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Thursday, May 31, 2012
ECNL U18 Power Rankings

By Chris Ackels
Special to ESPNHS

The Under-18 teams do not compete at the PDA Showcase, so it was an off week for every team in this age group. Naturally, there is no movement in this week's ESPNHS ECNL Under-18 Power Rankings.

Five of the top 10 teams have completed the regular season while five others still have work to do. No. 1 Dallas Texans will try to clinch the top overall seed next weekend when they take on Lonestar. No. 2 SC del Sol and No. 4 Colorado Rush are locked in a three-way battle for the Mountain West Conference crown.

No. 5 PDA and No. 6 FC Stars of Mass are also fighting it out for the Northeast Conference crown. Both teams have two games remaining in the regular season.

Throughout the rest of the season, ESPNHS will offer a weekly glance at the top ten teams in each age group. These rankings, indicative of the results of a team rather than a prediction of future outcomes, offer a sampling of some of the top talent in the game.

Top 10 Match This Weekend
No. 4 Colorado Rush vs. San Juan

2011-12 Elite Clubs National League Power Rankings: Under-18
Dallas Texans

Last Week: 1
The Texans rebounded last weekend with a 2-1 win over Solar-Chelsea thanks to two goals from forward Olivia Elliot. A win or tie in their final game would lock up the No. 1 overall seed.
Next Match: June 10 vs. Lonestar
SC del Sol

Last Week: 2
Just one game remains on the slate for SC del Sol, and a win would solidify their place in the ECNL Playoffs in June.
Next Match: June 9 vs. Sereno
Michigan Hawks

Last Week: 3
The Hawks have clinched at least the No. 2 overall seed in June's ECNL playoffs. They'll wait and see what the Texans do in their final game, whcih will determine No. 1.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
Colorado Rush

Last Week: 4
Four games in early June will decide two things for the Rush: first, they look to clinch a playoff spot, and second, they look to break a three-way tie for the Mountain West Conference crown.
Next Match: June 3 vs. Real Colorado

Last Week: 5
PDA earns back a ranking this week after two convincing wins over ranked opponents: 4-2 over Stars of Mass and 5-1 over Scorpions. It also put the team at the top of the Northeast Conference.
Next Match: June 9 vs. Albertson
Stars of Mass

Last Week: 6
The loss to PDA drops them a couple of spots, but Stars of Mass is now focused on getting into the playoffs with just two regular season games remaining.
Next Match: June 9 vs. Connecticut FC
Mustang SC

Last Week: 7
Mustang concluded its season with a 1-0 loss to San Juan on Monday, but the team has clinched a spot in next month's playoffs. Mustang only needs to await its seeding now.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
Solar Chelsea

Last Week: 8
You can't exactly penalize Solar for losing to No. 1 Dallas Texans 2-1, especially after beating them five days prior. Now Solar's focus is on getting into the playoffs.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
Slammers FC

Last Week: 9
Slammers is up a spot this week after beating Arsenal 1-0. Nicole Nsa had the game's only goal off an assist from defender Erin Owen. This squad is undoubtedly in the playoffs.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
Arsenal FC

Last Week: 10
Despite losing their final game to Slammers, Arsenal still holds the No. 4 spot in the standings, and is a lock for June's playoffs in Waukegan.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA