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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Updated: November 19, 1:40 PM ET
John Jay enters the national spotlight

ESPN will release the ESPN RISE FAB 50 national girls' soccer rankings each week of the regular season and playoffs, continuing through the final games of the various state playoffs around the nation. Click here for girls' state-by-state soccer rankings.

By the end of the week, state champions will be crowned in New York, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, which might come close to finalizing this year's Fall Girls Soccer FAB 50.

Pennington Prep (N.J.) and St. Ursula (Ohio) have locked down the top spots with championship seasons. Teams ranked 3 through 7 are all in action this week. In fact, it is possible that No. 5 East Islip and No. 7 John Jay will meet in the New York state final.

Rankings through matches played as of Sunday, Nov. 9.

Rankings: Preseason | Week 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15

ESPN RISE FAB 50 Girls' Soccer rankings: Week 11
Rank School (City, State) Record Previous Rank Notes
1 Pennington Prep (Pennington, N.J.) 18-0-0* 1 Season complete. New Jersey Prep A state champion. Kaitlyn Kerr netted the game-winner as Pennington wrapped up its sixth straight Prep A state title with a 1-0 victory over Peddie School. Peddie's only losses this year were to Pennington. Pennington's stretch run included five matches in seven days. Kerr will be one of the nation's top Class of 2010 prospects. Even without North Carolina-bound Amber Brooks, who is playing for the under-17 national team, Pennington was solid and produced results. The team had wins over three state No. 1 and FAB 50-ranked squads.
2 St. Ursula (Cincinnati, Ohio) 20-0-3* 3 Season complete. Ohio Division I state champion. St. Ursula became the state's first large-school repeat champion since the 1990s with a 1-0 victory over Strongsville. North Carolina commit Elizabeth Burchenal, a junior, scored the game-winning goal. This private school power is 40-1-5 over the past two seasons. St. Ursula's starting lineup features seven underclass players.
3 Lenape (Medford, N.J.) 21-0-0 4 Natalia Torosian, a University of Florida commit, leads a talented Lenape squad into the New Jersey playoffs this week.
4 Lincoln (Portland, Ore.) 15-0-0 8 Erin Thayer converted the deciding penalty kick as Class 6A defending champ Lincoln advanced to this week's state semifinals with a win over Jesuit. The PKs went 12 rounds before the match was decided.
5 East Islip (East Islip, N.Y.) 18-0-0 23 Laura Hofrichter had a goal and one assist as East Islip toppled previously undefeated Massapequa 2-0 to advance to this week's state semifinals.
6 Acton-Boxboro (Acton, Mass.) 18-0-1 6 Defending state champ A-B rolled Malden 6-0 in North Division 1 first-round action.
7 John Jay (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) 21-0-1 NR John Jay makes a major move in this week's FAB 50 only because it has the chance to do something almost no New York squad can do: post an undefeated season in Class AA.
8 Alta (Sandy, Utah) 19-1-0* 10 Season complete. Class 5A state champion. Junior All-America candidate Kealia Ohai scored both goals as Alta defeated Brighton 2-0 in the final after Alta and Brighton had split their regular season meetings. Alta also posted a victory over FAB 50-ranked Montgomery (Calif.).
9 Strongsville (Strongsville, Ohio) 21-2-1* 13 Season complete. Ohio Division I state runner-up. Strongsville out shot St. Ursula, hit the post with a shot, and had a goal waved off by an offsides in a 1-0 loss to St. Ursula in the state final. This is Strongsville's second straight runner-up finish to St. Ursula. Strongsville was led by Maryland commit Danielle Hubka. Ashley Meier, an underclassman and another major prospect, will be expected to lead the team in the future.
10 Downingtown West (Downingtown, Pa.) 23-2-0 14 West slipped past Downingtown East (1-0) and Milton (2-1) to reach this week's Class AAA state semifinals.
11 Archbishop Spalding (Severn, Md.) 19-1-3* 11 Season complete. IAAM champion. Spalding ended the season with nine straight shutouts, including a 2-0 result over previously undefeated McDonogh in the conference final. Maryland commit Erica Page lead Spalding with 16 goals and 17 assists.
12 Immaculate Heart Academy (Washington Township, N.J.) 20-1-0 12 C.J. Graetzer had two goals and one assist in IHA's 6-0 victory over Mount St. Dominic in the North Jersey, Non-Public A quarterfinals.
13 McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.) 20-1-1* 15 Season complete. IAAM runner-up. McDonogh entered the conference final battered and bruised, and a 2-0 setback to Spalding ended any hopes of a FAB 50 national title. During the season, McDonogh had a 4-1 win over Sacred Heart (Ky.) and beat Brentwood (Tenn.).
14 Casa Grande (Petaluma, Calif.) 16-1-0 16 The Gauchos handled Eureka 4-0 in the CIF-North Coast 3A quarterfinals to set up a section semifinal meeting against league rival Petaluma.
15 Montgomery (Skillman, N.J.) 18-0-1 18 Keeper Ally Mancino recorded her 14th shutout as Montgomery blanked West Windsor South 2-0.
16 Massapequa (Massapequa, N.Y.) 16-1-3* 5 Season complete. NYSPHSAA Class AA region finalist. Massapequa's undefeated season ended with a 2-0 loss to East Islip. During the regular season this senior dominated squad pinned a 6-3 defeat on Catholic state champ Sacred Heart. Boston College-bound Vicki DiMartino represented Massapequa before leaving for the under-17 World Championships at midseason. The team also featured senior Duke commit Kim DeCesare.
17 Jesuit (Portland, Ore.) 14-1-2* 7 Season complete. Oregon Class 6A state quarterfinalist. Jesuit's season ended with a shootout loss to Lincoln following a scoreless draw. Jesuit allowed only one goal in 17 matches.
18 Reitz Memorial (Evansville, Ind.) 22-2-0* 19 Season complete. Indiana state champion. Reitz Memorial, which had a regular season loss to FAB 50-ranked Carmel, atoned for that result by defeating Noblesville in the state semifinals and going on to claim the title. Noblesville had knocked out Carmel earlier in the postseason.
19 Noblesville (Noblesville, Ind.) 19-0-3* 20 Season complete. Indiana state semifinalist. Noblesville shutout all 22 opponents this year but lost to Reitz Memorial on PKs following a scoreless draw in the state semifinals.
20 Sacred Heart Academy (Louisville, Ky.) 21-1-3* 21 Season complete. Kentucky state champion. Sacred Heart rolled to the state title, outscoring its postseason foes by a combined 42-3. Sacred Heart's lone loss was to IAAM runner-up McDonogh (Md.). The team had draws with Ohio state champ St. Ursula and perennial Indiana power and FAB 50-ranked Carmel. With 18 of its 23 roster players returning next fall, Sacred Heart will be a team considered for the FAB 50 Top 10.
21 Woodbury (Woodbury, Minn.) 20-0-3* 22 Season complete. Minnesota Class AA state champion. A junior-dominated lineup led Woodbury to a state title, capped by a 2-1 win over Eden Prairie. During the regular season, Woodbury handled eventual Class A champ Mahtomedi 4-1. In the AA final, Emily Morris delivered the winning goal.
22 Centerville (Centerville, Ohio) 20-1-1* 26 Season complete. Ohio Division I region finalist. Centerville's undefeated run ended with a 1-0 loss to St. Ursula in the region final.
23 Baldwinsville (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) 19-1-0 36 Baldwinsville advanced to the New York Class AA state semifinals with a shootout victory over previously undefeated Bethlehem. Next up is a meeting with John Jay.
24 Winchester (Winchester, Mass.) 17-0-2 40 Winchester took one step closer to a showdown with Acton-Boxboro with an 8-0 thrashing of Cambridge in the first round of the MIAA North Division I playoffs.
25 Bethlehem (Bethlehem, N.Y.) 21-1-0* 2 Season complete. NYSPHSAA Class AA region finalist. Counting shootout results as ties, Bethlehem would be 50-0-3 the past three seasons. This year's squad fell to Baldwinsville on PKs following a scoreless tie.

Week 11 rankings: No. 26-50
Rank School (City, State) Record Previous Rank
26 Pingry School (Martinsville, N.J.) 17-1-0 27
27 Medina (Medina, Ohio) 15-1-2* 41
28 Zionsville (Zionsville, Ind.) 14-1-5* 28
29 Fallston (Fallston, Md.) 16-0-0 29
30 Carmel (Carmel, Ind.) 15-1-3* 30
31 La Salle Academy (Providence, R.I.) 16-1-3* 31
32 Shrewsbury (Shrewsbury, Mass.) 15-0-4 32
33 Upper Arlington (Columbus, Ohio) 19-2-1* 24
34 Kentwood (Covington, Wash.) 16-0-2 39
35 Germantown Academy (Fort Washington, Pa.) 16-2-3* 33
36 Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.) 21-2-2 37
37 Whitman-Hanson (Whitman, Mass.) 18-1-0 42
38 St. John's (Washington, D.C.) 14-2-5* 43
39 Bethesda-CC (Bethesda, Md.) 15-0-0 44
40 Moorestown (Moorestown, N.J.) 14-3-0 45
41 Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma, Wash.) 14-1-2 47
42 Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester, N.J.) 18-1-0 48
43 Sacred Heart (Hempfield, N.Y.) 16-1-2* 49
44 DuPont Manual (Louisville, Ky.) 18-2-2* 50
45 Cheshire (Cheshire, Conn.) 16-1-2 NR
46 Peters Township (McMurray, Pa.) 19-2-2 NR
47 Fairport (Fairport, N.Y.) 18-2-1 NR
48 St. Joseph (Trumball, Conn.) 19-1-1 NR
49 Westview (Portland, Ore.) 14-2-1 NR
50 Waterville (Waterville, Maine) 18-0-0* NR

* Season complete.