Matt Gelb: Inside the girls' soccer rankings

Conestoga falls to Downingtown West and we have a new No. 1 team. Plus some movers and shakers in the middle of the rankings.

Again, a caveat: The rankings appear in the paper on Wednesdays but we include results through every Monday.

The Inquirer TOP 10
Girls' Soccer

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

1. Downingtown W. (3) 8-0
Big-time win against Conestoga. Now the Whippets are the team to beat in the area.

2. Conestoga (1) 7-1
Another test comes Thursday when Radnor visits. The Pioneers need to bounce back quick.

3. Villa Joseph Marie (2) 10-0
Key week for the Jems with Villa Maria, Downingtown East and Strath Haven coming up.

4. Archbishop Wood (5) 8-1
Wood proved it is the Catholic League favorite with a dominating victory over Lansdale Catholic.

5. Downingtown E. (6) 8-1
Lost Tuesday night to Downingtown West. Only two losses are to the two top-ranked teams in the area.

6. Radnor (8) 8-0-2
Ridley broke Radnor's streak of eight straight shutouts. The game still ended in a tie.

7. Lansdale Catholic (4) 7-1
The key will be how the Crusaders respond this week after being thumped by Wood.

8. Germantown Ac. (9) 5-1
Two big games this week against Wood and Jersey power Pennington. The Patriots have played very well since opening the season with a defeat.

9. Unionville (NR) 7-2
Back in the rankings this week after dropping out last week. Probably wish they had another crack at the Whippets after losing 2-1 to start the season.

10. Lower Merion (NR) 7-2
Only losses are to Radnor and Conestoga. Big league test against Strath Haven on Thursday to see if Lower Merion belongs.

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