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.
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).