The Inquirer TOP 10
Records are from last season.
1. Holy Ghost Prep (15-4-1). A veteran-laden squad that was ousted in the second round of the Class AA state tournament moves the ball well and knows how to keep possession. The Firebirds also have a very balanced roster.
3. Central Bucks South (15-3-1). Motivated by an early exit in districts a year ago, the Titans will look to build on a program first, and try to defend their Suburban One Continental title.
4. La Salle (21-2-1). This Catholic League powerhouse was a force last season, making it to the semifinals of the state tournament behind a staunch back line. You can never count out the Explorers.
5. Father Judge (13-7-1). Consistently playing tough competition in the Catholic League and with a lot of returning talent in the midfield, the Crusaders seem like a good bet to return to the league final.
6. Central Bucks East (16-5-2). An appearance in last year's district finals came in part because of the Patriots' defense, which still will be strong. Add a talented senior class with Ryan Gleason, and East will be tough.
7. Pennsbury (15-7). The Falcons beat some great teams on their way to the district semifinals last year. This season, they return a solid midfield and back line, which should benefit keeper Eric Gagliardi.
8. Conestoga (15-4). This particular squad may be young, but the Pioneers always are technically sound and play possession soccer. The defending Central League champs have a strong nucleus of returning players.
9. St. Joseph's Prep (14-4-2). After losing only two league games last season and three years removed from the program's first league championship, the Hawks are still one of the teams to beat in the Catholic League.
10. Abington (14-8-1). Losing 12 seniors is usually a big setback, but the Ghosts should still be able to contend for the Suburban One National title and make a run in districts, thanks to a strong midfield.
- Kate Harman