Another week without movement here for the girls rankings. I have a feeling that will change for next week, but for now, here we go.
(Note: Records are those appearing in the Monday notebook. Games from Monday and Tuesday are not included or considered in the rankings. Stat leaders, however, are updated to reflect games from Monday and Tuesday.)
1. Strath Haven (12-1-1) Last Week: No. 1
Ho-hum, just another Central League title. To see how they did it, though, against a team like Haverford that’s among the Central elite on the Fords’ home turf, even in rough conditions, was quite impressive.
2. Agnes Irwin (11-1-1) Last Week: No. 2
Autumn Wedderburn could be the game-changer, and her 10 saves against Penn Charter last week puts the Owls in pole position to capture an Inter-Ac title.
3. Notre Dame (10-1-1) Last Week: No. 3
Perhaps the most interesting storyline here is the scoring race between Julia Dambly (19 goals) and Phoebe McClernon (18). In only five of their 12 games this season have both failed to score in the same game; one has scored each time out for the Irish. This appears to be a team, given that they’re a game back in the Inter-Ac title chase, that is tailor-made for the Independent Schools Tournament.
4. Haverford (11-4-0) Last Week: No. 4
The loss to Strath Haven gives you an idea of the distance between the teams. The big challenge for the Fords as the postseason looms is how to compensate for the goals lost without Aniya Davila-Smith. My guess is that the burden falls on the midfielders like Laura Slavich and Olivia Butera to step up into the offense more.
5. Episcopal Academy (8-5-1) Last Week: No. 5
Things have stabilized a bit for the Churchmen, though you know a loss to Agnes Irwin a week ago stings.
6. Springfield (6-3-3) Last Week: No. 6
The Cougars are a district-caliber team, in my opinion. But with their lack of games outside the league, I’m not sure that the record is enough to get them where they need to be.
7. Cardinal O’Hara (8-5-1) Last Week: No. 7
Aside from the slip-up to a pretty strong Lansdale Catholic team, it’s been steady for the Lions.
Also under consideration: Garnet Valley (8-4-4; The Conestoga win Friday is the signature win the Jags were looking for; expect them to rise in next week’s rankings); Penncrest (10-5-0; record is good, but win quality is an issue for district reckoning); Interboro (8-4-2; that win over Lower Merion is something that Springfield was unable to get); Marple Newtown (7-6-1; don’t look now, but I think the Tigers are gaining a head of steam as the playoffs approach).