It’s not often that I name an unchanged Super 7. It would appear as though the echelons are pretty clear this season.
1. Haverford School (7-3-0) Last Week: No. 1
You know a win over Malvern Prep always feels good for the Fords. It seems as though goalkeeper Quinn Letter has raised his play of late, giving up two goals over the last three games. That trend will need to continue for the Fords.
2. Strath Haven (8-4-0) Last Week: No. 2
It’s three straight wins for the Panthers, and the fact that they’re getting goals from midfielders like Will Haury and Nate Engleka bodes very well.
3. Ridley (9-3-1) Last Week: No. 3
A loss to Springfield is a speed bump, but Ridley could very well win the race to 10 wins in the county, and that puts them squarely in the District picture.
4. Radnor (6-4-3) Last Week: No. 4
A 1-0 win over Harriton – a team that Ridley lost to – could be the signature win that the Raiders are looking for. They’ll need to shore up the win total with some winnable games that lie ahead.
5. Garnet Valley (7-4-2) Last Week: No. 5
This Garnet Valley team has a weird quality that makes it dangerous. The Jags are an interesting blend of grit and skill, defensive solidity and offensive ability. Plus with the heads of Colton Richards and Joey Sweeney and the service of John Schwein, this is a team capable of getting goals on set pieces and not having to depend on one or two forwards.
6. Sun Valley (8-5-0) Last Week: No. 6
I think it bears mentioning again as I did a couple of weeks ago: The Vanguards have lost by more than a goal just twice. For however gut-wrenching a 2-1 loss to Coatesville in overtime was, they have this ability to stay in games that could serve them well down the stretch.
7. Penncrest (7-7-1) Last Week: No. 7
The overtime loss to Upper Darby last week was one the Lions couldn’t afford. The Royals were due and Yardley Agosto’s hat trick came out of nowhere, but it was vital that Penncrest get that win.
Also under consideration: Springfield (5-9-0; things are starting to stabilize for the Cougars, and a win over Ridley is one that the Green Raiders may rue); Episcopal Academy (3-4-3, all apologies to Cole Grims, but the Churchmen need another steady supplier of goals, having been limited to 11 goals in nine goals against teams other the Valley Forge Military Academy); Christian Academy (9-1-0; A win over PIAA opposition in (an albeit beat up) Academy Park helps their credentials immensely.