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Florida, Texas lead the next 10 teams

Updated: June 25, 2009, 7:20 PM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNRISE.com

When it comes to national rankings, high school soccer poses a problem unique to the high school sports landscape: there's no particular season.

Depending on the state, soccer could be a fall, winter or spring sport. Therefore, during the course of the school year, ESPN RISE recognizes a FAB 50 for each season. Now that the school year is complete, we are consolidating our three-season FAB 50 polls into one end-of-the-year Super 50.

The following factors, beyond win-loss records, were taken into consideration to identify the Super 50 teams: number of college-bound players, with an emphasis on NCAA Division I signees; number of elite club players; level of competition; level of dominance over competition and historical greatness of that particular team compared to others in the past from same state.

Today, we continue the countdown to our overall No. 1 with teams ranked No. 45 through 41:

BOYS

45. Centennial (Roswell, Ga.)
Record: 18-3-0
Ranking: Spring No. 6
Notes: Georgia Class AAAAA state runner-up. Centennial lost to Collins Hill 1-0 in the state final. Centennial had an 18-match win streak heading into the state final.

44. Merritt Island (Merritt Island, Fla.)
Record: 17-2-4
Ranking: Winter No. 13
Notes: 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 winter FAB 50-ranked and two-time defending champ Nease. Merritt Island opened the season with a victory over Melbourne, but finished third in the conference behind Melbourne.

43. Anthony Wayne (Whitehouse, Ohio)
Record: 18-1-3
Ranking: Fall No. 26
Notes: Ohio Division I state semifinalist. Anthony Wayne's undefeated season ended with a 2-0 state semifinal loss to eventual state champion St. Ignatius. Anthony Wayne posted five shutout wins in the playoffs before losing to St. Ignatius. The Generals allowed only 11 goals during the season. A pair of forwards earned all-state honors: junior Logan Lipinsky (first team) and senior Mike Mangotic (second team).

42. Clarence (Clarence, N.Y.)
Record: 23-1-0
Ranking: Fall No. 25
Notes: New York Class AA state runner-up. Clarence's perfect season ended with a 2-1 loss to FAB 50 No. 1 Brentwood in the state final. Tyler Hamil netted Clarence's only goal of the game. The teams were even in shots on goal. Hamil was a first-team, all-state selection by the New York State Sportswriters Association. Goalkeeper Nate Konitzer and defender Matt Schroen were third-team picks.

41. Livonia Stevenson (Livonia, Mich.)
Record: 20-2-3
Ranking: Fall No. 24
Notes: Michigan Division I state runner-up. Stevenson pushed East Kentwood to overtime before falling 1-0 in the state final. Livonia Stevenson's team was led by Division I recruits Brian Klemczak and Joey D'Agostino, who were both first-team all-state selections.

GIRLS

45. Oviedo (Oviedo, Fla.)
Record: 22-2-1
Ranking: Winter No. 17
Notes: Florida Class 6A state semifinalist. Oviedo gave Melbourne its toughest playoff match before falling 2-1 in the state semifinals. Junior April Asby has verbally committed to Central Florida.

44. Blue Valley West (Overland Park, Kan.)
Record: 19-2-0
Ranking: Spring No. 19
Notes: Kansas Class 6A state champion. In a bit of a state final surprise, Blue Valley West used goals by Nebraska signee Jordan Jackson and junior Ashley Catrell to stun defending state champion Olathe East, 2-1. Blue Valley West made its fourth state final appearance in the school's eight-year history, but first as a 6A program. BV West won 5A-1A titles in 2002 and 2005.

43. J.J. Pearce (Richardson, Texas)
Record: 26-1-2
Ranking: Winter No. 16
Notes: Texas 4A state champion. Seldom do 4A teams crack the winter Top 25, but Pearce is an exception. Two seniors have signed with Division I programs and three juniors are already committed to Division I teams. En route to a school-record win total, Pearce split with 5A and state-ranked program Allen. Pearce's playoff run was capped by a 1-0 win over Friendswood in the state final on an early goal by Maddie Harper.

42. Reagan (San Antonio, Texas)
Record: 25-1-2
Ranking: Winter No. 15
Notes: Texas 5A state semifinalist. Reagan's undefeated run ended with a 1-0 overtime loss to Coppell in the state semifinals. Reagan set school records with 25 wins and 21 shutouts this season. Alex Burton was named the San Antonio Express-News Player of the Year following a 21-goal, 23-assist season. Defender Kalie Cirinna signed with Oklahoma and forward Christy Lachappelle signed with the University of Mobile (Ala.). Both were all-area, first-team picks.

41. George Jenkins (Lakeland, Fla.)
Record: 26-1-1
Ranking: Winter No. 14
Notes: Florida Class 5A state runner-up. George Jenkins' 58-match undefeated run ended with a 3-1 loss to Palm Harbor University in the state final. George Jenkins was led by University of Florida signee Kayla Bala, who was a finalist for the Florida Class 5A State Player of the Year. Bala had 33 goals and 35 assists in 26 matches as a senior.

Sheldon Shealer covers youth soccer for ESPNRISE.com. He can be reached at Sheldon.Shealer@espn.com .