Boys Soccer: Super 7, Sept. 24

I’d better post this now before Tuesday’s games force me to tear these up. Anyway, here’s the rationale behind the Super 7s that went with today’s notebook.

Ridley forward Romario Elbasani has the Green Raiders on the move. (Times Staff / JULIA WILKINSON)

Ridley forward Romario Elbasani has the Green Raiders on the move. (Times Staff / JULIA WILKINSON)

1. Haverford School (4-3-0) Last Week: No. 1

The four-game winning streak came to an end thanks to Maryland powerhouse McDonogh School, but the Fords got a goal from Sander Yu in the game. An influential midfield player, he could go a long way in determining the Fords’ fate this season.

2. Strath Haven (4-3-0) Last Week: No. 3

Their three Central League wins have come over Super 7 teams by one goal each, including OT wins over Springfield and Garnet Valley and a 70th-minute win over Ridley. That speaks to this team’s character, and they’re simply getting results.

3. Springfield (3-4-0) Last Week: No. 2

The Cougars are winless in the league after 1-0 OT losses to Haven and Harriton and a 4-0 trashing to Conestoga. Overall, they’ve lost four of their last five games, scoring just three times, only once in the losses. I have to think an offense that has scored just seven goals this season is on the brink of a breakthrough once the schedule lightens up.

4. Ridley (6-1-0) Last Week: No. 7

The belief in the Green Raiders I had last week doesn’t look misplaced. They topped Upper Darby and Haverford, played Strath Haven even for 70 minutes and scored a strong nonleague win against Avon Grove.

5. Radnor (4-2-3) Last Week: NR

The Raiders are the big movers this week thanks to a 3-0 win over Garnet Valley. They’ve won four straight games by a combined score of 13-0. Jake Ordonio and Jack Norton have risen to the occasion and done the heavy lifting in attack.

6. Garnet Valley (3-3-1) Last Week: No. 6

The Jags got a boost with an overtime win over Penncrest last time out thanks to Justin Von Ahnen’s overtime game-winner. It’s his first of the year, and he’ll be a big factor in the Jaguars continued resurgence this season.

7. Sun Valley (5-3-0) Last Week: No. 5

A 2-1 win over Penncrest salvaged something for the Vanguards this week. But the real story behind Sun Valley is that save for a 3-0 loss to West Chester Rustin, they have been in each game this season. Bodes well for their standing in the Ches-Mont League.

Also under consideration: Penncrest (4-4-1; it’s been a rough week for the Lions, who are winless in their last four); Episcopal Academy (2-3-2; a 7-0 thrashing by Hill School ended the Churchmen’s week on a sour note), Christian Academy (5-1-0; the Crusaders are 5-0 in the Tri-State Christian Conference, which is worth a nod here).

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