Commentary

Kingwood makes a move into top 5

Updated: February 3, 2009, 8:40 AM 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.

Now it's Kingwood's turn.

The Houston-area school earned a shot at state No. 1, and with in a FAB 50 top five ranking, in what has been topsy-turvy beginning to the season. Kingwood vaults up the charts this week powered by a 4-2 victory over Katy … the same Katy squad that handed former state No. 1 The Woodlands a loss last week.

In most cases, when No. 1 tumbles, No. 2 is primed for the move up. However, this week, that was not the case in Texas as No. 2 Hebron was held to a draw.

Kingwood's perfect record needs to be acknowledged and the team positioned for a potential run at No. 1 if it continues to win.

Results through Feb. 1.

Rankings: Preseason / Week: 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / ESPN RISE FAB 50 WINTER GIRLS' SOCCER RANKINGS: WEEK 8 (Nos. 1-25)Rk.School (City, State)RecordPrv.Notes1Foothill (Pleasanton, Calif.)15-0-01Ten Foothill players are expected to sign NCAA Division I letters of intent this week, leaving little doubt as to Foothill's standing as the most talented high school team in the nation.2George Jenkins (Lakeland, Fla.)23-0-12Maddie Canup provided the only goal as George Jenkins edged Lake Howell 1-0 in the regional quarterfinals last week.3Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo, Calif.)16-1-25Danika Zierner and Mollie Curran scored in Aliso Niguel's 2-0 victory over state-ranked Mission Viejo last week.4Melbourne (Fla.)19-0-16Freshman Rachel Price is emerging as a scoring machine for Melbourne. She entered the district playoffs with 19 goals.5Kingwood (Humble, Texas)15-0-024Kingwood's victory over Katy, coupled with Katy's surprise win over former top five The Woodlands two days earlier earns Kingwood a spot among the nation's elite.6Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)26-0-27Gibbons routed St. Brendan 7-0 in the regional quarterfinals to set up a rematch with Archbishop McCarthy. Gibbons handed McCarthy a 2-0 defeat in the district final before both advanced to regional play.7Los Alamitos (Calif.)15-2-49Los Alamitos faces Esperanza on Tuesday in a Sunset League clash with FAB 50 implications. Los Al won the earlier meeting 2-1.8San Clemente (San Clemente, Calif.)18-3-110San Clemente used a pair of second-half goals to pull away for a 3-1 victory over Tesoro. Kelsey Wilson scored twice.9Hebron (Texas)8-0-211Although Hebron was held to a draw by McKinney Boyd last week, both teams inch higher in the FAB 50 due to a rash of national upsets.10Lake Highlands (Richardson, Texas)9-0-312The Wildcats posted wins on back-to-back nights over Skyline and Sunset after poor weather earlier in the week led to rescheduled events in the Dallas area.11Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.)16-3-113Esperanza received goals from five players in a 6-0 victory over Fountain Valley last week.12Upland (Calif.)13-1-315Upland, which has a draw with Aliso Niguel, routed Rancho Cucamonga 9-0 last week to remain in the hunt for a league title.13Torrey Pines (San Diego)11-2-24Following an upset loss to La Costa Canyon, Torrey Pines routed FAB 50-ranked Westview 4-0.14Xavier College Prep (Phoenix)18-2-117Xavier will start posteason play from the No. 2 position in this week's Class 5A-I state playoffs.15Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas)8-1-218The Dragons will face No. 26 Coppell and No. 30 McKinney Boyd this week in a true test to this team's national ranking.16Reagan (San Antonio, Texas)9-0-022Reagan capped a two-win week with a 3-0 victory over Warren.17Kamehameha (Honolulu)10-0-216Kamehameha makes a bid for a fourth straight state title this week as the tournament's No. 1 seed. 18The Woodlands (Texas)10-1-13The Woodlands' run among the nation's top five ended with a loss to Katy last week. Still, the team's 10 victories, which includes a win over McKinney Boyd, is enough to justify a Top 20 ranking.19American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)21-2-319American Heritage edged Pine Crest 1-0 to advance to this week's regional semifinals against North Broward Prep.20Oviedo (Fla.)23-1-120Katie O'Kennedy scored twice in Oviedo's 6-0 thrashing of Orlando University in the regional quarterfinals.21Clovis (Fresno, Calif.)19-0-229Clovis, powered by a pair of victories over Buchanan, moves into the Top 25 for the first time.22Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)9-2-2NRPoly jumped to the top of the Moore League standings by avenging an earlier loss to Long Beach Wilson with a 3-2 victory. Poly's only other defeat was a season-opening setback to Esperanza.23Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.)16-3-314Wilson suffered its first league loss in nearly two years with a 3-2 setback to Long Beach Poly.24Mililani (Hawaii)14-0-127Mililani is the No. 2 seed in this week's Hawaii state playoffs.25Ursuline Academy (Dallas)17-3-126Ursuline has the week off before it completes regular-season play Feb. 9 against Greenhill.

ESPN RISE FAB 50 WINTER GIRLS' SOCCER RANKINGS: WEEK 8 (Nos. 26-50)
RankSchool (City, State)RecordPrv.
26Coppell (Texas)12-2-130
27J.J. Pearce (Richardson, Texas)9-0-131
28Gilbert (Highland, Ariz.)12-2-121
29Highland (Gilbert, Ariz.)13-3-132
30McKinney Boyd (McKinney, Texas)11-2-135
31Hockaday School (Dallas)16-1-233
32Allen (Texas)6-1-334
33Satellite (Satellite Beach, Fla.)19-4-236
34San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.)13-4-137
35Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)11-3-425
36Mission Viejo (Calif.)10-4-728
37Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.)10-6-238
38Boca Raton (Fla.)22-4-141
39Amador Valley (Pleasanton, Calif.)11-4-339
40St. Ignatius (San Francisco, Calif.)14-1-245
41Carondelet (Concord, Calif.)10-6-242
42St. Joseph (Santa Maria, Calif.)12-1-543
43Castro Valley (Calif.)18-3-046
44Buchanan (Fresno, Calif.)17-2-147
45Seminole (Fla.)14-2-148
46University (Palm Harbor, Fla.)18-2-049
47El Toro (Lake Forest, Calif.)11-4-2NR
48Trabuco Hills (Calif.)10-5-240
49St. John's Country Day (Orange Park, Fla.)19-2-250
50Westview (San Diego, Calif.)16-2-38