Preseason top team ends season with title

Updated: November 25, 2008, 10:40 AM ET

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 preseason FAB 50 No. 1 team ended its season with a win this past weekend, and so did the top-ranked teams in New Jersey and North Carolina.

Rockhurst Jesuit (Mo.) won a second straight Missouri large-school state title, while Myers Park (N.C.) and Pingry (N.J.) capped undefeated seasons with state titles. Also, Rancocas Valley (N.J.) secured a national Top 10 finish with a state title.

Rockhurst started the season as the FAB 50 No. 1 team, but a rough midseason -- which included a PK loss to eventual Kansas 5A champ St. Thomas Aquinas and losses to New York's third-place Catholic League team St. John the Baptist and D.C. area top-ranked Gonzaga pushed it out of the Top 25.

Rockhurst's season did include a win over Marquette (Wis.), and all of these results helped shape the final rankings.

The following is a list of past FAB 50 No. 1 teams:

2008: Brentwood (Brentwood, N.Y.)
2007: Broughton (Raleigh, N.C.)
2006: St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.)
2005: St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.) & St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio)
2004: Upper St. Clair (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
2003: Sacramento Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.)
2002: Hudson (Hudson, Ohio)
2001: St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.)
2000: Horizon (Thornton, Colo.)
1999: Davis (Davis, Calif.)

Rankings through Nov. 23.

Rankings: Preseason | Week 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15

Rk. School (City, State) Record Prv. Notes
1 Brentwood (Brentwood, N.Y.) 24-0-0* 1 Season complete. New York Class AA state champion. Joseph Lopez netted four goals as Brentwood capped a perfect season with a pair of 2-1 wins at the state tournament. In the final, Brentwood defeated Clarence.
2 St. Anthony's (Melville, N.Y.) 22-0-1* 2 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.
3 Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.) 25-0-0 3 Season complete. North Carolina Class 4A state champion. Myers Park capped a perfect season with a dramatic 4-3 win over FAB 50-ranked New Hanover in the state final. New Hanover scored first, then Myers Park answered with four goals before New Hanover rallied in the second half to make it close. Justin Davis scored Myers Park's first goal and was named the game's MVP. The team set a school record for victories.
4 New Trier (Winnetka, Ill.) 22-1-1* 4 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.
5 Downingtown West (Downingtown, Pa.) 26-1-0* 5 Season complete. Pennsylvania Class AAA state champion. Travis Cantrell and Joe Sales scored as the Whippets defeated defending champion Peters Township 2-1 in a rematch of last year's state final.
6 Rancocas Valley (Mount Holly, N.J.) 23-1-1 6 Season complete. New Jersey Group 3 state champion. Ryan Finley, a U.S. under-18 national team member, scored both goals as Rancocas Valley defeated Clifton for the state title. During the regular season, Rancocas Valley defeated St. Benedict's.
7 St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.) 20-1-0* 7 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.
8 Reitz Memorial (Evansville, Ind.) 23-0-2* 8 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.
9 Pingry School (Martinsville, N.J.) 19-0-1* 9 Season complete. New Jersey Non-Public Group A state champion. Will Stamatis scored twice as Pingry capped an undefeated season with a 3-0 state final victory over St. Augstine. The only blemish on Pingry's record was a draw with FAB 50-ranked Chaminade (N.Y.). Coach Miller Bugliari collected his 700th win during the season and carries a 714-89-54 mark through 49 seasons into 2009.
10 St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.) 22-1-0* 10 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.
11 East Kentwood (Kentwood, Mich.) 23-1-3* 11 Season complete. Michigan Division I state champion. East Kentwood became the first school to repeat as the state's Division I champion in the 11 years of the current playoff format with a 1-0 overtime victory over Livonia Stevenson. The team, which was hit hard by graduation last year, returned with a defensively sound squad -- posting 22 shutouts in 27 matches. Senior Bung Jin Lee netted the game-winner with less than two minutes remaining in overtime.
12 St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio) 19-1-3* 12 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.
13 Rock Canyon (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) 17-0-3* 13 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.
14 Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 21-1-2* 14 Season complete. Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion. The Eagles outshot Bishop O'Connell 29-3 in the final and escaped with a 1-0 WCAC final victory. The team's lone loss was to Regis Jesuit (Colo.) at the Jesuit Classic. That contest came after Gonzaga defeated Rockhurst Jesuit (Mo.).
15 Episcopal School (Alexandria, Va.) 23-0-0* 15 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.
16 Merced (Merced, Calif.) 22-1-2* 16 Season complete. CIF-Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champion. Merced pulled off the surprise of the season in the West, knocking off Davis in the section final. It marks Merced's first section championship. Junior standout Cristian Alvarez scored the only goal in the team's 1-0 section final win over Davis.
17 Bowie (Bowie, Md.) 18-0-0* 17 Season complete. Maryland Class 4A state champion. Bowie earned the state's No. 1 ranking on the field by defeating Perry Hall in the final, the same Perry Hall squad that handed McDonogh an upset loss early in the season. Josh Patterson and Dylan Thompson scored for Bowie in the 2-1 state final victory. Bowie was once a state power in the 1980s and 1990s in a run that included a Gatorade national player of the year. This was the first title for Bowie since going back-to-back in 1990 and 1991.
18 Davis (Davis, Calif.) 20-3-2* 18 Season complete. CIF-Sac-Joaquin Section Division I runner-up. After stunning then -FAB 50 No. 2 Sacramento Jesuit, Davis fell victim to a hot Merced squad in the section final.
19 Sacramento Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.) 27-0-2* 19 Season complete. CIF-Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinalist. Jesuit's bid for a national No. 1 ranking ended with a shootout loss to rival Davis. During the season, Jesuit pinned losses on Davis, New Mexico champion La Cueva and Oregon No. 2 team Jesuit.
20 La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.) 22-2-0* 20 Season complete. New Mexico Class AAAAA state champion. The preseason state No. 1 lived up to the billing with a 7-1 state thrashing of Mayfield in the final. La Cueva was able to avenge its lone instate loss. The team's other setback was to Sacramento Jesuit (Calif.).
21 McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.) 21-1-1* 21 Season complete. MIAA A Conference champion. The junior-laden Eagles routed Mount St. Joseph 6-1 in the conference final. Top junior prospect Mamadou Kansaye had two goals and two assists.
22 Beavercreek (Beavercreek, Ohio) 20-2-1* 22 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.
23 Maria Carrillo (Santa Rosa, Calif.) 20-0-3* 24 Season complete. CIF-North Coast Section 3A champion. Maria Carrillo's undefeated record earns it a Top 25 finish, but the comparision scores in the region show the Sac-Joaquin schools were stronger this year.
24 Livonia Stevenson (Livonia, Mich.) 20-2-3* 25 Season complete. Michigan Division I state runner-up. Stevenson pushed East Kentwood to overtime before falling 1-0 in the state final. Livonia Stevenson's team was led by Division I recruits Brian Klemczak and Joey D'Agostino, who were both first-team all-state selections.
25 Clarence (Clarence, N.Y.) 23-1-0* 28 Season complete. New York Class AA state runner-up. Clarence's perfect season ended with a 2-1 loss to FAB 50 No.1 Brentwood in the state final.Tyler Hamil netted Clarence's only goal. The teams were even in shots on goal.
Rank School (City, State) Record Previous Rank
26 Anthony Wayne (Whitehouse, Ohio) 18-1-3* 26
27 Chaminade (Mineola, N.Y.) 15-3-3* 27
28 Olathe South (Olathe, Kan.) 17-3-1* 29
29 St. Thomas Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.) 17-4-0* 30
30 Rockhurst Jesuit (Kansas City, Mo.) 27-4-0* 31
31 Marquette (Milwaukee, Wis.) 22-2-1* 32
32 Millburn (Millburn, N.J.) 23-2-0* 46
33 Homestead (Fort Wayne, Ind.) 21-1-2* 33
34 Martin Luther King (Manhattan, N.Y.) 19-4-1* 34
35 Beacon (New York, N.Y.) 19-1-1* 35
36 Sidwell Friends (Washington, D.C.) 16-0-1* 36
37 Saline (Saline, Mich.) 20-3-3* 37
38 Ramapo (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) 20-1-2* 38
39 Plymouth Salem (Canton, Mich.) 21-1-4* 39
40 Denver East (Denver, Colo.) 18-2-0* 41
41 Grant (Portland, Ore.) 16-2-1* 42
42 New Hanover (Wilmington, N.C.) 23-3-1* 40
43 Baldwinsville (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) 21-2-0* 44
44 Seton-LaSalle (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 25-0-0* 45
45 Vintage (Napa, Calif.) 22-2-1* 47
46 Farmington (Farmington, Conn.) 19-2-0* 48
47 Osseo (Osseo, Minn.) 19-2-2* 49
48 DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) 14-1-6* NR
49 Ludlow (Ludlow, Mass.) 17-4-2* NR
50 Edwardsville (Edwardsville, Ill.) 24-5-0* 50

* Season complete.