(records based on games submitted to the Daily Times through Sept. 25)
1. Strath Haven (8-0-0) Last Week: No. 1
The Panthers will stay here until a team says otherwise, and that’s not going to be an easy task. Morgan Glassford is scoring at will, and Kristen Miller isn’t far behind. The most pressing note about this team is a disclaimer: Krissy Welsh, despite being among the county’s best goalkeepers, won’t appear in the leaders because her defense hasn’t given her enough work. She’s only averaging just over 3 shots faced per game, stopping them at an 88.9 percent clip.
2. Radnor (5-4-1) Last Week: No. 2
A 2-1 loss to Conestoga last week, paired with the Sept. 11 draw with Lower Merion, indicates that the Red Raiders may be just a shade below the Central’s elite. But the fact that Siobhan Osborne has emerged as a legitimate secondary scoring threat is crucial for their development.
3. Garnet Valley (4-4-0) Last Week: No. 3
The Jaguars’ overtime loss to the Red Raiders sets this margin. But they were able to inch ahead of Harriton Monday night, which could prove to be a crucial battle at the fringes of the district qualification spots.
4. Cardinal O’Hara (5-2-2) Last Week: No. 4
The Lions have found the Catholic League slate less forgiving than their nonleague schedule, but they’re holding their own in the early going. In a ranking clearly dominated by Central League sides, O’Hara would be able to hold their own.
5. Penncrest (5-4-0) Last Week: No. 5
Speaking of the Central League, the Lions are beating the teams that they have to in order to get into that district qualification conversation. The only league stumbles so far have been to Harriton and Garnet Valley, leaving a few notable opportunities coming up to improve their place in the league’s hierarchy.
6. Episcopal Academy (3-3-2) Last Week: NR
It looks like the Churchmen have overcome an early inability to score, exploding for 17 goals in their last four matches after scoring a total of three in their first four. The emergence of Leah Becker as a primary scoring option is a big part of that.
7. Haverford (6-1-1) Last Week: No. 7
It looks like the loss to Marple Newtown (who became the first win of Springfield’s season Tuesday) was an aberration. It’s the only blemish on a season that includes a draw with Lower Merion. The schedule has been friendly to the Fords early, but we’ll see how they fare when the going gets tough.
Drops out: Marple Newtown (6)