By MATT MASSEY
Special to The Seattle Times
Bellarmine Prep continues on its winning ways and remains on top in the Class 4A rankings with two solid victories last week.
The Lions are ranked No. 5 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and No. 12 in the ESPN Rise Powerade Fab50 rankings. They beat a good Central Kitsap team 1-0 on the road on Tuesday and then hammered Shelton 6-2 on Thursday.
A pair of wins by a combined 9-1 count easily kept Glacier Peak atop the Class 3A rankings. Goalkeeper Andrew Weakley combined with Jesus Mendoza for the team’s seventh shutout of 2011 in a 5-0 triumph over Lynnwood on Thursday in WesCo 3A action.
No. 2 Shorecrest kept pace in Wesco 3A play and then some with three victories last week. The Scots, whose only loss of the season came to the No. 1 Grizzlies, outscored three foes 14-0 last week and now own 12 shutouts this season.
Shorecrest thumped Oak Harbor 6-0 on Tuesday, Meadowdale 4-0 on Thursday and Lynnwood 4-0 on Saturday.
With its second loss of the season, Stadium dropped from No. 4 in the ranking to No. 8 in Class 4A. The defending state champions fell 2-1 to Gig Harbor on Tuesday.
Jackson improved to 10-0-0 and moved into the No. 4 spot with two wins, including a hard-fought 3-2 win over Lake Stevens on Tuesday. Guy Shively tallied in the 83rd minute for the Timberwolves for the decisive goal.
Marysville-Pilchuck, with its lone loss to Jackson, also moved up one spot to No. 5 with one win last week.
It will be a decisive week for Mead of Spokane after the move into the No. 2 spot, switching places with Greater Spokane League (GSL) rival Ferris. It will be difficult for the Panthers to stay there with GSL showdowns at Gonzaga Prep (10-1-0) on Wednesday and No. 3 Ferris (8-2-0) on Friday.
Washington has six teams in the ESPN Rise Powerade Fab50 rankings. Bellarmine leads the way at No. 12, Glacier Peak comes in at No. 16, followed by Beamer at No. 18, Jackson at No. 19, Shorecrest at No. 34 and Stadium at No. 48. Here’s the ESPN Rise rankings.
The NSCAA poll follows with five Washington schools amid the top 20 (Bellarmine No. 5, Glacier Peak No. 11, Shorecrest No. 15, Stadium No. 19 and Beamer No. 20). Click here.
Here are The Seattle Times rankings for Class 4A and 3A for Week 5:
Class 4A and 3A boys soccer state rankings – Week 5 (records through April 16, 2011)
1. Bellarmine Prep (9-0-0)
2. Mead (Spokane) (6-1-0)
3. Ferris (Spokane) (8-2-0)
4. Jackson (10-0-0)
5. Marysville-Pilchuck (9-1-0)
6. Skyline (8-0-2)
7. Garfield (9-1-1)
8. Stadium (6-2-0)
9. Beamer (8-0-2)
10. Emerald Ridge (7-0-2)
On the bubble: Gonzaga Prep, Richland, Puyallup, Jefferson, Kentwood, Mariner, Newport, Eastlake, Tahoma, Mount Rainier, Skyview (Vancouver), Union (Vancouver), Eisenhower (Yakima), Davis (Yakima), Issaquah, Gig Harbor, Central Kitsap.
1. Glacier Peak (11-0-0)
2. Shorecrest (11-1-0)
3. Pasco (8-1-0)
4. Camas (8-1-0)
5. Sammamish (8-0-1)
6. Southridge (Kennewick) (9-2-0)
7. Shorewood (9-3-0)
8. Bainbridge (7-1-0)
9. Lakeside (6-1-2)
10. Capital (Olympia) (6-0-2)
On the bubble: Kennewick, Kennedy, Mercer Island, Columbia River, O’Dea, Mountain View, Bonney Lake, Auburn Mountainview, Eastmont (Wenatchee).