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Boys ESR Overall Top 50, Nos. 1-50

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
1 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) 23-0-1 Winter-1
Season complete. Berkeley Prep Holiday Invitational and Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament champions.
School Facts: Private, 1,000 students in grades PK-12.
Notes: Montverde Academy ran its undefeated streak to 76 matches with a third straight undefeated season. The Eagles defeated programs from four states, including Top 10-ranked Brophy Prep (Ariz.) and Coppell (Texas). Top junior prospect Diego Campos led the team with 24 goals and five assists. Saul Bonilla, Jahquan Smith Deshields, Simeon Wickli, Thales Moreno and Gerard Arguedas each scored 10 or more goals as the Eagles outscored their opponents 125-4. Montverde has eight players committed to NCAA Division I programs: Quintonio Lema (UNC Greensboro), Andrew Hickey (Fordham), Mauriq Hill, Moreno and Alexandre Happi (Clemson), Luka Vujanovic (Virginia Commonwealth), Santiago Ortiz (Florida Gulf Coast) and Barth Luther Mouafo (Gardener-Webb).
Fun Fact: Montverde has the chance to become the first school to claim national No. 1 rankings in boys’ soccer and boys’ basketball in the season. While the school has become known as a soccer-basketball power, it also has produced two high-round Major League Baseball draft picks in the past three years, including first-rounder Francisco Lindor in 2011.
2 St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.) 18-0-0 Fall-1
Season complete. New Jersey Prep A state champion.
School Facts: Private, boys-only, 550 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Angel Josue Espana served up assists on the first two goals to lead St. Benedict’s to a 3-0 victory over Pennington School in the state final. The result completed St. Benedict’s second straight perfect season, extended the team’s national-leading win streak to 54 matches and marked the program’s 24th straight state title.
Fun Fact: Despite all of the international athletes who have come through St. Benedict’s soccer program, the three that played in the World Cup all represented the U.S.: Gregg Berhalter, Tab Ramos and Claudio Reyna.
3 St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.) 27-0-2 Fall-2
Season complete. Kentucky state champion.
School Facts: Private, boys-only, 1,358 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Joey Stoltz delivered the match-winning goal midway through the second half to lead St. Xavier to a 1-0 state final win over Dunbar, marking the program’s second straight crown and 12th overall. St. Xavier ended the season with 11 straight victories. In Kentucky every school — regardless of size — plays for one state title and coach Andy Schulten has guided this powerhouse to eight state titles. The Tigers now own a 55-match undefeated streak, which ranks as the second-longest active run in the nation.
Fun Fact: Tom Cruise attended St. Xavier but transferred and finished high school in the Cincinnati area.
4 Alisal (Salinas, Calif.) 19-0-4 Winter-2
Season complete. CIF Central Coast Section Division I champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,500 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Senior standout Lorenzo Vazquez scored the first goal and assisted the second as Alisal defeated Bellarmine 3-1 in the section final, running the team’s undefeated streak to 52 matches. It should be noted that the CIF CCS counts all penalty kick decisions as ties, so that 52-match undefeated streak does include a PK setback in 2011 and 2012. Alisal pinned the only defeat on top 10-ranked Archbishop Mitty, and beat a Bellarmine squad that won a showcase event in San Diego that featured top San Diego and Southern Section programs.
Fun Fact: Alisal had never won a section title in soccer until 2010, and now has two of the last four in a highly competitive section that had produced two high school winter boys soccer national champions in the early 2000s.
5 El Rancho (Pico Rivera, Calif.) 29-2-1 Winter-3
Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division I champion. CIF Southern Section Division 3 champion.
School Facts: Public, 3,240 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Maurico Lopez scored a stunning goal in the 11th minute and Jaime Moreno netted the first of his two goals about a minute later as El Rancho toppled San Clemente 3-0 in the Southern California Regional Division I final. Washington signee Cristian Roldan, who ended the season with 54 goals, assisted on the first two goals. El Rancho had wins over Top 50-ranked Animo Leadership, Loyola, Santa Barbara, Century, San Pasqual and San Clemente.
Fun Fact: When the school was formed in the 1952, it drew students from the communities of Pico and Rivera, before the municipal incorporation of Pico Rivera. Since it was unifying students from the “north” and “south,” the school took on the school colors of blue and gray, representing the Union and Confederate colors from the Civil War.
6 Omaha South (Omaha, Neb.) 23-0-0 Spring-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.
7 Jesuit (Portland, Ore.) 17-1-1 Fall-3
Season complete. Oregon Class 6A state champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,400 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Even after losing five potential starters to the Portland Timbers Development Academy, Jesuit proved to be the class of the west by rolling to the program’s 13th state title. In the final, Matt Nachreiner had a goal and one assist in the Crusaders’ surprisingly easy 3-0 win over formerly ranked Lincoln. Christo Michaelson and Henry Rocker added goals. Jesuit’s 16-match undefeated run that ended the season started with a 2-0 win over No. 4 Sacramento Jesuit (Calif.).
Fun Fact: Sports Illustrated named Jesuit the No. 1 high school athletic program in the nation in 2007.
8 Sacramento Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.) 27-1-1 Fall-4
Season complete. CIF Sac-Joaquin Division I champion.
School Facts: Private, boys-only, 1,070 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Jesuit’s state-record-setting 24th shutout came in a surprisingly easy 5-0 victory over Granite Bay in the section final. New Mexico commit Niko Hansen scored three goals, giving him 35 for the season. Evan Barrett and Kaba Alkebulan added goals as Jesuit won the section crown for the third time in four seasons and 10th time overall. Jesuit and Granite Bay tied during the regular season. Jesuit has wins over Marina Academy, Chaminade (Mo.), Pingry (N.J.) and Central Catholic (Ore.). It’s only setback was to Portland Jesuit (Ore.).
Fun Fact: Jesuit coach Paul Rose is the winningest soccer coach in California history with a career record of 682-96-100.
9 Wesleyan Christian (High Point, N.C.) 25-0-0 Fall-5
Season complete. NCISAA Class 3A state champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,358 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Hudson Owens converted a penalty kick midway through the second half to lift Wesleyan Christian to a second straight state title with a 1-0 decision over Greensboro Day School. The victory marked the team’s third win this season over Top 50-ranked GDS and it completed a perfect season for coach Scott Rietnour and the Trojans. Brandt Bronico, Bruce Olivier, Bob Gigliotti and Wake Forest commit Craver Stamey were named to the NCISAA 3A all-state team.
Fun Fact: Hannah Kiefer, Miss Virginia 2007, is a Wesleyan Christian graduate.
10 McIntosh (Peachtree City, Ga.) 23-0-0 Spring-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.
11 Delbarton School (Morristown, N.J.) 23-1-0 Fall-6
Season complete. New Jersey Non-Public A state champion.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 550 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Matt Clausen headed home a corner kick from Matt Villano with 20 seconds remaining as Delbarton capped its first state title-winning season since 2004 with a 1-0 win over Pingry. In addition to beating Pingry, Delbarton posted wins over No. 7 Gonzaga (D.C.) and New York Catholic League state runner-up Chaminade (N.Y.).
Fun Fact: Unlike a number of private schools that derive names from saints or the town of the school’s location, Delbarton’s name has an interesting history. Luther Kountze named his vast Western New Jersey vacation estate Delbarton — taking one syllable from the names of three of his four children (DELancey, BARclay and LivingsTON). Following his death in 1918, the property was sold and monks of St. Mary’s Abbey purchased about 400 acres and eventually founded a school — utilizing the name of the estate as the name of the school.
12 Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 18-1-1 Fall-7
Season complete. Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 950 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Gonzaga converted all five penalty kick chances to upset DeMatha (Md.) in the WCAC final pitting a pair of national powers. This year’s Gonzaga squad was led by Wake Forest commit Ian Harkes, son of former National Team player John Harkes, and Virginia commit Nicholas Corriveau. Gonzaga and DeMatha tied 1-1 during the regular season and again in the WCAC final before the match went to penalty kicks. The Eagles’ lone loss this year was to Delbarton (N.J.).
Fun Fact: Founded in 1821 as Washington Seminary, Gonzaga is the oldest educational institution in Washington, D.C. It’s proximity to the U.S. Capitol has led to a number of U.S. Presidents visiting campus for a variety of functions, including commencement speeches.
13 DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) 16-1-1 Fall-8
Season complete. Washington Catholic Athletic Conference runner-up.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 1,000 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: DeMatha’s undefeated run ended at 62 matches with a shootout loss to Gonzaga (D.C.) in the WCAC final. Twice this year, DeMatha and Gonzaga played 1-1 matches, with the second one going to penalty kicks. The Stags assembled one of the nation’s best schedules and recorded wins over Top 25-ranked St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) and Salesianum (Del.). DeMatha’s talented roster included Chris Odoi-Atsem (Maryland), Sean Cowdrey (Indiana) and Wesley Suggs (Virginia).
Fun Fact: Basketball coach Morgan Wootten helped usher DeMatha into national prominence, posting a career record of 1,271-192 while guiding the program from 1956 through 2002. The school has boasted nationally ranked high school programs in basketball, football, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, track and wrestling and churned out more than 100 professional athletes.
14 San Clemente (San Clemente, Calif.) 32-3-1 Winter-4
Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division I runner-up. CIF Southern Section Division 1 champion.
School Facts: Public, 3,100 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Despite holding a significant advantage in possession and shots, San Clemente found itself on the short end of a 3-0 loss to El Rancho in the Southern California Regional final. The SCR is an eight-team invitational event that follows the section championships for top teams in Southern California. UCLA signee Gage Zerboni led San Clemente with 31 goals this season. The Tritons posted major wins over Brophy Prep (Ariz.), the Arizona state champion, along with Top 50-ranked Santa Barbara (twice), JSerra and Servite. San Clemente also had wins over former Top 50-ranked Golden Valley, Paramount, Leuzinger and La Costa Canyon.
Fun Fact: Volleyball standout Gabe Gardner is a San Clemente graduate. Gardner helped the U.S. win the Olympic Gold Medal in 2008.
15 Brophy Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) 23-2-0 Winter-5
Season complete. Arizona Division I state champion.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 1,285 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Brophy Prep capped an undefeated run through Arizona with a 2-0 win over Desert Vista. Ryan Grotjohn and Riggs Lennon scored the goals. Lennon’s tally late in the match marked his 59th for the season and 148th in his career for the University of Virginia-bound forward. Brophy’s only losses were to top-ranked Montverde Academy (Fla.) in the MAST final and to San Clemente (Calif.) in the Arizona Showcase semifinals. At the MAST, Brophy defeated Boca Raton (Fla.), ending Boca’s stay at No. 1.
Fun Fact: Brophy College Prep and Marcos de Niza made headlines in 2010 when every member from the schools’ 1990 soccer teams, including all six players who eventually turned pro, returned for a rematch of the 1990 high school final, which ended in a scoreless tie. There was plenty of controversy in the 1990 final, which was considered the single greatest collection of soccer talent on a field at one time for an Arizona soccer match. The match included former U.S. National Team defender Greg Vanney and MLS keeper Scott Garlick. The contest was featured as a Gatorade Replay, a short-lived program where adults replayed a significant high school event years after the fact. Vanney, who had only retired from the pro game about 18 months before the replay, scored the first goal and assisted the second as Marcos de Niza won 2-0.
16 Cypress Bay (Weston, Fla.) 20-2-4 Winter-6
Season complete. Florida Class 5A champion.
School Facts: Public, 4,400 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Cypress Bay, which started the season at No. 2, finishes in the Top 10 for the third straight year following the program’s third straight state title. Daniel Gutierrez scored the lone goal in the team’s state final 1-0 win over West Orange. Cypress Bay, which finished No. 1 in the nation last year, becomes the first public school to ever win three straight state titles in Florida. Coach John Ramos, who previously guided American Heritage-Plantation to three titles, said he will step down as Cypress Bay’s coach following the historic three-title run. Cypress Bay lost nine players to US Soccer Development Academy commitments, yet the school of more than 4,000 students has plenty of talent from which to draw.
Fun Fact: Cypress Bay was opened in 2002. About five years ago, the school’s enrollment peaked at just over 5,500. As a result, new school boundaries were drawn to help reduce overcrowding and the net result was the school’s enrollment has now been capped around 4,500.
17 Coppell (Coppell, Texas) 23-2-0 Winter-7
Season complete. Texas Class 5A champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,700 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Junior Chris Madden delivered two remarkable goals to lift Coppell to a 3-2 state final win over Hanna. Madden’s first goal, a curling direct kick into the upper right corner from 20 yards out, evened the match at 2 with about four minutes remaining in regulation. Then, with less than a minute left in the second overtime session, he slotted a left-footed shot past the keeper and just inside the far post for the match winner. Madden was named tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Drake Lovelady, Mitchell Parnell and Austin Michaelis. Coppell’s only losses this season were to Montverde Academy (Fla.) and Marcus. Coppell also defeated Marcus twice.
Fun Fact: The Coppell School District Board of Trustees has decided against awarding a class rank to anyone outside the top 10 percent of each class. The move has created some controversy as class ranks, even if below the top 10 percent, could still earn automatic college admission or even a $1,000 Texas public university scholarship.
18 St. Pius (Atlanta, Ga.) 19-0-2 Spring-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.
19 Martin Luther King (Manhattan, N.Y.) 20-1-0 Fall-9
Season complete. Public Schools Athletic League Class A champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,400 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: With its leading scorer on the bench due to injury and another top performer out because of a club commitment, MLK was able to secure its 14th PSAL title in 18 years with a 2-0 win over upstart Aviation, which started the postseason as the No. 19 seed in the 32-team tournament. Sophomore Ibrahim Lakanobo scored right before halftime and Michael Henry tacked on a late insurance goal for the Knights.
Fun Fact: The original MLK was closed in 2005, and the current school is unlike any other in the rankings. Now known as the MLK Complex, MLK actually is a collection of six schools — each with a specialty — that share one five-story building in Manhattan. Each student wears a uniform that identifies which of the six schools he attends. Despite the division of schools, all of the students in the building share a library, the cafeteria and the sports program — the Knights.
20 Marquette (Milwaukee, Wis.) 23-1-2 Fall-10
Season complete. Wisconsin Division I state champion.
School Facts: Private, boys-only, 1,060 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Jacob Grindel scored the game-winning goal in the second half as Marquette won its third straight state title with a 2-1 decision over Kettle Moraine. Marquette’s only loss this season was to St. Ignatius (Ohio). Marquette is 47-1-3 over the past two seasons.
Fun Fact: When the school opened in 1857, it was known as St. Aloysius Academy. It did not take on the name of Marquette until 1881, after the college was founded.
21 East Kentwood (Kentwood, Mich.) 22-1-4 Fall-11
Season complete. Michigan Division I state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,900 students in grades 10-12.
Notes: Emir Cengic scored his first goal of the season, which proved enough as East Kentwood defeated Grand Blanc 1-0 in the state final. East Kentwood has won four state titles since 2007.
Fun Fact: In addition to East Kentwood’s main campus for grades 10-12, an additional 700 students attend the East Kentwood Freshman Campus, giving the school an athletic pool of more than 2,600 students.
22 Dalton (Dalton, Ga.) 22-0-0 Spring-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.
23 Arlington (La Grangeville, N.Y.) 21-1-0 Fall-12
Season complete. New York Class AA state champion.
School Facts: Public, 3,500 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Jeff Greblick and David Verdis scored first-half goals to carry Arlington to a 2-1 upset of Brentwood in the state final. The result marked Arlington’s fourth state title, first since 2006.
Fun Fact: Arlington High School has had a number of locations in and around Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in its nearly 100-year existence, but probably none more interesting than its next-to-last stop. Before the current campus was built in the 1960s, Arlington was located in a school building that was built as part of the Works Project Administration, which was part of the New Deal movement that helped bring the U.S. out of the Great Depression of the 1930s.
24 Franklin (Franklin, Tenn.) 18-0-2 Spring-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.
25 Jefferson (Auburn, Wash.) 18-0-4 Spring-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.
26 Blacksburg (Blacksburg, Va.) 21-0-2 Spring-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.
27 Brentwood (Brentwood, N.Y.) 22-1-0 Fall-13
Season complete. New York Class AA state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 3,550 students in grades 10-12.
Notes: After winning its first 22 matches to end up in the state final for the third time in the last five years, Brentwood was upset by Arlington 2-1. This year’s Brentwood team featured three players who have committed to NCAA Division I programs: Jeffrey Medina (Stony Brook), John Interiano (Albany) and Mario Ruiz (Hofstra).
Fun Fact: From the day Brentwood opened in 1974, it was instantly one of the largest schools in the state. At the start, it was two distinct high schools but now operates under one name. This gives a sense to the size of Brentwood — it has two auditoriums, two gymnasiums and six cafeterias.
28 Hanna (Brownsville, Texas) 26-2-3 Winter-8
Season complete. Texas Class 5A state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 3,150 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Carlos Aceveda scored twice, with the second goal giving Hanna a 2-1 lead in what ended up as a 3-2 overtime loss to Coppell. Despite the setback, Hanna’s showing adds to a historically strong run for Valley programs, which has produced three Class 5A champions since 2006. The other five champions since 2006 have come from the Dallas area. Acevedo, Angel De La Garza and Juan Garcia were named to the Texas 5A all-tournament team. The team was coached by Reyes Prado, who was in his first season as head coach following a local legend in Juan de Dios Garcia, who had coached Hanna from 1983 through 2012.
Fun Fact: Hanna opened right after the Easter holiday in 1967. Students had attended Brownsville High School, but when they returned from that break, they were part of Hanna. At one point, Hanna grew to more than 5,000 students before additional high schools in Brownsville were constructed.
29 Salesianum (Wilmington, Del.) 17-1-0 Fall-14
Season complete. Delaware state champion.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 1,100 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Michael DiSabatino, Remington Christman, Dylan Huber and Dimitri Kaliakan scored goals while keeper Nick Galentine had the shutout as Salesianum defended its Delaware state title with a 4-0 victory over Indian River. Sallies has won two in a row and eight of the past 10 titles in Delaware under coach Scott Mosier. The team’s lone setback during the 2012 season was a 2-0 decision to DeMatha.
Fun Fact: Four years prior to the Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954, the Rev. Thomas Lawless, OSFS, admitted five African-American students to Salesianum, making it the first racially integrated school in Delaware.
30 Ramapo (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) 21-0-2 Fall-15
Season complete. New Jersey Group 3 state co-champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,200 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Two-time area player of the year Mike Taranto, an NCAA Division I recruit, served up a throw-in that was headed in for a goal by Sean Etheridge to give Ramapo a 1-0 lead in an eventual 1-1 draw with Princeton for the Group 3 state title. Over the past two years, Ramapo is 42-1-2.
Fun Fact: While Ramapo’s boys’ soccer program has been a national ranking fixture the past two years, it was the girls program that first put this school on the athletic map nationally. The girls soccer program has won 12 state titles since 1982 (most recently 2008) and once went a stretch of winning section crowns in 14 of 16 years.
31 Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) 18-1-7 Winter-9
Season complete. CIF Central Coast Section Division II champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,700 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Tanner Haas and Connor Kurze scored the goals, lifting Mitty to a 2-0 win over Lincoln in the sectional final. Mitty ended the year on an 18-match undefeated streak, which included a 3-0 win over Bellarmine and two ties against the Bells — one of them ended up as a shootout victory for the league tournament title. Mitty’s lone loss was to top five-ranked Alisal.
Fun Fact: Mitty has had a storied athletic history, one that includes Brandi Chastian, who delivered the decisive penalty kick in the U.S. win over China in the 1990 Women’s World Cup. Kerri Walsh-Jennings, another international star from Mitty, was part of the duo that recently claimed a third straight Olympic gold medal for women’s beach volleyball.
32 Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) 22-3-2 Winter-10
Season complete. Texas Class 5A regional runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 3,250 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Marcus, which split its regular-season matches with Coppell, lost to the Cowboys in the Region 1 final 2-0. Coppell went on to win the state title. En route to the region final, Marcus knocked out a pair of district champions — Belton and Top 50-ranked Southlake Carroll.
Fun Fact: San Jose Earthquakes player Sam Garza is a graduate of Marcus.
33 Boca Raton (Boca Raton, Fla.) 24-3-0 Winter-11
Season complete. Florida Class 5A state semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 3,100 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Boca Raton, which spent time at No. 1 this season, lost to local rival Cypress Bay in the state semifinals 2-0. The team featured Wake Forest signee Hunter Bandy, FIU signee Nico Midttun and Central Florida signees Gio DiMauro and Matt Laux. Boca was 18-0 when Midttun left to start college in January. The team one its first match without him then lost twice in the Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament, falling 2-0 to Brophy Prep (Ariz.) and then 1-0 to Coppell (Texas).
Fun Fact: Boca Raton started a Navy JROTC program in 1994 and it has become one of the most recognized in the nation. Known as the Bobcat Battalion, this group of about 250 cadets, have placed third or higher at every Navy Nationals event since 2006, with a national title in 2011.
34 Marin Academy (San Rafael, Calif.) 21-1-2 Fall-16
Season complete. CIF North Coast Section Division II champion.
School Facts: Private, 400 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Dexter Eichhorst had a goal and one assist to help Marin Academy to a 2-0 win over Roseland University Prep in the section final. The victory marked the fifth title in seven seasons for Marin Academy, whose only defeat this year is to Sacramento Jesuit. Marin Academy team captain Peter Krebs is committed to Bucknell.
Fun Fact: Marin Academy is among the most prestigious private high schools in the Bay area, accepting only about 20 percent of applicants. Last year’s graduating class sent students to nearly every Ivy League school. The school is located at the facility of the former San Rafael Military Academy and tuition is about $35,000 a year.
35 Olentangy Liberty (Powell, Ohio) 22-1-0 Fall-17
Season complete. Ohio Division I state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,500 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Evansville commit Jared Robinson factored in the first goal, which was credited as an own goal, then scored the second as Olentangy Liberty defeated Sylvania Southview 2-0 in the state final. Robinson also scored the game-winner in the state semifinals. For Liberty, it was sweet revenge after losing in last year’s state final to St. Ignatius. This season, Robinson and Taylor Scott, both members of Crew Soccer Academy, passed on the club fall season to play for Liberty and were rewarded with the program’s first state title.
Fun Fact: Olentangy Liberty’s state title would not have been possible had it not been for a public vote in May of 2011. A levy passed with 53 percent of the vote, increasing local taxes and generating enough funds to keep the athletic programs — among other activities — alive in the school district.
36 West Orange (Winter Garden, Fla.) 19-1-0 Winter-12
Season complete. Florida Class 5A state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 3,400 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: West Orange’s bid to become the first undefeated, untied state champion from Orlando fell one match short as the team lost 1-0 to Cypress Bay. West Orange was predicted as a middle-of-the-pack team in the preseason. Now, with seven projected returning starters next season, West Orange will start the year among the state favorites.
Fun Fact: Actress and singer Cori Yarckin was born in Delaware but as a child actress relocated to Orlando and later graduated from West Orange.
37 University (Waco, Texas) 33-0-0 Winter-13
Season complete. Texas Class 4A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,350 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: University capped a perfect season with a 1-0 victory over Del Valle in the state final. Eli Sanchez netted the match-winning goal.
Fun Fact: LaDainian Tomlinson, who holds the NFL record for touchdowns in a season during his All-Pro days with the San Diego Chargers, is a graduate of University.
38 Pingry (Martinsville, N.J.) 16-2-5 Fall-18
Season complete. New Jersey Non-Public A state runner-up.
School Facts: Private, 1,050 students in grades K-12.
Notes: Despite an edge in shots, possession and scoring chances, Pingry came up short in a 1-0 loss to Delbarton in the state final. Pingry’s other defeat was to Sacramento Jesuit (Calif.). Pingry posted a win over Illinois Class AA state champion Peoria Notre Dame.
Fun Fact: Founded in 1861, Pingry is the oldest of the schools in this year’s ESR Top 50. Coach Miller Bugliari, who has coached Pingry since 1960, is the nation’s second-winningest coach, trailing only Christian Brothers (College (Mo.) legend Terry Michler. In another interesting note, Bugliari’s son, David, is married to the famous actress Alyssa Milano.
39 Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.) 25-2-0 Winter-14
Season complete. Arizona Division II state champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,100 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Gavino Carranza and Colin O’Brien scored the goals to give legendary coach Wolfgang Weber his sixth state title at the Tucson private school with a 2-0 victory over Apollo. Salpointe’s losses were 2-1 to top 10-ranked Brophy Prep and 1-0 to Catalina Foothills, which it defeated in two latter matches during the season.
Fun Fact: Salpointe Catholic graduate and former Major League Baseball pitcher Ed Vosberg is one of only two people to play in the Little League World Series, College World Series and Major League World Series. Vosberg, usually a first baseman, tossed a one-hitter to lead the Cactus Little League of Tucson into the 1973 LL World Series final, where it lost to Taiwan. In 1980, he played for NCAA champion Arizona and completed the trifecta when he was with the 1997 World Series-winning Florida Marlins.
40 Vestavia Hills (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) 29-1-1 Spring-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.
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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