Commentary

Jesuit, La Costa Canyon stay 1-2

Updated: February 24, 2009, 11:15 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 matches of the Texas state playoffs.

Timing is everything.

Jesuit (Dallas) seems to have it. La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.) does not.

Jesuit tied FAB 50-ranked Plano (Texas) last week. That result seemed to give La Costa Canyon a chance to snag the No. 1 ranking, then LCC was held to a draw later in the week.

Despite the draws, both teams hold their positions for another week in the FAB 50.

The top four teams - Jesuit, La Costa Canyon, El Toro (Lake Forest, Calif.) and Sachse (Texas) are perfectly placed for a run at No. 1. If LCC and El Toro win their playoff titles, they could meet in the Southern Regional Championships in March. Meanwhile, Jesuit and Sachse - with one common opponent that both defeated 1-0 - are in the same classification and could enter each other once the Texas postseason gets under way.

Results through Feb. 22.

ESPN RISE FAB 50 WINTER BOYS' SOCCER RANKINGS: WEEK 11 (Nos. 1-25)
Rk. School (City, State) Record Prv.

Notes

1 Jesuit (Dallas) 11-0-2 1

Jesuit and FAB 50-ranked Plano played to a 2-2 draw in their first meeting last week. Jesuit then defeated Allen 1-0, the same score No. 4 Sachse defeated Allen earlier in the year.

2 La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.) 20-0-3 2

LCC received the No. 1 seed for the CIF-San Diego Division I playoffs and will open postseason play against the Rancho Bernardo-Patrick Henry winner.

3 El Toro (Lake Forest, Calif.) 21-1-3 3

El Toro needed a late goal to squeeze past Long Beach Cabrillo in the round of 32 in the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.

4 Sachse (Texas) 20-0-1 4

Sachse faces No. 22 Naaman Forest this week in a match that could settle the district title.

5 Jesuit (New Orleans, La.) 27-0-2 5

Jesuit defeated Lafayette 5-2 last week to secure its place among the nation's elite and advance to this week's state final against FAB 50-ranked Captain Shreve.

6 Clements (Sugar Land, Texas) 14-0-1 6

Matt Boullt and Andy McDaniel have combined for 35 goals in Clements' undefeated start.

7 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 21-1-1 8

De La Salle faces a surging Newark Memorial side in this week's CIF-North Coast 3A semifinals. Both teams only have one loss this season.

8 Belton (Texas) 17-1-0 10

Josh Caffey scored twice in Belton's 3-0 win over Temple, then Belton secured first place in the district with a 4-1 win over previous league unbeaten A&M Consolidated.

9 Coppell (Texas) 12-2-5 11

Coppell carries a 10-match undefeated streak into this week's showdown with Southlake Carroll.

10 Melbourne (Fla.) 28-2-0* 12

Season complete. Florida Class 6A state champion. Melbourne completed a boys-girls 6A title sweep with its boys' soccer victory over Boca Raton in the state final. Melbourne's only losses this year were to 4A state champ Merritt Island and 5A state champ University.

11 Poway (San Diego) 18-2-4 18

Poway received the No. 4 seed in the CIF-San Diego Division I playoffs and would be on course for a semifinal clash with La Costa Canyon.

12 Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 12-3-4 14

The Dragons have only scored more than two goals in a game three times this season, but a defense that has surrendered only seven goals keeps Carroll among the nation's elite.

13 Boca Raton (Fla.) 25-2-1* 7

Season complete. Florida Class 6A state runner-up. After knocking off Wellington, Boca Raton was tabbed the 6A favorite, but fell to Melbourne 2-0 in the state final.

14 Wellington (Fla.) 23-1-2* 13

Season complete. Florida Class 6A region quarterfinalist. Wellington's undefeated season ended with a 2-1 playoff loss to Boca Raton in a meeting between two of the state's two-ranked teams.

15 Iolani (Honolulu, Hawaii) 14-0-1* 16

Season complete. Division I state champion. Nick Goo had two goals and two assists as Iolani won its first state title since 2000 with a 5-2 victory over Mililani. Iolani, the state runner-up last year, has been in the state final five of the past nine seasons.

16 Palo Alto (Calif.) 20-1-2 22

Kevin Ashworth scored an overtime goal to lift Palo Alto, the top-seeded team, to a CIF-Central Coast first-round playoff win over Alisal.

17 Klein (Spring, Texas) 12-1-4 19

Ryan Torgerson scored both goals in Klein's 2-1 win over Westfield.

18 Holland Hall (Tulsa, Okla.) 19-0-1* 20

Season complete. SPC Division I champion. Holland Hall, undefeated in 31 straight matches, defended its title with a 2-0 victory over John Cooper. Memphis signee Jon Wright ended the season with 35 goals.

19 Merritt Island (Fla.) 17-2-4* 35

Season complete. Florida Class 4A state champion. Tyler Starr scored 44 seconds into the second overtime to lift Merritt Island to the program's first state title, a 2-1 win over FAB 50-ranked and two-time defending champ Nease. Merritt Island opened the season with a victory over Melbourne, yet finished third in the conference - behind Melbourne.

20 Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, Calif.) 15-3-4 17

A late-season loss moves RBV down a few spots, yet it begins postseason play as the No. 3 seed in the CIF-San Diego Division I tournament. Four of the 12 teams in the event are currently ranked in the FAB 50 top 25.

21 Naaman Forest (Garland, Texas) 9-2-5 15

A draw with unranked Centennial last week costs Naaman a few spots in this week's rankings.

22 Highland (Gilbert, Ariz.) 19-5-1* 23

Season complete. Arizona Division 5A-I state champion. After defeating Brophy Prep in the state semifinals, Highland sent off 10th-year coach Tim Barmettler with a career-ending 1-0 victory over Red Mountain. Alan Puga netted the game-winning goal.

23 Brophy Prep (Phoenix) 23-3-1* 24

Season complete. Arizona Division 5A-I state semifinalist. Brophy Prep lost to Highland in the state semifinal. During the season, Brophy Prep posted wins over Bellarmine College Prep (Calif.), Millikan (Calif.) and Watsonville (Calif.).

24 Westview (San Diego) 15-3-2 25

Westview enters the CIF-San Diego Division I playoffs unseeded and needs a first-round win over Grossmont for the right to face Poway in the quarterfinals.

25 University (Palm Harbor, Fla.) 24-4-0* 41

Season complete. Florida Class 5A state champion. Alexandre Millette and Andrew Smith scored as University edged Tampa Freedom in the 5A state final. During the regular season, University defeated 6A champ Melbourne, and in the playoffs, University defeated East Lake (avenging earlier defeats) and Tampa Jesuit on the way to the final.

ESPN RISE FAB 50 WINTER BOYS' SOCCER RANKINGS: WEEK 11 (Nos. 26-50)
Rank School (City, State) Record Prv.
26 Millikan (Long Beach, Calif.) 24-3-2 26
27 Bellarmine Prep (San Jose, Calif.) 16-3-5 27
28 Captain Shreve (Shreveport, La.) 26-2-0 28
29 Watsonville (Watsonville, Calif.) 20-4-2 30
30 Clinton (Miss.) 19-1-4* 31
31 Boerne Champion (Boerne, Texas) 17-1-3 32
32 Red Mountain (Mesa, Ariz.) 15-3-0* 34
33 Freedom (Tampa, Fla.) 17-3-5* 37
34 Plano (Texas) 13-2-4 38
35 Permian (Odessa, Texas) 13-0-2 39
36 Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) 23-2-1* 42
37 East Lake (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) 19-2-4* 43
38 Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.) 18-2-1* 45
39 Lyman (Longwood, Fla.) 23-3-3* NR
40 Nease (Jacksonville, Fla.) 25-3-1* NR
41 Loyola (Los Angeles) 18-4-5 48
42 Niceville (Fla.) 24-2-3* 36
43 Isidore Newman (New Orleans) 21-1-4 49
44 Ventura (Calif.) 20-3-3 50
45 Santa Barbara (Calif.) 21-2-3 NR
46 Torrey Pines (San Diego) 15-4-3 29
47 Richmond (Calif.) 19-4-2 NR
48 Anaheim (Calif.) 20-2-3 NR
49 Crespi (Encino, Calif.) 20-4-3 NR
50 San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.) 15-4-6 NR