Commentary

Miami Killian makes its FAB 50 debut

Updated: December 31, 2008, 11:19 AM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNRISE.com

ESPN will release the ESPN RISE FAB 50 national boys' soccer winter rankings each week of the regular season and playoffs, continuing through the final games of the various state playoffs around the nation.

While most teams are taking a holiday break, this week's showcase event in San Diego will shape the rankings for the rest of the season.

FAB 50 teams Millikan (Calif.), Brophy Prep (Ariz.), De La Salle (Calif.) and Bellarmine Prep (Calif.) are part of the event that will have sectional and state crossover matches that are imperative to the national rankings scene.

The big mover in this week's rankings is Miami Killian, a one-time state power. The team's perfect start has it ranked No. 2 behind Ferguson among Florida's FAB 50 teams and back in the FAB 50 for the first time in three years.

Check out the state-by-state rankings here.

Records through Dec. 28.

Rankings: Preseason / Week: 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

ESPN RISE FAB 50 WINTER BOYS' SOCCER RANKINGS: WEEK 3 (Nos. 1-25)
Rk. School (City, State) Record Prv. Notes
1 Jesuit (Dallas, Texas) 0-0-0 1 Jesuit starts regular-season play in January.
2 Plano (Plano, Texas) 0-0-0 2 Plano starts regular-season play in January.
3 Millikan (Long Beach, Calif.) 10-0-1 3 Millikan has won 10 matches in a row following a season-opening draw with Loyola.
4 La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.) 5-0-0 4 LCC remains perfect and the top-ranked team in San Diego.
5 Klein (Klein, Texas) 0-0-0 5 Klein starts regular-season play in January.
6 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 4-0-0 6 De La Salle carries a perfect record into this week's holiday tournament inSan Diego.
7 Boca Raton (Boca Raton, Fla.) 14-0-1 8 Boca Raton remains the clear No. 1 team in Florida.
8 Saddleback (Santa Ana, Calif.) 10-0-1 17 Saddleback's victory over state-ranked Santa Margarita helps validate this program's lofty national ranking. The team is now ranked No. 1 in Ornage County.
9 Poway (Poway, Calif.) 8-0-0 12 Poway's perfect start has it pushing La Costa Canyon for the No. 1 ranking in San Diego.
10 Kingwood (Humble, Texas) 0-0-0 13 Kingwood starts regular-season play in January.
11 Wellington (Wellington, Fla.) 13-0-2 14 A loss by Miami Goleman allows Wellington to climb to No. 2 in the state and a few spots higher in the FAB 50.
12 Ferguson (Miami, Fla.) 10-0-2 19 Ferguson and Killian appear to be the class of Miami this winter.
13 Churchill (San Antonio, Texas) 0-0-0 15 Churchill starts regular-season play in January.
14 El Toro (Lake Forest, Calif.) 10-1-0 7 El Toro suffered its first loss of the season, but the team remains ranked No.3 among Orange County schools.
15 Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.) 14-0-2 27 Berkeley Prep won its bracket at the Tampa Jesuit winter showcase.
16 Jesuit (New Orleans, La.) 16-0-1 26 Even without top prospect Pat Mullins, Jesuit won a holiday tournament that included a 4-0 victory over defending state champion Caddo Magnet.
17 Klein Collins (Klein, Texas) 0-0-0 18 Klein Collins starts regular-season play in January.
18 San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.) 7-0-2 23 San Ramon Valley and Amador Valley played to a draw last week.
19 Amador Valley (Pleasanton, Calif.) 6-0-3 39 Amador Valley moves up in the FAB 50 thanks to an undefeated start and a draw with San Ramon Valley.
20 Killian (Miami, Fla.) 11-0-4 NR This perennial Miami power is back in the FAB 50 following an undefeated start to its season.
21 Banning (Wilmington, Calif.) 2-0-1 21 Banning's extended holiday break comes to an end next week as regular season play resumes.
22 Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) 0-0-0 22 Marcus starts regular-seaon play in January.
23 Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.) 5-0-0 24 Corona del Sol's hot start has this team ranked in the Top 25.
24 Watsonville (Watsonville, Calif.) 6-0-1 30 Watsonville will be put to the test in the next few weeks with a holiday tournament and local play.
25 Cinco Ranch (Katy, Texas) 0-0-0 28 Cinco Ranch starts regular-season play in January.
ESPN RISE FAB 50 WINTER BOYS' SOCCER RANKINGS: WEEK 3 (Nos. 26-50)
Rank School (City, State) Record Prv.
26 East Lake (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) 12-0-4 NR
27 Orangewood Christian (Maitland, Fla.) 11-0-3 NR
28 San Luis (San Luis, Ariz.) 6-0-0 35
29 J Serra (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) 6-1-2 NR
30 Brenham (Brenham, Texas) 0-0-0 33
31 Iolani (Honolulu, Hawaii) 2-0-0 45
32 Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) 6-1-1 NR
33 Overfelt (San Jose, Calif.) 2-0-1 41
34 The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas) 0-0-0 34
35 Bel Air (El Paso, Texas) 0-0-0 36
36 Pajaro Valley (Watsonville, Calif.) 9-1-1 42
37 Bellarmine Prep (San Jose, Calif.) 3-1-1 43
38 Caddo Magnet (Shreveport, La.) 17-1-0 16
39 Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.) 7-2-1 37
40 Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.) 3-1-1 NR
41 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 4-03- NR
42 Brophy Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) 7-2-0 50
43 St. Francis La Canada, Calif.) 5-0-1 NR
44 Wharton (Tampa, Fla.) 8-2-3 NR
45 Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 0-0-0 46
46 Tampa Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) 15-1-1 20
47 Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.) 9-2-1 NR
48 Goleman (Miami, Fla.) 8-1-0 11
49 Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 12-1-0 NR
50 Southwest (San Diego, Calif.) 8-2-4 NR