Here's a breakdown of the past week's action from our resident soccer guru James Walsh:
OUT OF THE POLL THIS WEEK: Brockton (1-1-2), Last week No. 15: Never count the Boxers out, but a slow start to the 2011 season knocks the out of the top 20 (for now). Expect Brockton to bounce back, and a win on Thursday (9/ 29) vs. New Bedford could be the lift they need. Ask any coach in the state if they’d like to play Brockton in the first round of the tournament and I but you get the same answer I did.
Acton-Boxborough (4-5-0), LW 16: The Colonials ended their four game losing streak with a 2-0 win at Waltham. A-B faced arguable the toughest schedule in the state to start the season with three games in a row vs. No. 2 Algonquin (1-0 L) No. 4 Concord-Carlisle (4-2 L) and No. 3 Lincoln-Sudbury (5-2 L). The Colonial’s will face C-C and L-S again as well as No. 6 St. John’s Prep on October 26. If they can qualify for the tournament they’ll be the most battle-tested team in the state.
Newton North (2-3-2), LW 20: The Tigers haven’t beaten anyone on their own Bay State Carey Division yet, but don’t forget they were in a similar boat last year before running all the way to the Division 1 state semi-finals
NEW TO THE TOP 20: No. 9 Longmeadow
No. 16 Framingham
No. 17 Winchester
LOOK OUT FOR: Chelsea (4-0-0) Leading the Commonwealth Upper
Lowell (5-0-2) Leading the Merrimack Valley Large
Medford (5-0-0) Leading the Greater Boston League
GAMES OF THE WEEK: No. 18 New Bedford vs. Brockton, Thurs., Sept. 29
No. 3 Lincoln-Sudbury vs. No. 4 Concord-Carlisle, Sat., Oct. 1
No. 5 Weymouth vs. No. 6 St. John’s Prep, Sat., Oct. 1