Council Rock North
Matt GelbGoing into the District 1 soccer playoffs, the field was fairly wide open. Few teams had distinguished themselves from the rest and the tight competition was something that characterized the entire season.
And after two rounds in the AAA boys' tournament, we have a pretty good idea of the parity in the area. Upsets are aplenty.
No. 1 Pennsbury and No. 3 Council Rock North -- two teams that were nationally ranked entering the playoffs -- are both done. That means no state tournament for two teams who played some of the best soccer all season long in the area.
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
By Matt Gelb
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The regular season wraps up this week. And on Sunday, District 1 teams will learn their postseason situation.
The District 1 seeding committee meets Sunday morning to determine the matchups for the A, AA, AAA boys’ and the AA and AAA girls’ tournaments.
After getting out of the gate with a 10-0 record and a No.1 ranking in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association poll, Council Rock North is 1-1-1 in its last three games including a 2-2 double-overtime tie with host William Tennent in a Suburban One National Conference game 10-9.
The Indians needed a goal with seven minutes left in regulation from Billy McConnell to tie the game.
Phil Marks preserved the shutout for the Indians with 12 saves.
Jarvis Lynch picked up a pair of goals and led Lamberton past host Parkway Center City, 4-3.
Trey Mason and Nil-Cludly Pierre also scored for the Blue Devils and Hamed Bandini notched a hat trick for Parkway.
Mentioned: Hatboro-Horsham High School | Wissahickon High School | Germantown Friends School | George School | La Salle College High School | Cardinal O'Hara High School | Springside Chestnut Hill Academy | Upper Darby High School | Archbishop Ryan High School | Shipley School, The | Pennridge High School | Abington Friends School | Central Bucks West High School | Plymouth Whitemarsh High School | Academy Park | Bishop McDevitt | Bok | Central Bucks East | Council Rock North | Del-Val Charter | FitzSimons | Germantown Academy | Haverford School | Kennedy-Kenrick | Lamberton | Lower Moreland | Malvern Prep | Marple Newtown | Mastbaum | Monsignor Bonner | North Catholic | Penn Charter | Phil-Mont Christian | Pottsgrove | Souderton | St. Joseph's Prep | Sun Valley | Upper Moreland | Westtown | William Tennent | Episcopal Academy | Academy of New Church
Council Rock North’s Carly Everett got hit in the eye in pregame warm-ups, requiring stitches, but she went onto to score two goals ice as many goals as she had all year in a 3-1 Suburban One National Conference field hockey win over visiting William Tennent.
Everett’s two first-half goals helped the Indians (9-4-1 overall, 7-2-1 league) take a commanding 3-1 lead at halftime.
First-half goals by Cara Deola, Colleen Diviny and Sam Facciola gave host Council Rock South a 3-0 win over Bensalem.
Suburban One Continental.
Mentioned: Upper Dublin High School | Wissahickon High School | Ridley High School | Cardinal O'Hara High School | Council Rock High School South | Bensalem Township High School | Archbishop Ryan High School | Pennridge High School | Plymouth Whitemarsh High School | Bishop McDevitt | Central Bucks East | Council Rock North | Garnet Valley | Gwynedd-Mercy | Hill School | Kennett | Mount St. Joseph | Upper Moreland | William Tennent | Sacred Heart | Villa Maria
M ZEBEAbington’s Ben Cooley punched a hole into a windy day at Huntingdon Valley Country Club, shooting a 3-over-par 73, for the best overall score in the Suburban One League golf championships Wednesday.
Cooley’s round was a full five strokes better than the day’s second-place finisher, Council Rock North’s Brandon Dalinka (78).
Cooley won the National Conference group, with medalist honors going to Plymouth Whitemarsh’s Zach Pogust (79) in the Suburban One American and Central Bucks West’s Matt Japchen (81) in the Suburban One Continental.
Only a little movement in this week's Top 10 as the games become even more meaningful down the stretch...
The Inquirer TOP 10
With last week's ranking in parentheses.
Records are through Monday.
1. Council Rock N. (1) 10-1
Split against Pennsbury. But we'll keep them here because Jake Fields has yet to play.
Pennsbury (5-0), 610 points earned, 122 average
Abington (4-0), 460, 115
Mentioned: Hatboro-Horsham High School | Wissahickon High School | Conestoga High School | Ridley High School | Cardinal Dougherty High School | Perkiomen Valley High School | Council Rock High School South | Norristown Area High School | Calvary Christian Academy | Benjamin Franklin High School | Abington Friends School | West Philadelphia Catholic High School | Strath Haven High School | North Penn High School | Avon Grove High School | Penn Wood High School | Academy Park | Bishop McDevitt | Bok | Boyertown | Bristol | Council Rock North | Del-Val Charter | Downingtown East | Downingtown West | Furness | Garnet Valley | Interboro | Lower Moreland | Marple Newtown | Morrisville | Neshaminy | Owen J. Roberts | Penncrest | Pennsbury | Pottsgrove | Quakertown | St. Pius X | Upper Merion | Upper Perkiomen | High School of the Future | Imhotep Charter | West Chester Henderson | West Chester Rustin