(records based on games reported to the Daily Times through Oct. 8)
1. Strath Haven (12-0-0) Last Week: No. 1
Well, Haven gave up a goal last week. That’s news. But seriously, wins over Conestoga and Radnor make for a pretty darn good week.
2. Garnet Valley (9-5-0) Last Week: No. 2
Seven straight wins for the Jaguars without allowing a goal give them a head of steam headed into a meeting with Conestoga. That’s a big hurdle to try to surmount, though.
3. Penncrest (7-5-0) Last Week: No. 6
It seems like each week, this is the spot for a team to make a big jump into. This time around, it’s the Lions, who have won four of their last five in the league, including a big showdown win over the team a spot below them. It’ll be interesting to see how Penncrest, a team with a strong midfield, matches up with Strath Haven.
4. Haverford (7-3-1) Last Week: No. 3
The Fords have lost two straight, including decisions to Penncrest and Conestoga. They would’ve fallen further except for …
5. Radnor (6-7-0) Last Week: No. 4
… the four straight losses that have the Red Raiders suddenly under .500 and falling from No. 2 in two weeks. The schedule has been a real beast, but they’ve only managed two goals in the four matches.
6. Cardinal O’Hara (7-5-2) Last Week: No. 5
Speaking of hitting the skids, the Lions had a tough week against an Archbishop’s row (Wood and Ryan; some very good competition, it should be noted), losing by a combined score of 7-0.
7. Episcopal Academy (5-3-3) Last Week: No. 7
The Churchmen are haven’t lost since Sept. 12, including wins last week against Penn Charter and Agnes Irwin.
Also in the conversation: Springfield, Marple Newtown, Delco Christian, Archbishop Carroll.