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Girls ESR Overall Top 50, Nos. 11-50

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
11 Perrysburg (Perrysburg, Ohio) 23-0-0 Fall-3
Season complete. Ohio Division I state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,415 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Maddy Williams’ first-half penalty kick stood as the lone score as Perrysburg edged Mason 1-0 in the state final. In the semifinals, Perrysburg topped perennial national power Strongsville.
Fun Fact: Jim Leyland, who guided the Detroit Tigers to a World Series appearance this past fall, is a graduate of Perrysburg.
12 Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) 21-0-2 Fall-4
Season complete. Ohio Division II state champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,300 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Xavier commit Maddy John scored twice while Notre Dame commit Sandra Yu, junior Alex Kithcart and Kennedy Payne added goals as Walsh Jesuit handled Columbus St. Francis de Sales 5-0 in the state final. The result marked the largest margin of victory in any boys or girls state final in Ohio and was Walsh Jesuit’s sixth state crown.
Fun Fact: Walsh Jesuit, founded in 1965, may have more land than any school in the rankings with 108 acres.
13 Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) 19-1-0 Spring-6
Season complete. Colorado 5A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,950 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Sophomore Megan Massey, a Tennessee commit, delivered the match-winning goal in overtime as Mountain Vista defeated Rock Canyon 1-0 in the state final. Mountain Vista pinned the only two losses on Rock Canyon this season. The title marked a fifth for coach Theresa Echtermeyer. The team was led defensively by UCLA signee Gabbi Miranda. Massey scored 17 goals to lead the team. Seven seniors have committed to college programs: Miranda, Mariel Adams (Notre Dame), Danielle Cushing (Marshall), Taylor Hendren (Regis University), Jenn Shelton (Colo.-Colorado Springs), Maddy Smith (Minnesota State) and Torell Stewart (Idaho).
Fun Fact: The school was initially known as “High School No. 6” in the local school district plans and was given the named Mountain Vista in 2000, in time for the school’s opening in 2001.
14 Peters Township (McMurray, Pa.) 24-1-0 Fall-5
Season complete. Pennsylvania Class AAA state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,600 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Junior Emily Franty scored the lone goal as Peters Township avenged its only defeat of the season with a 1-0 victory over Cumberland Valley in the state final. The win makes Peters Township only the second Class AAA school to win three straight state titles in Pennsylvania, joining West Chester Henderson (1997-99).
Fun Fact: Some scenes in the 2012 film The Perks of Being a Wallflower were filmed in the Peters Township cafeteria, hallways, classrooms and at the stadium.
15 Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) 16-1-2 Fall-6
Season complete. Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,200 students in grades 10-12.
Notes: The preseason No. 1 team in the nation became the first team to secure a final Top 10 ranking with a 2-0 win over Bishop O’Connell (Va.) in the WCAC final. With the match at 1-0 late in the contest, keeper Megan Hinz saved an O’Connell penalty kick. Midge Purce, who represented the U.S. at the Under-17 World Championships this past fall, scored her second goal of the match shortly thereafter to give the Falcons breathing room.
Fun Fact: While in the military, Good Counsel head coach Jim Bruno got to celebrate his 21st birthday twice. Bruno, who was a 4th Infantry Division-combat medic, turned 21 the day he left Vietnam. However, his flight heading east took him over the International Date Line, making it a day earlier. Therefore, the next day, he “turned” 21 again.
16 Bishop Kelley (Tulsa, Okla.) 16-1-0 Spring-7
Season complete. Oklahoma Class 6A state champion.
School Facts: Private, 850 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Katie Sprouse’s overtime goal lifted Bishop Kelley to a 3-2 victory over Jenks in the state final pitting a pair of nationally ranked programs. The Comets have won four straight titles and 14 in the past 15 years. The team’s only setback this season was in the Heart of America final to St. Teresa’s (Mo.). Bishop Kelley started the season ranked No. 2, and becomes the first to clinch a Top 10 final ranking. This year’s senior class was led by six NCAA Division I signees: Darienne Chapman (Tulsa), Bailey Haydock (Michigan), Claire Kelley (Arkansas), Kaela Little (Notre Dame), Katie Sprouse (Clemson) and Kristie Wilburn (Orla Roberts).
Fun Fact: Bishop Kelley High School was created in 1960 as a response to the closing of Tulsa’s two previous Catholic high schools — Holy Family and Marquette, which had dated to the early 1900s.
17 Montgomery (Skillman, N.J.) 23-1-2 Fall-7
Season complete. New Jersey Group 4 state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,700 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Montgomery avenged its lone defeat with a state semifinal victory over five-time defending state champion Lenape, then closed the deal with a 1-0 victory over Ridge in the state final. Clemson commit Catrina Atanda, the team’s leading scorer, netted the match-winning goal, assisted by Vanderbilt commit Colby Ciarrocca in the team’s third shutout of Ridge this season. The title marked Montgomery’s first outright state title It shared the 2005 Group 3 crown with Moorestown.
Fun Fact: In 2006, Montgomery was given an excellence in AP Art History honor as all 203 students who took the AP exam that year scored 3 or higher.
18 Marist (Atlanta, Ga.) 22-0-1 Spring-8
Season complete. Georgia Class AAAA state champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,070 students in grades 7-12.
Notes: Katie MacGinnitie scored twice as Marist cruised to a 5-0 win over Columbus in the state final. Marist’s defense held Columbus without a shot until the second half. Marist outscored its five playoff opponents 40-0, and posted 18 shutouts on the season. The lone blemish on Marist’s record was a draw with McIntosh, a team that was soundly defeated by fellow Top 25-ranked St. Pius.
Fun Fact: When Marist opened its doors in October 1901, the school was a boys military school known as Marist College.
19 Eureka (Eureka, Mo.) 22-1-1 Spring-9
Season complete. Missouri Class 3 state champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,100 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Allie Gentry scored both goals as Eureka posted a 2-1 win over St. Teresa’s in the state final. Eureka earned its way into the Top 50 early in the season with a win over St. Joseph’s Academy and continued the climb throughout the season. Hannah Leinert led the team with 29 goals followed by Abby Pulliam with 14 and Gentry with 13. The senior-heavy squad features four college signees: Courtney Silberberg (South Florida), Leinert (Illinois State), Sammi Dunda (Wyoming) and keeper Ally Wallner (Rockhurst).
Fun Fact: Bill Goggins, who has coached the program for 20 years, announced prior to the state playoffs that this would be his final season as head coach, and he goes out with the program’s first ever state title.
20 Battlefield (Haymarket, Va.) 21-2-1 Spring-10
Season complete. Virginia Group AAA state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 3,100 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Battlefield’s season ended with a 2-1 loss to Deep Run in the state final. Sydney Sisk scored the team’s only goal in the final. Senior keeper Taylor Kerxton signed with Wake Forest while fellow seniors Alexa Wagoner (Iona) and Bri Toelle (Iowa) also signed with NCAA Division I programs. Junior standout Colleen Gawkins, the team’s leading scorer, has committed to Tennessee.
Fun Fact: Battlefield’s school building includes road signs to help student navigate the campus. East-West corridors are numbered (First, Second, Third, for example), while North-South corridors have names that apply to the Battlefield community.
21 Mason (Mason, Ohio) 20-2-1 Fall-8
Season complete. Ohio Division I state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 3,200 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Despite outshooting Perrysburg by a wide margin, Mason lost the state final 1-0. On its way to the state final, Mason avenged its only loss of the season and pinned the only defeat on Pickerington North.
Fun Fact: NBC Sports anchor Dan Patrick is a graduate of Mason.
22 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.) 26-3-4 Winter-4
Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division II champion. CIF San Diego Division III champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,750 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Kelly Bieraugel, Brittany Doan and Tamara Gomez scored second-half goals all in a 17-minute window, to carry Cathedral Catholic to a 3-1 win over Chaminade in the regional final. The victory marked Cathedral Catholic’s second SCR title in five years. Cathedral Catholic had key wins over SCR Division I runner-up Westview, Corona del Mar and Esperanza and a draw with Harvard-Westlake. Although the team lost to the likes of San Clemente and Edison from the Southern Section, it in essence atoned for those setbacks by beating Chaminade, which won the section title in a tournament that included San Clemente and Edison.
Fun Fact: Cathedral Catholic was founded as University of San Diego High School and held that name until the school changed locations and rebranded itself in 2005.
23 Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 30-3-0 Winter-5
Season complete. Texas 5A state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 1,200 students in grades 11-12.
Notes: Carroll ends as the only 30-win team in this year’s national rankings, but the squad came up one win shy of a state title — losing to Plano West 4-1 in the state final. National recruits Julia Dyche and Sophia Groff were named to the Texas 5A all-tournament team along with Allison Savage. In the state semifinals, Carroll defeated San Antonio Johnson.
Fun Fact: Like Plano West, only juniors and seniors attend Southlake Carroll High School, while the freshmen and sophomores — about another 1,300 students, attend Southlake High School, which is home to the Dragons junior varsity sports facilities.
24 Westlake (Austin, Texas) 28-1-0 Winter-6
Season complete. Texas 5A regional runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 2,600 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Westlake and Plano West were the only teams to occupy the No. 1 spot from January through the end of the season. Westlake’s perfect record gave this team the top billing until losing to Plano West 3-0 in the regional final. During the regular season, Westlake won the Frisco and Katy tournaments and allowed only 11 goals during the season — seven of those came during the playoffs. Christy Goldberg was the district MVP, Hannah Meyer was named the district’s defensive MVP and Rennie Rebe earned district Coach of the Year honors. Seven Westlake players earned first-team all-district honors.
Fun Fact: Drew Brees, an NFL superstar and MVP of Super Bowl XLIV, is a 1997 graduate of Westlake.
25 Strongsville (Strongsville, Ohio) 20-2-0 Fall-9
Season complete. Ohio Division I state semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 2,600 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Strongsville’s bid for a second straight state title ended with a loss to eventual champion Perrysburg in the state semifinals. Strongsville was making its 11th state semifinal appearance since 1998. Seniors Paige Amodio and Alexis Manoa have committed to Bowling Green. Juniors Kelly Novak (Kentucky), Nicolette Griesinger (Dayton) and Lizzie Ehrnfelt (Central Michigan) also have committed to NCAA Division I programs.
Fun Fact: In 2002, a field behind the school was converted into a 5,200-seat football stadium in just 84 days.
26 Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) 17-1-3 Fall-10
Season complete. Washington Class 4A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,965 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Sophomore Izzy Marshall scored on an assist from sophomore Amanda Johnston as Skyline claimed a fourth state title in five years with a 1-0 victory over league rival Issaquah.
Fun Fact: Opened in 1997, Skyline received its name since the school is at the apex of the Sammamish Plateau, the highest point in the city of Sammamish.
27 Rio Americano (Sacramento, Calif.) 18-0-2 Spring-11
Season complete. California Sac-Joaquin Section Division III champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,700 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Mel Hoskins scored twice and Paige Borgorgno set up a pair of goals as Rio Americano cruised to a 5-0 win over Benicia in the section final. The win marked Rio’s third straight section crown. Despite being classified in Division III, Rio provided its worth during the regular season, which included shutout wins over Division I champion Franklin (2-0) and runner-up Davis (3-0).
Fun Fact: When Debbie Meyer was a 16-year-old student at Rio Americano in 1968, she became the first swimmer to win three individual gold medals in the Olympic Games, claiming the 200-, 400- and 800-meter titles at the 1968 Mexico City Games. To this day, no other female has ever won three individual freestyle gold medals in a single Olympics appearance.
28 Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) 23-3-1 Fall-11
Season complete. Pennsylvania Class AAA state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 2,525 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Cumberland Valley made a seamless transition from spring high school soccer to fall soccer this school year, and was a serious title threat. Cumberland Valley handed Peters Township its only loss this season before falling to the Pittsburgh-area school 1-0 in the state final.
Fun Fact: Cassie Pecht, who was the ACC Freshmen of the Year in women’s soccer, graduated from Cumberland Valley last school year. She was a pivotal player during the Eagles’ 2011 spring state title run, but missed most of the 2012 spring season due to injury, although the Eagles went on to repeat as spring champs.
29 Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.) 22-4-5 Winter-7
Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division II runner-up. CIF Southern Section Division 1 champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,250 students in grades 6-12.
Notes: Abbi Williams gave Chaminade a 1-0 lead, but the team surrendered three second-half goals in a 3-1 setback to Cathedral Catholic in the SCR Division II final. The loss ended a run of seven straight postseason wins, which included victories over four ESR Top 50 programs. Williams was named the CIF Southern Section Division 1 Player of the Year while Mike Evans garnered Coach of the Year honors. Nina Coleman, Amanda Shadler and Brittany Solis earned first-team honors along with Williams.
Fun Fact: Among Chaminade’s storied list of alumni is comedian Gallagher, who is best known for smashing watermelons with a sledgehammer during his routines.
30 Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.) 20-3-3 Winter-8
Season complete. CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinalist.
School Facts: Private, 1,600 students in grades 7-12.
Notes: Harvard-Westlake was the Mission League champion, but lost to its league rival Chaminade in penalty kicks in the section semifinals. Prior to that result, Harvard-Westlake had scored 10 goals in playoff wins over Mater Dei, Mission Viejo and Esperanza — all teams that spent time in the rankings this season. Courtney O’Brien, a sophomore, and Lucy Putnam, a junior, earned All-CIF Southern Section Division 1 first-team honors.
Fun Fact: Harvard-Westlake is the result of the 1991 full merger of Harvard School for Boys and Westlake School for Girls. Both schools were founded before 1905.
31 Guyer (Denton, Texas) 28-1-0 Winter-9
Season complete. Texas 4A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,200 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Sophomore Brittany Crabtree and junior Hannah Alspach scored the goals as Denton Guyer surprised Highland Park 2-1 in the state final. The win marked the first title for Guyer, which opened in 2005. Alspach was named the Texas 4A all-tournament team MVP and was joined on the squad by Crabtree, Megan Stokes and Peyton Bucklew. Guyer’s ranking is supported through the team’s wins over competitive 5A programs and the fact it twice beat Byron Nelson, which defeated Top 50-ranked Mansfield. With several key underclassmen returning, Guyer figures to be a preseason Top 25 team next year.
Fun Fact: Prior to this year’s state title, the only sports titles in Guyer’s history was an equestrian crown in 2011 and a football title in 2012.
32 Highland Park (Highland Park, Texas) 25-1-5 Winter-10
Season complete. Texas 4A state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 2,050 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Highland Park’s 49-match undefeated run, which included a tie with Plano West, ended in a 2-1 setback to Denton Guyer in the state final. Highland Park was aiming for back-to-back crowns and a record sixth title. Savannah Jones, Katie Martin and Sara Summers were named to the Texas 4 all-tournament team.
Fun Fact: Jayne Mansfield, who is considered one of Hollywood’s “original blonde bombshells, is a product of Highland Park, which is in an affluent section of Dallas. Highland Park has produced an amazing collection of alumni, ranging from Nobel Prize winners to Olympic Gold Medalists to multiple Football Hall of Fame honorees and even a governor of Texas.
33 Strath Haven (Wallingford, Pa.) 20-1-1 Fall-12
Season complete. Pennsylvania Class AAA Round of 16.
School Facts: Public, 1,200 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Strath Haven went undefeated through a challenging league schedule, won the District 1-AAA tournament, then fell to Cumberland Valley 1-0 in the state playoffs.
Fun Fact: During the 2008 presidential election cycle, the school played host to both major party candidates: Barack Obama (for a town hall meeting in April of 2008) and John McCain (Road to Victory Rally in November).
34 St. Teresa’s (Kansas City, Mo.) 19-3-0 Spring-12
Season complete. Missouri Class 3 state runner-up.
School Facts: Private, all-girls, 600 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: St. Teresa’s outshot Eureka 14-7, but found the net only once in a 2-1 state final loss. Elizabeth Luallin scored the team’s lone goal. A day earlier, St. Teresa’s edged St. Joseph’s Academy 1-0 in the state semifinals on a goal by Kayla Redlingshafer. The Stars started the season in the Top 5 and was making a bid for No. 1 after winning the Heart of America Classic. While the team had victories over Bishop Kelly (Okla.) and St. Thomas Aquinas (Kan.), the team also lost to a pair of lower ranked Kansas squads in a topsy-turvy season. Junior forward Savannah Trujillo has committed to Missouri.
Fun Fact: St. Teresa’s was founded in 1866, making it the oldest high school in Kansas City — and the second-oldest among the schools in this year’s ESR Top 50.
35 Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 15-2-0 Spring-13
Season complete. Oklahoma Class 6A state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 2,870 students in grades 10-12.
Notes: Jenks twice rallied from one-goal deficits before falling to Bishop Kelley 3-2 in overtime of the Class 6A state final. Elizabeth Adams netted the team’s second goal to force overtime. Lizzie Keester scored Jenks’ other goal. Jenks’ senior class features four players who have signed with NCAA Division I programs, led by Keester, who has signed with Texas A&M.
Fun Fact: The girls’ soccer program has accounted for nine of the school’s 139 sports state titles.
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-11
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-12
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-13
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.
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