By MATT MASSEY
Special to The Seattle Times
There’s a new No. 1 in town in Class 3A boys soccer and it’s been a few weeks in the works.
The Shorewood Thunderbirds have been too dominant too ignore atop the rankings. Hovering near the top of 3A in recent weeks, the T-birds (13-0-0) are the obvious choice as the team to beat.
Camas, the No. 1 team for the first four weeks and defending 3A state champion, suffered its first two losses of the season last week and it opened the door for Shorewood, the WesCo 3A leader.
Camas fell hard to Mountain View 3-1 last Tuesday and then 1-0 to Prairie on Friday. Both losses came to teams the Papermakers defeated earlier this season. The losses dropped Camas into the No. 3 spot of the latest rankings, and Bainbridge (8-1-3) moved back up to No. 2 with three wins last week.
Bainbridge capped the week with a 2-1 nonleague win over 4A Newport on Saturday.
The Papermakers (9-2-0) had topped Mountain View 5-1 on March 19 and edged Prairie 1-0 on March 21.
Shorewood has won all 13 matches by virtue of shutout and outscored opponents 37-0 so far.
The T-birds posted a pair of 4-0 wins last week, beating Meadowdale on Monday and Shorecrest on Friday. Daniel Nadeau has been part of all 13 shutouts.
In 4A, Snohomish (12-0-0) remains unbeaten and the team to beat at No. 1.
The Panthers posted three wins last week by an 11-1 count. Snohomish beat Kamiak 4-0 on Monday, Cascade 4-0 on Wednesday and Arlington 3-1 on Friday.
For the season, Snohomish has outscored foes 41-6.
One of the most interesting teams not in the rankings is KingCo 4A leader, Inglemoor (5-2-1 league, 5-7-1 overall).
The Vikings lead the KingCo 4A race with 16 points, one better than Issaquah, Newport, Roosevelt and Skyline with two conference matches remaining.
Inglemoor, which started 0-5 and was scoreless in its first three outings, closes out conference action at Eastlake on Friday and at home against Redmond on May 1.
The current ESPN HS Powerade Fab 50 team rankings now includes five teams from the state of Washington in their Week 7 rankings. Snohomish (4A) moves up to from No. 9 to No. 7 and Camas (3A) climbs from No. 42 to No. 32. Bellarmine Prep debuts at No. 37, Central Kitsap at No. 38 and Shorewood at No. 42 in the Top 50. Listed below is the link to the rankings:
The second spring boys soccer rankings from National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) came out on Tuesday, April 10. Two teams are in the national Top 10 and four debuted in the Top 20. Snohomish sits at No. 3, Camas checked in at No. 7, Central Kitsap (4A) was tied at No. 16 and Bellarmine Prep was at No. 20. The next set of rankings come out on Tuesday, April 24. The link is below:
The NSCAA regional poll is filled with all but one Washington team, from No. 1 through No. 9. Here’s the current Region V poll:
Here are The Seattle Times rankings for Class 4A and 3A for Week 5 of the 2012 season (this year’s record in parentheses):
1. Snohomish (12-0-0)
2. Bellarmine Prep (7-0-2)
3. Central Kitsap (8-0-2)
4. Kentwood (7-0-4)
5. Federal Way (9-1-1)
6. Puyallup (10-1-0)
7. Jefferson (8-2-1)
8. Roosevelt (9-2-1)
9. Jackson (11-2-0)
10. Mead (Spokane) (6-2-0)
On the bubble: Tahoma (8-2-1), Moses Lake (7-3-0), Union (Vancouver) (8-2-1), Skyview (Vancouver) (8-3-0), Central Valley (Spokane) (7-2-0), Newport (8-4-0), Emerald Ridge (8-1-2), Gig Harbor (4-3-1), Stadium (5-4-2), South Kitsap (4-3-2), Lake Stevens (8-3-1), Chiawana (8-4-0), Lewis & Clark (6-5-0), Mariner (7-6-0), Kentlake (5-5-2), Skyline (8-3-0), Issaquah (8-2-3), Woodinville (6-3-2), Davis (Yakima) (8-3-1), Eisenhower (6-4-2), Rogers (Puyallup) (6-5-1), Kamiak (6-5-1), Inglemoor (5-7-1), Curtis (5-4-2), Marysville-Pilchuck (5-5-1).
1. Shorewood (13-0-0)
2. Bainbridge (8-1-3)
3. Camas (9-2-0)
4. Chief Sealth (10-0-1)
5. Decatur (10-2-0)
6. Eastmont (12-2-0)
7. Peninsula (9-2-0)
8. Kennewick (10-3-0)
9. Mercer Island (9-1-2)
10. Wilson (Tacoma) (7-1-2)
On the bubble: Eastside Catholic (6-3-3), University (Spokane) (6-3-0), Pasco (4-3-0), Seattle Prep (4-3-1), Marysville Getchell (7-3-2), Mount Spokane (6-4-0), Shadle Park (6-6-2), Sammamish (6-5-1), Mount Si (8-2-2), Lynnwood (7-4-2), Lakeside (5-4-0), Nathan Hale (7-3-1), Bonney Lake (7-5-1), Shorecrest (7-3-3), Bremerton (10-2-0), Capital (4-3-1), Tyee (7-3-1), Liberty (Issaquah) (6-4-1), Prairie (6-4-1).