Today we unveil a rankings update for the Grande Sports TeamRank Top 25, the comprehensive ranking system for elite club soccer teams nationwide, taking a look at 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 for each age group at least once per month.
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The top three teams at this age remain undefeated and sit atop their conference standings heading into the Phoenix showcase.
So Cal Blues remain undefeated as well, tops the Southwest Conference, and climbs one spot to No. 2, while Michigan Hawks move up four spots to No. 3.
St. Louis Scott Gallagher ECNL reaches the top 10 this month after continuing its undefeated run in ECNL play. SLSG earned four wins, three of them shutouts, since our last update to head into the Phoenix Showcase with a 10-0-1 record and a No. 8 rankings in the Grande Sports TeamRank Top 25.
McLean Youth Soccer continues to dominate the ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference standings, with a 9-0 record, eight points ahead of second place CASL. The goalkeeping duo of Melissa Hoffheins and Jordan Silkowitz have earned five shutouts this season, with just four goals against, while the offense has produced 40 goals from 10 different players, Class of 2019 standout Aleigh Gambone leading the way with 10.
FC Dallas, Sockers up at U18
On a 5-0 run since our last update, FC Dallas moves up two spots to No. 5. Dartmouth recruit and Top 150 goalkeeper Mariel Gordon along with Melody Jayroe have accrued five shutouts and just four goals against in ECNL league play.
Entering the rankings for the first time this season is Sockers FC ECNL. Sockers earned a 3-0-2 record in the latter half of October for an overall record of 6-1-3 and a current fourth place in the Midwest Conference. Sockers will be tested by No. 17 Real So Cal and No. 11 undefeated Real Colorado at the ECNL Phoenix Showcase this weekend.
Next Thursday: U13, U14, and U15 Boys
Grande Sports 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.