Reflects games played through Wednesday, but has records updated through Thursday. Get it? Got it? Good. Been a while since the last Super 7, so a lot has gone down. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter is @MattChandik. Here we go…
1. Springfield (9-1, 5-1) Last week: No. 1.
The Cougars are goooooooood. They have the best coaching staff in Delco – a staff led by Keith Broome, who got his 300th career win Thursday – and when two-time Alex Poplawski decides to take over, she’s the best player in the county. But I loved what I saw from Emily Santana against Garnet Valley. She’s got a nose for the net and her and Poplawski dominate draws. A second-half collapse against Conestoga was surprising, but the Pioneers are the best team in the state at this point. A head-to-head win and more early quality wins give Springfield the edge over…
2. Strath Haven (8-1, 5-1) Last week: No. 3.
It’s not the Panthers’ fault that they haven’t played many tough games lately. The Central League schedule just came out in a way where Strath Haven will play most of the contenders down the stretch. Look at next week’s schedule – at Conestoga, at Radnor then vs. Episcopal Academy at Katie Samson. Ouchtown. Luckily for the Panthers, they’re pretty good. The stats have been balanced, but Morgan Glassford ranks among the county’s top scorers and Kirsten Wilhelmsen does it all. We’ll know a lot more about Strath Haven after this week.
3. Radnor (7-2, 5-1) Last week: No. 2.
I took in the Red Raiders’ 16-9 loss to Conestoga and while the Pioneers exploited the Red Raiders’ transition defense, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better 1-2 punch on defense than Abby Junior and Lyndsey Britton. They’re both fantastic. Offensively, Shannon Quinn had four goals against the Pioneers and she’s been the go-to girl all year, but she could use a little more help. No one else had 20 points heading into Thursday’s action. Quite the docket for the Red Raiders this week. At Harriton, vs. Strath Haven and vs. Notre Dame at Katie Samson. Yeesh.
4. Archbishop Carroll (7-3, 4-0) Last week: No. 5.
Bummer that the Patriots’ game with Radnor was rained out. It would have been a great barometer to indicate where Carroll stands. If you want to stop the 1-2 duo of Taryn Deck and All-Delco Natalie Schmitt, a fire extinguisher might be your best bet. They had combined for 83 points heading into Thursday’s 8-0 win over Hallahan. A 17-16 overtime win over Boyertown was a big boost. Three guesses as to who had the OT winner. The Patriots seem to like to get into track meets with teams. Will that work in the state tournament?
5. Garnet Valley (5-4, 2-4) Last week: No. 4.
Odd seeing a 4 in that league play loss column, but the Jaguars’ Central League schedule was heavily front-loaded. There was an impressive win over Haverford to knock the Fords out of the league unbeaten ranks. Fantastic midfielder Haley Warden had five goals in that one and she and Ashley Pyle had a hat trick. Pyle then scored four in a loss to Harriton. Emily Mathewson had four goals and a helper in a loss to Springfield. She plays like a senior, but looks like the freshman she is. Small, but aggressive, smart and instinctual.
6. Episcopal Academy (5-2, 4-0) Last week: No. 6.
The Churchmen are still holding court in a parity-filled Inter-Ac. They needed a 10-9 win over Germantown Academy to make sure of it, so MC Curran‘s four goals and Lindsey Reder‘s eight saves were a welcome sight. Like Carroll, I want to see how EA holds up outside its league. It is 1-2, but one of those games was the country’s best team in McDonogh (Md.) Rivalry games with Notre Dame and Agnes Irwin await this week, while a marquee nonleague date with Strath Haven at the Katie Samson Festival will be telling.
7. Haverford (8-3, 4-2) Last week: Unranked.
Welcome to the club, Fords. We have jackets and cupcakes and it’s a really good time. Stick around for a while. If it’s a day that ends in Y, Amanda Case is probably scoring goals. She leads the county in scoring by a healthy margin. Haverford got knocked down a peg when it dropped a game to Garnet Valley and the Fords’ league schedule is very backloaded – they lost to Radnor Thursday by a healthy margin – but they’re a young team that will only get better with time. Olivia Martin has been another good scoring option, while Nikki Harnwell has been solid in net.
Dropped out: Agnes Irwin. Also considered in alphabetical order: Agnes Irwin, Notre Dame.
Updated stats leaderboard at some point this weekend.
– MATT CHANDIK