Regular-season play is under way in 18 states, and already there are changes at the top of seven state rankings, including new No. 1 teams for both Ohio boys and girls.
Perennial title challenger Strongsville inherits the top spot among Ohio girls after former No. 1 Walsh Jesuit tied then state No. 11 Twinsburg. On the boys side, the Jesuit Cup proved the undoing of former No 1 St. Ignatius, allowing Olentangy Liberty to move up to the top spot. Meanwhile, Walsh Jesuit's boys showing at the Jesuit Cup moved the team to No. 3 in Ohio.
The other new state No. 1s this week are Garinger (N.C.), Rock Canyon (Colo.) and Edina (Minn.) in boys soccer, and Notre Dame Academy (Ky.) and Skyline (Utah) in girls soccer.
The top of the regional rankings were largely untouched, with new No. 1s in only the Ohio girls region and the Great Lakes boys regions. The other 12 high school regional No. 1s held their positions.
RANDOM NOTES: Medina (Ohio) senior Bri Shingary, a member of the TopDrawerSoccer Fall Girls All-America Watch List and a Buffalo commit, scored six goals last week and netted three game-winners as the Bees started 3-0. ... The boys soccer team at Bismarck Century (N.D.) leads the nation with six wins already. ... A FAB 50 girls showdown between Brebuef Jesuit (Ind.) and Center Grove (Ind.) girls didn't get played Saturday as lightning halted the JV match and the delay forced the postponement of the varsity contest. The teams will try again later this season. ... Tresor Mbuyu is working himself toward a spot in the Fall Boys Soccer All-America Watch List following a four-goal outing as Garinger (N.C.) overwhelmed former state top-ranked Providence (N.C.) 5-1 in a Kicks for the Cure benefit match. The win moves Garinger into the No. 1 spot in North Carolina, up in the regional rankings and certainly into the FAB 50, which will be released Tuesday.