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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Kingwood, The Woodlands set for clash

By Sheldon Shealer

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 matches of the Texas state playoffs.

The playoffs are a week away in Texas, but there's a big-time showdown this weekend.

No. 1 Kingwood and No. 4 The Woodlands square off in a pre-tournament friendly Friday. The outcome could affect the FAB 50 Top 5, but in reality, the match is basically a glorified exhibition contest. The really meaningful matches will occur once the playoffs start.

In California, San Clemente added a Southern California Division I title to its lengthy list of accomplishments, which secures a top five ranking for this perennial power.

Results through March 15.

Rk. School (City, State) Record Prv.

1 Kingwood (Humble, Texas) 26-0-0 1

Eight players scored last week as Kingwood routed Aldine (8-0) and Atascocita (9-0) to remain perfect.
2 Reagan (San Antonio, Texas) 18-0-1 2

Kalie Cirinna's goal lifted Reagan to a 1-0 victory over MacArthur.
3 Melbourne (Fla.) 23-0-1* 3

Season complete. Florida Class 6A state champion. Melbourne denied Douglas a sixth state title in seven years with a 3-0 victory in the final. Carlee Jones had a goal and one assist in the final.
4 The Woodlands (Texas) 21-1-2 5

The Woodlands has posted nine straight shutouts, pushing its win total above 20 for the season. Last week, The Woodlands defeated Lufkin (4-0) and New Caney (12-0).
5 San Clemente (San Clemente, Calif.) 29-4-1* 7

Season complete. Southern California Regional Division I champion. CIF-Southern Section Division I champion. Alexis Mahoney scored two goals, but it was Barret Bestard's rebound shot that lifted the Triton to a 3-2 victory over Buchanan for the regional tile. In the semifinals, San Clemente defeated Los Alamitos, the same squad it defeated for the CIF-Southern Section crown.
6 San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.) 18-5-3* 9

Season complete. CIF-North Coast Section champion. San Ramon Valley stunned Foothill 4-3 in overtime in the section final for its fourth straight title. SRV trailed 3-1 with 15 minutes left before mounting the comeback. Allie Begin scored the winning goal in overtime.
7 Foothill (Pleasanton, Calif.) 21-1-0* 10

Season complete. CIF-North Coast Section runner-up. Foothill was 13 minutes away from the FAB 50 national title before San Ramon Valley rallied for a 4-3 victory over the squad hailed as the most talented high school team every assembled in Northern California. Carlee Payne scored all three Foothill goals in the final.
8 Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.) 22-3-2* 14

Season complete. Southern California Regional Division I quarterfinalist. This former FAB 50 No. 1 team with Tennessee signee Kylie Bono and Southern Cal signee Courtney Garcia fell to San Clemente on penalty kicks following a scoreless draw in the quarterfinals.
9 Xavier College Prep (Phoenix) 22-2-1* 12

Season complete. Arizona Class 5A-I state champion. Carmen Abella converted the deciding penalty kick as Xavier defeated Desert Vista in a shootout following a scoreless match for the state title.
10 Los Alamitos (Calif.) 25-5-5* 8

Season complete. Southern California Regional Division I semifinalist. CIF-Southern Section Division I runner-up. In back-to-back tournaments, Los Alamitos lost to San Clemente. First, Los Al fell to San Clemente in the Southern Section final and then again in the SCR semifinals - both by 2-0 scores. Los Al defeated San Clemente 2-0 early in the season. Other key results for the Griffins include wins over Aliso Niguel (in PKs) and Torrey Pines and two losses to Esperanza.
11 Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) 22-2-3* 11

Season complete. CIF-Southern Section Division I semifinalist. Aliso's season ended with a shootout loss to Los Alamitos.
12 American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) 25-2-3* 13

Season complete. Florida Class 3A state champion. Kleopatra Ruddock scored the game-winner as the Patriots edged Bolles School 2-1 in the final. At full strength, American Heritage was undefeated, including an earlier 3-0 victory over Bolles. The Patriots only losses this year came at a holiday tournament in which their starters, all club players, did not participate due to a club event.
13 University (Palm Harbor, Fla.) 22-2-0* 15

Season complete. Florida Class 5A state champion. Catherine Brinkman scored twice as University pulled away with two goals in the final 12 minutes to defeat George Jenkins 3-1 in the state final. The victory marked coach John Planamenta's 201st during his coaching career.
14 George Jenkins (Lakeland, Fla.) 26-1-1* 16

Season complete. Florida Class 5A state runner-up. George Jenkins' 58-match undefeated run ended with a 3-1 loss to Palm Harbor University in the state final.
15 Ursuline Academy (Dallas) 21-3-2* 20

Season complete. TAPPS Division I state champion. Texas signee Sophie Campise scored both goals as Ursuline defeated rival Nolan Catholic 2-1 to secure the program's 19th straight TAPPS title. The victory also atones for a pair of Ursuline losses to Nolan Catholic during regular-season play.
16 Oviedo (Fla.) 22-2-1* 19

Season complete. Florida Class 6A state semifinalist. Oviedo gave Melbourne its toughest playoff match before falling 2-1 in the state semifinals.
17 Lake Highlands (Dallas) 19-2-3 4

Lake Highlands wrapped up regular-season play with a 7-1 win over Molina, however, a league setback to Creekview bounces this team from the top 10.
18 Hebron (Texas) 14-2-5 6

Hebron still finished first in District 8-5A despite a late-season loss to Flower Mound Marcus.
19 Punahou (Honolulu) 13-0-3* 21

Season complete. Hawaii Division I state champion. Jayann Gabrio's header in the 36th minute lifted Punahou to a 1-0 state final victory over three-time defending champion Kamehameha. The teams tied earlier in the season. Punahou's state final victory was its ninth overall and first since 2005.
20 Plano East (Plano, Texas) 15-4-4 25

Plano East is locked in a three-way tie for first in District 8-5A along with McKinney Boyd and Allen.
21 J.J. Pearce (Richardson, Texas) 18-1-2 22

Pearce was held to a draw by Rockwall-Heath, but it matters little since Pearce has wrapped up the District 21-4A title.
22 Buchanan (Fresno, Calif.) 27-4-1* 32

Season complete. Southern California Regional Division I runner-up. Central Coast Division I champion. Buchanan moves into the Top 25 after defeating Westview on penalty kicks in the Southern Regional semifinals. Buchanan became the first non-Southern Section team to reach the SCR final.
23 Westview (San Diego) 24-2-5* 17

Season complete. Southern California Regional Division I semifinalist. CIF-San Diego Section Division I champion. Westview won in PKs over Torrey Pines to claim the section title, then lost in PKs to Buchanan in the SCR semifinals. Westview was aiming to become the first San Diego team to reach the SCR Division I finals.
24 Torrey Pines (San Diego) 19-4-2* 18

Season complete. Southern California Regional Division I quarterfinalist. CIF-San Diego Section Division I runner-up. Torrey Pines' season ended with a pair of losses to Westview (in the section final) and Los Alamitos (in the SCR quarterfinals).
25 McKinney Boyd (McKinney, Texas) 18-4-2 23

Despite a loss to Plano East last week, Boyd remains in a three-way tie for first in the District 8-5A race.

Rank School (City, State) Record Prv.
26 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 14-4-5* 26
27 Burlingame (Calif.) 19-1-4* 31
28 El Toro (Lake Forest, Calif.) 18-5-2* 27
29 Kamehameha (Honolulu) 12-1-2* 28
30 Los Osos (Calif.) 19-4-5* 29
31 Upland (Calif.) 18-3-3* 30
32 Satellite (Satellite Beach, Fla.) 21-5-2* 33
33 Castro Valley (Calif.) 21-4-1* 34
34 St. John's Country Day (Orange Park, Fla.) 23-2-2* 35
35 Ponte Vedra (Fla.) 25-3-2* 36
36 Cardinal Gibbons (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) 29-1-2* 37
37 Allen (Texas) 13-3-5 24
38 Desert Vista (Phoenix) 16-4-4* 38
39 Austin (Fort Bend, Texas) 19-0-2 39
40 St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 15-3-2* 40
41 Clayton Valley (Concord, Calif.) 20-4-3* 41
42 Saugus (Calif.) 20-4-3* 42
43 Seminole (Fla.) 15-3-1* 43
44 Highland (Gilbert, Ariz.) 14-4-1* 44
45 Greenhill School (Addison, Texas) 21-1-1* 45
46 Douglas (Parkland, Fla.) 22-4-3* 46
47 Cypress Creek (Houston) 19-1-2 47
48 Mililani (Hawaii) 15-1-2* 48
49 St. Scholastica (Covington, La.) 20-2-0* 49
50 Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, Calif.) 16-2-4* 50