Ten days weeks ago, Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) won a girls soccer match against Oregon’s nationally ranked defending state champion, a win that reinforced Skyline’s No. 1 ranking schools in the Northwest. A week later, Skyline was upended by a then unranked instate opponent.
Such is life in the world of high school soccer.
One week, a team is making a regional statement, the next it’s brought down by a local rival.
In a week where many of the state favorites held their ground, it’s the Skyline result that will create the most significant effect on the regional and FAB 50 rankings. Undefeated Kentridge (Kent, Wash.), which handed Skyline the 3-1 defeat, has earned its right atop the Washington state rankings, and FAB 50 Top 25-ranked [Tualatin wa-w] (Ore.) — which Skyline defeated — and Issaquah (Wash.) — which Tualatin defeated — needed to slide down in the regional rankings to honor the results.
There are also new girls state No. 1s in Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Rhode Island.
The big girls soccer winner this past weekend was FAB 50 No. 1-ranked Maria Carrillo (Santa Rosa, Calif.), which handled visiting [Bishop O’Connell va-w] (Arlington, Va.) and Good Counsel (Olney, Md.). The Pumas used big second-half efforts to route their East Coast foes, securing its position atop the rankings.
On the boys side, two of the most interesting results last week happened in Ohio and New Mexico.
St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) lost to University School (Hunting Valley, Ohio) in a battle of undefeated teams, costing St. Edward its high ranking. In New Mexico, last week’s state No. 1 Cibola and No. 2 Sandia Prep, both from Albuquerque, played to a tie. That result moved the teams right beside each other in both the state and region rankings, and in the FAB 50, which is released Tuesday.
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