Kingwood makes a move into top 5
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) Record Prv. Notes 1 Foothill (Pleasanton, Calif.) 15-0-0 1 Ten 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. 2 George Jenkins (Lakeland, Fla.) 23-0-1 2 Maddie Canup provided the only goal as George Jenkins edged Lake Howell 1-0 in the regional quarterfinals last week. 3 Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) 16-1-2 5 Danika Zierner and Mollie Curran scored in Aliso Niguel's 2-0 victory over state-ranked Mission Viejo last week. 4 Melbourne (Fla.) 19-0-1 6 Freshman Rachel Price is emerging as a scoring machine for Melbourne. She entered the district playoffs with 19 goals. 5 Kingwood (Humble, Texas) 15-0-0 24 Kingwood'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. 6 Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 26-0-2 7 Gibbons 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. 7 Los Alamitos (Calif.) 15-2-4 9 Los Alamitos faces Esperanza on Tuesday in a Sunset League clash with FAB 50 implications. Los Al won the earlier meeting 2-1. 8 San Clemente (San Clemente, Calif.) 18-3-1 10 San Clemente used a pair of second-half goals to pull away for a 3-1 victory over Tesoro. Kelsey Wilson scored twice. 9 Hebron (Texas) 8-0-2 11 Although 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. 10 Lake Highlands (Richardson, Texas) 9-0-3 12 The 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. 11 Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.) 16-3-1 13 Esperanza received goals from five players in a 6-0 victory over Fountain Valley last week. 12 Upland (Calif.) 13-1-3 15 Upland, which has a draw with Aliso Niguel, routed Rancho Cucamonga 9-0 last week to remain in the hunt for a league title. 13 Torrey Pines (San Diego) 11-2-2 4 Following an upset loss to La Costa Canyon, Torrey Pines routed FAB 50-ranked Westview 4-0. 14 Xavier College Prep (Phoenix) 18-2-1 17 Xavier will start posteason play from the No. 2 position in this week's Class 5A-I state playoffs. 15 Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 8-1-2 18 The Dragons will face No. 26 Coppell and No. 30 McKinney Boyd this week in a true test to this team's national ranking. 16 Reagan (San Antonio, Texas) 9-0-0 22 Reagan capped a two-win week with a 3-0 victory over Warren. 17 Kamehameha (Honolulu) 10-0-2 16 Kamehameha makes a bid for a fourth straight state title this week as the tournament's No. 1 seed. 18 The Woodlands (Texas) 10-1-1 3 The 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. 19 American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) 21-2-3 19 American Heritage edged Pine Crest 1-0 to advance to this week's regional semifinals against North Broward Prep. 20 Oviedo (Fla.) 23-1-1 20 Katie O'Kennedy scored twice in Oviedo's 6-0 thrashing of Orlando University in the regional quarterfinals. 21 Clovis (Fresno, Calif.) 19-0-2 29 Clovis, powered by a pair of victories over Buchanan, moves into the Top 25 for the first time. 22 Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) 9-2-2 NR Poly 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. 23 Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.) 16-3-3 14 Wilson suffered its first league loss in nearly two years with a 3-2 setback to Long Beach Poly. 24 Mililani (Hawaii) 14-0-1 27 Mililani is the No. 2 seed in this week's Hawaii state playoffs. 25 Ursuline Academy (Dallas) 17-3-1 26 Ursuline 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)|
|Rank||School (City, State)||Record||Prv.|
|27||J.J. Pearce (Richardson, Texas)||9-0-1||31|
|28||Gilbert (Highland, Ariz.)||12-2-1||21|
|29||Highland (Gilbert, Ariz.)||13-3-1||32|
|30||McKinney Boyd (McKinney, Texas)||11-2-1||35|
|31||Hockaday School (Dallas)||16-1-2||33|
|33||Satellite (Satellite Beach, Fla.)||19-4-2||36|
|34||San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.)||13-4-1||37|
|35||Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)||11-3-4||25|
|36||Mission Viejo (Calif.)||10-4-7||28|
|37||Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.)||10-6-2||38|
|38||Boca Raton (Fla.)||22-4-1||41|
|39||Amador Valley (Pleasanton, Calif.)||11-4-3||39|
|40||St. Ignatius (San Francisco, Calif.)||14-1-2||45|
|41||Carondelet (Concord, Calif.)||10-6-2||42|
|42||St. Joseph (Santa Maria, Calif.)||12-1-5||43|
|43||Castro Valley (Calif.)||18-3-0||46|
|44||Buchanan (Fresno, Calif.)||17-2-1||47|
|46||University (Palm Harbor, Fla.)||18-2-0||49|
|47||El Toro (Lake Forest, Calif.)||11-4-2||NR|
|48||Trabuco Hills (Calif.)||10-5-2||40|
|49||St. John's Country Day (Orange Park, Fla.)||19-2-2||50|
|50||Westview (San Diego, Calif.)||16-2-3||8|