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1. Strath Haven (15-0-0) Last Week: No. 1
They’ve outscored opponents 57-4. They’ve outscored Central League opponents 46-2, and one of those markers came late in an 8-1 win over Marple Newtown. I’m going to go with, wow.
2. Garnet Valley (9-6-0) Last Week: No. 2
OK, it’s a crap shoot past Strath Haven, with Conestoga a hair ahead of a quartet of Delco teams. The Jags are ahead by a nose, but the realization that goalkeeper Maris Hayes could be out for an extended period of time after a concussion sustained a week ago against Lower Merion.
3. Episcopal Academy (8-3-3) Last Week: No. 7
The Chruchmen don’t do me or my rankings any favors by not playing any Central League teams this year, but here’s the best shot I have at a common opponent: EA lost 2-1 in its season-opener to Bishop Shanahan, which took Strath Haven to overtime in its season opener (even that’s not a very good barometer given how much teams can change). But after seeing them play, I’m a believer in the Inter-Ac leaders, and their five-game winning streak and 10-game unbeaten run make them the big climbers this week.
4. Radnor (9-7-0) Last Week: No. 5
Read this however you like, but Radnor, Penncrest and Haverford are really 4a, 4b, and 4c. There’s reasons for each to surge ahead and reasons for each to fall behind. Radnor’s reason du jour for the rise is three straight wins, including a victory over Penncrest. It helps that the Red Raiders got Taylor Quinn back on the score sheet after a four-game drought; she also assisted on both goals against Penncrest.
5. Penncrest (8-7-0) Last Week: No. 3
Penncrest gets the edge, despite losing two games last week to Strath Haven and Radnor, by virtue of their 2-1 win over Haverford Oct. 3. (“But Haverford beat Radnor; why don’t they get the edge?,” you might ask. And if I had a good answer other than a befuddled, “because,” I’d type it here.)
6. Haverford (8-4-1) Last Week: No. 4
A 1-0 win over Harriton is their only victory in the last four. That doesn’t diminish the fact, though, that few teams probably want to face a goalkeeper the caliber of Kelly Rogers.
7. Cardinal O’Hara (8-5-2) Last Week: No. 6
The Lions get a little mojo back by beating Hallahan last week, Catherine Wroblewski finding the back of the net twice after a three-match drought.
Also in the conversation: Springfield, Archbishop Carroll, Marple Newtown, Delco Christian.