Just as the girls Springfield team enters the Super 7, the boys squad leads it, replaced by a Central League rival. Here’s the magic behind the notebook rankings.
1. Haverford School (6-3-0) Last Week: No. 1
Six wins in seven games is a good way to head into the Inter-Ac. Friday’s league opener against Malvern Prep should be an interesting barometer of where the power balance lies in the Inter-Ac.
2. Strath Haven (6-4-0) Last Week: No. 2
They came out on the wrong end of last Thursday’s battle of Central League unbeatens with Lower Merion. But the Panthers – as illustrated by Will Haury’s goal earning a gutsy win over a desperate Upper Darby team Saturday – have avoided the kind of slip ups that would dislodge them from standing second in the league.
3. Ridley (8-2-0) Last Week: No. 4
Saturday’s overtime loss to Harriton via a penalty kick is tough to swallow (even if it’s comeuppance for how Ridley has snatched games away late this season). But it’s also further proof of the Green Raiders’ standing among the Central League elite.
4. Radnor (5-4-3) Last Week: No. 5
A win over Haverford salvaged something from the week, but the Raiders have some winnable games on the horizon to bolster that win-loss record.
5. Garnet Valley (5-4-1) Last Week: No. 6
The Jaguars scored a dramatic win over Springfield Saturday thanks to Zach Wenger that should put the Cougars into panic mode. Garnet Valley’s one-goal wins over the three teams below them in the standings makes it easy to determine the echelons.
6. Sun Valley (7-4-0) Last Week: No. 7
The Vanguards hung tough with Great Valley and scored a big win over Downingtown East this week. It looks like there are some very winnable games on the horizon.
7. Penncrest (5-6-1) Last Week: NR
I’m a little confounded as to how the team that dominated Springfield and took Ridley to overtime was utterly torn apart by Lower Merion, 7-0, Saturday. The inability to do much in that game, even given the tough circumstances of a Saturday date for a third game of the week, is a concern. But it belies the Lions ability to get results.
Also under consideration: Springfield (3-8-0; the Cougars haven’t won since Sept. 14, a string of six straight losses); Episcopal Academy (3-3-3; we’ll see if the arrival of Inter-Ac play stops the Churchmen’s treadmilling of results); Christian Academy (7-1-0; that’s seven straight wins for the Crusaders); Bonner-Prendergast (5-3-2; I’d better get the Friars in here now because I’ve got a feeling the run of La Salle, Father Judge, St. Joseph’s Prep and Archbishop Ryan won’t do much for their five-game unbeaten run).