Undefeated Pennington Prep is new No. 1

Updated: October 14, 2008, 11:27 PM ET
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ESPN will release the ESPN RISE FAB 50 national girls' soccer rankings each Tuesday of the regular season and playoffs, continuing through the final games of the various state playoffs around the nation. Check out the state-by-state rankings here.

There were no losses among the FAB 50's top nine teams last week, yet there was plenty of movement among the elite squads.

Massapequa (N.Y.) and St. Ursula (Ohio), the former No. 1 and No. 2, had ties last week. As a result, Pennington Prep (N.J.) and McDonogh (Md.) move up into the top two spots. Both schools have played their regional schedules and await matches against FAB 50 teams. If either one finishes the year with a perfect record, it will be difficult to argue against a No. 1 ranking. Acton-Boxboro (Mass.) remains No. 3 and could make a run for No. 1 if it stays unbeaten and Pennington and McDonogh falter. Alta (Utah), with four Division I commits and a standout junior who is being courted by every major college, inches up to the No. 4 spot. St. Ursula and Massapequa fall back to Nos. 5 and 6 in this week's rankings.

Rankings through matches played as of Sunday, Sept. 21.

Rankings: Preseason | Week 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15

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Week 4 rankings: Nos. 1-25
Rk. School (City, State) Record Prv.

Notes

1 Pennington Prep (Pennington, N.J.) 5-0-0 4

Pennington Prep shut out Lawrenceville School (5-0) and Montclair (2-0) to stay perfect. Montclair, featuring U20 national team member Meg Morris and Virginia commit Morgan Stith, is a team that could go far in the New Jersey public school playoffs

2 McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.) 9-0-0 6

McDonogh's trip to Tennessee resulted in a pair of wins over quality programs, including a 2-0 victory over No. 29 and previously undefeated Brentwood. Ashley Spivey scored both goals. McDonogh has wins over teams from four states.

3 Acton-Boxboro (Acton, Mass.) 6-0-0 3

A-B's lofty national ranking hinged on a key interstate match, but since that contest has been canceled (by the other team), A-B must wait its turn for a crack at No. 1 since the top two schools have played national schedules.

4 Alta (Sandy, Utah) 11-0-0 5

The Hawks are averaging 4.5 goals per match, but could muster only one in a 1-0 victory over Skyline last week to remain perfect.

5 St. Ursula (Cincinnati, Ohio) 8-0-1 2

St. Ursula and Ursuline played to a 1-1 draw last week. Although St. Ursula slips to No. 5, it remains very much in the national title chase.

6 Massapequa (Massapequa, N.Y.) 6-0-1 1

Massapequa's tie with Island Trees causes a slight drop in this week's rankings, allowing teams that could go perfect a chance at earning No. 1.

7 Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.) 8-0-0 20

Murphee Greeley scored twice, including the overtime winner, as Conestoga claimed the No. 1 spot in Pennsylvania with a 4-3 victory over previously undefeated Downingtown West. The match pitted the top two teams in both the Philly area and the state.

8 Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester, N.J.) 3-0-0 7

The defending state champions are off to a strong start, as they have shut out all three opponents.

9 Strongsville (Strongsville, Ohio) 6-0-1 8

Strongsville was idle last week, but returns to action to face Mentor on Thursday.

10 Medina (Medina, Ohio) 8-0-2 11

Medina has shut out five of its past eight opponents, which includes a scoreless draw with Strongsville.

11 Baylor School (Chattanooga, Tenn.) 8-0-1 12

Baylor edged Riverdale 1-0 last week to remain undefeated.

12 Jesuit (Portland, Ore.) 4-0-1 9

Jesuit's draw with Westview caused the team to drop in this week's FAB 50, yet it remains ahead of Lincoln, which Jesuit defeated in a tournament mini-match early in the season.

13 Lincoln (Portland, Ore.) 6-0-0 13

Lincoln throttled St. Mary's 5-0 last week to reinforce its position as a state title contender.

14 Immaculate Heart Academy (Washington Township, N.J.) 3-0-0 14

The Star-Ledger has IHA ranked No. 2 in the state behind Lenape. Both teams are off to perfect starts. The key match on IHA's schedule this season is an Oct. 21 clash with Pennington Prep.

15 Whitman-Hanson (Whitman, Mass.) 4-0-0 15

Devin Petta has been the go-to player as the Mewis sisters have left Whitman-Hansen for national team training.

16 Ursuline Academy (Cincinnati, Ohio) 6-0-2 18

Ursuline's 1-1 draw with St. Ursula last week is setting up the Ohio Division I playoffs to be quite a battle. The four favorites are all ranked among the nation's Top 20.

17 Lenape (Medford, N.J.) 4-0-0 19

Lenape, the state's top-ranked public school, should be tested by Bishop Eustace this week.

18 Downingtown West (Downingtown, Pa.) 7-1-0 10

Downingtown West has matches with FAB 50-ranked Downingtown East and No. 1 Pennington (N.J.) this week.

19 Sachem East (Holbrook, N.Y.) 5-0-0 NR

Kelsey Ferguson scored three goals last week as Sachem East remained perfect with wins over Longwood and Fieldston.

20 St. Joseph's (Trumbull, Conn.) 5-0-0 21

Alyssa Christo, Alyssa Gillespie and Mary Kate Gutieriez each scored in the team's 3-1 win over Trinity last week.

21 Bethlehem (Bethlehem, N.Y.) 8-0-0 NR

Bethlehem's showing at the Oneonta Hall of Fame Cup sent the message that this Albany-area school is a Class AA state title contender in 2008. The team beat St. Anthony's 2-1, the only goal it has allowed this season.

22 Dublin Coffman (Dublin, Ohio) 6-0-1 22

Dublin Coffman faces Carmel (Ind.) this week in a crucial interstate rivalry.

23 Noblesville (Noblesville, Ind.) 7-0-2 23

Noblesville and Carmel played to a scoreless draw last week. Although the coaches' poll has Carmel No. 1, we have Noblesville as the No. 1 team in the state because Noblesville tied the team that beat Carmel.

24 Beamer (Federal Way, Wash.) 4-0-0 NR

A school named in honor of a person who took action in the 9/11 attack enters the Top 25 after a pair of strong showings during the week that included the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

25 Baldwinsville (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) 8-0-0 NR

Baldwinsville has scored 44 goals in eight matches without allowing a goal.

Week 4 rankings: No. 26-50
Rk. School (City, State) Record Prv.
26 Pingry School (Martinsville, N.J.) 3-0-0 28
27 Casa Grande (Petaluma, Calif.) 9-1-0 16
28 Montgomery (Santa Rosa, Calif.) 6-1-0 29
29 Brentwood (Brentwood, Tenn.) 10-1-1 27
30 Strath Haven (Wallingford, Pa.) 7-1-1 32
31 Sacred Heart Academy (Louisville, Ky.) 10-1-1 34
32 Montgomery (Skillman, N.J.) 5-0-0 NR
33 Zionsville (Zionsville, Ind.) 7-0-4 24
34 Woodbury (Woodbury, Minn.) 10-0-2 35
35 Downingtown East (Downingtown, Pa.) 7-1-0 40
36 Carmel (Carmel, Ind.) 8-1-0 36
37 LaSalle Academy (Providence, R.I.) 6-0-0 37
38 Exeter (Exeter, N.H.) 6-0-0 38
39 Santa Rosa (Santa Rosa, Calif.) 4-0-0 39
40 River Hill (Clarksville, Md.) 5-0-0 46
41 Trumbull (Trumbull, Conn.) 3-1-1 42
42 Sacred Heart Academy (Hempstead, N.Y.) 4-0-0 44
43 Collierville (Collierville, Tenn.) 8-1-2 45
44 Lehi (Lehi, Utah) 9-0-1 NR
45 Archbishop Spalding (Severn, Md.) 6-0-1 NR
46 East Brunswick (East Brunswick, N.J.) 5-0-0 NR
47 Commack (Commack, N.Y.) 6-0-0 NR
48 Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) 7-1-1 48
49 Moon (Moon, Pa.) 7-0-0 NR
50 Lakeside (Seattle, Wash.) 4-0-1 NR