TOP STORY: Starting June 24 and running through July 5, ESR will count down the overall ESR Top 50 for the 2012-13 school year by announcing five teams per day. This is a consolidation of the fall, winter and spring ESR Top 50s for the school year. The ESR All-America teams will be released the week of July 8-12, with the fall season previews to start July 15.
COUNTING DOWN THE OVERALL ESR TOP 50 FOR 2012-13
|Rk.||School (City, State)||Record||Season|
|46||Christian Brothers College (St. Louis, Mo.)||26-5-1||Fall-19|
| Season complete. Missouri Class 3 state champion.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 1,100 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Sophomore Jake Meyerkord and junior Max Keeley scored the goals as CBC stunned favored Chaminade 2-0 in the state final, marking the program’s eighth title — seventh under coach Terry Michler.
Fun Fact: CBC coach Terry Michler is the winningest coach in high school soccer history with a record of 871-219-98 in 42 years at CBC.
|47||Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.)||25-3-2||Fall-20|
| Season complete. Missouri Class 3 state runner-up.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 800 students in grades 6-12.
Notes: Several Academy players passed on the fall club season to represent Chaminade and it turned this usually strong program into a national power. The team’s stellar run, though, came to a close with a 2-0 loss to league rival Christian Brothers College in the state final. Chaminade also had a loss to Jesuit (Calif.).
Fun Fact: While Chaminade is primarily a school of St. Louis-area students, its potential for boarding students allows it to attract individuals from other states and, in some cases, other countries. Two of the school’s famous alumni are professional hockey-playing brothers Paul and Yan Stastny, the sons of former NHL standout Peter Stastny, who settled in the St. Louis after finishing his playing career with the St. Louis Blues.
|48||Peoria Notre Dame (Peoria, Ill.)||22-2-2||Fall-21|
| Season complete. Illinois Division 2A state champion.
School Facts: Private, 815 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Grant Inskeep scored a pair of goals as Peoria Notre Dame handled Urbana 3-0 in the state final. The victory marked PND’s third state title in the last five seasons. Senior Drew Whalen finished the season with a team-high 35 goals and 24 assists.
Fun Fact: New York Yankees manager and former Major League catcher Joe Girardi is a graduate of Peoria Notre Dame.
|49||Green Hope (Cary, N.C.)||24-2-0||Fall-22|
| Season complete. North Carolina Class 4A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,275 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Green Hope capped an amazing season with a pair of goals in the final 14 minutes for a 2-0 victory over Myers Park for the program’s second straight state title. Last year’s Green Hope team was ranked among the nation’s Top 10 programs the entire season en route to an undefeated showing. This year, Green Hope had to replace all 11 starters and last year’s coach, who retired following the state final victory. In the final, Josh Kennedy broke the scoreless tie for Green Hope and Zack Compton capitalized on a Myers Park miscue to net an insurance goal with less than two minutes remaining.
Fun Fact: Green Hope High School, which opened in 1999, is named as nod to the once-standing Green Hope School that used to serve the area. Green Hope School was burned to the ground in 1963 and never rebuilt. The fire officially was deemed “suspicious,” as arson was suspected but never confirmed.
|50||Berkmar (Lilburn, Ga.)||16-5-1||Spring-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.