I’m a little late getting these up here, but here we go. Records do not include games from Monday or Tuesday night.
1. Strath Haven (10-1-1) Last Week: No. 1
The assessment given by the players before the season – that this would be a team winning 2-0 and 1-0 games instead of the 5-0 decisions that characterized them a year ago – has proven right on the money. Thus far this season, Haven has been pretty infallible in that regard.
2. Agnes Irwin (9-1-1) Last Week: No. 3
I’m at the same impasse as last week between the Owls and the Irish. If we’re looking for a point of separation – and this is no slight on a great job done by Julie Fryer in her stead – the Owls have a healthy Autumn Wedderburn back between the posts for the stretch drive.
3. Notre Dame (9-1-1) Last Week: No. 4
I keep thinking the scoring is going to slow down for the Irish. Julia Dambly and Phoebe McClernon refuse to yield that point, though.
4. Haverford (11-2-0) Last Week: No. 5
We’ll see what the Fords are made of when they host Strath Haven this Thursday. To call it a meeting of the two best Delco Central League teams is a no-brainer; they might just represent the two best Central League teams period.
5. Episcopal Academy (7-5-1) Last Week: No. 2
It’s been tough sledding for the Churchmen in league play, EA dropping three of its first five games after going unblemished in the league a season ago. The loss to Agnes Irwin solidifies this drop.
6. Springfield (5-2-3) Last Week: No. 7
The Cougars are gaining steam as the season progresses, Kate Ryan’s play in goal being one of the underappreciated driving forces behind that. But we’ll see if they get enough wins to get into the districts picture.
7. Cardinal O’Hara (7-5-1) Last Week: No. 3
The Lions schedule seems to have hit a midseason lull in the Catholic League. Go figure.
Also under consideration: Garnet Valley (6-4-4; a scoreless draw against Marple Newtown is emblematic of the inability to turn one point into three that has plagued the team this season); Penncrest (9-4-0; the Lions are starting to get healthy again and the win total is gaudy, but none of the wins are jump-off-the-page quality); Interboro (8-4-2; it’s been five games since the Bucs allowed a goal from open play, and a 2-1 win over Lower Merion shows that it hasn’t all been against sub-par opposition).