Inside the boys' soccer rankings

We're less than a week away from the playoffs and the debate about the top teams will only intensify leading up to Sunday's seeding meeting for District 1.

One note: I appreciate all the comments and e-mails from last week's rankings. I hope we can get the pot stirring again as the playoffs begin.

The Inquirer TOP 10
Boys' Soccer

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

1. Pennsbury (1) 15-1
Almost assured the No. 1 overall seed in the District 1 tournament barring a late-season slip-up to either Neshaminy or Council Rock South.

2. Lower Merion (4) 16-2
Yes, they lost to Strath Haven. But they scored one of the season's big upsets by beating nationally ranked St. Benedict's (N.J.) and have come on strong late.

3. Father Judge (3) 14-1-1

They were virtually guaranteed the No. 1 seed in the Catholic League playoffs until Tuesday night's 1-0 overtime loss to North Catholic. Judge is now tied with La Salle with one game to play for each squad.

4. Council Rock N. (2) 13-1-2
The move down is less about what CR North has done recently, but more about what the teams ahead have accomplished. Regardless, the Indians have tied William Tennent and Neshaminy in the last two weeks.

5. Strath Haven (8) 11-1-3
We like Strath Haven a lot. But there are some concerns because they have scored a total of five goals in the last five games. No losses though, because of the stellar defense.

6. La Salle (6) 12-2-1
Bob Peffle's squad has grown up. Only two losses are to Father Judge. The Explorers have a lot of scoring weapons and will look to make another run through the PCL playoffs.

7. Unionville (7) 14-2
They dethroned Downingtown West in the Ches-Mont and have their sights set on a top seed in the District 1 tourney. Rob Crowley leads an offense that can score in a lot of ways.

8. Downingtown West (9) 12-1-4
Squeaked out a 2-1 overtime win over Downingtown East to keep the unbeated streak alive. No one will want to face the defending state champs, who haven't lost a game since Sept. 12.

9. North Catholic (5) 10-4-1
A lot of concerns about North's offense. But can you really count this team out -- especially with everything the Falcons are playing for? They have Judge's number with another 1-0 victory on Tuesday.

10. Christopher Dock (10) 12-3-1
Can we get Dock to play Faith Christian in the battle of the top small schools? Dock is here because they have beaten Souderton and Conestoga while winning the Bicentennial League.

SOUND OFF: Agree or disagree with the rankings? Is there a team missing that you think should be considered? Leave your thoughts and make your own rankings in the comments section below.

Or e-mail me with suggestions for stories I should be looking at.

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