Friday, December 26, 2014

Inside the girls' soccer rankings

Before the rankings, a public service announcement: When the brackets come out on Sunday, we'll post our AAA picks, game-by-game here on the Rally blog for both the girls' and boys' tournament. And I'll have the A and AA champs picked.

Inside the girls' soccer rankings

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Before the rankings, a public service announcement: When the brackets come out on Sunday, we'll post our AAA picks, game-by-game here on the Rally blog for both the girls' and boys' tournament. And I'll have the A and AA champs picked.

Echoing what I said in the boys' post: 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
Girls' Soccer

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


1. Downingtown W. (1) 14-0-1
The Whippets can go unbeaten during the regular season with a win at Bishop Shanahan on Wednesday night. The team to beat going into the playoffs.

2. Conestoga (2) 14-1

Since the Downingtown West loss, Conestoga hasn't let up. The Central League is strong but Conestoga emerged undefeated.

3. Villa Joseph Marie (3) 15-1-1
Only loss is the much-discussed forfeit. Think the seeding committee will set up a Villa Joe-Strath Haven rematch down the line?

4. Archbishop Wood (4) 12-2-1
A game against Lansdale Catholic on Wednesday night will decide the Catholic League crown. Wood lost 5-1 to Pennington last week.

5. Unionville (5) 12-3-1
Unionville has backed into the playoffs with a 1-2-1 finish to the regular season. Still looking for them to have one of the top seeds.

6. Boyertown (6) 13-2
The Bears will probably get a third match against Methacton in the Pioneer Athletic Conference championship game. The two teams split during the season. EDIT: Whoops. As some e-mailers and commenters pointed out, Boyertown is going to play Owen J. Roberts in the PAC10 title game. Lost in translation. Sorry. 

7. Lansdale Catholic (7) 12-1-2
Wood thumped the Crusaders, 4-0, earlier in the season. LC looks for revenge on Wednesday night.

8. Haverford (NR) 12-3-1

How many playoff teams will the Central League get? Haverford, Lower Merion, Radnor and Strath Haven are all deserving in addition to Conestoga, of course.

9. Lower Merion (9) 13-3
With that said, we get the sinking feeling that one of those teams could be left out. It shouldn't be Lower Merion.

10. W.C. Rustin (NR) 11-4-2
Rustin played Conestoga tough (1-0) in a non-league game. They tied Unionville but never had a crack at Downingtown West.


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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