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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Scituate debuts in girls' soccer Top 20 poll

By ESPNBoston.com

Peabody remains No. 1 both nationally and in our latest MIAA girls' soccer Top 20 poll. The Franklin Panthers perfect season continue and has moved them up two spots to No. 3.

Medfield and Whitman-Hanson have done little wrong, but the dominant play of the Panthers means that draws are enough to drop a spot. Back-to-back draws dropped Duxbury a few spots behind still perfect Cardinal Spellman and Lincoln-Sudbury and unbeaten Dedham.

Oliver Ames and Concord-Carlisle remain in the top 20 despite losses. OA fell 1-0 to No. 6 Canton and all three of its defeats are to teams in the top 6. The Patriots lost 2-0 to Peabody and pushed the Tanners as much as anyone this season.

Bishop Feehan continue to be in and out of the rankings. The Shamrocks are replaced this week by Scituate, which beat North Quincy to take control of the Patriot League's Fisher Division.

There are several key match-ups this week to watch, led by No. 8 Nashoba facing No. 15 Algonquin in a central showdown on Thursday, No. 3 Franklin facing a streaking North Attleborough team on Friday, No. 7 Needham playing Winchester on Saturday, and No. 5 Whitman-Hanson traveling to No. 12 Duxbury on Monday.