Today we unveil our latest update to Grande Sports Academy TeamRank, the comprehensive ranking system for elite club soccer teams nationwide, and we release the latest standings for U16, U17 and U18 Girls. Next week, we will update the younger age groups on the Boys side. We will update our National Top 25 of each age group at least once per month.
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Hurricane watch at U16
Head Coach George Chatzigiannidis’ U16s are giving notice to the rest of the ECNL Texas Conference that everything isn’t necessarily better in Texas. The Hurricanes from Oklahoma currently sit on top of the conference standings with a 7-1 record which includes a 2-1 win over No. 9 Dallas Texans, and climb from No. 24 to No. 15 in our standings. When IMG Academy 150 Class of 2017 No. 64 Parker Goins isn’t scoring herself, she is providing for her teammates, recording four goals and seven assists on the season. She and teammates forward Nayeli Perez and midfielder Taylor Malham, all verbal commitments to Arkansas, are proving to be a deadly offensive combination.
While the Hurricane trio has combined for 13 goals this season, De Anza Force’s Kayla Fong has hit that mark all by her lonesome. The California recruit for the class of 2016 has scored in all but one of De Anza’s matches this season, including a six goal tear in their opener against Pleasanton Rage, helping her team to a 6-0-1 overall record and a lift to No. 2 in the Grande Sports Academy TeamRank Top 25.
More: ECNL Scoreboard | IMG Academy 150 Rankings | Girls Commitments: No. 1 recruit picks
FC Virginia cracks top ten at U17
Last season’s ECNL Chesapeake conference winner, FC Virginia, is back at it, having already defeated three of its four conference opponents and remains undefeated in ECNL play, raising the team’s standing from No. 11 to No. 8. FCV forward Emily Fox (No. 91 in the IMG Academy 150 for the Class of 2017) has two hat tricks on the season and a total of eight of her team’s 14 goals.
Orlando City ECNL debuts at No. 25 with this update with a 3-0-1 record good enough for second place in the Southeast Conference. The addition of IMG Academy 150 standout and former U.S. U14 GNT member Madison Murnin, who transferred back to her home state after spending last season with No. 7 Concorde Fire, should provide enough spark in the midfield for this squad to keep them in the rankings.
Tough test for Hawks at U18
Michigan Hawks have a 7-1 record in the Midwest Conference and rise from No. 17 to No. 12 this month, but have a challenging weekend in store when they head to Phoenix for the ECNL showcase in November. The Hawks and U20 WNT midfielder Courtney Petersen will face No. 2 Dallas Sting, No. 4 San Diego Surf, and No. 16 MVLA and their results will determine if they are top ten worthy for the December update. Also, the team has yet to face conference foe No. 1 Eclipse Select who is unbeaten and untied in ECNL play.
MVLA is on the rise as well, up seven spots from No. 23 at our last update, thanks in no small part to U20 WNT defender Tegan McGrady who has racked up four goals and 10 assists on the season to lead her team to a 5-1 record.
Next Thursday: U13, U14, and U15 Boys
Grande Sports Academy TeamRank is the comprehensive team-ranking system devised by TopDrawerSoccer.com to provide an objective and common-sense approach to determining which elite youth soccer teams are the best in the nation.
The rankings, updated monthly, are primarily results-based, with a nod toward the league and championship competitions that emulate how excellence is determined in leading soccer nations around the world.
Tournaments are also included but at a reduced value due to the many mitigating factors involving such events, including attrition and guest players.
A final layer of executive evaluation is provided to account for variables that often impact results, thus ensuring that the monthly lists are not subjective, but are not purely mechanical.