Monday, April 9, 2012
Soccer Rewind: Last week's top stories
By Sheldon Shealer
ESPNHS takes a look back at the top storylines from last week, which included the top three Texas teams making early playoff exits and a post-match brawl that put two players in a hospital.
5. Revolving Door: Lehi (Utah) lost to league rival Lone Peak (Highland, Utah) 2-1 last week, bringing to an end the last undefeated record among the state's Class 5A and 4A programs – and it’s only midseason. Lehi was 8-0 entering the match. However, Kaden Killpack’s overtime goal lifted Lone Peak to the win. There are 24 Class 5A and 26 Class 4A programs in Utah, and every one of them has at least one loss. The only undefeated teams in the entire state are Class 3A Wasatch (Heber, Utah) and Class 2A Wasatch Academy (Mount Pleasant, Utah).
4. Climbing The Ladder: A 3-0 win by Creighton Prep (Omaha, Neb.) over Omaha South (Omaha, Neb.) hardly seemed noteworthy except for the fact it ran the program’s win streak to 31 matches. The win moved Creighton Prep past an active 30-match win streak by Carroll (Dayton, Ohio) and into a third-place tie among the longest active win streaks. The only longer active win streaks are owned by DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) at 44 and St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.) at 36. Jefferson Forest (Forest, Va.) also owns a 31-match win streak. Creighton Prep does not play enough games to catch DeMatha’s streak this season.
3. Battle Royal: Davidson signee Valeriy Sviderkiy scored a pair of second-half goals as POWERADE FAB 50 No. 28 Mills Godwin (Richmond, Va.) upended No. 4 Deep Run (Glen Allen, Va.) in a battle of undefeated Richmond-area powers last week. The result will flip the team’s order in this week’s rankings and put Mills Godwin among the area favorites with Cosby (Midlothian, Va.).
2. Wiped Out:Winter POWERADE FAB 50 No. 3 Berkner (Richardson, Texas), No. 4 Coppell (Texas) and No. 5 Alief Elsik (Houston) were all eliminated in the first two rounds of the Texas Class 5A playoffs. The rash of upsets leaves this week’s Texas state rankings with a brand new look, favoring the programs that are still alive and can win the state title.