Things get a little messy in the rankings this week.
A handful of the strongest KingCo 4A teams (Skyline, Eastlake, Issaquah) challenged some of the best Oregon teams (Lincoln, Westview, Tualatin) over the weekend. And while each pollster does things differently, in soccer I tend reward wins in big games and not punish losses too heavily.
When the best teams play the best, there really are no losers. It’s great to see these programs challenge themselves.
For that reason, Skyline stays at No. 1 despite a 1-1 week. Eastlake only drops one spot despite going 0-2 (the Wolves were shorthanded this weekend with a couple team captains on college visits). Also, Issaquah jumps up a little bit after two big wins, but also suffered a loss to Redmond, which kept them from rising higher.
Other teams that had an impressive week were Bellarmine Prep (which dispatched 3A power Union), Jackson (a big 6-1 win over talented Glacier Peak) and Richland (a perfect 5-0 across the mountains).
Now to the 3A ranks.
Defending-champion Everett is still on top after a nice win over an upstart Marysville-Pilchuck in WesCo. Kennedy Catholic is also getting in the swing of things and I have a feeling this might be a strong 1-2 punch in the 3A ranks all season.
Two out-of-area teams with big weeks were Mount Spokane and West Valley of Yakima, and each jumped up in the rankings. Not as good of a week down south, were Camas and Union each suffered losses.
One league that looks like it’s going to be tough to track is the Metro League. Lakeside is always strong and Prep makes a run every year, but there are many other potential contenders. Bishop Blanchet is 4-0-1 and played 4A power Woodinville to a draw and Eastside Catholic is perfect to start the year. Bainbridge and Holy Names can also beat any team on any day.
As always, any input is appreciated. Some leagues (Metro, SPSL) are so balanced that it can be hard to sort out.
Also, if you notice any inaccurate win-loss records, please let me know. Records are compiled by coach reports, media reports and the WIAA website.
Rankings after the jump:
1. Skyline (Sammamish) 4-1-0
2. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) 5-0-0
3. Mead (Spokane) 3-0-0
4. Jackson (Mill Creek) 4-0-0
5. Eastlake (Sammamish) 2-2-1
6. Issaquah 3-1-0
7. Richland 5-0-0
8. Kentwood 2-0-1
9. Woodinville 3-0-1
10. Emerald Ridge (Puyallup) 3-0-0
On the bubble (listed alphabetically): Curtis (University Place) 3-0-1, Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) 4-1-0, Kelso 4-0-0, Kentlake 4-0-0, Marysville-Pilchuck 3-1-0, Pasco 4-1-0.
1. Everett 3-0-0
2. Kennedy Catholic (Burien) 3-0-0
3. Mount Spokane 4-0-0
4. West Valley (Yakima) 5-0-0
5. Union (Camas) 3-1-0
6. Lakeside 3-1-0
7. Camas 3-1-0
8. Mercer Island 4-1-0
9. Glacier Peak (Snohomish) 3-1-0
10. Mount Vernon 5-0-0
On the bubble (listed alphabetically): Auburn Mountainview 4-0-0, Bishop Blanchet 4-0-1, Bonney Lake 2-1-1, Eastside Catholic (Sammamish) 4-0-0, Prairie (Brush Prairie) 3-1-0, Sumner 3-0-0.