ESPN RISE FAB 50 girls' soccer rankings

Originally Published: August 26, 2008
ESPNRISE.com

ESPN will release the ESPN RISE FAB 50 national boys' soccer rankings each Tuesday of the regular season and playoffs, continuing through the final games of the various state playoffs around the nation.

Preseason rankings: Nos. 1-25
Rk. School (City, State) Record Notes
1 Massapequa (Massapequa, N.Y.) 0-0-0 Vicky DiMartino (Boston College) and Kim DeCesare (Duke) highlight a Massapequa squad that enters the fall as New York's Class AA favorite. A pair of regular-season matches with South Side, last year's FAB 50 No. 1 team, will prove critical in Massapequa's run for No. 1.
2 Strongsville (Strongsville, Ohio) 0-0-0 Led by under-18 national team member Danielle Hubka (Maryland), Strongsville gets the slight edge as preseason favorite in Ohio.
3 Acton-Boxboro (Acton, Mass.) 0-0-0 Hayley Brock, who scored 24 goals as a sophomore last season, Cassie Wagner, a first-team Boston area selection, and Cecilia Jensen, who has committed to Elon, give defending state champion Acton-Boxboro a strong offensive lineup.
4 Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester City, N.J.) 0-0-0 Rising junior scoring sensation Chelsea Duffy will be joined by seniors Nicki Stone (Arizona State) and Nicolette DeLaurentis (West Virginia) as Gloucester Catholic aims for a second straight Non-Public Class A state title.
5 Alta (Sandy, Utah) 0-0-0 A trio of Division I committed players will help Alta take aim at a third straight 5-A state title. Until last year, no school had ever won back-to-back 5-A crowns. This year's team features seniors Morgan Bridge (Southern Utah), Ashley Jones (BYU) and Natalie Norris (Utah State).
6 St. John's (Washington, D.C.) 0-0-0 Although St. John's graduated the most dominant scorer in Maryland-D.C. history (Tiffany McCarty), the team features 18 ODP players and will face a national schedule, including matches with Acton-Boxboro (Mass.), Pennington Prep (N.J.) and St. Anthony's (N.Y.).
7 St. Ursula (Cincinnati, Ohio) 0-0-0 Lauren Amyx (Notre Dame) and Ally Berry (Wake Forest) have already committed. Paige Fehr, Brett Sweeney and Melissa Gartner give St. Ursula one of the strongest defenses in the nation. If the team gets the scoring, it could be in position to defend its Ohio Division 1 state title and make a run at FAB 50 No. 1.
8 Downingtown East (Exton, Pa.) 0-0-0 Rachel Sheehy (Princeton), Brittany Wollner (Temple), Klare Lazor (American), Maggie Mottola and Grace Best make Downingtown East the team to beat in the Philadelphia area.
9 McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.) 0-0-0 McDonogh has three players committed to NCAA Division I programs for soccer and features a loaded lineup with nine seniors. The school's McDonogh Invitational in early September will shape the FAB 50 with top programs from five states.
10 Bearden (Knoxville, Tenn.) 0-0-0 Bearden returns eight starters from last year's state title team, including LSU commit Amy Porter.
11 Pennington Prep (Pennington, N.J.) 0-0-0 Pennington features the nation's top prep player in Amber Brooks (North Carolina), who might miss a few matches while competing in the U17 world championships.
12 St. Anthony's (Melville, N.Y.) 0-0-0 St. Anthony's returns four starters from last year's FAB 50 No. 2 squad, including rising junior Rachel Nuzzolese. A regular-season match with St. John's (D.C.) will help size up the top programs in the East.
13 Lincoln (Portland, Ore.) 0-0-0 Portland commit Kendall Johnson returns for the Class 6A defending state champions.
14 Carmel (Carmel, Ind.) 0-0-0 Carmel taps into national club power Carmel United, and this year's high school team could feature at least two NCAA Division I early verbals, including Taylor Cornwell (Samford).
15 Issaquah (Issaquah, Wash.) 0-0-0 Molly Gottleib (Tampa) is the top returning player for defending state champion Issaquah.
16 Immaculate Heart Academy (Washington Township, N.J.) 0-0-0 IHA was one win away from a national title last year before falling to Gloucester Catholic. This year's squad will be led by Villanova commitment Jaclyn Wood.
17 Whitman-Hanson (Whitman, Mass.) 0-0-0 If sisters Kristen and Samantha Mewis return for the high school team, Whitman-Hanson will be a state title challenger. The Mewis sisters are competing with the under-17 national team in the World Championships this fall.
18 South Side (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) 0-0-0 Rising junior Crystal Dunn, an under-17 national team member, is the top returner for defending state and FAB 50 champion South Side. South Side returns four starters from last year's undefeated squad.
19 Casa Grande (Petaluma, Calif.) 0-0-0 Casa Grande returns seven starters from last year's section title-winning squad. This marks the first time a Santa Rosa school has not started No. 1 among the California fall-playing programs.
20 Trumbull (Conn.) 0-0-0 Trumbull returns a pair of Class LL first-team all-state players in Kristen Forster (Yale) and Celine Vitale.
21 Bishop O'Connell (Arlington, Va.) 0-0-0 Danny Corey and Casey Philbin, a pair of seniors, play club soccer for reigning under-17 national champion McLean Freedom.
22 Ursuline Academy (Cincinnati, Ohio) 0-0-0 Paige Garber, Katie Johnson, Lauren McMahon, Libby Prickel and Madeline White highlight an Ursuline team that should challenge for the Ohio state title.
23 Germantown Academy (Fort Washington, Pa.) 0-0-0 Taylor Houck (Nebraska), Jennifer Hoy (Princeton) and Casey Kergeedies are the top returners for this perennial FAB 50 program.
24 Lenape (Medford, N.J.) 0-0-0 Natalia Torosian, who has committed to Florida, is the top returner for Lenape, the Group 4 defending state champion.
25 St. Joseph's (Trumbull, Conn.) 0-0-0 Alyssa Gillespie (Providence) is one of two first-team all-state players returning from a defending state championship team that spent most of the year as state No. 1.

Preseason rankings: Nos. 26-50
26 Downingtown West (Downingtown, Pa.) 0-0-0
27 Monroe-Woodbury (Central Valley, N.Y.) 0-0-0
28 Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) 0-0-0
29 Baylor School (Chattanooga, Tenn.) 0-0-0
30 Maria Carrillo (Santa Rosa, Calif.) 0-0-0
31 Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.) 0-0-0
32 Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, Md.) 0-0-0
33 Sacred Heart Academy (Louisville, Ky.) 0-0-0
34 Cicero-North Syracuse (Cicero, N.Y.) 0-0-0
35 Edina (Minn.) 0-0-0
36 Pingry School (Martinsville, N.J.) 0-0-0
37 Exeter (N.H.) 0-0-0
38 Montgomery (Santa Rosa, Calif.) 0-0-0
39 Villa Joseph Marie (Holland, Pa.) 0-0-0
40 Good Counsel (Onley, Md.) 0-0-0
41 Franklin (Tenn.) 0-0-0
42 Medina (Ohio) 0-0-0
43 Ursuline (Santa Rosa, Calif.) 0-0-0
44 St. Pius (Albuquerque, N.M.) 0-0-0
45 La Salle Academy (Providence, R.I.) 0-0-0
46 Eastlake (Sammamish, Wash.) 0-0-0
47 Woodbury (Minn.) 0-0-0
48 Sandia (Albuquerque, N.M.) 0-0-0
49 Sacred Heart Academy (Hempstead, N.Y.) 0-0-0
50 Noblesville (Ind.) 0-0-0