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Thursday, March 22, 2012
ECNL U17 Power Rankings

By Sheldon Shealer & Chris Ackels

With the staggered starts of the Elite Clubs National League teams, it made it difficult to release a top five until after play was well under way for a few divisions. Now that nearly everyone is competing, it's time to examine the top teams in each age group.

Throughout the rest of the season, ESPNHS will offer a weekly glance at the top five teams in each age group.

It should be noted, these rankings are not predictive, but rather reactive to the results. In other words, the higher ranked team has accomplished something on the field to earn that position for now. As such, we expect quite a bit of turnover in the rankings throughout the rest of the ECNL season.

Eclipse Select has turned in a stunning regular-season performance to earn the current No. 1 ranking over defending champion CASL Chelsea. It is very possible these two will remain in those positions heading into the ECNL playoffs this summer.

2011-12 Elite Clubs National League Power Rankings: Under-17
Eclipse Select

Last Week: NR
Eclipse started the season 14-0 and gave up just three goals in 14 games. Now the team sits at 18-1, having given up just seven goals all year. Leading scorer is Lauren Sajewich.
Next Match: June 2 vs. Carmel United
CASL Chelsea

Last Week: NR
The defending ECNL National Champions have 13 players already committed to Division I schools. Their long season includes wins over Sting, Texans, FC Virginia and Concorde Fire.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
Dallas Sting

Last Week: NR
The Dallas Sting's big win over Dallas Texans earlier this month solidified their spot in the Top 5. The team's other key victories include PDA and Colorado Rush.
Next Match: April 22 at Dallas Texans

Last Week: NR
They're just getting started with wins over FC Stars of Mass, Lonestar and Ohio Premier. It's going to be a busy spring for the Scorpions.
Next Match: March 24 vs. PDA
Slammers FC

Last Week: NR
Slammers FC might not have the best strength of schedule, but it leads a talented conference and it has beaten So Cal Blues and Eagles and tied CASL Chelsea.
Next Match: March 23 vs. San Diego Surf