Unlike most high school sports, soccer is not confined to a set season. In fact, geography plays a large part in the sport’s placement on the high school calendar. Soccer is a fall sport in most of the old-guard East, a winter sport in warm-weather states such as California, Florida and Texas, and a spring sport in the Midwest for girls.
With soccer in the 50 states and D.C. spread around the calendar, there is a need for separate fall, winter and spring SIMA FAB 50 rankings. But with the school year now complete, it’s time to put together one final FAB 50 that consolidates the three rankings. [Prep Schools are not included in these rankings.
Teams were measured against each other based on quality of results and players. In assembling this final FAB 50 for the 2014-15 school year, teams needed to stay ranked relative to others in its fall, winter or spring season.
1. Coppell (Coppell, Texas), 28-0-3 [Winter-1]
When it comes down to quality of results, no team can match Coppell’s 2015 run. The Cowgirls went undefeated in 16 matches against teams that were nationally ranked. The team even pinned the only loss on Florida state champion and No 7-ranked American Heritage-Plantation. In a Texas 5A state final that pitted a pair of undefeated programs, Coppell made quick work of Highland Park, winning 3-0. Senior standout Sarah King, a Baylor signee, scored the first goal in the final, and when the match ended, coach Chris Stricker announced his retirement after 17 seasons and 335 wins.
2. Tulsa Union (Tulsa, Okla.), 17-0-0 [Spring-1]
Tulsa Union dominated Oklahoma in the spring, but was pushed to overtime in the state final before a 2-1 win over Jenks. The team featured five NCAA Division I signees, and four players who also were part of Tulsa ECNL national title-winning club team in 2013.
3. McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.), 15-0-0 [Fall-1]
Like Tulsa Union, McDonogh rolled through a perfect season — until the final. The Eagles were pushed all the way to a shootout before emerging with a win over Notre Dame Prep. McDonogh posted wins over teams from three states, including perennial New Jersey prep power Pennington School. North Carolina commit Bridgette Andrzejewski, North Carolina State signee Kia Rankin and Louisville signee Gabrielle Vincent highlighted a roster than features no fewer than eight starters who have committed to NCAA Division I programs.
4. New Trier (Winnetka, Ill.), 27-1-1 [Spring-2]
New Trier delivered a second straight large-school state title in one of the most competitive states in the nation, defeating Neuqua Valley 2-0 in the final. The underclass-heavy group includes junior commits Danielle Kaufman (Maryland), Kelly Maday (Illinois) and Bina Saipi (DePaul), who all received some level of all-state/all-region accolades. Senior Jackie Welch also was a first-team selection.
5. Immaculate Heart Academy (Township of Washington, N.J.), 22-0-0 [Fall-2]
IHA became the giant slayers in 2014. The New Jersey private school power ended Northern Highlands’ 88-match undefeated streak and handed New York large-school champion Massapequa its only loss of the season. The Angels needed a penalty kick in the closing minutes of overtime, though, to secure a 1-0 win over Holy Cross in the state final.
6. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 24-1-1 [Winter-2]
Led by sisters and Florida State commits Isabella and Dallas Dorosy, St. Thomas Aquinas added to its Florida legacy with a 14th state title — fourth in the past five years. Isabella, a sophomore, scored both goals in the 2-0 state final win over Oviedo. Dallas, a senior, assisted the first goal. During the regular season, St. Thomas Aquinas and American Heritage-Plantation played to a scoreless draw.
7. American Heritage-Plantation (Plantation, Fla.), 21-1-2 [Winter-3]
Miami (Fla.) commit Dejah Cason, a junior, scored in overtime to lift American Heritage to 2-1 state final win over Land O’Lakes for the program’s third straight state title. The team featured senior standout and Florida signee Melanie Monteagudo. The Patriots’ lone loss was a 1-0 setback to top-ranked Coppell (Texas) at the National Elite Prep Showcase.
8. Maria Carrillo (Santa Rosa, Calif.), 22-0-1 [Fall-3]
Led by junior standout and Santa Clara commit Madison Gonzalez, Maria Carrillo extended its national-best undefeated streak to 72 matches during the 2014 fall campaign. Kelsi Avana and Sydney Rickett scored the goals in a 2-0 section final win over Montgomery. Oregon signee Brianne Parsons anchored the team’s defense. Maria Carrillo, along with the rest of the section, will be moving its high school season to the winter for 2016, meaning the 2015 fall might be the program’s last run at another fall SIMA FAB 50 title.
9. Bishop Lynch (Dallas, Texas), 25-2-1 [Winter-4]
Missouri signee Natalie McDonough netted the deciding goal as Bishop Lynch upended Ursuline Academy 2-1 in the TAPPS state final, ending Ursuline’s staggering 24-year run as state champions. Lynch’s only losses were to Ursuline during the regular season. Among the more than half a dozen NCAA Division I signees were Atu Mshana (Texas), Kaycie Tillman (Florida State) and Eva Gonzalez (Seton Hall).
10. Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio), 22-0-1 [Fall-4]
Walsh Jesuit has won eight state titles since 2000, including three in from 2012-2014. Wake Forest commit Sofia Rossi, a sophomore, scored twice and added an assist, and senior Bowling Green signee Juli Knapp had a goal and two assists in the team’s 4-1 state final win over Dublin Coffman. Butler signee Halie Stelbasky was named to the Ohio all-state squad.
11. Northern Highlands (Allendale, N.J.), 22-1-0 [Fall-5]
12. Panther Creek (Cary, N.C.), 20-0-2 [Spring-3]
13. Santiago/Corona (Corona, Calif.), 26-1-8 [Winter-5]
14. [Liberty ca-w] (Brentwood, Calif.), 19-2-2 [Winter-6]
15. Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.), 23-1-0 [Winter-7]
16. St. Anthony's (Melville, N.Y.), 18-0-1 [Fall-6]
17. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), 19-0-1 [Winter-8]
18. Massapequa (Massapequa, N.Y.), 17-1-3 [Fall-7]
19. Eagan (Eagan, Minn.), 21-0-1 [Fall-8]
20. Loudoun County (Leesburg, Va.), 22-0-1 [Spring-4]
21. Barrington (Barrington, Ill.), 22-2-4 [Spring-5]
22. St. Teresa's Academy (Kansas City, Mo.), 22-2-1 [Spring-6]
23. Highland Park (University Park, Texas), 23-1-4 [Winter-9]
24. Walt Whitman (Bethesda, Md.), 17-0-0 [Fall-9]
25. Fishers (Fishers, Ind.), 16-1-6 [Fall-10]
26. Carmel (Carmel, Ind.), 18-2-3 [Fall-11]
27. Grandview (Aurora, Colo.), 18-1-1 [Spring-7]
28. J.L. Mann (Greenville, S.C.), 24-1-1 [Spring-8]
29. Franklin (Elk Grove, Calif.), 20-2-0 [Spring-9]
30. Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas), 23-3-2 [Winter-10]
31. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.), 20-1-2 [Winter-11]
32. Hebron (Hebron, Texas), 16-2-4 [Winter-12]
33. Cypress Bay (Weston, Fla.), 20-2-0 [Winter-13]
34. Brebeuf Jesuit (Indianapolis, Ind.), 22-1-0 [Fall-12]
35. Somers (Lincondale, N.Y.), 22-0-0 [Fall-13]
36. Villa Joseph Marie (Holland, Pa.), 22-1-0 [Fall-14]
37. St. Thomas Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.), 18-3-0 [Spring-10]
38. Blue Valley Northwest (Overland Park, Kan.), 19-1-1 [Spring-11]
39. St. Joseph's Academy (St. Louis, Mo.), 24-1-0 [Spring-12]
40. Broad Run (Ashburn, Va.), 20-1-1 [Spring-13]
41. Clarksville (Clarksville, Tenn.), 24-0-3 [Fall-15]
42. West Springfield (West Springfield, Mass.), 21-0-2 [Fall-16]
43. Montclair (Montclair, N.J.), 22-1-0 [Fall-17]
44. Battlefield (Haymarket, Va.), 22-2-1 [Spring-14]
45. La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.), 19-4-3 [Winter-14]
46. Plano West (Plano, Texas), 13-4-4 [Winter-15]
47. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.), 25-4-2 [Winter-16]
48. Highland (Gilbert, Ariz.), 19-2-3 [Winter-17]
49. Glastonbury (Glastonbury, Conn.), 22-1-0 [Fall-18]
50. Providence (Charlotte, N.C.), 23-2-1 [Spring-15]
ALL-TIME YEAR-END No. 1s
2014-15: Coppell (Coppell, Texas)
2013-14: Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.)
2012-13: Green Hope (Cary, N.C.)
2011-12: Carmel (Carmel, Ind.)
2010-11: Novi (Novi, Mich.)
2009-10: Melbourne (Melbourne, Fla.)
2008-09: Pennington Prep (Pennington, N.J.)
2007-08: Waubonsie Valley (Aurora, Ill.)
2006-07: Waubonsie Valley (Aurora, Ill.)
2005-06: Upland (Upland, Calif.)
2004-05: Neuqua Valley (Naperville, Ill.)
2003-04: New Trier (Winnetka, Ill.)
2002-03: Carmel (Carmel, Ind.)
2001-02: St. Joseph's Academy (St. Louis, Mo.)
2000-01: Broughton (Raleigh, N.C.)
1999-00: Germantown (Germantown, Tenn.)