Commentary

It's status quo among the top 18 teams

Updated: February 24, 2009, 11:07 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.

If this week's FAB 50 looks familiar, it should.

There was no movement among the top 18 teams as those squads, minus the five teams that are finished, went 17-0-0 last week to keep the status quo.

Looking at the week ahead, the winter national title could be decided this weekend. Foothill (Pleasanton, Calif.) advanced to its section semifinals where it will face FAB 50-ranked Castro Valley (Calif.) with a possible title showdown with league rival San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.). Of course, getting past Castro Valley will not be an easy task.

If Foothill falters, Kingwood (Humble, Texas) is primed for a shot at No. 1, and if that's the case, the winter No. 1 might not be determined until the final playoff match is resolved in April in Texas.

Results through Feb. 22.

ESPN RISE FAB 50 WINTER GIRLS' SOCCER RANKINGS: WEEK 11 (Nos. 1-25)
Rk. School (City, State) Record Prv.

Notes

1 Foothill (Pleasanton, Calif.) 20-0-0 1

Foothill defeated Liberty 2-0 in the CIF-North Coast 3A quarterfinals and next faces FAB 50-ranked Castro Valley in the semifinals.

2 Kingwood (Humble, Texas) 21-0-0 2

Amanda Essay had a pair of two-goal outings as Kingwood handled Atascocita (4-0) and Eisenhower (6-0).

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

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) 15-0-0 4

Christy Lachappelle scored twice as Reagan capped another two-win week with a 3-0 victory over Churchill.

5 Hebron (Texas) 11-0-5 5

Hebron reinforced its lofty national ranking with wins over Southlake Carroll and Marcus last week. Danielle Nottingham was the offensive standout with four goals, including both scores in the 2-0 win over Marcus.

6 Torrey Pines (San Diego) 15-2-2 6

Torrey Pines, the two-time defending section champion, earned the No. 1 for this year's event and will face the Vista-La Costa Canyon winner in the CIF-San Diego Division I semifinals.

7 Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.) 21-3-1 7

Courtney Garcia assisted on both goals as Esperanza edged Orange Lutheran 2-1 to advance to the CIF-Southern Section Round of 16 this week.

8 Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) 20-2-2 8

Aliso Niguel matched a season-high offensive output in a 3-0 victory over Great Oak in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.

9 Los Alamitos (Calif.) 18-3-5 9

Los Alamitos was pushed to penalty kicks but advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Division I round of 16 with a shootout victory over Huntington Beach.

10 Lake Highlands (Dallas) 14-1-3 10

After falling in a shootout the previous week to Creekview, Lake Highlands won a shootout this past week over Skyline.

11 San Clemente (San Clemente, Calif.) 22-4-1 11

San Clemente survived a difficult first-round playoff draw with a 2-1 victory over Buena in the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs. Alexis Mahoney and Shelby Chambers-Garcia scored for the winners.

12 The Woodlands (Texas) 15-1-2 12

Natalie Kingtigh scored three goals last week during The Woodlands' victories over Lufkin (3-0) and New Caney (11-0).

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

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* 14

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.) 23-0-2 15

Top-seeded Clovis edged rival Clovis West 2-1 in the CIF-Central Section quarterfinals and next faces fourth-seeded Stockdale in the semifinals.

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

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* 17

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.) 14-5-7 18

Lauren Matheson had a goal and one assist as Mission Viejo defeated JSerra 2-0 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs. Allie Harrison scored Mission's other goal.

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

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

20 Ursuline Academy (Dallas) 21-3-1* 22

Season complete. TAPPS Division I state champion. Texas signee Sophie Campise scored both goals as Ursuline defeated rival Nolan Catholic 2-1 to secure the program's 19th straight TAPPS title. The victory also atones for a pair of Ursuline losses to Nolan Catholic during regular-season play.

21 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.

22 Coppell (Texas) 15-3-3 24

Coppell's ranking will be put to the test this week with matches against Southlake Carroll and Hebron.

23 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 13-3-5 26

Tiffany Schultz scored the lone goal as Mater Dei edged Ventura 1-0 to advance to the Round of 16 in the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.

24 Allen (Texas) 10-1-5 28

Allen faces McKinney Boyd for the first time this week in a match that will likely alter the top 25 rankings.

25 Los Osos (Calif.) 18-4-4 29

Los Osos ended Long Beach Wilson's reign as section champion with a 1-0 victory over the Bruins in the CIF-Southern Section Division I first round.

ESPN RISE FAB 50 WINTER GIRLS' SOCCER RANKINGS: WEEK 11 (Nos. 26-50)
Rank School (City, State) Record Prv.
26 Upland (Calif.) 18-2-3 30
27 J.J. Pearce (Richardson, Texas) 13-1-1 32
28 Kamehameha (Honolulu) 12-1-2* 33
29 Satellite (Satellite Beach, Fla.) 21-5-2* 31
30 El Toro (Lake Forest, Calif.) 16-4-2 34
31 Westview (San Diego, Calif.) 19-2-4 35
32 Plano East (Plano, Texas) 11-3-4 NR
33 McKinney Boyd (McKinney, Texas) 14-3-2 25
34 St. John's Country Day (Orange Park, Fla.) 23-2-2* 36
35 Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 14-5-3 37
36 Ponte Vedra (Fla.) 25-3-2* 38
37 Cardinal Gibbons (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) 29-1-2* 39
38 Desert Vista (Phoenix) 16-4-4* 40
39 San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.) 16-5-3 41
40 St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 15-2-2 43
41 Liberty (Bakersfield, Calif.) 18-2-3 44
42 Buchanan (Fresno, Calif.) 18-3-1 45
43 Castro Valley (Calif.) 21-3-1 47
44 Burlingame (Calif.) 17-1-4 48
45 Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, Calif.) 14-1-4 49
46 Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 11-4-2 27
47 Granite Hills (El Cajon, Calif.) 16-1-4 NR
48 Clayton Valley (Concord, Calif.) 20-3-3 NR
49 Seminole (Fla.) 15-3-1* NR
50 Highland (Gilbert, Ariz.) 14-4-1* NR