Matt Gelb: Inside the boys' soccer rankings

A new No. 1 and some shifting at the bottom, where it's getting harder to differentiate between some teams. Here's this week's inside the rankings: 

The Inquirer TOP 10
Boys' Soccer

With last week's ranking in parentheses.
Records are through Monday.

1. Council Rock N. (2) 8-0
Why move them up? Just feel like they've played better all-around soccer than North Catholic. And this is all without their best player, Jake Fields.

2. North Catholic (1) 6-1-1
If it wasn't for John McCarthy, the record wouldn't look as pretty. That's why North Catholic moves down a notch this week.

3. Pennsbury (3) 7-1
Coach Tom Stoddart is happy with his team's play after its loss to Rock North. The rematch is this week on Pennsbury's pitch.

4. Lower Merion (4) 8-1
Now 9-1 after squeeking by Upper Darby Tuesday night. Still the favorites in the Central League.

5. Father Judge (5) 7-0-1
Tied St. Joseph's Prep and took care of Cardinal O'Hara. A showdown against North Catholic awaits Wednesday night.

6. La Salle (6) 6-1-1
Really gave North Catholic a good game last week. The Explorers moved up to 7-1-1 with a little bit of luck against the Prep on Tuesday night, needing an own goal by the Hawks to win.

7. Conestoga (8) 7-1-1
Couldn't take down Lower Merion earlier in the week. But that was the Pioneers' first loss.

8. Downingtown E. (NR) 9-0
Ah, just when it looked like East had overtaken perrenial powerhouse Downingtown West, which is rebuilding, the Whippets handed East its first loss of the season on Tuesday.

9. Germantown Ac. (10) 4-4
Finally back to .500. Inter-Ac play begins soon and the Patriots should get back to winning ways there.

10. Unionville (NR) 7-1
Only loss is to Conestoga. Also beat Downingtown West, but this team is still unproven.

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