Commentary

ECNL U14 Power Rankings

Updated: May 22, 2012, 10:30 PM ET
By Sheldon Shealer & Chris Ackels | ESPNHS Staff

With the staggered starts of the Elite Clubs National League teams, it made it difficult to release a top five until after play was well under way for a few divisions. Now that nearly everyone is competing, it's time to examine the top teams in each age group.

Throughout the rest of the season, ESPNHS will offer a weekly glance at the top five teams in each age group.

It should be noted, these rankings are not predictive, but rather reactive to the results. In other words, the higher ranked team has accomplished something on the field to earn that position for now. As such, we expect quite a bit of turnover in the rankings throughout the rest of the ECNL season.

A couple of familiar names top the list for the inaugural ECNL Under-14 rankings: PDA and Eclipse Select. These storied programs were inaugural members of the ECNL and it appears the future continues to look bright for both programs.

2011-12 Elite Clubs National League Power Rankings: Under-14
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
PDA
7-0-0
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Last Week: NR
PDA has not allowed a goal since October. OK, that's only a stretch of four matches for this team, yet the defensive stand is strong enough to warrant a No. 1 ranking for now.
Next Match: March 24 at Scorpions
2
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Last Week: NR
Alissa Gorzak, Zoe Redei, Courtney Daugerdas and Cassandra Rohan have combined for 22 goals this season. Longtime coach Rory Dames appears to have a title contender here.
Next Match: March 24 at Sockers FC
3
Charlotte SA
12-0-0
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Last Week: NR
Charlotte Soccer Academy sports the best overall record among the U14 teams. Maggie Wadsworth and Shayna Passantino have combined for 19 goals this season.

Next Match: April 14 at Concorde Fire

4
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Last Week: NR
The San Diego Surf has not played an ECNL match since the first week of November. The team resumes play with Camille Bassett as the leading scorer with eight goals.
Next Match: March 31 vs. Utah Avalanche
5
Arsenal FC
9-1-0
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Last Week: NR
Arsenal has won nine straight matches, but that season-opening loss to the San Diego Surf keeps it ranked behind their Southern California rivals for now.
Next Match: March 31 vs. Eagles SC