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Boys ESR Overall Top 50, Nos. 41-50

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
41 Iowa City West (Iowa City, Iowa) 20-1-0 Spring-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.
42 San Pasqual (San Pasqual, Calif.) 16-4-3 Winter-15
Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division I quarterfinalist. CIF San Diego Section Division I champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,600 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: San Pasqual’s season ended with a 1-0 overtime loss to eventual regional champion El Rancho. San Pasqual, which had early losses to Carlsbad and La Costa Canyon, got hot late in the season and won the section final over Carlsbad to earn a SCR berth.
Fun Fact: The co-founder of MySpace, Tom Anderson, is a 1988 graduate of San Pasqual.
43 Carlsbad (Carlsbad, Calif.) 24-4-1 Winter-16
Season complete. CIF San Diego Section Division I runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 3,350 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Carlsbad, the top seed, was upset in the section final, losing to San Pasqual in penalty kicks following a scoreless draw. During the regular season, Carlsbad split its meetings with San Diego Division II champion La Costa Canyon and handed San Clemente a defeat.
Fun Fact: In 2001, the band No Doubt played a surprise concert at Carlsbad for in inaugural episode of MTV’s “Jammed.”
44 Kingwood (Humble, Texas) 23-2-4 Winter-17
Season complete. Texas Class 5A state semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 2,750 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Kingwood’s season ended with a 2-0 loss to Coppell in the state semifinals. Kingwood’s loss, coupled by a state semifinal loss by Alief Elsik, means the Houston area has not produced a Texas 5A champion since 2005. That said, Kingwood did advance to the state tournament by winning a hybrid region that included top programs from Houston, Austin and parts of Dallas. Seniors Joe Decker and Rory Mageean were named to the Class 5A all-tournament team.
Fun Fact: Among Kingwood’s notable alumni is Jacqueline Anderson, an actress, entrepreneur and former Miss Houston Teen USA (and runner-up for Miss Texas Teen in 1992).
45 Alief Elsik (Houston, Texas) 21-3-3 Winter-18
Season complete. Texas Class 5A state semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 4,150 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: A season of great promise started to slip away late in the year with a pair of losses. However, Elsik, a preseason Top 5 team, pulled it together and made a stellar postseason run that included wins over Morton Ranch, Strake Jesuit, Pasadena Dobie and Deer Park — all teams that are in or have been in the ESR Top 50 in the past two seasons. Elsik’s run ended, though, with a 1-0 loss to Brownsville Hanna in the state semifinals. Seniors Kayode George and Aniekan Williams were named to the Class 5A all-tournament team.
Fun Fact: Elsik’s most famous alumni is singer, model, actress Beyonce Knowles, simply known as Beyonce.
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.
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