Commentary

Jesuit, El Toro face tough tests this week

Updated: March 10, 2009, 1:08 PM 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.

Now the Top 5 is perfectly aligned for the stretch run.

The game is now simple, win and stay among the nation's elite and in the national title chase, or lose and turn that opportunity over to another team.

This week, Dallas Jesuit's No. 1 ranking is sure to be tested by No. 14 Plano. No. 2 El Toro enters the Southern Regional Soccer Championships where it could have a rematch with No. 20 Millikan. Sachse, which is not heavy tested during the regular season, remains in the title hunt with its undefeated record. Clements, meanwhile, leapfrogs already-finished New Orleans Jesuit into the No. 4 spot, in order to be in position for a run at No. 1 in case this Houston power wins a Texas 5A state crown. If the current top four teams all lose, that will leave the FAB 50 crown in the hands of New Orleans Jesuit.

Results through March 8.

ESPN RISE FAB 50 WINTER BOYS' SOCCER RANKINGS: WEEK 13 (Nos. 1-25)
Rk. School (City, State) Record Prv.

Notes

1 Jesuit (Dallas) 14-0-2 1

Nate Dombrowski netted four goals last week as Jesuit handled Plano East (7-0) and McKinney Boyd (4-0). Jesuit and Plano square off in a key league match Friday.

2 El Toro (Lake Forest, Calif.) 25-1-3 3

Jacob Kaiser's 12th minute header goal carried El Toro to a 1-0 victory over Millikan for the CIF-Southern Section Division I title. The result earned El Toro the No. 1 seed in the CIF Southern Regional Soccer Championships where it faces Central Section runner-up Fresno Central in the quarterfinal round.

3 Sachse (Texas) 24-0-1 4

Sachse continues to role through district play, beating South Garland (4-0) and Lakeview Centennial (5-0) last week. Rowlett should pose a decent challenge to end regular-season play Friday, but the true tests for Sachse will occur in the postseason when it has to face top teams from other districts.

4 Clements (Sugar Land, Texas) 18-0-1 6

William Morse scored twice as Clements defeated Elkins 3-1 last week to remain undefeated.

5 Jesuit (New Orleans, La.) 31-0-2* 5

Season complete. Louisiana Division I state champion. Mark Reuther scored twice and was named MVP as Jesuit capped an undefeated season with a 3-1 state final victory over Captain Shreve. Jesuit's top player, Patrick Mullins, a junior who has verbally committed to Maryland, missed the state tournament while competing for the Region III team in Argentina.

6 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 23-1-1* 7

Season complete. CIF-North Coast 3A champion. Garrett Biel's header in the second overtime lifted De La Salle to a 1-0 victory over San Ramon Valley in the final. The Spartans ended the season on an 18-match undefeated streak, which included five wins over FAB 50 opponents.

7 Belton (Texas) 21-1-0 8

Josh Caffey pushed his career goal-scoring total to 96 during Belton's 5-0 victory over Shoemaker.

8 Melbourne (Fla.) 28-2-0* 9

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. Melbourne, however, finished first in its league ahead of Merritt Island.

9 Klein (Spring, Texas) 14-1-6 10

Klein extended its undefeated streak to 12 matches with a 10-0 victory over Dekaney.

10 Boca Raton (Fla.) 25-2-1* 11

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.

11 Wellington (Fla.) 23-1-2* 12

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.

12 Iolani (Honolulu, Hawaii) 14-0-1* 13

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.

13 Palo Alto (Calif.) 21-1-3* 14

Season complete. CIF-Central Coast Section Division I co-champion. Palo Alto, ranked No. 1 locally, played local No. 2 Bellarmine to a scoreless draw after four overtimes in the section final. In the semifinals, Palo Alto rallied past FAB 50-ranked Watsonville 4-3.

14 Plano (Texas) 15-2-5 15

All eyes will be on Plano this week in a rematch with FAB 50 No. 1 Dallas Jesuit. The teams played to a 2-2 draw earlier in the season.

15 Holland Hall (Tulsa, Okla.) 19-0-1* 16

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.

16 Merritt Island (Fla.) 17-2-4* 17

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.

17 Highland (Gilbert, Ariz.) 19-5-1* 18

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.

18 Brophy Prep (Phoenix) 23-3-1* 19

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.).

19 Bellarmine College Prep (San Jose, Calif.) 17-3-6* 20

Season complete. CIF-Central Coast Section Division I co-champion. Bellarmine claimed its 14th section crown with a scoreless draw against Palo Alto in the final. This largely underclass team defeated San Diego Westview and lost to Brophy Prep (Ariz.) during the season.

20 Millikan (Long Beach, Calif.) 27-4-2 22

Millikan lost the CIF Southern Section final 1-0 to El Toro but has been offered a second chance by virtue of a spot in this week's Southern Regional Soccer Championship. Millikan is the No. 4 seed in the eight-team event and starts play against the Los Angeles City Section champion El Camino Real on Tuesday.

21 Torrey Pines (San Diego) 19-4-3 29

Jose Aquino scored the lone goal as Torrey Pines defeated Westview 1-0 in the CIF-San Diego Section Division I final to earn a spot in this week's Southern Regional Soccer Championships. The Falcons open SRC play Tuesday against Great Oak of the CIF-Southern Section.

22 Westview (San Diego) 18-4-2* 21

Season complete. CIF-San Diego Section Division I runner-up. After stunning La Costa Canyon in the semifinals on PKs, Westview lost to Torrey Pines in the section final. Only the section champ is guaranteed a spot in the CIF Southern Regional Soccer Championships, and the on at-large spot went to a team from the Central Section instead of a second San Diego program.

23 La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.) 21-1-3* 2

Season complete. CIF-San Diego Division I semifinalist. La Costa Canyon's bid for a section title and a possible national title ended with a penalty kick shootout loss to Westview in the section final.

24 St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 19-3-4* 23

Season complete. CIF-Central Coast Section Division II champion. St. Ignatius claimed its first section title with a 3-0 victory over St. Francis. The Wildcats make a major jump in this week's rankings on the heels of its title and a strong season showing against league rival Bellarmine College Prep (tying twice in the regular season and defeating the Bells in the conference tournament). St. Ignatius finished league play behind Bellarmine.

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

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 13 (Nos. 26-50)
Rank School (City, State) Record Prv.
26 Permian (Odessa, Texas) 16-0-2 27
27 Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 14-4-4 32
28 Captain Shreve (Shreveport, La.) 26-3-0* 30
29 Clinton (Miss.) 19-1-4* 31
30 Naaman Forest (Garland, Texas) 11-3-5 33
31 Red Mountain (Mesa, Ariz.) 15-3-0* 34
32 Boerne Champion (Boerne, Texas) 20-1-4 36
33 Bullard (Fresno, Calif.) 21-3-2 40
34 Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) 15-5-0 NR
35 Coppell (Texas) 13-4-5 35
36 Freedom (Tampa, Fla.) 17-3-5* 37
37 Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) 23-2-1* 38
38 Loyola (Los Angeles) 20-5-5* 25
39 East Lake (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) 19-2-4* 39
40 Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.) 18-2-1* 41
41 Lyman (Longwood, Fla.) 23-3-3* 42
42 Nease (Jacksonville, Fla.) 25-3-1* 43
43 Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, Calif.) 15-4-4* 44
44 Poway (Calif.) 18-3-4* 45
45 Niceville (Fla.) 24-2-3* 46
46 Isidore Newman (New Orleans) 23-1-4* 47
47 Watsonville (Watsonville, Calif.) 20-5-2* 49
48 San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.) 16-5-6* 50
49 Richmond (Calif.) 19-5-2* NR
50 Newark Memorial (Newark, Calif.) 19-2-6* 48