Commentary

Red Bank Catholic debuts at No. 26

Updated: November 19, 2008, 1:42 PM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNRISE.com

ESPN will release the ESPN RISE FAB 50 national girls' soccer rankings each week of the regular season and playoffs, continuing through the final games of the various state playoffs around the nation. Click here for girls' state-by-state soccer rankings.

Ken Santos knows the score.

Red Bank Catholic, this week's highest-debuting girls soccer team, faces FAB 50 No. 10 Immaculate Heart Academy in the New Jersey Non-Public A state semifinals.

Santos, the RBC coach, told the Asbury Park Press that he feels Red Bank Catholic is one of the best teams in the state -- and now it has a chance to earn that title on the field.

Red Bank Catholic debuts at No. 26 this week in a week of high turnover among the second 25. Ten teams from last week's FAB 50 -- all ranked No. 24 or lower -- lost to fall out of this week's rankings.

While fall soccer is nearly complete around the country, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Washington have yet to settle their state finals.

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Records through Nov. 16.

ESPN RISE FAB 50 Girls' Soccer rankings: Week 12
RankSchool (City, State)RecordPrevious RankNotes
1Pennington Prep (Pennington, N.J.)18-0-0*1Season complete. New Jersey Prep A state champion. Kaitlyn Kerr netted the game-winner as Pennington wrapped up its sixth straight Prep A state title with a 1-0 victory over Peddie School. Peddie's only losses this year were to Pennington. Pennington's stretch run included five matches in seven days. Kerr will be one of the nation's top Class of 2010 prospects. Even without North Carolina-bound Amber Brooks, who is playing for the under-17 national team, Pennington was solid and produced results. The team had wins over three state No. 1 and FAB 50-ranked squads.

2St. Ursula (Cincinnati, Ohio)20-0-3*2Season complete. 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 underclass players.

3Lenape (Medford, N.J.)23-0-03Lenape has shut out all three postseason opponents and next faces Brick, which upset previously undefeated Montgomery in the section final. Florida-bound senior Natalia Torosian and freshman Katie Rigby have combined for 23 goals and 23 assists.

4Lincoln (Portland, Ore.)17-0-0*4Season complete. 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.

5Acton-Boxboro (Acton, Mass.)

21-0-16 After a pair of close calls with Westford Academy during the regular season, Acton-Boxboro made no doubt about it in the in the North 1 final, winning 4-0. A-B advances to this week's state semifinals, where it will face Weymouth.

6John Jay (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.)23-0-1*7Season complete. New York Class AA state champion. Caitlynn Moran scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 state final victory over Fairport.
7Alta (Sandy, Utah)19-1-0*8Season complete. Class 5A state champion. Junior All-America candidate Kealia Ohai scored both goals as Alta defeated Brighton 2-0 in the final after Alta and Brighton had split their regular-season meetings. Alta also posted a victory over FAB 50-ranked Montgomery (Calif.).

8Strongsville (Strongsville, Ohio)21-2-1*9Season complete. Ohio Division I state runner-up. Strongsville outshot St. Ursula, hit the post with a shot and had a goal waved off by an offside call in a 1-0 loss in the state final. This is Strongsville's second straight runner-up finish to St. Ursula. Strongsville was led by Maryland commit Danielle Hubka. Ashley Meier, an underclassman and another major prospect, will be expected to lead the team in the future.

9Archbishop Spalding (Severn, Md.)19-1-3*11Season complete. IAAM champion. Spalding ended the season with nine straight shutouts, including a 2-0 result over previously undefeated McDonogh in the conference final. Maryland commit Erica Page lead Spalding with 16 goals and 17 assists.
10Immaculate Heart Academy (Washington Township, N.J.)22-1-012Rachel Wechsler scored twice as IHA rolled Morris Catholic 4-0 to claim the North Jersey Non-Public A title. Next up is a showdown with FAB 50-ranked Red Bank Catholic, which ousted defending state champion Gloucester Catholic.
11McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.)20-1-1*13Season complete. IAAM runner-up. McDonogh entered the conference final battered and bruised, and a 2-0 setback to Spalding ended any hopes of a FAB 50 national title. During the season, McDonogh had a 4-1 win over Sacred Heart (Ky.) and beat Brentwood (Tenn.).

12Casa Grande (Petaluma, Calif.)17-1-1*14Season complete. CIF-North Coast Section 3A champions. Senior standout Melissa Madrid and junior keeper Ashley Luis delivered in the clutch as Casa Grande defended its section title with a shootout win over FAB 50-ranked Montgomery. The match ended in a scoreless tie after 100 minutes. Luis came up with a pair of PK saves to seal the victory for a largely underclass team.
13Jesuit (Portland, Ore.)14-1-2*17Season complete. Oregon Class 6A state quarterfinalist. Jesuit's season ended with a shootout loss to Lincoln following a scoreless draw. Jesuit allowed only one goal in 17 matches.

14Germantown Academy (Fort Washington, Pa.)16-2-3*35Season complete. Inter-Ac champion. Germantown Academy, led by Princeton commit Jen Hoy, won the league title for the 18th straight time. Along the way, Germantown Academy handed PIAA Class AAA state champion Conestoga its first defeat of the season. One of GA's losses was to top-ranked Pennington School (N.J.).

15Reitz Memorial (Evansville, Ind.)

22-2-0*18 Season complete. Indiana state champion. Reitz Memorial, which had a regular season loss to FAB 50-ranked Carmel, atoned for that result by defeating Noblesville in the state semifinals and going on to claim the title. Noblesville had knocked out Carmel earlier in the postseason.

16Noblesville (Noblesville, Ind.)19-0-3*19Season complete. Indiana state semifinalist. Noblesville shut out all 22 opponents this year but lost to Reitz Memorial on PKs following a scoreless draw in the state semifinals.
17Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.)23-2-2*36Season complete. PIAA Class AAA state champion. Conestoga became the state's first large-school repeat champion since Downingtown in 2001. The senior-based squad defeated Peters Township 2-1 in the final. Casey Steidle scored the game-winning goal.

18Fairport (Fairport, N.Y.)19-3-1*47Season complete. New York Class AA state runner-up. After ousting Baldwinsville in the state semifinals, Fairport was shut out 1-0 by John Jay in the state final. Fairport was making its first state final appearance.

19Sacred Heart Academy (Louisville, Ky.)21-1-3*20Season complete. Kentucky state champion. Sacred Heart rolled to the state title, outscoring its postseason foes by a combined 42-3. Sacred Heart's lone loss was to IAAM runner-up McDonogh (Md.). The team had draws with Ohio state champ St. Ursula and perennial Indiana power and FAB 50-ranked Carmel. With 18 of its 23 roster players returning next fall, Sacred Heart will be a team considered for the FAB 50 Top 10.

20Woodbury (Woodbury, Minn.)20-0-3*21Season complete. Minnesota Class AA state champion. A junior-dominated lineup led Woodbury to a state title, capped by a 2-1 win over Eden Prairie. During the regular season, Woodbury handled eventual Class A champ Mahtomedi 4-1. In the AA final, Emily Morris delivered the winning goal.
21Centerville (Centerville, Ohio)20-1-1*22 Season complete. Ohio Division I region finalist. Centerville's undefeated run ended with a 1-0 loss to St. Ursula in the region final.

22East Islip (East Islip, N.Y.)18-1-0*5Season complete. New York Class AA state semifinalist. East Islip's perfect season ended with a loss to Fairport in the state semifinals.
23Downingtown West (Downingtown, Pa.)23-3-0*10Season complete. PIAA Class AAA state semifinalist. Downingtown West lost to Conestoga in the state semifinals.
24Baldwinsville (Baldwinsville, N.Y.)19-2-0*23Season complete. New York Class AA state semifinalist. Baldwinsville lost to John Jay in the state semifinals.
25Bethlehem (Bethlehem, N.Y.)21-1-0*25 Season complete. NYSPHSAA Class AA region finalist. Counting shootout results as ties, Bethlehem would be 50-0-3 the past three seasons. This year's squad fell to Baldwinsville on PKs following a scoreless tie.

Week 12 rankings: Nos. 26-50
RankSchool (City, State)RecordPrevious Rank
26Red Bank Catholic (Red Bank, N.J.)22-1-0NR
27Medina (Medina, Ohio)15-1-2*27
28Massapequa (Massapequa, N.Y.)16-1-3*16
29Zionsville (Zionsville, Ind.)14-1-5*28
30Carmel (Carmel, Ind.)15-1-3*30
31La Salle Academy (Providence, R.I.)16-1-3*31
32Upper Arlington (Columbus, Ohio)

19-2-1*33
33Freehold Borough (Freehold, N.J.)

20-1-0NR
34Minnechaug (Wilbraham, Mass.)

18-1-1NR
35St. John's (Washington, D.C.)14-2-5*38
36Bethesda-CC (Bethesda, Md.)16-0-0*39
37St. Joseph (Trumbull, Conn.)21-1-1*48
38Mead (Spokane, Wash.)18-1-0NR
39Montgomery (Santa Rosa, Calif.)19-3-1*NR
40DuPont Manual (Louisville, Ky.)18-2-2*44
41Peters Township (McMurray, Pa.)20-3-2*46
42Brick (Brick, N.J.)15-3-2NR
43Sacred Heart (Hempfield, N.Y.)16-1-2*43
44Montgomery (Skillman, N.J.)19-1-115
45Jackson (Everett, Wash.)16-1-3NR
46Sandia (Albuquerque, N.M.)20-4-0*NR
47Westview (Portland, Ore.)15-3-1*49
48Waterville (Waterville, Maine)18-0-0*50
49Weymouth (Weymouth, Mass.)16-2-6NR
50Hampton (Allison Park, Pa.)21-2-1*NR