Commentary

Nothing but champions in the top 10

Updated: July 12, 2009, 12:09 AM 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. 10 through 6:

BOYS

10. El Camino Real (Woodland Hills, Calif.)
Record: 24-3-3
Ranking: Winter No. 4
Notes: 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.

9. Melbourne (Melbourne, Fla.)
Record: 28-2-0
Ranking: Winter No. 3
Notes: 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 Champion Merritt Island and 5A State Champion University. Melbourne, however, finished first in its league ahead of Merritt Island. Senior midfielder Greg Zimmerman was the Florida Today Player of the Year, and netted 18 goals with 16 assists. Junior forward Ryan Price led the district with 33 goals. Senior Bradley Tuggle and junior Trey Collins were first-team, all-area selections along with Zimmerman and Price.

8. Downingtown West (Downingtown, Pa.)
Record: 26-1-0
Ranking: Fall No. 5
Notes: Pennsylvania Class AAA State Champion. Travis Cantrell and Joe Sales scored as the Whippets defeated defending champion Peters Township, 2-1, in a rematch of last year's state final. Brian Forgue, who signed with Penn State, was named the Pennsylvania's Player of the Year.

7. New Trier (Winnetka, Ill.)
Record: 22-1-1
Ranking: Fall No. 3
Notes: Illinois Class 3A State Champion. New Trier claimed its second state title in three years with a 2-1 victory over Edwardsville. Seniors Kyle McCrudden (22 goals), Ben Beaver (19 goals) and Ryan Foreman (18 goals) led the offense. McCrudden signed with Wisconsin.

6. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
Record: 23-1-1
Ranking: Winter No. 2
Notes: 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. Senior defender Dominic Dailey was named the East Bay Player of the Year by the Contra Costa Times.

GIRLS

10. Saint Francis Catholic (Sacramento, Calif.)
Record: 20-0-3
Ranking: Spring No. 4
Notes: California-Sac Joaquin Section Division I Champion. Sophomore Hannah Keane scored twice, as St. Francis secured its sixth section crown in seven seasons with a 3-1 victory over rival St. Mary's. St. Francis' lineup featured Portland signee Molly Klier, Indiana signee Hannah Davidson and top junior prospect Alex Brown.

9. John Jay (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.)
Record: 23-0-1
Ranking: Fall No. 5
Notes: New York Class AA State Champion. Caitlynn Moran scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 state-final victory over Fairport. Senior defender Erin Egan was named to the all-state first team. She signed with Central Connecticut State.

8. Lincoln (Portland, Ore.)
Record: 17-0-0
Ranking: Fall No. 4
Notes: Oregon Class 6A State Champion. Scout Libke netted the deciding goal, as Lincoln held off Westview 1-0 in the state final, securing a second straight state title. Lincoln's lineup features Portland-bound Kendall Johnson and St. Mary's-bound Caroline Kreuz.

7. Lenape (Medford, N.J.)
Record: 25-0-0
Ranking: Fall No. 3
Notes: New Jersey Group 4 State Champion. Lenape won back-to-back state titles. Natalia Torosian, a Florida signee, was the team's top prospect on a talented squad. Torosian had 11 goals and 17 assists. Katie Rigby, a freshman, scored 13 goals and Katie Duffey added 12 goals. Keeper Sarah Zeiman signed with Fordham. Juniors Carley Carmody and Carolyn Wiley have committed to Rider.

6. St. Ursula (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Record: 20-0-3
Ranking: Fall No. 2
Notes: Ohio Division I State Champion. St. Ursula became the state's first large-school repeat champion since the 1990s with a 1-0 victory over Strongsville. North Carolina commit Elizabeth Burchenal, a junior, scored the game-winning goal. This private-school power is 40-1-5 over the past two seasons. St. Ursula's starting lineup features seven underclassmen.

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