ECNL U18 Power Rankings

Updated: May 22, 2012, 10:49 PM ET
By Sheldon Shealer & Chris Ackels | ESPNHS Staff

The undefeated Dallas Texans are back in action this weekend, and for the first time, they'll have to defend their No. 1 ranking.

ESPNHS continues our weekly look at the top ECNL teams in each age group. This week, we expand the list to the top 10 in the ESPNHS ECNL Under-18 Power Rankings.

At U18, Dallas Texans looks to defend a flawless season this weekend against Dallas Sting to keep their spot at the top of the list. Michigan Hawks, whose season is complete, looks on anxiously from No. 2. The Power Rankings introduce five new teams to the list this week, including No. 5 FC Stars of Massachusetts, who has beaten a pair of top 10 opponents this season.

No. 9 Albertson FC took a hit this week after dropping two matches at home last weekend, and No. 7 Colorado Rush is back in our rankings after dropping out of the top five three weeks ago. Of special interest this week is No. 10 D'Feeters, the only Flight B team to earn a top ranking.

Throughout the rest of the season, ESPNHS will offer a weekly glance at the top ten teams in each age group. These rankings, indicative of the results of a team rather than a prediction of future outcomes, offer a sampling of some of the top talent in the game.

This Weekend's Top Ten Matchups:

No. 1 Dallas Texans vs. Dallas Sting
No. 5 FC Stars of Mass vs. FC Bucks

2011-12 Elite Clubs National League Power Rankings: Under-18

Last Week: 1
After a few weeks off, the Dallas Texans are back in action this weekend against the Sting. This game, and two against Solar-Chelsea, are the biggest obstacles to an undefeated season.
Next Match: April 22 vs. Dallas Sting

Last Week: 2
This offensive powerhouse has completed their regular season schedule, and now waits to see what seed the Hawks will land in June's ECNL playoffs.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
SC del Sol

Last Week: 3
SC del Sol was idle this week, but the team has had a strong overall schedule, including tying Michigan Hawks 0-0 in February and beating Mustang 2-1 in October.
Next Match: April 28 vs. Arsenal FC
Mustang SC
Last Week: 5
Mustang regains the No. 4 spot after Albertson Fury dropped two matches last weekend. This squad is 9-0-2 in games against Northwest Conference opponents.
Next Match: May 5 at Washington Premier

Last Week: NR
Last week's 6-5 win over Albertson Fury catapulted Stars of Mass into the top five. Wins over No. 6 Arsenal as well as Solar-Chelsea and PDA highlight a strong resume.
Next Match: April 21 vs. FC Bucks
Arsenal FC

Last Week: NR
Arsenal has one of the nation's best goal scorers in Ifeoma Onumonu, who has committed to California. The team also has two solid wins over Slammers and No. 8 Eclipse Select.
Next Match: April 21 vs. Real So Cal

Last Week: NR
Despite having beaten them once this year, Colorado Rush still sits just behind Real Colorado for first place in the Mountain West. The early June match could change that.
Next Match: June 3 vs. Real Colorado

Last Week: NR
This is a team that beat No. 2 Hawks once this year and has a few other impressive wins. Next month's match with Carmel United could launch them into second place in the Midwest.
Next Match: May 11 vs. Carmel United
Last Week: 4
Two losses last weekend to Stars of Mass and Scorpions drop Albertson Fury down to No. 9 this week. They'll have to prove themselves when they play both teams again in May.
Next Match: April 28 vs. Freestate Alliance

Last Week: NR
D'Feeters sits in second place in Flight B, but has beaten some top notch Flight A opponents, including Carmel United and Solar-Chelsea. Lead in scoring by forward Allison Murphy.
Next Match: April 29 vs. FC Dallas