It was a lengthy wait, but JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) girls finally return to the Winter No. 1 ranking to claim its first FAB 50 national title.
JSerra closed out its season more than a month ago, winning the CIF Southern Regional title to cap an undefeated season. However, Tompkins (Katy, Texas) put a block on JSerra's national title clebration at that time. At that point, Tompkins still had a chance for a perfect season and it was only fair to see how far Tompkins could take that run while playing in Texas 6A, one of the nation's most challenging and talent-filled classifications. Tompkins went 27 games with a perfect record until falling in the state final to Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas).
The result allowed JSerra, the preseason FAB 50 No. 1, to return to the top spot for the final rankings. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) finished No. 2 with Southlake Carroll at No. 3. Los Alamitos (Calif.) ended at No. 4, followed by Monte Vista (Danville, Fla.). JSerra, Monte Vista, Southlake Carroll and Los Alamitos all started the year in the Top 5, while Montverde was the preseason No. 20 team.
JSerra went undefeated in what is the nation's strongest soccer area -- the CIF Southern Section. Montverde Academy posted a perfect record in a dominating Florida run this season. Southlake Carroll overwhelmed Tompkins in the state final. It is interesting to note, Southlake Carroll tied [Harvard-Westlake ca-w] (North Hollywood, Calif.) early in the season and Harvard-Westlake was a semifinalist in CIF Sothern Section Division I and Southern Regional Division I tournaments -- events both won by JSerra.
The star-studded JSerra lineup, made up from mostly SoCal Blues players, played the final week with out its top player who was competing with the U.S. Under-20 National Team. Ten of the 11 usual starters have committed to NCAA Division I programs, and the only one who isn't is an uncommitted sophomore. JSerra's lineup featured three UCLA commits, two Santa Clara commits and two Stanford commits. Ten of the 11 are underclassmen and, assuming they return for the 2019-20 season, will be favored yet again to win the section title.
On the boys side, Flower Mound (Texas), which spent time at FAB 50 No. 1 in January, won the Texas 6A crown to jump into the No. 8 spot in the final rankings. Houston Episcopal (Bellaire, Texas) ends the season at the FAB 50 No. 1 team, followed by Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), Sunnyside (Tucson, Ariz.), San Clemente (Calif.) and Cathedral (Los Angeles, Calif.).
Now, on with the rest of the rankings ...
BIG MOVERS: BOYS: Newnan (Ga.). Amazingly, Newnan's three-spot move from No. 48 to No. 45 marked the largest advance in this week's FAB 50. ... GIRLS: Stevenson (Lincolnshire, Ill.). Stevenson jumps from No. 37 to No. 17 after a five-win week that included a victory over New Trier.
NEWCOMERS: BOYS: No. 20 Cardinal Newman (Columbia, S.C.), No. 34 Davis (Kaysville, Utah), No. 46 Overton (Nashville, Tenn.) and No. 50 Starr's Mill (Fayetteville, Ga.). ... GIRLS: No. 27 Blue Valley Southwest (Overland Park, Kan.), No. 46 Lassiter (Marietta, Ga.), No. 47 Loudoun County (Leesburg, Va.), No. 48 Owasso (Okla.) and No. 49 Gull Lake (Richland, Mich.).
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BIG MOVERS: BOYS: Flower Mound (Texas). Flower Mound leaped from No. 42 to No. 8 in the final FAB 50 rankings for the winter season after winning the Texas 6A state title. ... GIRLS: Frisco Independence (Frisco, Texas). Independence jumps 11 spots to finish at No. 34, powered by Highland Park's state title win.
NEWCOMERS: BOYS: No. 50 Allen (Texas). ... GIRLS: None.
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