VIDEO: Top 10 High School Boys Soccer Rankings
Jason Snow of The Patriot Ledger goes down the Top 10 high school boys soccer teams.
Jason Snow, The Patriot Ledger
With a solid portion of the season now in the rearview mirror, some familiar, elite faces return to headline this week’s rankings.
Rounding out the bottom half of the rankings, meanwhile, teams with a win streak in hand clash with others trying to stave off a recent stumble to stagger for positioning.
Note: This is a pound-for-pound poll. Record and previous ranking in parentheses.
1. Hingham (12-0, 1)
The Harbormen reign atop the rankings once again. Senior goalkeeper Jack Price has allowed just three goals past him all season to preserve leads secured by leading scorers Cole Sampson, Aidan Brazel and Jack Murtagh. Sampson is tied with Quincy’s Ryan Doherty and Plymouth North’s Ben Young for the Patriot League lead in goals scored this season with 11. Brazel’s seven goals and four assists slots him ninth in the Patriot League with 11 total points. Sampson and Brazel added to their totals with goals in Hingham’s 3-1 win over Silver Lake on Tuesday.
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2. Norwell (10-0-2, 2)
The top of this week’s rankings has held to form – Hingham and Norwell have solidified themselves as the area’s top 2 teams to-date. Aside from tying a strong, ranked Rockland team, the Clippers have towered over their South Shore League counterparts with lopsided finals over Randolph (6-0 win), Mashpee (3-0 win), Hull (8-0 win) and Abington (5-0 win) before shutting out Cohasset (2-0 win) and East Bridgewater (1-0 win) this past week. Junior Garrett Fisher netted the Clippers’ lone goal against East Bridgewater.
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3. Oliver Ames (9-1, 5)
Freshman Andrew Martins recorded his first varsity goal with under 12 minutes to play in the Tigers 1-0 road win over Mansfield on Tuesday. Senior goalkeeper Alexander Priajinski held the Hornets scoreless on the night, including an impressive save in stoppage time to keep a tie at bay. Senior Clide Neau’s 11 goals on the season leads the Hockomock League, while teammates, senior Mathias Taylor and freshman Casey Milliken trail not too far behind.
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4. Rockland (10-0-1, 6)
Goalkeeper Tommy Gallagher made 18 saves in Rockland’s 1-1 tie with Norwell last week. Sophomore Joao Faria scored in the second half against the Clippers to preserve the team’s undefeated start. Rockland rolled over Abington, 8-2, in its most recent win to secure one of its most dominant triumphs of the season.
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5. Brockton (7-1-1, 4)
After leaving Durfee High with a scoreless tie on Sept. 29, the Boxers have rattled off a three-game win streak in which they outscored their opponents (Belmont, New Bedford and Boston International High) 18-0. Brockton grinded out narrow decisions earlier in the season, but have recently gotten the offense to fire in bunches. Gracian Moreira earned The Enterprise High School Boys Soccer Player of the Week honors after scoring a pair of goals in Brockton’s 3-1 win over Bridgewater-Raynham.
6. Cardinal Spellman (9-0-2, NR)
The Cardinals have soared over their competition in recent weeks, outscoring their opponents 36-2 in the last six games. Senior Tristan McDonough has also been rock solid commanding Spellman’s defense during that stretch. The Cardinals blanked Saint John Paul II High 10-0 on Monday to notch their most recent win.
7. BC High (9-3-1, 9)
After falling short to Fordham Prep (NY), 3-2 on Sept. 30, the Eagles have flown into a four-game win streak – three of which coming on the road. BC High slid by Catholic Memorial High, Xaverian Brothers High, Boston Latin School and Saint John’s to rally off four in a row.
8. Pembroke (8-2-1, NR)
After a week on the bubble, a recent six-game winning streak propelled the Titans into the fold this time around. Among two of Pembroke’s most impressive triumphs during the stretch came at the hands of Quincy (5-1 win) and Plymouth North (1-0 win). Ethan Sullivan recorded a hat trick in the win over Quincy. In their most recent win, Wil McManus, Andrew Gleason and Declan Crowley all scored in Pembroke’s 3-2 win over Duxbury on Friday. Crowley and Gleason also tacked on assists.
9. Plymouth North (8-2-3, 3)
Ranked as the area’s third best team at the time of the last set of rankings, the Eagles were undefeated and soaring. Since, Plymouth North has gone 1-2-3, including a deflating, 7-0 defeat to unblemished Hingham. The lone win during the stumble came against Quincy on Friday, Oct. 8. Ben Young’s 17 total points (11 goals, six assists) tie with Pembroke’s Ethan Sullivan for tops in the Patriot League.
10. West Bridgewater (7-2-1, 10)
This will sit well in Bridgewater, won’t it? West Bridgewater barely edges out East Bridgewater for the tenth and final spot. Winners of four of their last five games, the Wildcats have outscored their opponents 18-4 in the stretch, including a 1-0 win over Holbrook on Tuesday. Chase Ryan scored the lone goal for West Bridgewater in the win.
Bubble: Cohasset, East Bridgewater, Marshfield, Canton, Scituate