Top four teams separate from pack

Updated: October 14, 2008, 11:26 PM ET
ESPNRISE.com

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.

Perfection is within reach for the top four FAB 50 teams, and they currently control their destiny. As long as Pennington Prep, Acton-Boxboro, Alta, and Conestoga continue to win, they will own the top spots. However, if any of them falter, look for St. Ursula, Massapequa, McDonogh, Gloucester Catholic, and Strongsville to re-enter the national title chase.

The big mover this week is Freehold Borough, the No. 3 team according to the Star-Ledger, as it jumps to No. 27 in this week's FAB 50.

Rankings through matches played as of Sunday, Sept. 28.

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ESPN RISE.com Fall FAB 50 Girls Soccer

Week 5 rankings: Nos. 1-25
Rk. School (City, State) Record Prv. Notes
1 Pennington Prep (Pennington, N.J.) 7-0-0 1 Coach Bill Hawkey recorded win No. 300 as Pennington defeated Archbishop Ryan (Pa.) 7-2 on Saturday. Villanova commitment Heidi Sabatura scored three goals.
2 Acton-Boxboro (Acton, Mass.) 7-0-0 3 Hayley Brock's penalty kick goal gave Acton-Boxboro a 1-0 win over Westford Academy last week.
3 Alta (Sandy, Utah) 13-0-0 4 Alta secured its lofty national ranking with a 4-2 win over California's No. 2, Montgomery, over the weekend.
4 Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.) 11-0-0 7 Conestoga posted three shutout wins over Radnor (2-0), Harriton (7-0), and Gwynedd-Mercy (1-0) last week.
5 St. Ursula (Cincinnati, Ohio) 11-0-1 5 A pivotal national match takes place Saturday when St. Ursula takes on No. 26 Sacred Heart Academy (Ky). Sacred Heart's showing in Maryland, along with this game, will help properly order the teams from Maryland, Kentucky, New Jersey, Virginia, Ohio, Tennessee and D.C.
6 Massapequa (Massapequa, N.Y.) 8-0-1 6 Kim DeCesare scored twice in the team's 5-0 victory over Syosset, and Vicky DiMartino scored twice in Massapequa's 3-0 win over East Meadow.
7 McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.) 10-0-1 2 McDonogh was held to a draw by league rival Archbishop Spalding last week, which caused a slight re-ordering of the top programs.
8 Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester, N.J.) 5-0-0 8 Gloucester Catholic has not allowed a goal in its first five matches.
9 Strongsville (Strongsville, Ohio) 9-0-1 9 Ashley Meier and Megan Waskowski scored in Strongsville's 2-1 win over Solon.
10 Medina (Medina, Ohio) 10-0-2 10 Sarah Flanders scored twice in Medina's 3-1 victory over Mayfield. Medina is off to its best showing since 1992.
11 Baylor School (Chattanooga, Tenn.) 10-0-1 11 Taylor Davidson has posted seven shutouts this season, including last week's 2-0 win over Germantown Houston.
12 Jesuit (Portland, Ore.) 6-0-1 12 Jesuit coach Ken Skipper was initially concerned about the program's defense given the graduation of a four-year starting keeper, but his fears were unfounded as Jesuit has yet to allow a goal this season.
13 Lincoln (Portland, Ore.) 7-0-0 13 Lincoln's non-league victory over Central Catholic keeps Lincoln on the heels of state rival Jesuit in the national rankings.
14 Immaculate Heart Academy (Washington Township, N.J.) 5-0-0 14 Tara Schwitter has helped IHA to a perfect start.
15 Whitman-Hanson (Whitman, Mass.) 7-0-0 15 Led by Devin Petta, Whitman-Hanson has secured the No. 2 ranking in the Boston Herald behind Acton-Boxboro.
16 Lenape (Medford, N.J.) 6-0-0 17 Chelsea Cannon and Katie Rigby scored second-half goals as Lenape topped Bishop Eustace in a battle of top-ranked South Jersey schools.
17 Ursuline Academy (Cincinnati, Ohio) 9-0-3 16 Ursuline routed Notre Dame Academy (Ky.) 5-0 last week, which further justifies having four Ohio teams in the Top 20.
18 Bethlehem (Bethlehem, N.Y.) 11-0-0 21 Kristina Maksuti has a team-best 11 goals while Kaitlyn Martin has nine.
19 St. Joseph (Trumbull, Conn.) 7-0-0 20 Sarah Frassetto scored three goals last week as St. Joseph remained perfect.
20 Noblesville (Noblesville, Ind.) 8-0-2 23 Powered by Noblesville's early season win over Carmel, this team remains the ESPNRise.com No. 1 for Indiana.
21 Beamer (Federal Way, Wash.) 5-0-0 24 Jessica Sanchez netted the game-winner as Beamer rallied for a 2-1 victory over Puyallup.
22 Pingry School (Martinsville, N.J.) 5-0-0 26 Pingry has been held to fewer than five goals in a match only once this season.
23 Casa Grande (Petaluma, Calif.) 10-1-0 27 Casa Grande, powered by an early win over Montgomery, moves back into the Top 25 this week.
24 Downingtown West (Downingtown, Pa.) 10-2-0 18 After falling to No. 1 Pennington Prep (N.J.), Downingtown West routed Owen J. Roberts 5-0.
25 Brentwood (Brentwood, Tenn.) 13-1-1 29 Brentwood has won four straight matches, three of them by a score of 2-1, since a loss to McDonogh (Md.).

Week 5 rankings: No. 26-50
Rk. School (City, State) Record Prv.
26 Sacred Heart Academy (Louisville, Ky.) 12-1-1 31
27 Freehold Borough (Freehold, N.J.) 5-0-0 NR
28 Woodbury (Woodbury, Minn.) 12-0-3 34
29 Carmel (Carmel, Ind.) 11-1-1 36
30 Sacred Heart Academy (Hempstead, N.Y.) 6-0-1 42
31 River Hill (Clarksville, Md.) 6-0-0 40
32 Montgomery (Skillman, N.J.) 8-0-0 32
33 Commack (Commack, N.Y.) 7-0-1 47
34 Zionsville (Zionsville, Ind.) 9-0-5 33
35 Downingtown East (Downingtown, Pa.) 8-2-0 35
36 Montgomery (Santa Rosa, Calif.) 8-2-0 28
37 La Salle Academy (Providence, R.I.) 6-0-1 37
38 Exeter (Exeter, N.H.) 8-0-0 38
39 Santa Rosa (Santa Rosa, Calif.) 6-1-0 39
40 Trumbull (Trumbull, Conn.) 5-1-1 41
41 Collierville (Collierville, Tenn.) 8-1-2 43
42 Dublin Coffman (Dublin, Ohio) 7-1-1 22
43 Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) 9-1-1 48
44 Moon (Moon, Pa.) 7-0-0 49
45 Lakeside (Seattle, Wash.) 6-0-1 50
46 St. John's (Washington, D.C.) 5-1-3 NR
47 Union-Endicott (Endicott, N.Y.) 7-0-0 NR
48 Good Counsel (Onley, Md.) 5-2-1 NR
49 Archbishop Spalding (Severn, Md.) 7-1-2 45
50 Shrewsbury (Shrewsbury, Mass.) 5-0-0 NR