Movement! Luckily, it seems like every one of these teams plays another one in the Super 7 at some point this month, so things will either be really clear or really muddled. Probably the latter, because that’s always what happens. To the rankings we go…
*Disclaimer – I know I’m an idiot and all those other words you probably wouldn’t want your mother to hear you say. No need to reinforce it, and calling me a *&@&$& will not improve your team’s standing in the rankings.
(Records Through Wednesday)
1. Episcopal Academy (13-0-0, 5-0-0) Last week: No. 1
The Churchmen clearly subcribe to the theory that their odds of winning improve substantially if the opposition doesn’t score. EA added shutouts of Germantown Academy (2-0) and Penn Charter (3-0) to make it four consecutive shutouts. Gianna Pileggi overtook the county lead in shutouts with nine, and All-Delco Alana Dumas had three goals in those past two games, while Taryn Gallagher had a pair of assists. Which team will break the Churchmen’s goose egg streak?
2. Notre Dame (10-1-0, 4-1-0) Last week: No. 2
The Irish snapped Agnes Irwin’s long winning streak in a 5-2 decision that featured three goals and a helper from two-time All-Delco Moira Putsch and a pair of tallies from Nina Diamond. It’s a big month for the Irish that features a rematch with the Churchmen and a nonleague battle with Cardinal O’Hara.
3. Cardinal O’Hara (11-0-0, 5-0-0) Last week: No. 3
The Lions just can’t stop scoring goals. My goodness. That offense is terrorizing the Catholic League at a scary rate. Marissa Cicione broke the school scoring record with her 29th goal in just her 11th game, but it was All-Delco Grace Boston who had five goals and seven assists in the past three games for the Lions. What a month October shapes up to be for O’Hara. The Lions host Notre Dame, Strath Haven, and Archbishop Carroll, and that sandwiches a road date with Episcopal Academy. If the Lions go 4-0 in that stretch, though, it would easily cement them as the No. 1 team in the county.
4. Strath Haven (9-0-1, 6-0-0) Last week: No. 5.
I will finally get a chance to see the Panthers at work Friday when they host Conestoga in a makeup game from Tuesday’s rainout. Sources (read: every coach who’s seen Haven) tells me I’ll be impressed with Jessica Borbee and Casey Oehler. However, if the Panthers get into a track meet with the Pioneers, they’ll need players like Rebecca Lucci and Kristen Baschoff to step up. Baschoff had two goals in both a 2-0 win over Upper Darby and a 5-2 win over Bishop Shanahan. Haven doesn’t rout anyone, but it doesn’t have to. Defense for days.
5. Archbishop Carroll (8-3-1, 6-0-0) Last week: No. 4
The Patriots drop a tad mostly because Strath Haven has slightly more impressive wins, but Carroll is still a force to be reckoned with. Megan Kelly had a pair of goals in a 3-0 win over Archbishop Ryan, and her twin, All-Delco Katie Kelly, had a pair of assists. O’Hara has been a bit more decisive in its PCL wins, which is why the Lions are my top-ranked Catholic League team, but hey, that Oct. 24 date looms large.
6. Garnet Valley (10-2-0, 6-1-0) Last week: No. 6
I saw the Jaguars Tuesday against Ridley – more on that in a blog post tomorrow – and, well, wow. They looked sharp. I expected to beat the Green Raiders by a goal or two, but they came storming out of the gate and never looked back. Katie Keyser is so, so fast, and it takes her all of two strides to hit full speed. That speed helped lead to five goals and an assist in the past week, and goalie Hailey Valerio earned her first two shutouts of the year against West Chester East and Ridley. GV is still very much in the thick of things for the league title and should be there until the end.
7. Haverford (7-3-1, 5-1-0) Last week: Not ranked.
Hey, welcome back, Fords. Nice to see you again. I saw Haverford take down a hot Radnor team that had just beaten Conestoga, and the Fords made it look pretty easy. They were very impressive and could have won by a much healthier margin if not for the play of Red Raiders goalie Emily Snowden. Early pressure led to scoring chances, and two-time All-Delco Jess McCarthy doesn’t miss too many chances. She has eight goals in her past three games, including both tallies in a nice 2-1 win over Sacred Heart, and Morgan Druce had a goal and two assists in that three-game stretch. Big showdown with Conestoga looms tonight. I wonder if the Fords can atone for last year’s Central League-clinching loss.
Dropped out: Agnes Irwin.
Also considered by alphabetical order: Agnes Irwin, Sacred Heart.