Fall 2017 FAB 50 High School Soccer Team Rankings

The boys fall high school season includes the following states: Colorado, Connecticut, D.C., Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia (private), West Virginia, Wisconsin.

The rankings are compiled by high school rankings editor Sheldon Shealer.

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Rank (Prev.) School Record
1 Pennington School Pennington, NJ 0-0-0
The defending New Jersey Prep A champs return a solid lineup that features national recruit Ibrahima Diop, a Team Snap First-Team All-America pick from last season, along with NCAA Division I-bound midfielder Jared Panson and defender Jared Subarsky. Pennington will see Top 10-ranked St. Benedict's in the regular season and, perhaps, the postseason. Pennington also competes in the Haverford School Tournament and will play perennial Prep Top 10 Hill School (Pa.) and FAB 50-ranked Delran.
2 Rockwood Summit Fenton, MO 0-0-0
Led by TeamSnap Second-Team All-America Billy Hency and IUPUI commit Corey Goede, Rockwood Summit appears loaded for a run at SIMA FAB 50 national No. 1. An early season clash with No. 9 Christian Brothers will set the tone for both teams in the national rankings.
3 Lower Dauphin Hummelstown, PA 0-0-0
With standout brothers Jackson and Ryan Becher, both courted by NCAA Division I programs, Lower Dauphin is favored to defend its title in Class AAA. Forward Diego Heredia has committed to Colgate. Seniors Nick Iagnemma, Steven Schankweiler and Garrett Wylie all return from last year's 28-0 team. In addition, Lower Dauphin added Sam Mehl. All of the listed players are teammates on the LDC Crushers, one of the top-ranked clubs in PA-East.
4 St. Ignatius Cleveland, OH 0-0-0
Last year's SIMA FAB 50 national champs were hit hard by graduation, but that seldom seems to matter with this program. Although the Wildcats are young, they are exceptionally talented. Sophomore Matthew McLaughlin and Matt Trickett are the key returning starters. St. Ignatius is riding a 47-match undefeated streak. The team will face Erie Cathedral Prep (Pa.) and compete in the Jesuit Cup for two important benchmark events. Last year's St. Ignatius team had 15 seniors, seven of them now playing in college.
5 Barrington Barrington, IL 0-0-0
Led by Klaus Pallan, who scored 28 goals a year ago, Barrington is expected to be a state title contender this fall in a strong group of Illinois teams. Barrington was the state runner-up last season to Naperville North. Other key returnees include Michael Blanke, second on the team in goals in 2016, and Enrico Ruffolo, the team leader in assists.
6 St. Benedict's Prep Newark, NJ 0-0-0
St. Benedict's has a loaded junior class that is aiming to return this program to the top of the rankings. Fifteen of the team's projected players were part of the Cedar Stars club team that won the Dallas Cup U18 title last spring, routed Baltimore Celtic 5-1 in the final. Key players include F Celio Pompeu Martins and MFs Azriel Johnson and Sebastian Chalbaud, all juniors. Chalbaud has been part of Venezuela's Under-17 National Team and is leaning toward committing to UNC. Also returning is senior Felipe Lucas.
7 Bradley-Bourbonnais Bradley, IL 0-0-0
Twins Anthony and Nick Markanich along with Efrain Davila form perhaps the nation's most lethal attack. Last year, the trio combined for 91 goals and 57 assists while leading the team to a 25-1 season and a state third-place showing. The Boilermakers again should cruise through the regular season, but will get tested at the Go 4 the Goal Fall Classic in Burlington, Iowa.
8 Conestoga Berwyn, PA 0-0-0
Seniors Nick Jennings and Chris Donovan the key returner for Conestoga, which is coming off a 25-1 season and a PIAA Class AAAA state title. Jennings and Donovan both were first-team All-Main Line selections last year.
9 Christian Brothers College St. Louis, MO 0-0-0
Forward Nick Dempster and midfielder Jack Edwards were the basis for an already strong CBC lineup. However, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported this week that CBC is picking up a pair of former Development Academy players to lock down the defense in GK Nick Randazzo and defender Colten Walsh.
10 Naperville North Naperville, IL 0-0-0
Although defending state champ Naperville North lost All-America selection and leading scorer Chris Sullivan to graduation, the Huskies bring back its next four highest goal scorers. Key returnees include GK Tommy Welch, D Ethan Harvey and MF Nate Zain, all of whom were TeamSnap State Stars from last season, along with F Ian Guppy, and Ds Jack Hill and Mitch Konrad.
11 Milwaukee Marquette Milwaukee, WI 0-0-0
Regardless of Marquette's standing, this program -- and its results -- is one of the most important in the country. By competing in a pair of out-of-state tournaments, Marquette serves as gauge teams as far east as D.C. and as far west as Colorado. The Hilltoppers, a national Top 10 team last year, returns F Nick Cheung, who scored several key goals last season.
12 Mount St. Joseph Baltimore, MD 0-0-0
NCAA Division I recruits Tyler Collins and Brett St. Martin return for the Gales in what should be Mount St. Joseph's season is the ultra-competitive MIAA. The league is full of Baltimore Celtic club players and others who have passed on the Development Academy in order to represent these storied high school programs. Mount St. Joseph finished near the bottom of the SIMA FAB 50 last season.
13 Fordham Prep Bronx, NY 0-0-0
Fordham Prep graduates a pair of All-City performers, but the return of Jorge Gonzales, the son of FC Barcelona great Raul, should make this team the favorite in New York. Fordham Prep went 19-1 last season, losing to Chaminade in the state semifinals. [NOTE: Since preseason rankings were released, it was confirmed that Jorge Gonzales is not returning to Fordham this fall.]
14 Boulder Boulder, CO 0-0-0
Boulder ended the season at No. 2 in the SIMA FAB 50 last year, and easily could work its way back toward the top with another perfect season. The key returners for Boulder are midfielders Eric Ramirez and Omar Castruita. GK Djibril Doumbia has transferred to Barca Academy, which leaves a major hole to fill.
15 Dodge City Dodge City, KS 0-0-0
Dodge City emerged onto the Kansas scene last year, catching most people by surprise when a underclass-dominated team posted a perfect record and wrestled the state title away from the Kansas City-area powers. A trio of starts return, Miguel Baca, Eddie Del Toro and Mario Martinez.
16 Morton Cicero, IL 0-0-0
Led by two-team TeamSnap All-Region selection Baltazar Duran, Morton figures to be in the state title conversation this year, as usual. Duran had 19 goals and 11 assists last season as Morton posted 24 wins.
17 Martin Luther King Manhattan, NY 0-0-0
Yaya Bakayoko, who is considering UNC, Sanoussi Sangary and Sekou Fofana are back for MLK, which is aiming for a 17th NYC Cup under longtime coach Martin Jacobson. MLK has matches with Jericho and Hicksville scheduled for this season, which should help assess this NYC power against some of Long Island's and the state's stronger, yet smaller, public schools.
18 Archbishop Curley Baltimore, MD 0-0-0
Maryland commit Nick Richardson anchors a Curley team that was the MIAA runner-up to Calvert Hall last season. The MIAA has three teams in the SIMA FAB 50 to start the year, and a fourth easily could win its way into the mix.
19 Mason Mason, OH 0-0-0
Mason has become a fixture among the Cincinnati-area powers, thanks in large part of getting club players from highly successful CUP. Cincinnati commit Ben Wendell is expected to be part of the Mason lineup this fall after helping CUP to a US Youth Soccer national tournament appearance last week.
20 Ramapo Franklin Lakes, NJ 0-0-0
Sebastian Varela returns for Ramapo following a season of 20 goals and 17 assists. He was a first-team all-state pick in the Star-Ledger last year.
21 Summit Country Day Cincinnati, OH 0-0-0
With a pair of NCAA Division I-bound midfielders, Summit Country Day again is heavily favored in Ohio's Division III. Last year's team, went 21-1-1, losing only to national power St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.).
22 Urbana Ijamsville, MD 0-0-0
Urbana, coming off a 19-1 season and a state title, will be aiming for a repeat this season. The team is led by William & Mary commit John Andrew Eskay.
23 McMinnville McMinnville, OR 0-0-0
McMinnville returns nine starters from last year's 17-1-1 state runner-up team. Key returnees include F Cameron Autencio and GK Grant Vicknair.
24 Dublin Coffman Dublin, OH 0-0-0
Georgetown commit Luke Kiley returns to highlight a Dublin Coffman lineup that is the preseason favorite in the Columbus area.
25 La Cueva Albuquerque, NM 0-0-0
La Cueva returns five players who received first- or second-team all-state honors from last year's 18-2-1 state title-winning team. The key players include forwards Joseph Keller and Andres Zanios and GK Anthony Munoz. Munoz was a TeamSnap State Star from last year.
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