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ESPN will release the ESPN RISE FAB 50 national girls' soccer winter rankings each week of the regular season and playoffs, continuing through the final games of the various state playoffs around the nation.
In college football, the University of Texas band plays "The Eyes of Texas."
In high school soccer, all eyes will be on Texas - this week.
High school play for the UIL - the state's main governing body - begins, and the place to be is Fort Worth, Texas, where seven FAB 50 teams will be battling in the Red Bull/Nolan Showcase. A tournament title by Marcus, Plano West or Nolan Catholic would put that team in the thick of the national title chase.
There was a change at the top of the FAB 50 this week as former No. 1 Esperanza fell to San Clemente in the final of the Excalibur Tournament. Aliso Niguel, another Southern California program, inherits the top ranking.
Results through Jan. 4.
Rankings: Preseason / Week: 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 /
ESPN RISE FAB 50 WINTER GIRLS' SOCCER RANKINGS: WEEK 4 (Nos. 1-25) Rk. School (City, State) Record Prv.
Notes 1 Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) 12-0-1 2
Esperanza's loss to San Clemente in the Excalibur final allows Aliso Niguel, the top-ranked team in Orange County by the Orange County Register, to move into the top spot. Aliso Niguel has allowed only two goals this season. 2 Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) 0-0-0 3
Marcus faces Grapevine, Mayfair (Calif.), No. 26 Ursuline Academy and Lake Highlands in this week's Red Bull/Nolan Showcase. 3 Plano West (Plano, Texas) 0-0-0 4
Plano West takes on St. Thomas More (La.) in the opening match of the Red Bull/Nolan Showcase. 4 Foothill (Pleasanton, Calif.) 7-0-0 5
Foothill was idle last week and resumes regular-season play this week. 5 George Jenkins (Lakeland, Fla.) 14-0-1 6
Florida's top-ranked team could move to No. 3 next week if Marcus and Plano West fail to go undefeated at the Red Bull/Nolan Showcase. 6 The Woodlands (Texas) 0-0-0 7
The Woodlands starts the season ranked No. 1 in the state coaches poll. 7 Nolan Catholic (Fort Worth, Texas) 12-0-0 8
Nolan Catholic will face No. 15 Southlake Carroll, Klein Oak, Lake Highlands and No. 35 McKinney Boyd at its Red Bull/Nolan Showcase. 8 Torrey Pines (San Diego) 6-1-2 10
Torrey Pines resumes regular-season play this week. The team's only loss is a setback to No. 4 Foothill. 9 Melbourne (Fla.) 15-0-0 11
Melbourne was idle last week, yet moved up thanks to losses by a pair of former Top 10 teams. 10 Coppell (Texas) 0-0-0 12
Chioma Ubogagu will be the key player for Coppell as it makes an appearance at the Red Bull/Nolan Showcase. Coppell will face No. 50 Colleyville Heritage, Tyler Lee, No. 35 McKinney Boyd and Mayfair (Calif.). 11 San Clemente (Calif.) 14-2-0 21
Kelsey Wilson netted the lone goal as San Clemente edged former No. 1 Esperanza 1-0 for the Excalibur Tournament title. 12 Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.) 12-1-0 1
Esperanza's stay at No. 1 ended with a 1-0 loss to San Clemente. With all of the head-to-head matches remaining among the current Top 10 teams, Esperanza can find itself back in the national title chase rather easily. 13 Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 18-0-1 13
Cardinal Gibbons resumes regular-season play this week after having a holiday break. 14 Carondelet (Concord, Calif.) 5-1-1 15
Carondelet puts its ranking on the line against undefeated Amador Valley on Thursday. 15 Carroll (Texas) 0-0-0 17
Southlake Carroll, the defending state champs, opens play in the Red Bull/Nolan Showcase against No. 7 Nolan Catholic on Thursday. 16 El Toro (Lake Forest, Calif.) 7-2-2 16
El Toro's losses this year are to Esperanza and San Clemente. 17 Los Alamitos (Calif.) 9-2-4 18
Los Alamitos pinned a loss on Long Beach Wilson at last week's Excalibur Tournament. 18 Allen (Texas) 0-0-0 19
Allen is only highly ranked Dallas-area team not competing in this week's Nolan Showcase. Instead, Allen plays host to its own event. 19 Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.) 9-2-3 9
Wilson's second defeat of the season came to the hands of Los Alamitos in the Excalibur Tournament. 20 St. John's Country Day (Orange Park, Fla.) 13-0-1 22
St. John's Country Day reumes play this week. 21 Westview (San Diego) 7-1-3 26
Westview's lone loss is to San Clemente. 22 Amador Valley (Pleasanton, Calif.) 7-0-2 29
A win over Carondelet could jump this team into the Top 15 in next week's FAB 50. 23 St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 7-0-0 30
With a perfect record, St. Ignatius slides into the Top 25. 24 Tesoro (Rancho SM, Calif.) 5-2-6 23
Tesoro's loss to El Toro is last week's Excalibur Tournament resulted in a one-spot slip in the FAB 50 rankings. 25 Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.) 7-1-1 24
Harvard-Westlake drew with Tesoro, thus stays right behind this fellow Southern California foe.
|ESPN RISE FAB 50 WINTER GIRLS' SOCCER RANKINGS: WEEK 4 (Nos. 26-50)|
|Rank||School (City, State)||Record||Prv.|
|26||Ursuline Academy (Dallas, Texas)||9-2-0||25|
|27||Kamehameha (Honolulu, Hawaii)||5-0-1||27|
|29||Upland (Upland, Calif.)||8-1-2||NR|
|30||University (Palm Harbor, Fla.)||13-1-0||14|
|31||Deer Park (Texas)||0-0-0||32|
|32||Woodbridge (Irvine, Calif.)||7-1-1||34|
|33||Highland (Gilbert, Ariz.)||6-1-1||NR|
|34||American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)||13-2-2||35|
|35||Boyd (McKinney, Texas)||0-0-0||36|
|36||Xavier College Prep (Phoenix)||9-2-0||39|
|37||Gulliver Prep (Miami)||16-3-0||33|
|38||St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)||14-2-0||37|
|39||Plant (Tampa, Fla.)||13-1-2||38|
|40||Lake Mary (Lake Mary, Fla.)||13-3-3||40|
|41||Oviedo (Oviedo, Fla.)||12-1-1||41|
|42||Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.)||5-3-2||42|
|43||Presentation (San Jose)||10-1-2||43|
|44||Plano East (Plano, Texas)||0-0-0||44|
|45||Clovis (Fresno, Calif.)||10-0-2||45|
|46||Buchanan (Fresno, Calif.)||12-1-1||46|
|47||Kingwood (Humble, Texas)||0-0-0||47|
|48||Clinton (Clinton, Miss.)||11-1-1||49|
|49||Mililani (Mililani, Hawaii)||6-0-0||50|
|50||Colleyville Heritage (Colleyville, Texas)||0-0-0||NR|