Fall 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 (fall only), West Virginia, Wisconsin.

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

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Rank School Record
1 St. Ignatius Cleveland, OH 21-0-0*
Season Complete. Ohio Division 1 state champion.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 1,500 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: Nolan Spicer scored twice and Marko Rimac and Luciano Pechota added goals as St. Ignatius defeated New Albany 4-1 in the state final to cap a perfect season and a second straight state title. In the process, the underclass-dominated St. Ignatius team stretched its win streak to a state record 34 matches while securing the program’s 10th state title. Rimac, one of only four senior starters, committed to Bowling Green. The team features six underclassmen who are heavily recruited by top college programs. Those six are juniors Pechota and Colin Folds and sophomores Spicer, Owen Sullivan, Nathan Trickett and Patrick McLaughlin. The starting lineup features five players from Pennine United 05 and five from Team Challenger 03/04 — both US Youth Soccer National League participants — and one from Croatia Cleveland.
2 Mount St. Joseph Baltimore, MD 8-0-0*
Season Complete. Baltimore Catholic regular-season champion.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 920 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: On paper, Mount St. Joseph might have been the most talented team in the nation. However, the Gaels never reached the finish line. An ambitious group of Baltimore-area Catholic schools surged forward with a season while the rest of the state — public and private — shut down. Mount St. Joseph clinched the regular-season title and was angling for a December playoff run when the league was shut down due to rising COVID cases in the Baltimore area. This Mount St. Joseph squad featured senior commits Tyquan Stroud (Temple), Miles Lam (American), Jackson Simons (Navy) and junior commit Brian St. Martin (Maryland). Van Danielson and Hunter Murphy, both top prospects, delivered strong seasons, as well. The Gaels’ starting 11 featured eight Baltimore Celtic Union players, two from Baltimore Armour and one from Pipeline.
3 William Hall West Hartford, CT 14-0-0*
Season Complete. Central Connecticut Conference Region A champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,525 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: Hall simply destroy the competition in 2020. The defending Class LL state champion was poised for a big year and delivered a perfect season, outscoring opponents 95-5 in a 14-0 showing. Holy Cross commit Evan Jones netted 34 goals with 12 assists. Quinnipiac commit Drew Seguro added 17 goals and 19 assists. Connecticut did not offer a state tournament this year, so teams concluded play with conference mini-tournaments. Hall routed Northwest Catholic 7-0 in the semifinals before defeating Simsbury 7-1 in the final. This Hall squad becomes the highest-ranked Connecticut school in the 21-year history over FAB 50 final rankings.
4 Milwaukee Marquette Milwaukee, WI 13-0-2*
Season Complete. Wisconsin Division 1 state champion.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 1,500 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: Charlie Horton, Valentin Sandoval and Miguel Gonzalez scored the goals while Gonzalez and Gabe Anguil had assists as Marquette handled Arrowhead 3-0 in the state final, marking the program’s 15th start championship since joining the WIAA in 2000. Anguil, a Wisconsin-Milwaukee signee, was named the state’s player of the year following an 11-goal, 15-assist season. Xavier Oliviero has committed to Wartburg and Horton is expected to soon commit, as well. Marquette’s starting lineup features four players from Bavarians, five from SC Wave and two from FC Wisconsin.
5 Lewisburg Lewisburg, PA 21-0-0*
Season Complete. Pennsylvania Class 2A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,115 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: Never before has a Pennsylvania 2A squad been ranked so high, but then it’s been a long time since there’s been a 2A squad with this much talent. Led by Penn State signee Ben Liscum, Lewisburg rolled to a perfect season. Liscum’s 35th goal of the season came in the team’s 6-0 state final victory over Deer Lakes. Tufts commit Anthony Bhangdia assisted the first goal of the match. Alan Daniel has committed to Union College. Jack Dieffenderfer, who scored twice in the final, and Eli Adams are soon expected to make college commitments. All but two of Lewisburg’s starting 11 play club for North Union United. The team has one starter from Lehigh Valley United.
6 Gill St. Bernard's Gladstone, NJ 13-0-1*
Season Complete. New Jersey Central West Non-Public champion.
School Facts: Private, 675 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: David Frankel, Micaah Garnette and Gavin Scavino scored the goals as Gill St. Bernard’s held off rival Pingry School 3-2 in the title match to cap an undefeated season. The lone blemish on Gill St. Bernard’s record was a 3-3 draw with fellow undefeated Monroe in a match where Gill St. Bernard’s needed to climb out of a 3-0 deficit to earn the tie. Garnette, who finished with 21 goals and 14 assists, was named the NJ.com Player of the Year and the team finished with the state’s No. 1 ranking. The team also featured Villanova commit Jordan Canica and fellow all-state selections Adam Berrocal and Frankel, a junior. The Starting 11 for Gill St. Bernard’s included five club players from STA, three from PDA and one each from Cedar Stars, NJ Elite and Sporting NJ.
7 Pennington School Pennington, NJ 3-0-0*
Season Complete. Independent schedule.
School Facts: Private, 530 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: Pennington rivaled Mount St. Joseph (Md.) for the most individual talent on any high school team this fall, and like Mount St. Joseph, never got to complete the regular season. Pennington traditionally plays a schedule full of out-of-state opponents, and even after creating a “COVID” schedule, four teams dropped Pennington, leaving the squad with a 3-0, unsecured upon season. Pennington’s lineup, the few times it took the field, featured Wake Forest signee Babacar Niang, UPenn commit Stas Korzeniowski, Lafayette signee Jack Borden, Union College commit Aiden Norman. In goal was junior Rafa Ponce de Leon, who has committed to North Carolina. While the lineup is worthy of a high ranking, the few matches played keep Pennington lower in the rankings as it simply did not get a chance to fully prove itself. Pennington’s starting 11 were six PDA and five Match Fit club players.
8 Daniel Hand Madison, CT 11-0-0*
Season Complete. Southern Connecticut Conference Division B champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,075 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: UConn signee Scott Testori scored twice and Jason Wallack added a goal as Daniel Hand defeated Guilford 3-1 in the conference final. Connecticut did not offer state tournaments this season, leaving Hand’s division title the crowning achievement. Testori led the team with 28 goals and eight assists, which included hat tricks in seven of his last nine matches. Wallack (10 goals, 15 assists), Chris Porte and Jack Wildermann were all expected to soon make college soccer commitments. Daniel Hand’s starting 11 was comprised of eight Rush Shoreline club players, two from Shoreline United and one from South Central Premier.
9 Montclair Montclair, NJ 14-0-1*
Season Complete. New Jersey North East G Group 4 champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,080 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: Ben Ceccio scored all three goals as Montclair handled Livingston 3-0 in the section final. New Jersey did not offer a state tournament this fall. Montclair and Livingston played to a draw during the regular season. Felipe Gutierrez was an NJ.com All-State second-team selection. The senior has committed to Williams. Soren Tollis, who has committed to Wesleyan (Conn.), and Luca Campbell were first-team all-league picks, along with Gutierrez. Montclair’s starting lineup was a combination of club players from Match Fit, TSF and STA.
10 Appoquinimink Middletown, DE 14-0-1*
Season Complete. Delaware Division I state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,650 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: Appoquinimink ended Salesianum’s Delaware state title run with a 4-1 shootout victory following a 1-1 match. Appo, with state Player of the Year Aidan McDade and Delaware commit Hindovei Tucker, and Salesianum were head and shoulders above the field in Delaware. Appo defeated Salesianum 3-0 during the regular season, but the rematch was true test for this first-time state champ. The team fell behind 1-0 before commit Colby Niggebrugge tied the contest on a header from a corner kick by McDade. Twins Colby and Cody Niggebrugge have committed to Wilmington College. Keegan Miller has committed to Cabrini. Mekhi Nash remains undecided, as is former Philadelphia Union player T.J. Hastings, who is only a sophomore. Most of the starting lineup plays club for Sporting Delaware, with a little bit of Kirkwood and Coastal FC thrown into the mix.
11 Chaminade Mineola, NY 9-0-0*
Season Complete. New York Rockville Center Diocese champion.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 1,700 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: Chris Honan had a goal and one assist as Chaminade capped a perfect season with a 2-0 title win over rival St. Anthony’s. Coach Mike Gallagher shared his take on the bizarre season as the team started its season a month late and had its 22-game schedule knocked down to seven regular-season contests — a pair of moves that cost the team players who opted for fall club soccer. However, he was proud that the group who remained delivered a perfect season. Horan, who was named Newsboys CHSAA Player of the Year, might try to walk-on at a Division I program. Giovanni Tallinn is likely to go to U.S. Merchant Marine, according to Gallagher. Junior standouts Francisco Pavano and Matt Canade will be up for all-state honors in the spring after the rest of the Long Island schools hold their season.
12 Monroe Township Monroe Twp, NJ 14-0-1*
Season Complete. New Jersey Central East F Group 4 champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,330 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: Zachary Martinho delivered an overtime goal to lift Monroe to a 3-2 victory over Elizabeth in the section final. New Jersey did not offer state playoffs in 2020. During the regular season, Monroe played New Jersey’s top-ranked Gill St. Bernard to a 3-3 draw in a contest in held a 3-0 behind a pair of Christian Bernal goals and a Josh Cruz strike. Cruz, a junior, was named to the NJ.com All-State first team following a nine-goal, 15-assist season. Bernal, who finished with 19 goals was a second-team all-state selection. Monroe has five Match Fit, four Princeton SA and two PDA club players in its starting 11.
13 Fayetteville-Manlius Manlius, NY 11-0-0*
Season Complete. New York league champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,450 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: If there was a season for a Syracuse breakthrough in Class AA, this was it. Instead, Fayetteville-Manlius was limited to a short league schedule with no postseason play or chance to snag a victory over the perennial Class AA power sections. F-M went into the season with high expectations led by Syracuse signee Francesco Pagano and Division I recruits Ziad Abdul-Malak and Nino Pagano, Francesco’s younger brother. Francesco and Abdul-Malak were named the league’s Co-Players of the Year. Francesco scored at least one goal in each match and finished with 18. Abdul-Malay added eight goals and nine assists while Nino had 17 goals and eight assists. The starting lineup was comprised largely of players from Syracuse DA and Invictus clubs.
14 Salesianum Wilmington, DE 11-1-1*
Season Complete. Delaware Division I state runner-up.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 950 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: Salesianum’s state title streak ended at 10 in a row following a shootout loss to Apboquinimink in the state final. Salesianum, which suffered a rare instate during the regular season to Appo, took a 1-0 lead in the state final on a Jake Ross goal. Sallies surrendered a game-tying goal in the 63rd minute. Despite chances to win, which included playing a man up for a while, Salesiaunum was unable to make it 11 titles in a row. This year’s team featured a pair of Brown commits in Callaghan Walsh and Keegan Walpole, and a slew of talented underclassmen that will keep this program in the title running in 2021.
15 Medina Medina, OH 18-2-2*
Season Complete. Ohio Division 1 state semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 2,500 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: Medina’s season ended with a 2-0 state semifinal loss to St. Ignatius. These two programs have combined to win the last three Ohio Division I titles (Medina in 2018 and St. Ignatius the past two seasons). Gavin Csiszar, whose older brother plays at Cleveland State, was a first-team Ohio Division I selection. Cole Werthmuller, a senior, was named the conference and Gazette Player of the Year. Three of the team’s top players compete for Upper 90 FC during the club season, while two play for CSA and three others for the Pennine United/Everest Fusion team.
16 Calvary Day School Winston-Salem, NC 14-0-0*
Season Complete. North Carolina Independent Schools Class 3-A state champion.
School Facts: Private, 700 students, grades PK-12.
NOTES: Belmont Abbey commit Ryan Connors netted the lone goal as Calvary Day claimed a 1-0 state final win over Concord Academy to complete a perfect season. Messiah commit Adam Carter, a 6-foot-4 keeper, delivered a key save early and recorded the shutout. In North Carolina, only the NCISAA schools played fall soccer. The state’s largest governing body that includes all public schools and affiliated private schools moved fall sports to the spring. Calvary Day is a new player in a classification that has recently been dominated by Wesleyan Christian Academy. The infusion of nine NC Fusion club players into the team's starting lineup has helped Calvary Day jump from the middle of the pack to the top in only two seasons. Senior Josiah Winters and junior Pearce Lowrey also were key players for this year’s Calvary Day squad.
17 Detroit Catholic Central Novi, MI 13-0-3*
Season Complete. Michigan Division I state champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,330 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: Jack Leuker converted two penalty kicks — the second coming in overtime — as Detroit Catholic Central edged Traverse City West 2-1 in a state final where all the goals came from penalty kicks. Leaker was named to the coaches all-state first team. Clay Moscovic earned second-team honors. For Detroit Catholic Central, this was the Shamrocks second title since 2017.
18 Whitefish Bay Whitefish Bay, WI 14-1-1*
Season Complete. Wisconsin Division I section runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 970 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: Two weeks after playing Milwaukee Marquette to a scoreless tie, Whitefish Bay fell to Marquette 4-3 in overtime in the section final. Marquette then rolled to a state title, winning the final 3-0. Junior Mitchell Dryden, who had 27 goals and nine assists, was one of four Whitefish Bay players in the Elite XI for Wisconsin. He was joined by seniors Jack Bania and Will Shaw and junior Jack Moxom.
19 Dodge City Dodge City, KS 20-0-0*
Season Complete. Kansas Class 6A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,960 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: Alan Lopez, who has named Class 6A Forward of the Year, assisted the first goal and then scored the last two as Dodge City capped a perfect season with a 3-0 win over Olathe East. Keeper Carlos Sanchez made a clutch save while the game was still 1-0 that helped Dodge City gain momentum. Lopez, Sanchez, Erick Martinez and Dani Rojas were named to the Class 6A all-state first team. Unlike a lot of the teams on this FAB 50 list, Dodge City players do not play club soccer as the nearest metro area is about two hours away. Instead, Dodge City’s players compete in local indoor and/or on adult Sunday League teams.
20 Mars Mars, PA 21-0-0*
Season Complete. Pennsylvania Class 3A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,075 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: Mars made it a sweet sweep with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Northern York. Earlier in the day, Mars’ girls soccer team capped a perfect season with a state title. The Mars boys followed as Dane Beller scored twice only four minutes apart to rally the team from a 1-0 deficit to a 2-1 victory, a first-ever title for the program. Weller and Tyler Nymberg were named to the Class 3A All-WPIAL team. The starting 11 for Mars features players from six clubs with a majority of the starters coming from Century Steel SC.
21 Bernards Bernardsville, NJ 14-0-0*
Season Complete. New Jersey Central West A Groups 1, 2, 3 champion.
School Facts: Public, 860 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: Gilberto Ferreira scored three goals in the final as Bernards rolled to a 5-1 title victory over Steinert. Bernards was the Group 2 champion in 2019 and with just about every starter returning was expected to repeat. The COVID realignment put the team in a combination classification with Group 1, 2 and 3 teams — and still, it convincingly won the title. Bernard's outscored its opponents 73-6. Ferreira was named to the NJ.com first team. Senior Will Luik has committed to Washington & Lee. Most of Bernards’ starting 11 played for GPS, which has since disbanded. The team also featured club players from PDA, STA, FCUSA and Copa.
22 Seneca Valley Harmony, PA 17-1-1*
Season Complete. Pennsylvania Class 4A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,330 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: Zach LaValle scored 36 seconds into the second overtime session to lift Seneca Valley to a 2-1 win over Neshaminy in the state final. The win, No. 305 in the coaching career, gave George Williams his first state title. It also marked the first large-school state title for any Pittsburgh program since 2014. LaValle was Seneca Valley’s lone all-state selection. LaValle, Mason Baldwin and sophomore Beaux Lizewski were all-WPIAL picks.
23 Mamaroneck Mamaroneck, NY 13-0-1*
Season Complete. New York Southern Westchester large school champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,330 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: After falling behind for the first time all season, Mamaroneck's offense kicked it in high gear for a 4-1 victory over White Plains in the title match. Marko Kecman scored three goals and LoHud Westchester/Putnam Player of the Year Milton Mancias-Magana scored the other. Defender James Jogis anchored a defense that allowed only four goals in 2020.
24 St. Xavier Louisville, KY 19-2-0*
Season Complete. Kentucky state champion.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 1,300 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: Sulli Meyer netted the lone goal as St. Xavier edged South Warren for the state title. St. Xavier featured four all-state players: seniors Meyer and Jackson Marks and juniors Jeffrey Cox and Patrick Walz. St. Xavier lost a pair of matches, first to DuPont Manual and then to Louisville Collegiate. St. Xavier then defeated DuPont Manual in the region quarterfinals and then bested Kentucky Country Day, which had taken out Louisville College, in the region final. This year’s St. Xavier starting 11 included five club players from Falls City SC and three each from Javanon and Louisville City.
25 Shenendehowa Clifton Park, NY 13-0-2*
Season Complete. New York Suburban Council champion.
School Facts: Public, 3,200 students, grades 9-12.
NOTES: Will Burdick scored with 4:50 left to lift Shenendehowa to a 3-2 victory over rival Christian Brothers Academy in the Suburban Council Tournament final to finish a bizarre season. Just before the season, almost the entire team was forced to quarantine after participating in an offseason event. Then, right before the final, Shen’s girls team had its championship match canceled due to a positive COVID test connected to the opposing team. Shenendehowa, which entered as the top seed, twice trailed in the championship match 1-0 and 2-1. Darien Espinal tied the match at 1 and Conor Brown made it 2-2 to set up Burdick’s winner. All 11 starters for Shenendehowa played for NY Elite FC.

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