Commentary

FAB 50 showdowns in Texas

Updated: March 31, 2009, 11:12 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.

Two matches of national importance will take place this week that could have dramatic affect on the FAB 50 rankings.

In the Texas regional quarterfinal round, No. 1 Dallas Jesuit faces Marcus (Flower Mound) and No. 5 Belton takes on No. 11 Sachse.

Wins by Jesuit and Belton will leave those teams on course for a possible state semifinal showdown. Marcus, meanwhile, is bidding for a third straight Texas 5A title, a feat that has not been accomplished in Texas since Plano in the early 1990s. Sachse, with a victory, would move back into the FAB 50 Top 10.

Results through March 29.

ESPN RISE FAB 50 WINTER BOYS' SOCCER RANKINGS: WEEK 16 (Nos. 1-25)
Rk. School (City, State) Record Prv.

Notes

1 Jesuit (Dallas) 19-0-2 1

Sewell Strifler and Scott Miller scored as Jesuit defeated then No. 26 Southlake Carroll in the area match, setting up a showdown with two-time defending state champ and FAB 50 No. 30 Marcus on Tuesday.

2 Clements (Sugar Land, Texas) 21-0-3 2

Ben Pritchard had a goal and one assist in Clements' 3-0 victory over Deer Park. Clements next faces North Shore in the regional quarterfinals.

3 Jesuit (New Orleans, La.) 31-0-2* 3

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.

4 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 23-1-1* 4

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.

5 Belton (Texas) 26-1-0 5

Josh Caffey scored twice as Belton defeated Rowlett 3-0 to set up a showdown with No. 11 Sachse in the regional quarterfinals this week.

6 Melbourne (Fla.) 28-2-0* 6

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.

7 El Camino Real (Woodland Hills, Calif.) 24-3-3#* 7

Season complete. Southern California Regional Division I champion. CIF-LA Section champion. El Camino Real vaults up the FAB 50 list after beating three FAB 50 teams en route to the first SCR title ever won by a Los Angeles City school. Sebastian Rodriguez scored early goals in victories over El Toro and Bullard. Edgar Ramirez and Ericson Penate played important offensive roles in the team's title. Keon Parsa, a Region IV keeper, had 13 shutouts. El Camino Real's record does not reflect forfeits (only on-field results), as is the ESPNRISE.com ranking policy across all sports.

8 El Toro (Lake Forest, Calif.) 26-2-3* 8

Season complete. Southern California Regional Division I semifinalist. CIF-Southern Section Division I champion. El Toro's bid for a national title ended with a 2-0 loss to El Camino Real in the SCR semifinals. El Toro won the Southern Section title over Millikan.

9 Boca Raton (Fla.) 25-2-1* 9

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.

10 Wellington (Fla.) 23-1-2* 10

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.

11 Sachse (Texas) 23-1-2 11

William Iraheta scored two goals and T.J. Eaton added three assists as Sachse defeated John Tyler 4-0 in the area final.

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

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* 13

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 Holland Hall (Tulsa, Okla.) 19-0-1* 14

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.

15 Merritt Island (Fla.) 17-2-4* 15

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.

16 Highland (Gilbert, Ariz.) 19-5-1* 16

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.

17 Brophy Prep (Phoenix) 23-3-1* 17

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.).

18 Bellarmine College Prep (San Jose, Calif.) 17-3-6* 18

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.

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

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.

20 University (Palm Harbor, Fla.) 24-4-0* 20

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.

21 Millikan (Long Beach, Calif.) 27-5-2* 21

Season complete. Southern California Regional Division I quarterfinalist. CIF-Southern Section Division I runner-up. Millikan's postseason run ended with back-to-back losses, the first to El Toro in the Southern Section final and then to El Camino Real in the SCR quarterfinals. During the season, Millikan had wins over Loyola and Watsonville and a loss to Bellarmine College Prep.

22 Bullard (Fresno, Calif.) 23-4-2* 22

Season complete. Southern California Regional Division I runner-up. CIF-Central Section champion. Bullard put together a 22-match undefeated streak that included two wins over Fresno Central and one over Torrey Pines in the SCR semifinals. Bullard's postseason run was ended in a 2-0 SCR final loss to El Camino Real.

23 Torrey Pines (San Diego) 20-5-3* 23

Season complete. Southern California Regional Division I quarterfinalist. CIF-San Diego Section Division I champion. Torrey Pines' bid to reach the SCR final ended with a 3-1 loss to Bullard. During the postseason, Torrey Pines knocked off Westview and Rancho Buena Vista.

24 Westview (San Diego) 18-4-2* 24

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.

25 La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.) 21-1-3* 25

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.

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