Leave it up to Jen Hoy and the
Academy girls’ soccer team.
The senior striker’s 98th career goal gave the Patriots a 1-0 non-league victory over the Conestoga Pioneers on Saturday.
As a result, defending PIAA Class AAA state champion Conestoga (16-1-1) suffered its first loss in 36 matches, dating back to last season.
The upset also shook up the Inquirer’s
Southeastern Pennsylvania rankings that will be released in Wednesday’s paper. The Pioneers will lose a season-long status as the area’s top-ranked team. Downingtown West will take over that distinction.
Academy will be second, followed by Conestoga and Downingtown East. Little Flower will round out the top five.
Villa Marie (seven) and Upper Perkiomen (nine) will be the newcomers to the Top 10.
Here’s a sneak peak of the rankings that will be released in Wednesday’s Inquirer.
Records through Sunday. Last week's ranking is in parentheses.
1. Downingtown West (2) 17-2
Now healthy, the Whippets are prepared to make a serious run for the PIAA District 1 Class AAA title.
2. Germantown Academy (4) 10-2-2
The Patriots are flying high following Saturday’s victory over previously unbeaten Conestoga.
3. Conestoga (1) 16-1-1
The District 1 Class AAA top-seeded Pioneers will look to regroup following their first loss since Sept. 20, 2007.
4. Downingtown East (3) 14-3-1
The Cougars may be the state’s best PIAA team not named Downingtown West and Conestoga.
5. Little Flower (6) 13-2-1
Unbeaten in nine straight contests, the Sentinels – not Archbishop Wood – are the Philadelphia Catholic League’s hottest team.
6. Archbishop Wood (7) 14-2-1
Expect the Vikings to get a chance to avenge an Oct. 16 loss to Little Flower in the PCL championship.
7. Villa Maria (NR) 13-3-2
The Hurricanes snapped Villa Joseph Marie’s 12-game winning streak in the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies final.
8. Villa Joseph Marie (5) 14-5
The defending Class AA state co-champion Jems are favored to reach this season’s Class AAA state tourney.
9. Upper Perkiomen (NR) 14-4-2
In goalkeeper Emily Cota, the Pioneer Athletic Conference champion Indians have one of the area’s best players.
10. Unionville (8) 13-4-2
The Indians are the champions of the Ches-Mont American Division.
Under consideration (listed alphabetically): Bayard Rustin (13-2-2), Boyertown (14-4), Lansdale Catholic (16-1-1), Owen J. Roberts (12-6-1), Strath Haven (10-5-1).
-- Keith Pompey