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Monday, March 26, 2012
Soccer Rewind: Last week's top stories

By Sheldon Shealer

ESPNHS takes a look back at the top storylines from last week, which include an odd forfeit in Virginia and the first Sunshine State members in the ECNL.

5. Tight At The Top: In one of the more surprising results last week, POWERADE FAB 50 Winter No. 36 Flower Mound (Texas) dealt No. 5 Plano West (Plano, Texas) a 2-0 defeat last week. The result sets up an interesting final day of district action Tuesday as three teams – Flower Mound, Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) and Plano West – remain in the hunt for first place. Flower Mound leads with 22 points, followed by Marcus at 21 and Plano West at 20. None of the top three go head-to-head Tuesday, meaning there will be a lot of scoreboard watching to see who emerges as the District 8-5A champion.

4. Stepping Down: Citing health concerns, Kawika Keator, who is among the all-time most successful coaches in Hawaii girls' soccer history, is retiring as head coach at Baldwin (Wailuku, Hawaii), according to the Maui News. During the past 13 seasons, Baldwin has been to the state semifinals five times with two titles and a runner-up finish. In addition, Baldwin won nine league titles.

3. Double Trouble: POWERADE FAB 50 Spring No. 2 Green Hope (Morrisville, N.C.) rolled up 20 goals while winning three matches last week, but its greatest result occurred more than 1,500 miles away. No. 1 Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) was held to a draw last week, meaning Green Hope will move to the No. 1 spot this week. Considering several members of Green Hope’s high school team were part of an Elite Clubs National League national championship with CASL Chelsea last summer, those players now get a chance for a rare club-high school national title double.

2. Easy Victories: Rather than play on a field that the Wilson (Portsmouth, Va.) boys’ and girls’ soccer coaches felt was unsafe, the school forfeited its games to homestanding Warwick (Newport News, Va.) last week. Warwick athletic director Michael Cooke told the Daily Press, “It’s the same field that’s been played on since at least the 1970s and we’ve never had a problem. It’s never been a concern.”

1. Florida Clubs Join ECNL: The Elite Clubs National League announced Thursday the addition of seven clubs for the 2012-13 season, which will include the first programs from Florida. The Florida additions are the Brandon Flames and CFK Krush. The five other newcomers are Albion Hurricane (Texas), Internationals (Ohio), Mountain View Los Altos (Calif.), Santa Rosa United (Calif.) and Texas Rush (Texas). Despite being one of the nation's largest states in terms of population and volume of college-bound players, Florida has never had an ECNL club.