By MATT MASSEY
Special to The Seattle Times
There is only one unbeaten and untied high-school boys soccer team in the “big-school” ranks of Class 4A and 3A.
The Shorewood Thunderbirds, ranked No. 1 in 3A, will wear the biggest target when the state playoffs begin Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
The T-birds, coached by second-year man Nathan Davis, are deserving favorites with the season-long dominance at 19-0-0. Shorewood has posted 17 shutouts and outscored opponents a whopping 62-3.
Now, can the T-birds live pressure of being expected to land in the 3A championship match on May 26 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
Shorewood is looking to bring home its first state title in boys soccer since it won the 4A crown (then AAA) in 1978.
There are three unbeaten left in the 4A and 3A ranks with Shorewood leading the way. Snohomish (17-0-1) tops the 4A rankings and Central Kitsap (14-0-2) checks in No. 2 in 4A.
Shorewood opens the 3A state tournament on Wednesday by hosting seventh-ranked Chief Sealth (14-2-1) at Shoreline Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
Top-ranked Snohomish, which has outscored foes 67-10, kicks off 4A state action by hosting third-ranked and traditional power Bellarmine Prep (12-1-2) on Wednesday.
No. 2 Central Kitsap hosts Tahoma (12-5-1) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Silverdale Stadium.
There are two other first-round matchups involving two ranked teams:
Class 4A – No. 3 Eastmont of East Wenatchee (17-2-0) hosts No. 8 Peninsula (14-4-0) on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Apple Bowl.
Class 3A – No. 8 Central Valley of Spokane (11-3-0) entertains No. 9 Emerald Ridge (14-2-2) on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Central Valley High School.
The current ESPN HS Powerade Fab 50 team rankings still include five teams from the state of Washington in the Week 9 rankings. Snohomish (4A) stayed at No. 6, Central Kitsap (4A) moved up from No. 29 to No. 26, Shorewood (3A) went from No. 34 to No. 32, Cheney (2A) remained at No. 33 and Bellarmine Prep (4A) dropped from No. 28 to No. 49 in the Top 50. Listed below is the link to the rankings:
The third spring boys soccer rankings from National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) came out on Tuesday, April 24. Three teams are in the national Top 11 and four mentioned. Snohomish moved into the No. 1 spot, Shorewood checked in at No. 6, Central Kitsap (4A) climbed to No. 11 and Bellarmine Prep was among other receiving votes. The next set of rankings comes out on Tuesday, May 15. The link is below:
The NSCAA regional poll is filled with all but one Washington team, from No. 1 through No. 10, with a tie at No. 10. Here’s the current Region V poll:
Here are The Seattle Times final rankings for Class 4A and 3A for Week 8 of the 2012 season (this year’s record in parentheses):
1. Snohomish (17-0-1)
2. Central Kitsap (14-0-2)
3. Bellarmine Prep (12-1-2)
4. Jefferson (14-2-2)
5. Puyallup (15-3-0)
6. Roosevelt (12-3-1)
7. Union (Vancouver) (13-2-2)
8. Central Valley (Spokane) (11-3-0)
9. Emerald Ridge (14-2-2)
10. Davis (Yakima) (12-4-1)
On the bubble: Skyline (11-4-0), Kentwood (10-2-6), Federal Way (14-3-1), Jackson (13-5-0), Mead (Spokane) (9-4-0), Tahoma (12-5-1), Skyview (Vancouver) (13-4-0), Newport (10-5-1), Stadium (8-6-2), Lake Stevens (12-5-2), Issaquah (11-2-6), Eisenhower (11-5-2), Inglemoor (5-9-3).
1. Shorewood (19-0-0)
2. Camas (15-2-0)
3. Eastmont (17-2-0)
4. Kennewick (15-4-0)
5. Bainbridge (13-2-4)
6. Mercer Island (11-1-4)
7. Chief Sealth (14-2-1)
8. Peninsula (14-4-0)
9. Lakeside (11-4-0)
10. Mount Vernon (15-3-2)
On the bubble: Decatur (12-4-0), Wilson (Tacoma) (11-2-3), Eastside Catholic (6-6-3), Bishop Blanchet (9-8-4), University (Spokane) (8-4-0), Marysville Getchell (10-5-2), Mount Spokane (11-5-0), Sammamish (11-6-2), Mount Si (10-3-4), Nathan Hale (10-5-2), Bonney Lake (8-6-1), Shorecrest (8-6-3), Bremerton (12-3-1), Capital (10-2-5), Tyee (10-5-1), Prairie (11-5-1), Mountain View (Vancouver) (10-3-1), Hazen (9-5-4).