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|
|36||St. Thomas Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.)||18-2-1||Spring-14|
| Season complete. Kansas Class 5A state champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,250 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Kelley Sweeney, Jamie Kutey, Mary Disidore, Olivia Meyers and Julie Bridge scored as St. Thomas Aquinas handled Valley Center 5-0 in the state final. The win marked the Saints’ fourth straight title and 13th overall. St. Thomas Aquinas ended the season on a 14-0-1 run, and the only blemish was a draw with eventual 6A state champion Blue Valley Northwest. The run started with a victory over eventual 6A state runner-up Blue Valley North. The Saints went undefeated against Kansas teams, losing only to St. Teresa’s (Mo.) in the Mo-Kan tournament final and Jenks (Okla.) in the Heart of America bracket final.
Fun Fact: Two former St. Thomas Aquinas boys’ soccer players have played professional soccer locally for Sporting Kansas City — Michael Thomas and Kyle Miller.
|37||Hough (Cornelius, N.C.)||21-3-0||Spring-15|
| Season complete. North Carolina Class 4A state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 1,950 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Hough, last year’s state and ESR Top 50 national champion, came up short in a repeat bid for the state crown, losing 2-0 to top-ranked Green Hope in the Class 4A state final. The two-goal loss matched the 3-year-old program’s most lopsided defeat and marked the first time Hough had been shut out since Lake Norman posted a 1-0 win over the school on March 29, 2011 — a run of 65 matches with at least one goal. With seven players who have signed or committed to NCAA Division I programs, Hough has quickly evolved into a national power. Hough lost two regular-season matches to Lake Norman in 2013 but won the playoff rematch. The program sports an all-time record of 69-5-5, and with most of its starters returning in 2014, this team again figures on being a state title contender.
Fun Fact: Hough’s state final rematch marked the fifth time in North Carolina Class 4A girls’ soccer where teams have played in back-to-back state finals. Leesville Road swept Ardrey Kell in 2008 and 2009, Broughton and Grimsley split in 2003 and 2004, Broughton swept Grimsley in 1999 and 2000, and Grimsley and Broughton clashed three straight years in 1994-1996, with Grimsley winning the first and third meetings.
|38||Lake Norman (Mooresville, N.C.)||24-1-0||Spring-16|
| 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.
|39||River Hill (Clarksville, Md.)||19-0-0||Fall-15|
| Season complete. Maryland Class 3A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,600 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Callie Allen scored on a rebound in overtime to lift River Hill to a 1-0 state title victory over C.M. Wright, winning the program’s eighth state title and fourth for coach Brian Song, who is in his eighth year as head coach. River Hill outscored its opponents 79-6 this season.
Fun Fact: From the opening of River Hill, a magnet school in affluent Howard County, the Hawks were an instant soccer power for boys and girls. Since 1997, the school has claimed 16 boys and girls state titles (eight each) in 20 state tournament appearances.
|40||Washingtonville (Washingtonville, N.Y.)||20-0-0||Fall-16|
| Season complete. New York Class AA state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,750 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Junior Alana O’Neill converted a penalty kick in the third overtime to lift Washingtonville to a 1-0 victory over Webster Thomas in the state final. The title was the first for Washingtonville and its first-year coach Jennifer Czumak, who had guided Shenendehowa and North Rockland to state tournaments in the past.
Fun Fact: Brittany Taylor, a former US Soccer National Team player and current professional player, is a 2005 graduate of Washingtonville, where she was a three-time section player of the year.
|41||St. Pius X (Atlanta, Ga.)||19-1-3||Spring-17|
| 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.
|42||El Camino Real (Woodland Hills, Calif.)||21-4-3||Winter-10|
| Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division I champion. CIF Los Angeles Section Division 1 champion.
School Facts: Public, 3,550 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: It took seven rounds of penalty kicks following a scoreless match before El Camino Real emerged with a victory over Westview for the SCR Division I title. The first 13 players all converted their kicks before ECR’s sophomore keeper Alex Best delivered a game-winning save to end the contest. ECR, which dominates the Los Angeles Section, was 0-4-2 against teams that appeared in the ESR Top 50 before the regional tournament. There, ECR defeated then Top 25-ranked Buchanan 1-0 and eventually beat Westview, which had posted a win over defending SCR champion Aliso Niguel. That series of results vaults ECR, which ended the year with an 18-match undefeated streak, high in the rankings. In winning the title, ECR became the first school from other than the San Diego and Southern Sections to claim an SCR title in any division.
Fun Fact: Schools in the Los Angeles area tend to produce an abnormally high numbers of actors and actresses. A few who hailed from ECR include America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Brad Garrett (Everyone Loves Raymond), Paige Hurd (Everybody Hates Chris), Christopher Knight (Peter on the original Brady Bunch), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Super Bad) and William Zabka (Karate Kid).
|43||Westview (San Diego, Calif.)||21-6-2||Winter-11|
| Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division I runner-up. CIF San Diego Section Division II champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,400 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Westview fell to El Camino Real in the SCR final in penalty kicks after beating Top 25-ranked Aliso Niguel and Eastlake to reach the final.
Fun Fact: Arianna Afsar, a Top 10 finisher in the 2011 Miss America pageant and a former American Idol contestant, is a graduate of Westview. She was the first runner-up in the 2006 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition while she was attending Westview.
|44||Viewmont (Bountiful, Utah)||19-1-0||Fall-18|
| Season complete. Class 5A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,700 students in grades 10-12.
Notes: Ella Johnson, one of several senior starters, headed home the winning goal in overtime as Viewmont edged Alta 1-0 in the final. This was Viewmont’s third straight trip to the state final, but first win during that run. The program’s other titles were in 1993 and 1998. Viewmont’s only loss during the season was to Lone Peak, which it avenged with a playoff victory over Lone Peak.
Fun Fact: Viewmont is more widely known as a boys’ wrestling state power in the past decade, winning seven of nine state titles between 2002-2010.
|45||Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo, Calif.)||13-4-7||Winter-12|
| Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division I quarterfinalist. CIF Southern Section Division 1 runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 3,000 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Aliso Niguel’s season ended with a 2-0 loss to Westview in the SCR quarterfinals. The result ended Aliso Niguel’s bid to repeat as SCR champion. That setback marked the team’s second straight loss since it fell 3-1 to Chaminade in the Southern Section Division 1 final. Although Aliso Niguel finished league play behind Dana Hills, it put together a strong postseason run that included wins over currently ranked Edison, Villa Park and Capistrano Valley. Dominique Bond-Flasza Sara Roberts and Nicole Smolinski earned All-CIF Southern Section Division 1 first-team honors.
Fun Fact: Kayla Ross, a member of the U.S. Olympic Gold Medal-winning gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, currently is a sophomore at Aliso Niguel.
|46||Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo, Calif.)||18-2-4||Winter-14|
| Season complete. CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinalist.
School Facts: Private, 2,950 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Capistrano Valley was ranked as high as No. 3 this past season. Capistrano Valley’s season ended with a 3-2 loss to Aliso Niguel in the section semifinals. The Cougars won the prestigious Excalibur Tournament in December, which vaulted this team into the national top 10 for most of the season. Alex Hussar, the Orange County Player of the Year, and Jennifer Munoz were named to the All-CIF Southern Section Division 1 team.
Fun Fact: Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez is a graduate of Capistrano Valley. In fact, he illustrated the school’s 1979 yearbook.
|47||Dana Hills (Dana Point, Calif.)||12-1-5||Winter-15|
| Season complete. CIF Southern Section Round of 16.
School Facts: Public, 3,000 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Dana Hills’ season ended with a shootout loss to Rancho Cucamonga. Despite the setback, Dana Hills put together an impressive resume this season that included winning the South Coast League title, which included a 3-0-1 showing against Aliso Niguel and San Clemente. Dana Hills also defeated Top 50-ranked Long Beach Wilson.
Fun Fact: Dana Hills is home to a highly regarded marine ecology program for seniors. The course, which was launched when the school opened in 1973, is capped in May when students, parents, teachers and past alumni spend a week in Baja, Calif., conducting a field study.
|48||Alta (Sandy, Utah)||18-1-1||Fall-16|
| Season complete. Class 5A state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 2,586 students in grades 10-12.
Notes: Alta’s bid for an eighth state title since 2001 came up short in a 1-0 loss to Viewmont, which was a rematch of last year’s final. Alta figures to be among the ESR Top 50 preseason favorites next year as juniors Bizzy Phillips (22 goals), Madi Lyons (20 goals) and Sydney Fitzpatrick (14 goals) return.
Fun Fact: Julianne Hough of “Dancing With The Stars” fame is an Alta graduate.
|49||Pickerington North (Pickerington, Ohio)||19-1-2||Fall-17|
| Season complete. Ohio Division I state semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 1,950 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Pickerington North lost to Mason 1-0 in overtime in the state semifinals, ending the squad’s undefeated season. During the year, Pickerington North pinned the only loss on Dublin Coffman and ended Dublin Jerome’s undefeated streak at 20.
Fun Fact: The Pickerington North band, with nearly 400 members, has performed at a number of nationally known events, including the Tournament of Roses Parade (2006), the Phoenix Fiest Bowl (2007) and the Orlando Citrus Parade (2009).
|50||Lenape (Medford, N.J.)||19-4-1||Fall-18|
| Season complete. New Jersey Group 4 state semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 2,100 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Lenape started its season with a win over Montgomery, then lost the rematch 1-0 in the state semifinals, ending Lenape’s run of five straight state titles. Lenape twice lost to No. 19 Eastern, but defeated Eastern to win the section crown and earn a state semifinal berth.
Fun Fact: Lenape has been a dominant soccer power in recent years, but the area is also well known for women’s field hockey. Recent Lenape graduate Lauren Pfeiffer is a member of the U.S. National Team and has made 49 international appearances.