When it comes to girls fall high school soccer, Indiana is among the power states.
And it's easy to understand why -- the state's Class 3A juggernauts are extremely large schools with deep talent pools. Programs such as Carmel and Penn, two schools with a combined enrollment of nearly 9,000 students, have been dominant in recent years -- both with FAB 50 titles to their credit and dozens of NCAA Division I signees.
Now, there's a new kid on the block -- Noblesville.
Mike Brady's team was the TopDrawerSoccer Indiana preseason No. 1 team in 2019 and delivered a 17-0-3 season to finish No. 3 in the 2019 FAB 50. This year, they did even better -- 17-0-1 following a 3-0 state title win over Guerin Catholic on Saturday. The Millers, which allowed only five goals this season, again will finish among the top high school teams in this COVID-impacted 2020 fall season.
"Winning one is what we had dreamed of last year," longtime coach Brady told the Indianapolis Star. Brady was the TopDrawerSoccer Mid-East Coach of the Year last season. "For them to be able to not only come back and win another but to come back and win another during these trying times, I can't get my mind around it."
Tennessee commit Jenna Chatterton netted a goal in her career finale, a score that put the Millers head 2-0 in the final. Two goals were more than enough for this defensive-minded program that had Purdue commit Sara Kile in goal. Interestingly, Noblesville made it look easy against a talented Guerin Catholic (16-2-2) squad led by UCLA commit Quincy McMahon, a senior who factored in 36 goals this season before being shut out in the final.
Noblesville joins Carmel and Penn as the only programs to ever post back-to-back undefeated seasons in Indiana. And the Millers aren't going anywhere soon. Consider this: junior Carlie Sack and sophomore Ava Bramblett scored the team's other state final goals and are part of a group of nine players who combined for 63 percent of the team's goals in 2020. The team also has a keeper returning who had a 0.40 GAA while Kile was out injured.
FAB 50 GIRLS TEAMS
NOTE: Instead of assigning a ranking number this season, teams will be grouped based on their results and talent pool. Once the season comes to an end and some reasonable assessments are possible, TDS will publish a final FAB 50.
Here are our TOP 5 teams in alphabetical order (with records as of Sunday, Nov. 1):
Eastern (N.J.), 9-0-0
Montclair (N.J.), 7-0-0
Mount Notre Dame (Ohio), 17-0-0
Noblesville (Ind.), 17-0-1*
Strongsville (Ohio), 16-0-0
THE NEXT FIVE (in alphabetical order):
Bishop Feehan (Mass.), 6-0-0
Mars (Pa.) 14-0-0
Mason (Ohio), 16-1-2
Pennington School (N.J.), 4-0-0
St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 5-0-0
TEAMS 11-25 (in alphabetical order):
Davis (Utah), 19-1-0*
Downingtown East (Pa.), 8-0-0
East Brunswick (N.J.), 7-0-1
East Syracuse Minoa (N.Y.), 8-0-0
Father Ryan (Tenn.), 12-1-0*
Glastonbury (Conn.), 8-0-0
Houston (Tenn.), 13-1-0*
Hunterdon Central (N.J.), 8-1-0
Ocean City (N.J.), 5-0-1
Pennridge (Pa.), 10-1-0
Ravenwood (Tenn.), 13-2-2*
Rocky Mountain (Idaho), 15-1-0*
Shenendehowa (N.Y.), 6-0-1
Southington (Conn.), 10-0-0
Stillwater (Minn.), 13-0-1*
Winchester (Mass.), 6-0-0
OTHERS UNDER CONSIDERATION (in alphabetical order):
Abington (Pa.), 8-1-1
American Fork (Utah), 18-3-0*
Bearden (Tenn.), 20-2-0*
Boise (Idaho), 12-1-0*
Bridgeport (W.Va.), 14-0-0
Central Dauphin (Pa.), 11-1-0
Champlain Valley Union (Vt.), 9-0-0
Cumberland (R.I.), 5-0-1
Cumberland Valley (Pa.), 11-1-0
Exeter (N.H.), 9-0-0
Franklin (Tenn.), 12-3-1*
Girls Preparatory School (Tenn.), 15-1-0*
Guerin Catholic (Ind.), 16-2-2*
Holmdel (N.J.), 7-0-0
La Salle Academy (R.I.), 2-0-1
Owen J. Roberts (Pa.), 10-1-1
Parkersburg (W.Va.), 18-0-0
Spring-Ford (Pa.), 10-1-1
AROUND THE NATION …
BACK OF THE NET: South Carolina commit Shae O'Rourke, a junior at St. Mary's, topped the 100-career goal milestone after netting three goals in a recent 6-5 overtime loss to [Nardin Academy ny-w]. O'Rourke is a four-star prospect. She has 101 goals in 43 high school matches.
RECORD SETTERS: Hannah Mimas of Baldwinsville (N.Y.) became the all-time leading goal scorer in the school's girls program history following a three-goal outing against Westhill Sr (N.Y.). Mimas, who has 20 goals this season, now has 79 for her career, passing Emma Firenze, who scored 78. Firenze started her college career at Syracuse before transferring to Ohio State and finishing up with a grad season at Villanova. Mimas, a senior, is uncommitted.