Girls Soccer: Super 7, Sept. 24

And here’s the girls soccer Super 7, a ranking which I have a feeling will be made a lot more clear with the three games this week.

1. Strath Haven (5-1-0) Last Week: No. 1

Through six games, the Panthers have had five girls score their first varsity goals, including a Maddie Forbes brace that included an overtime game-winner. They just keep churning out the talent.

2. Episcopal Academy (6-2-1) Last Week: No. 2

The injury to Leah Becker is a blow, but it’s been mitigated by Meredith Manley’s five goals this season. The Churchmen are on a six-game unbeaten streak.

3. Garnet Valley (4-3-1) Last Week: No. 3

The Jags are unbeaten in their last four, including a pair of shutouts over Penncrest and Kennett last week. The fact that Haley Warden and her four goals have stepped up into a big offensive role of late bodes well.

4. Agnes Irwin (5-1-0) Last Week: No. 4

The two-headed offensive monster that is Kristin Burnetta and Hannah Keating keeps rolling along. We’ll see if the Owls can win the close games that come with Inter-Ac play, but they’ve passed the early tests this season with flying colors.

5. Notre Dame (6-0-0) Last Week: No. 5

Six matches, 37 goals. That is all.

6. Haverford (5-1-0) Last Week: No. 6

The Fords get the benefit of the doubt over Penncrest. A 4-0 win over Marple Newtown is impressive.

7. Cardinal O’Hara (3-3-1) Last Week: NR

A 1-1 draw with a strong Archbishop Wood team may be their most impressive of the year. And it was Jess DiGiacomo getting the late equalizer. She and goalkeeper Carrie Zamonski have stepped up lately.

Also under consideration: Penncrest (5-3-0; they Lions haven’t yet risen to meet the challenge of the more difficult schedule); Radnor (1-4-2; a win over Upper Darby is a step in the right direction); Springfield (1-2-2; A 1-1 draw with Conestoga is a big result, thanks in large part to Kate Ryan’s emergence in goal).

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