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Thursday, March 22, 2012
ECNL U18 Power Rankings

By Sheldon Shealer & Chris Ackels
ESPNHS Staff

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.

The Dallas Texans are undefeated, first place in National Flight A and in the Texas Conference, making this storied program an easy call at No. 1 among the Under-18 teams.



2011-12 Elite Clubs National League Power Rankings: Under-18
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
Dallas Texans
15-0-1
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Last Week: NR
Led by Texas signee Kelsey Shimmick and SMU-bound Lissi Lonsberry, the Texans have rolled. The biggest obstacle to an undefeated season will be two games against second place Solar.
Next Match: April 22 vs. Dallas Sting
2
Michigan Hawks
17-2-4
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Last Week: NR
The Hawks feature an offense that averages nearly three goals per match, led by 18 goals from Mighigan State signee Allyson Krause. The Hawks have wins over Carmel and Eclipse.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
3
SC del Sol
14-4-1
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Last Week: NR
Played a very tough schedule. Tied Michigan Hawks 0-0 in February, beat Mustang 2-1 in October. Three other big wins: Solar-Chelsea, Colorado Rush and Colorado Storm.
Next Match: April 28 vs. Arsenal FC
4
Mustang SC
9-2-1
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Last Week: NR
The team's biggest win is over Arsenal. Problem is they don't have the best strength of schedule. The team will be tested in late March with games against Crossfire and Slammers.
Next Match: March 24 vs. Washington Premier
5
Arsenal FC
8-1-2
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Last Week: NR
The team has convincing wins over Eclipse and Slammers and the only loss is to No. 4 Mustang SC. The team has one of the nation's best goal scorers in Cal commit Ifeoma Onumonu.
Next Match: March 31 vs. FC Stars of Mass