Commentary

Top teams stay put in Week 6

Updated: January 20, 2009, 8:03 PM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNRISE.com

ESPN will release the ESPN RISE FAB 50 national girls' soccer winter rankings each week of the regular season and playoffs, continuing through the final matches of the Texas state playoffs.

What a week for Kayla Bala.

The Florida-bound senior at George Jenkins (Lakeland, Fla.) helped her high school team cap a second straight undefeated regular season, then flew to St. Louis to collect her All-America award at the NSCAA Convention.

This week, it will be back to business for Bala, George Jenkins and the rest of the Florida schools as postseason play gets underway.

The big mover in this week's FAB 50 is Hebron (Texas), which debuts at No. 12. Last year's team climbed into the FAB 50 Top 5 before an early playoff exit banished the squad to a lower ranking. Hebron and Lake Highlands square off this week in a match with national ranking implications.

Results through Jan. 18.

Rankings: Preseason / Week: 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / ESPN RISE FAB 50 WINTER GIRLS' SOCCER RANKINGS: WEEK 6 (Nos. 1-25)

Rk. School (City, State) Record Prv. Notes 1 Foothill (Pleasanton, Calif.) 11-0-0 1 Foothill has yet to allow a goal in six league matches, a league that includes FAB 50 members Monte Vista and Amador Valley. 2 George Jenkins (Lakeland, Fla.) 20-0-1 2 George Jenkins completed a second straight undefeated regular season last week. 3 The Woodlands (Texas) 6-0-0 3 The Woodlands won its bracket on the I-10 Shootout to remain perfect. In the final, The Woodlands defeated McKinney Boyd 4-2. 4 Torrey Pines (San Diego) 7-1-2 4 The top-ranked San Diego team has a chance, through the Southern Regional Championships, to possibly play two or three FAB 50 Top 10 teams in March. 5 San Clemente (San Clemente, Calif.) 16-2-1 5 Alexis Mahoney scored twice as San Clemente edged Capistrano Valley 3-2 in overtime to run its undefeated streak to 10 matches. 6 Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) 13-1-2 7 The of the top defensive teams, Aliso has managed only 24 goals this season - but as allowed only three. 7 Melbourne (Fla.) 16-0-1 11 Melbourne is on a playoff path to meet No. 24 Oviedo in the Class 6A state semifinals. 8 Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 23-0-2 12 Cardinal Gibbons' playoff run might only contain one match against a regionally ranked opponent. 9 Westview (San Diego) 12-1-3 13 Westview, whose lone loss is to San Clemente, continues to climb in the FAB 50 as the No. 2-ranked squad in the San Diego area. 10 Los Alamitos (Calif.) 12-2-4 16 Sisters Kelsey and Lindsey Salcido netted the goals as Los Alamitos knocked off Esperanza 2-1 in overtime last week. 11 Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.) 14-2-1 6 Esperanza bounced back from a 2-1 overtime loss to Los Alamitos with a 2-0 victory over Fountain Valley. 12 Hebron (Texas) 6-0-1 NR Hebron was the surprise team in 2008 and it's happening again. The team is off to an undefeated start while many of the projected top teams in the Dallas area have taken early losses. 13 Allen (Texas) 4-0-3 13 Allen remains undefeated, but a pair of draws last week causes a slight move down in this week's FAB 50. 14 Coppell (Texas) 5-1-1 10 Coppell is riding a six-match undefeated streak as it nears district play. 15 Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.) 13-2-3 17 Wilson defeated Lakewood 1-0 last week and its coach was not there to see the end. Jason Kirkwood left the match at halftime to head to St. Louis where he was accepting an award as a regional coach of the year for last season. 16 McKinney Boyd (McKinney, Texas) 6-2-0 15 Boyd got two goals from Oklahoma-bound Emily Reid in a 4-2 loss to No. 3 The Woodlands in the I-10 Shootout final. 17 Lake Highlands (Richardson, Texas) 4-0-2 19 An early win over Keller, plus is strong showing at the Nolan Showcase has earned this program a Top 20 spot. 18 Kamehameha (Honolulu) 7-0-1 20 Kamehameha is one of three undefeated teams remaining in Hawaii this season. 19 Upland (Calif.) 8-1-3 22 The stacked CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs will offer quite a challenge for Upland, which is turning in a strong season. 20 Xavier College Prep (Phoenix) 14-2-0 25 Xavier is the top-raked Arizona program as teams near the playoffs. 21 Seminole (Fla.) 12-1-1 21 Despite getting outshot in two key matches against favored Palm Harbor University, Seminole has garnered the one thing that matters - more goals, and the victories. 22 Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 4-1-2 36 The Dragons are riding a six-match undefeated streak that started after a season-opening setback to Nolan Catholic. 23 American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) 18-2-3 26 American Heritage is undefeated with its starting lineup. The squad played a holiday tournament without its starters early in the season for its only setbacks. 24 Oviedo (Fla.) 17-1-1 27 The top-ranked team in Orlando should be challenged by local rival Lake Mary in the playoffs. 25 Gilbert (Ariz.) 11-1-1 28 Gilbert's one loss keeps this Arizona state title challenger ranked by Xavier Prep on the state level.

ESPN RISE FAB 50 WINTER GIRLS' SOCCER RANKINGS: WEEK 6 (Nos. 26-50)
Rank School (City, State) Record Prv.
26 Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.) 9-3-2 29
27 Amador Valley (Pleasanton, Calif.) 9-2-3 14
28 Mission Viejo (Calif.) 8-3-7 30
29 Reagan (San Antonio, Texas) 6-0-0 41
30 Permian (Odessa, Texas) 4-0-1 42
31 Kingwood (Humble, Texas) 9-0-1 NR
32 Ursuline Academy (Dallas) 13-3-0 32
33 Mililani (Hawaii) 10-0-1 33
34 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 9-2-4 34
35 Clovis (Fresno, Calif.) 15-0-2 37
36 Merritt Island (Fla.) 15-3-1 39
37 Highland (Gilbert, Ariz.) 10-2-1 40
38 Martin (Arlington, Texas) 4-2-1 44
39 Desert Vista (Phoenix) 10-2-4 43
40 Satellite (Satellite Beach, Fla.) 16-4-2 46
41 St. John's Country Day (Orange Park, Fla.) 14-1-2 47
42 Hockaday School (Dallas) 10-1-0 NR
43 Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) 9-2-3 NR
44 St. Ignatius (San Francisco, Calif.) 8-1-1 18
45 Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) 3-2-2 NR
46 Tesoro (Rancho SM, Calif.) 5-3-8 24
47 Trabuco Hills (Calif.) 8-4-2 NR
48 Buchanan (Fresno, Calif.) 14-2-1 38
49 Nolan Catholic (Fort Worth, Texas) 15-4-0 31
50 Madison Central (Madison, Miss.) 12-1-0 NR