Thursday, November 3, 2011
Final regular season boys' soccer Top 20 poll
In the last rankings before the tournaments begin, we have a few shuffles to our Top 20 poll.
Here's a wrap-up from resident soccer guru James Walsh:
New to the Top 20 is Brighton which, despite losing their first game to Boston International, is undefeated. Huh? Confused? We'll explain.
Because the loss (2-1 to Boston International) was during a cup game that went into overtime, the MIAA will count the game as a draw as far as tournament seeding are concerned. So the Bengals are 15-0-2, or 14-1-2, either is correct, but you can be the judge. Either way they’ll have a high seed in Division 1 North.
Canton’s first loss in two seasons drops the Bulldogs from No. 5 to No. 12, while Winchester jumps into the Top 10 for the first time.
Newton North defeated No. 20 Lexington in their final game to qualify for the postseason, and the Tigers will look do make another run to the state semifinals. Lexington meanwhile has only won twice in their last eight and is heading in the wrong direction before the tournament.
ON THE BUBBLE Lowell (11-3-4) - Lost two straight after defeating Central Catholic.
Wellesley (12-5-1) - The Raiders may be better off on the road this post-season with a 7-1-1 away record.
Newton South (8-7-4) - Their six-game winning streak was ended by No.1 Lincoln-Sudbury.
BC High (8-6-3) - The Eagles will be a tough out in the Division 1 South bracket.
Westford Academy (9-6-2) - A well-tested team after earning seven wins in the DCL.
Chelsea (13-3-1) - Commonwealth League champs.
Somerville (12-2-4) - Lost their first match since opening day to Salem, 2-1.
OUT THIS WEEK North Andover (11-2-3), LW 20 - Only won one of their final four matches.
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