(records based on games reported to the Daily Times though Oct. 8)
1. Haverford School (8-2-1) Last Week: No. 1
The Fords dropped the showdown with Conestoga last week, but they remain without a loss in the Inter-Ac. Perhaps alarmingly, Brett Campbell hasn’t scored a goal in three matches. Then again, the Fords have won two of those.
2. Upper Darby (9-4-0) Last Week: No. 2
They passed a tough series of tests last week, topping Springfield and Penncrest. They did so without top defender Sam Ortiz and with limited contributions from banged up Ansu Corneh.
3. Radnor (7-2-3) Last Week: No. 3
A draw with Harriton may be just as impressive, if not more so, than a win over scuffling Strath Haven last week. They also fought Abington to a two-overtime loss.
4. Springfield (6-3-1) Last Week: No. 5
Though the Cougars lost to Upper Darby, they rebounded nicely with a comprehensive win over Ridley, a rare three-goal outburst from a team that doesn’t exactly have a reputation for lighting up the scoreboard.
5. Strath Haven (6-6-1) Last Week: No. 4
It’s been four losses out of five games, all in the Central League, for the Panthers, who have fallen from No. 2 to No. 5 in that time. If you’re looking for a cause, they’ve scored only two goals in those losses.
6. Episcopal Academy (5-3-3) Last Week: No. 6
The Churchmen are looking like Inter-Ac contenders with two wins and a draw from their first three league matches, more than they got all of last season. We’ll see if a single, consistent finisher emerges from a crowd of striking options.
7. Penn Wood (8-2-0) Last Week: No. 7
The Patriots are 5-0 in the league heading into Tuesday’s showdown with Academy Park. Expect the battle to be heated.
Also in the conversation: Penncrest, Sun Valley, Bonner-Prendergast.