Commentary

Foothill inches closer to a FAB 50 title

Updated: February 17, 2009, 6:31 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.

A pair of Florida teams were bumped from the top 10 following state final losses, and now teams from California and Texas are lining up for a shot at No. 1.

Texas holds down three of the top five spots, but all three of these teams compete in the same playoff bracket meaning that at least two of the teams will lose. Meanwhile, the California teams ranked Nos. 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11 will be vying for the same Southern Regional soccer crown in March.

Results through Feb. 15.

ESPN RISE FAB 50 WINTER GIRLS' SOCCER RANKINGS: WEEK 10 (Nos. 1-25)
Rk. School (City, State) Record Prv.

Notes

1 Foothill (Pleasanton, Calif.) 19-0-0 1

Foothill starts postseason play this week in the CIF-North Coast Section 3A quarterfinals. Three victories will give this Northern California program its first FAB 50 title and first for a NorCal team.

2 Kingwood (Humble, Texas) 19-0-0 5

Kingwood jumps to No. 2 based on its perfect start coupled with the fact that this Texas team will need to survive a brutal postseason run to remain in the FAB 50 title chase.

3 Melbourne (Fla.) 23-0-1* 4

Season complete. Florida Class 6A state champion. Melbourne denied Douglas a sixth state title in seven years with a 3-0 victory in the final. Carlee Jones had a goal and one assist in the final.

4 Reagan (San Antonio, Texas) 13-0-0 9

Reagan jumps into the title chase since it still has an unblemished record. Last week, Reagan pinned losses on Madison (4-0) and MacArthur (3-0).

5 Hebron (Texas) 9-0-5 8

Hebron moves up without winning last week. A pair of ties was enough to keep this program undefeated while four other top 10 teams suffered defeats.

6 Torrey Pines (San Diego) 14-2-2 10

Torrey Pines gets a chance to avenge one of its losses this season when it closes regular-season play this week against La Costa Canyon.

7 Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.) 20-3-1 11

Esperanza starts postseason play this week against Orange Lutheran.

8 Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) 19-2-2 3

Aliso Niguel, San Clemente and Mission Viejo ended in a three-way tie for the South Coast title. All three will be participating in the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.

9 Los Alamitos (Calif.) 17-3-5 12

Los Alamitos, the Sunset conference champ, drew the No. 2 seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.

10 Lake Highlands (Dallas) 12-1-3 7

Lake Highlands was bumped from the undefeateds by district rival Creekview. The match ended in a tie, but all league contests go to shootouts, and Creekview pulled out the victory.

11 San Clemente (San Clemente, Calif.) 21-4-1 14

San Clemente faces always dangerous Buena in the opening round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs this week.

12 The Woodlands (Texas) 14-1-2 16

Kylie Cook scored three of her team-high 17 goals last week as The Woodlands posted a pair of comfortable wins.

13 Xavier College Prep (Phoenix) 22-2-1* 15

Season complete. Arizona Class 5A-I state champion. Carmen Abella converted the decided penalty kick as Xavier defeated Desert Vista in a shootout following a scoreless match for the state title.

14 American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) 25-2-3* 17

Season complete. Florida Class 3A state champion. Kleopatra Ruddock scored the game-winner as the Patriots edged Bolles School 2-1 in the final. At full strength, American Heritage was undefeated, including an earlier 3-0 victory over Bolles. The Patriots only losses this year came at a holiday tournament in which their starters, all club players, did not participate due to a club event.

15 Clovis (Fresno, Calif.) 22-0-2 19

Clovis enters the CIF-Central Section playoffs as the No. 1 seed.

16 University (Palm Harbor, Fla.) 22-2-0* 33

Season complete. Florida Class 5A state champion. Catherine Brinkman scored twice as University pulled away with two goals in the final 12 minutes to defeat George Jenkins 3-1 in the state final. The victory marked coach John Planamenta's 201st during his coaching career.

17 George Jenkins (Lakeland, Fla.) 26-1-1* 2

Season complete. Florida Class 5A state runner-up. George Jenkins' 58-match undefeated run ended with a 3-1 loss to Palm Harbor University in the state final.

18 Mission Viejo (Calif.) 13-5-7 13

Mission Viejo, which tied Aliso Niguel and San Clemente for the league title, drew the No. 1 overall seed and will face a play-in winner in the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs this week.

19 Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) 18-2-4 20

Poly, a newcomer to the girls' soccer national rankings, opens postseason play this week against long-time power Santa Margarita.

20 Oviedo (Fla.) 22-2-1* 18

Season complete. Florida Class 6A state semifinalist. Oviedo gave Melbourne its toughest playoff match before falling 2-1 in the state semifinals.

21 Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.) 16-7-3 21

Wilson's record is misleading since the program was forced to forfeit four contests last week.

22 Ursuline Academy (Dallas) 18-3-1 22

Ursuline Academy and Nolan Catholic are on course to meet for the TAPPS state title for the eighth straight season.

23 Punahou (Honolulu) 13-0-3* 23

Season complete. Hawaii Division I state champion. Jayann Gabrio's header in the 36th minute lifted Punahou to a 1-0 state final victory over three-time defending champion Kamehameha. The teams tied earlier in the season. Punahou's state final victory was its ninth overall and first since 2005.

24 Coppell (Texas) 13-3-3 24

Coppell tied No. 5 Hebron, but lost to No. 50 Marcus last week in the highly-competitive District 6-5A. However, a win over Boyd keeps Coppell in the top 25.

25 McKinney Boyd (McKinney, Texas) 13-2-2 25

McKinney Boyd and No. 28 Allen are tied for first in their district and the teams clash for the first time this season on Feb. 24.

ESPN RISE FAB 50 WINTER GIRLS' SOCCER RANKINGS: WEEK 10 (Nos. 26-50)
Rank School (City, State) Record Prv.
26 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 12-3-5 26
27 Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 10-3-2 27
28 Allen (Texas) 8-1-4 29
29 Los Osos (Calif.) 17-4-4 30
30 Upland (Calif.) 17-2-3 31
31 Satellite (Satellite Beach, Fla.) 21-5-2* 32
32 J.J. Pearce (Richardson, Texas) 11-1-1 35
33 Kamehameha (Honolulu) 12-1-2* 36
34 El Toro (Lake Forest, Calif.) 15-4-2 41
35 Westview (San Diego, Calif.) 18-2-4 48
36 St. John's Country Day (Orange Park, Fla.) 23-2-2* 40
37 Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 13-5-3 NR
38 Ponte Vedra (Fla.) 25-3-2* NR
39 Cardinal Gibbons (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) 29-1-2* 6
40 Desert Vista (Phoenix) 16-4-4* 44
41 San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.) 15-6-2 34
42 Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.) 13-7-2 37
43 St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 14-2-2 38
44 Liberty (Bakersfield, Calif.) 17-2-3 NR
45 Buchanan (Fresno, Calif.) 17-3-1 43
46 Carondelet (Concord, Calif.) 12-7-2 45
47 Castro Valley (Calif.) 19-3-1 46
48 Burlingame (Calif.) 16-1-4 47
49 Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, Calif.) 13-1-4 NR
50 Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) 9-4-2 NR