated by Southeast programs — where most of the high school spring soccer is played.

The following are the All-Time ESR Final Spring No. 1 teams:

2013: Omaha South (Omaha, Neb.)
2012: Norman North (Norman, Okla.)
2011: St. Pius X (Atlanta, Ga.)
2010: Frank Cox (Virginia Beach, Va.)
2009: Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.)
2008: Brentwood (Brentwood, Tenn.)
2007: Greenville (Greenville, S.C.)
2006: Thomas Dale (Chester, Va.)
2005: Thomas Dale (Chester, Va.)
2004: Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
2003: Mills Godwin (Richmond, Va.)
2002: Bearden (Knoxville, Tenn.)
2001: West Springfield (Springfield, Va.)
2000: Houston (Germantown, Tenn.)



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

Final Rankings for the Spring 2013 season

Rk. School (City, State) Record Prev.
1 Omaha South (Omaha, Neb.) 23-0-0 1
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 2
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 3
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 4
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 Franklin (Franklin, Tenn.) 18-0-2 5
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.
6 Jefferson (Auburn, Wash.) 18-0-4 6
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 for the Seattle Sounders — Lamar Neagle and Wade Webber.
7 Blacksburg (Blacksburg, Va.) 21-0-2 7
Season complete. Virginia Group AA state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,200 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Shane Meacham, Sebi Brown and Garland Smith scored goals as Blacksburg defeated E.C. Glass 3-0 in the state final, a day after dealing Tuscarora a 4-0 defeat with four second-half goals. The title marked a state record 12th for Blacksburg, which has reached the Group AA semifinals 24 of the past 25 years. Keeper Gillen Beck recorded shutouts in all three state playoff matches. This marked the program’s 16th straight 20-win season. Coach Shelley Blumenthal sports a career record of 415-32-18 at Blacksburg.
Fun Fact: Peter Gwazdauskas, who was featured in the Academy Award-winning documentary titled “Educating Peter,” is a Blacksburg alum. The film focused on Gwazdauskas, a special needs student with Down’s syndrome, and his inclusion in a mainstream elementary school in Blacksburg.
8 Vestavia Hills (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) 29-1-1 8
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.
9 Iowa City West (Iowa City, Iowa) 20-1-0 9
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.
10 Berkmar (Lilburn, Ga.) 16-5-1 10
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.
11 East Coweta (Sharpsburg, Ga.) 19-1-1 11
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 following 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.
12 Oak Mountain (Birmingham, Ala.) 21-3-1 12
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.
13 Creighton Prep (Omaha, Neb.) 17-4-0 13
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.
14 Grand Island (Grand Island, Neb.) 15-1-0 14
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.
15 Mount Vernon (Alexandria, Va.) 13-8-2 15
Season complete. Virginia Group AAA state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,750 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Mount Vernon was No. 13 in the ESR Preseason rankings, but that appeared a major misstep when the squad started 3-7-2 in 2013. Then, American University signee Lucas Belanger left his Development Academy squad and returned to Mount Vernon, and the team’s fortunes quickly changed. Belanger delivered a game-winning save in the eighth round of penalty kicks as Mount Vernon upended Cosby 6-5 in PKs following a scoreless draw through regulation and four overtime sessions in the state final.
Fun Fact: The school is named after the estate of George Washington, and the historic Mount Vernon is located about 1.5 miles from the school. In addition, the school’s mascot “Majors” is a nod to Washington’s once-held position of Adjunct of Virginia Colony, which came with the military rank of “major.”
16 Cosby (Midlothian, Va.) 17-4-1 16
Season complete. Virginia Group AAA state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 1,800 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: A day after knocking off previously undefeated Oakton in the state semifinals, Cosby’s bid for a first state title came up short in a penalty kick loss to Mount Vernon. Andre Michon scored the lone goal in the team’s semifinal win over Oakton, which had an interesting subplot between the coaches. Oakton coach Todd Spitalny played for current Cosby coach Mike Anderson while he attended Clover Hill in the mid-1990s.
Fun Fact: Although Cosby opened in 2006, the school has developed quite an athletic resume, which includes a Gatorade National Soccer Player of the Year (Luis Rendon in 2011) and six straight Dominion District All Sports Cups (awarded to the top athletic program in the district).
17 Oakton (Vienna, Va.) 18-1-2 17
Season complete. Virginia Group AAA state semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 2,400 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Despite outshooing Cosby 22-13 and earning an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks, the team was dealt a 1-0 setback in the state semifinals, ending an undefeated season. Only a week earlier, Oakton handled Mount Vernon in the region final, and Mount Vernon ended up upsetting Cosby in the state final. Senior midfielder and James Madison signee Patrick Moore earned Washington Post All-Met first-team honors. Junior defender Jimmy Jameson was a second-team selection while senior midfielder Christian Ollen and sophomore forward Armand Jeffris were honorable mention honorees.
Fun Fact: Sean Parker, who was a co-founder of once-popular music file sharing service Napster and the first president of Facebook, attended Oakton for two years before finishing out his high school career at nearby Chantilly.
18 Lake Braddock (Burke, Va.) 13-1-5 18
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 this year led to an Oakton-Lake Braddock semifinal in what 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.
19 Edmond North (Edmond, Okla.) 13-2-0 19
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.
20 Forest Park (Woodbridge, Va.) 17-3-2 20
Season complete. Virginia Group AAA state quarterfinalist.
School Facts: Public, 2,350 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Forest Park’s season ended with a shootout loss to eventual state champion Mount Vernon in the state quarterfinals. During the regular season, Forest Park lost to Osbourn Park and Freedom-Woodbridge, only to avenge those defeats later in the season. Washington Post All-Met first-team selection Andrew Jones scored a school-record 27 goals. Freshman Brandon Clegg was a All-Met honorable mention pick, one of only two freshmen honored.
Fun Fact: Forest Park graduate Ali Krieger played for the U.S. Women’s National Team during the 2011 Women’s World Cup. Krieger was among the first graduates of Forest Park in the early 2000s.
21 Houston County (Warner Robins, Ga.) 21-1-0 21
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 state semifinal win over a Starr’s Mill team that 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.
22 Midlothian (Midlothian, Va.) 14-5-1 22
Season complete. Virginia Group AAA state semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 1,500 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Midlothian lost to eventual state runner-up Cosby in the region final, then lost to eventual state champion Mount Vernon in the state semifinals. In between, Midlothian beat Eastern Region champion First Colonial in the state quarterfinals.
Fun Fact: Aimee Mann, who founded the 1980s music group ‘Til Tuesday, attended Midlothian. The group was best known for the 1985 hit Voices Carry.
23 Mills Godwin (Henrico, Va.) 18-1-0 23
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 Iowa City (Iowa City, Iowa) 17-3-0 24
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.
25 Johnston (Johnston, Iowa) 20-2-0 25
Season complete. Iowa Class 3-A third-place finisher.
School Facts: Public, 1,300 students in grades 10-12.
Notes: Johnston won 18 straight matches before losing to Iowa City in the state semifinals Johnston then bounced back with a season-ending 2-1 win over Cedar Rapids Kennedy in the consolation match.
Fun Fact: Ninth-graders are eligible to play for Johnston despite the fact the high school is only a Grade 10-12 building. The one freshman on this year’s team was Elvir Ibisevic, who scored 19 goals.
26 St. Joseph’s (Greenville, S.C.) 18-3-0 26
27 Union (Camas, Wash.) 16-3-4 27
28 E.C. Glass (Lynchburg, Va.) 21-3-1 28
29 Tuscarora (Leesburg, Va.) 21-2-2 29
30 Irmo (Columbia, S.C.) 17-8-0 30
31 Lexington (Lexington, S.C.) 17-10-1 31
32 Starr’s Mill (Fayetteville, Ga.) 16-5-1 32
33 Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.) 17-6-1 33
34 Wando (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) 22-1-0 34
35 Norman North (Norman, Okla.) 13-4-0 35
36 Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.) 22-4-0 36
37 Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 12-3-1 37
38 Glynn Academy (Brunswick, Ga.) 18-1-1 38
39 Owasso (Owasso, Okla.) 15-2-0 39
40 Norman (Norman, Okla.) 12-2-0 40
41 Collins Hills (Suwanee, Ga.) 17-6-0 41
42 Harrison (Kennesaw, Ga.) 17-4-0 42
43 Centennial (Roswell, Ga.) 18-3-0 43
44 Lambert (Suwanee, Ga.) 16-4-0 44
45 Northside (Fort Smith, Ark.) 25-1-0 45
46 Father Ryan (Nashville, Tenn.) 13-4-3 46
47 Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, Tenn.) 14-1-1 47
48 Springdale (Springdale, Ark.) 19-4-1 48
49 Lehi (Lehi, Utah) 14-5-1 49
50 Brighton (Salt Lake City, Utah) 17-2-0 50

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