ECNL U17 Power Rankings

Originally Published: May 31, 2012
By Chris Ackels | Special to ESPNHS

CASL Chelsea takes over the No. 1 spot in this week's ESPNHS ECNL Under-17 Power Rankings following Eclipse Select's loss at the PDA Showcase. Eight of the 10 teams in our rankings saw movement this week after the busy weekend in New Jersey.

Real So Cal is back in the rankings at No. 10 after a come-from-behind victory over previously top-ranked Eclipse Select on Saturday. Alexis Venegas had two goals in the game, both assisted by Rachel Connors, and Kristiana Konkol-Mroczkowski netted the game winner on a penalty kick. The 3-2 victory landed the California club back in the top 10 and brought Eclipse down to No. 2. Real So Cal was the first ranked team Eclipse has faced this season, while CASL Chelsea has beaten three ranked teams.

No. 4 Scorpions moves up two spots this week after tying No. 7 Colorado Rush and beating No. 9 Mustang and a solid San Diego Surf team. Rush holds steady after the tie thanks to two big wins on Sunday and Monday.

The top performer of the weekend though was No. 8 FC Virginia, who was the only ranked team to turn in a perfect 3-0 trip. That's a huge move for FC Virginia, who not only solidified its spot in the top 10, but also clinched a berth to next month's ECNL National Championships in Waukegan, Ill.

Throughout the rest of the season, ESPNHS will offer a weekly glance at the top 10 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 10 Matchups
No. 2 Eclipse Select vs. Carmel United
No. 3 Dallas Texans vs. Solar-Chelsea
No. 7 Colorado Rush vs. San Juan

2011-12 Elite Clubs National League Power Rankings: Under-17
CASL Chelsea
Last Week: 2
CASL Chelsea takes over the No. 1 spot this week thanks to a strong resume including wins over No. 3 Dallas Texans, No. 6 Dallas Sting and No. 8 FC Virginia.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
Last Week: 1
After dropping a match to No. 10 Real So Cal on Saturday, Eclipse falls to No. 2. They've got two games remaining to try to clinch the top overall seed in next month's playoffs.
Next Match: June 2 vs. Carmel United

Last Week: 3
Despite a 1-1-1 performance at PDA, they are guaranteed a top eight seed going into the playoffs. Texans needs to win their final two games to clinch the Texas Conference.
Next Match: June 2 vs. Solar-Chelsea
Last Week: 6
Scorpions had an unexpected hero last weekend in Brooke Sweeney, who had three assists. Two wins and a tie move them up two spots in our rankings.
Next Match: June 9 vs. SoccerPlus
Last Week: 4
The season is complete for TSC Hurricane, who now awaits their playoff seeding. The team currently sits eighth in the Flight A standings, but could finish anywhere from seventh to 12th.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
Dallas Sting
Last Week: 5
Sting loses ground only because Scorpions is hot. The Sting had a solid 2-0-1 weekend at PDA, including a multi-goal performance from midfielder Madeleine Lundberg.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA

Last Week: 7
Rush had two wins and a tie last weekend, and the tie with No. 4 Scorpions was probably the most telling result. Scorpions is the strongest team Rush has played this season.
Next Match: June 3 vs. San Juan
FC Virginia
Last Week: 10
A perfect 3-0 weekend catapults FC Virginia two spots in our rankings. The trio of wins over So Cal Blues, Slammers and Carmel United was the perfect way to close out the regular season.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
Mustang SC
Last Week: 8
One win, one tie and one loss against three very strong teams last weekend at PDA for Mustang. The good news is they hold on to the number four spot in Flight A standings.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
Real So Cal
Last Week: NR
Real So Cal is back in the rankings this week after beating then No. 1 Eclipse on Saturday. This not only got them ranked again, but also guaranteed them a spot in the playoffs.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA