ESPN will release the ESPN RISE FAB 50 national boys' soccer rankings each Tuesday of the regular season and playoffs, continuing through the final games of the various state playoffs around the nation. For the state-by-state rankings, click here.
The FAB 50 No. 1 ranking for the fall 2008 teams should be decided this weekend.
Brentwood (N.Y.) is in the driver's seat with the top ranking and a perfect record, yet it could face trouble in the state semifinals with Baldwinsville.
If Brentwood tumbles, Sacramento Jesuit is in position to move up as it finishes out its section championships this week. Jesuit's playoff bracket includes three of the ESPNRise.com California Top 5 teams.
If Brentwood and Jesuit fall in postseason play, St. Anthony's (N.Y.), which just wrapped up an undefeated season with a state title, will finish No. 1.
While the Top 25 of the FAB 50 did not experience much change, the second 25 underwent an overhaul. In fact, a few state title-winning squads moved down a few spots to accommodate late-rising teams that still have a chance at a special season. Teams that are finished will have a chance to move up in the next two weeks as the rest of the country finishes out the fall season.
Rankings through matches played as of Sunday, Nov. 9.
ESPN RISE FAB 50 BOYS' SOCCER RANKINGS: WEEK 11 (Nos. 1-25) Rank School (City, State) Record Previous Rank Notes 1 Brentwood (Brentwood, N.Y.) 22-0-0 1 Hancell Guevara delivered the game-winner as Brentwood topped Massapequa 1-0 to advance to this week's New York Class AA state semifinals. Brentwood and St. Anthony's, ranked Nos. 1 and 2 locally, both defeated Massapequa by the same score. 2 Sacramento Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.) 26-0-1 2 Sacramento Jesuit posted a 13-1 victory over Will C. Wood in the first round of the section championships. It is the most lopsided postseason score reported to ESPNRise.com this season. 3 St. Anthony's (Melville, N.Y.) 22-0-1* 3 Season complete. New York Catholic state champion. St. Anthony's capped an undefeated run with a 4-1 state final victory over Archbishop Molloy. Mike Valencia, Greg Mallia, Henry Tirado, and Chris Durant all scored for a team that had balanced scoring the entire season. St. Anthony's went 5-0-1 against FAB 50-ranked Chaminade and St. John the Baptist, and its lopsided win over Archbishop Curley (Md.) helped put this team's season in perspective. 4 Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.) 23-0-0 4 Myers Park's playoff meeting with East Forsyth this week will offer an interesting twist as the teams' head coaches, MP's Bucky McCarley and East Forsyth's Chad Lorentz, were college teammates at Elon. 5 New Trier (Winnetka, Ill.) 21-1-1* 6 Season complete. Illinois Class 3A state champion. New Trier claimed its second state title in three years with a 2-1 victory over Edwardsville. Seniors Kyle McCrudden (22 goals), Ben Beaver (19 goals), and Ryan Foreman (18 goals) led the offense. 6 Downingtown West (Downingtown, Pa.) 24-1-0 7 Downingtown West has reached the state semifinals where it will face a hot Neshaminy squad in a rematch of the District 1 final. 7 Rancocas Valley (Mount Holly, N.J.) 19-1-1 8 Rancocas Valley avenged its county tournament loss to Moorestown by defeating its league rival 3-0 to capture the league title. 8 Lexington (Lexington, Mass.) 19-0-0 10 Lexington slipped by Woburn 1-0 to advance to this week's North Division 1 quarterfinals. 9 St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.) 20-1-0* 9 Season complete. New Jersey Prep A state champions. St. Benedict's won its 20th straight state title. Walter Rodriguez finished with a team-high 17 goals and 10 assists. The squad shut out 16 of 21 opponents with youth national team keeper Brandon Paul collecting 14 shutouts in 16 matches. The GrayBees ranking will be tied largely to the postseason showings of Lower Merion (Pa.) and Don Bosco Prep, a pair of teams St. Benedict's defeated 1-0. 10 Reitz Memorial (Evansville, Ind.) 23-0-2* 10 Season complete. Indiana state champion. Reitz Memorial became the first program to repeat as Indiana state champion since the 1999 season. The Tigers bested Zionsville in PKs following a 2-2 draw. This year's squad was led by sophomore scoring sensation Max Lachowecki. The team won a bracket at the Gateway City Soccer Classic and carries a 50-match undefeated streak into 2009. 11 Pingry School (Martinsville, N.J.) 16-0-1 12 Pingry has advanced to this week's Non-Public A semifinals where it will meet Morris Catholic. 12 St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.) 22-1-0* 16 Season complete. Kentucky state champion. St. Xavier routed Highlands 7-2 in the state final, ending the season on a 16-match win streak. St. Xavier has won back-to-back state titles and sports a 47-1-2 record over the past two seasons. 13 John Jay (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) 21-0-1 37 John Jay carries an undefeated record into this week's Class AA state semifinals. John Jay will face FAB 50-ranked Clarence in the semifinals and possibly could meet No. 1 Brentwood for the title. 14 East Kentwood (Kentwood, Mich.) 23-1-3* 17 Season complete. Michigan Division I state champion. East Kentwood's 1-0 overtime victory over Livonia Stevenson made it the first school to repeat as the state's Division I champion since the inception of the current playoff format 11 years ago. The team, which was hit hard by graduation last year, returned with a defensively sound squad that posted 22 shutouts in 27 matches. Senior Bung Jin lee netted the game-winner with less than two minutes remaining in overtime. 15 St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio) 19-1-3* 22 Season complete. St. Ignatius ended the season on a 21-match undefeated run, capped with a 1-0 state final victory over Beavercreek. Senior Denio Leone scored the only goal in the match. St. Ignatius was a preseason Top 20 team and likely will end the season ranked among the Top 15. 16 Rock Canyon (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) 17-0-3* 23 Season complete. Class 4A state champion. Rock Canyon capped an undefeated season with a 3-0 victory over Niwot in the final. Rock Canyon, a five-year-old school, plays in a 5A League where it beat 5A runner-up Regis Jesuit (a team that defeated Gonzaga, D.C.). The combination of league and postseason results leaves this program an easy No. 1 choice for Colorado after a remarkable two-year turnaround. Rock Canyon went 1-14 in 2006. 17 Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 21-1-2* 18 Season complete. Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion. The Eagles out-shot Bishop O'Connell 29-3 in the WCAC final and escaped with a 1-0 victory. The team's lone loss was at the hands of Regis Jesuit (Colo.) at the Jesuit Classic, which came after Gonzaga's victory over Rockhurst Jesuit (Mo.). 18 Maria Carrillo (Santa Rosa, Calif.) 18-0-3 19 Maria Carrillo remained undefeated with a 2-0 victory over Analy in the CIF-North Coast 3A quarterfinals. Next up is a semifinal meeting with league rival Montgomery. 19 McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.) 20-1-1 21 McDonogh advanced to this week's MIAA A Conference final where it needs a victory to secure a FAB 50 ranking. 20 Algonquin (Northborough, Mass.) 18-0-1 25 Algonquin won for the 16th straight time by edging Milford 3-2 in the Central Division 1quarterfinals. A state playoff meeting with No. 8 Lexington remains possible. 21 Episcopal School (Alexandria, Va.) 23-0-0* NR Season complete. Virginia Independent state champion. Episcopal capped a perfect season with a 4-0 thrashing of former FAB 50 Norfolk Academy in the state final. Locally, Episcopal is ranked behind WCAC champion Gonzaga (D.C.). This private school gets the nod over fellow FAB 50-ranked and undefeated Sidwell Friends by virtue of a pair of wins over Georgetown Prep, a team that tied Sidwell. 22 La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.) 22-2-0* 26 Season complete. New Mexico Class AAAAA state champion. The preseason state No. 1 lived up to the billing with a 7-1 state final thrashing of Mayfield. La Cueva was able to avenge its lone in-state loss. The team's other setback was to Sacramento Jesuit (Calif.). 23 Windsor (Windsor, Calif.) 15-0-4 24 Windsor was pushed to overtime before ousting Marin Catholic 2-1 in the CIF-North Coast 3A quarterfinals. 24 Beavercreek (Beavercreek, Ohio) 20-2-1* 27 Season complete. Ohio Division I state runner-up. Beavercreek's state title hopes were dashed in a 1-0 setback to St. Ignatius is the final. 25 Bowie (Bowie, Md.) 17-0-0 NR Bowie makes a major jump from the state rankings to the Top 25 on the heels of a perfect run to this week's Class 4A state final. A win in the final will give Bowie the state's No. 1 ranking since it will face Perry Hall, a team that stunned current No. 1 McDonogh early in the season. ESPN RISE FAB 50 BOYS' SOCCER RANKINGS: WEEK 11 (Nos. 26-50) Rank School (City, State) Record Previous Rank 26 Livonia Stevenson (Livonia, Mich.) 20-2-3* 28 27 Anthony Wayne (Whitehouse, Ohio) 18-1-3* 20 28 La Salle Academy (Providence, R.I.) 20-0-2* 34 29 Chaminade (Mineola, N.Y.) 15-3-3* 31 30 Olathe South (Olathe, Kan.) 17-3-1* NR 31 St. Thomas Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.) 17-4-0* NR 32 Rockhurst Jesuit (Kansas City, Mo.) 23-4-0 29 33 Central Bucks East (Doylestown, Pa.) 18-3-1 NR 34 St. John Vianney (St. Louis, Mo.) 23-4-1 44 35 Clarence (Clarence, N.Y.) 22-0-0 33 36 St. Louis University High (St. Louis, Mo.) 25-3-0* 5 37 Marquette (Milwaukee, Wis.) 22-2-1* 32 38 Guilford (Guilford, Conn.) 19-0-0 38 39 Glastonbury (Glastonbury, Conn.) 18-0-1 39 40 Homestead (Fort Wayne, Ind.) 21-1-2* 42 41 Martin Luther King (Manhattan, N.Y.) 19-4-1* NR 42 Beacon (New York, N.Y.) 19-1-1* 11 43 Sidwell Friends (Washington, D.C.) 16-0-1* NR 44 Saline (Saline, Mich.) 20-3-3* 43 45 Westview (Portland, Ore.) 14-1-1 NR 46 Ramapo (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) 16-0-3 46 47 Plymouth Salem (Canton, Mich.) 21-1-4* 45 48 New Hanover (Wilmington, N.C.) 22-2-1 47 49 Denver East (Denver, Colo.) 18-2-0* 48 50 Grant (Portland, Ore.) 14-2-1 NR
* Season complete.
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