Jesuit (New Orleans) finishes No. 1

Updated: April 16, 2009, 7:57 AM ET
By Sheldon Shealer |

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.

For the entire season, Jesuit topped the FAB 50 winter boys rankings & Dallas Jesuit for the first 16 weeks, New Orleans Jesuit the last two.

The New Orleans powerhouse becomes the first winter FAB 50 No. 1 from a state other than California, Florida or Texas.

Here are a few highlights from the past winter season:

& Dallas Jesuit started the season No. 1 with Plano (Texas) at No. 2. Both ended up in the FAB 50 final Top 10 &

& Melbourne was not ranked in the preseason, yet finished No. 3 following a Florida 6A state title &

& The Los Angeles City Section schools were largely ignored for ranking purposes due to unflattering early season results. A few roster changes and a hot streak later by El Camino Real (Woodland Hills, Calif.) vaulted the team into the final top five -- the second time an LA City Section school has finished in the FAB 50 top five in the past three seasons.

& Arizona garnered credibility when state power Brophy Prep, a preseason top five program, won a holiday classic in San Diego, knocking off several top California programs. Brophy ended up as a state semifinalist in Arizona, which, by extension, helped Highlands (Gilbert, Ariz.) justify that program's highest ever FAB 50 final ranking.

& Talk about under the radar & who had heard of Holland Prep (Tulsa, Okla.) before this year? This school competes in the SPC, often considered a lower level private school league in the winter season. However, this Holland Prep team featured a lineup with four NCAA Division I signees and ran its undefeated streak to 31 matches. Holland Prep becomes the first Oklahoma team to make the winter FAB 50. [The traditional Oklahoma soccer season is in the spring, but Holland Prep's league affliation forces it to play soccer in the winter with its Texas rivals.]

Looking ahead: With eight underclass starters, including a national pool keeper [assuming he returns], El Camino Real might make a case for preseason No. 1 next winter. ... New Orleans Jesuit expects to return Patrick Mullins, one of the nation's top recruits who has verbaled to defending NCAA champ Maryland, however graduates 13 seniors, many of whom play key roles in this year's undefeated season.

Results through April 12- FINAL.

Rk. School (City, State) Record Prv.


1 Jesuit (New Orleans, La.) 31-0-2* 1

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.

2 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 23-1-1* 2

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.

3 Melbourne (Fla.) 28-2-0* 3

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.

4 El Camino Real (Woodland Hills, Calif.) 24-3-3#* 4

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 ranking policy across all sports.

5 El Toro (Lake Forest, Calif.) 26-2-3* 5

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.

6 Plano (Texas) 24-3-5* 6

Season complete. Texas 5A state champion. After finishing behind Jesuit in district play, Plano edged Jesuit in PKs in the region final and strolled to a state title with a 3-0 victory over Katy and 3-1 win over Lopez. It marked the program's sixth state title since 1991. Duke signee Ryan Brown was the tournament MVP. Plano started the year ranked No. 2 in the FAB 50 behind Jesuit.

7 Jesuit (Dallas) 21-1-2* 7

Season complete. Texas 5A Region I runner-up. Jesuit's bid to go coast-to-coast as the winter No. 1 team ended in a PK setback to league rival Plano in the regional final. During the regular season, Jesuit tied and defeated Plano, giving the teams a 1-1-1 head-to-head showing this season.

8 Holland Hall (Tulsa, Okla.) 19-0-1* 8

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.

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 Iolani (Honolulu, Hawaii) 14-0-1* 11

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.

12 Palo Alto (Calif.) 21-1-3* 12

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.

13 Merritt Island (Fla.) 17-2-4* 13

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.

14 Highland (Gilbert, Ariz.) 19-5-1* 14

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.

15 Brophy Prep (Phoenix) 23-3-1* 15

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.).

16 Bellarmine College Prep (San Jose, Calif.) 17-3-6* 16

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.

17 St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 19-3-4* 17

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.

18 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.

19 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.

20 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.

21 Katy (Texas) 18-4-5* 18

Season complete. Texas 5A state semifinalist. Plano used a pair of late goals to pull away from Katy in the state semifinals 3-0. Katy won a region that included previous undefeated Clements, and during the season Katy pinned a 4-1 defeat on Klein Oak, another 5A state semifinalist.

22 Clements (Sugar Land, Texas) 21-1-3* 19

Season complete. Texas 5A region semifinalist. Clements undefeated run ended with a 2-1 loss to Katy in the region semifinals.

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.

Rank School (City, State) Record Prv.
26 Captain Shreve (Shreveport, La.) 26-3-0* 26
27 Clinton (Miss.) 19-1-4* 27
28 Red Mountain (Mesa, Ariz.) 15-3-0* 28
29 Freedom (Tampa, Fla.) 17-3-5* 29
30 Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) 23-2-1* 30
31 Loyola (Los Angeles) 20-5-5* 31
32 Lopez (Brownsville, Texas) 21-2-0* 50
33 Klein Oak (Klein, Texas) 20-5-3* 34
34 East Lake (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) 19-2-4* 32
35 Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.) 18-2-1* 33
36 Lyman (Longwood, Fla.) 23-3-3* 35
37 Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, Calif.) 15-4-4* 36
38 Nease (Jacksonville, Fla.) 25-3-1* 37
39 Poway (Calif.) 18-3-4* 38
40 Niceville (Fla.) 24-2-3* 39
41 Isidore Newman (New Orleans) 23-1-4* 40
42 The Woodlands (Texas) 21-4-2* 41
43 Sachse (Texas) 26-2-2* 42
44 Watsonville (Watsonville, Calif.) 20-5-2* 43
45 San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.) 16-5-6* 44
46 Richmond (Calif.) 19-5-2* 45
47 Newark Memorial (Newark, Calif.) 19-2-6* 46
48 Newport Harbor (Calif.) 13-7-4* 47
49 Crespi (Encino, Calif.) 20-5-3* 48
50 Mesa (Ariz.) 18-6-0* 49