High School Soccer

District Twelve Boys Soccer Week Three: Power Rankings

Photo: Conwell-Egan’s Kyle Beswick makes a save against Archbishop Wood. Courtesy of Conwell-Egan.

Teams will compete for playoff berths. They also are in a competition with schools of the same size classification with one team in 3A, 2A, and 1A advancing to the District 12 championships from each league. The winner of these games goes to the State Championships.

Catholic League

Teams compete to finish in the top ten, which are the playoff spots.

1. Archbishop Wood (3A): The team to watch in the Catholic League, Wood has ten wins in ten games. They have allowed two goals. They have not struggled to score either, averaging 3.5 goals a game. Even if you subtract out the game where they banged nine past Carroll, they still have 2.9 goals a game.

2. Father Judge (3A): Judge does not have the possession game of 2013, but the team plays swarming high energy soccer with a quickly developing attack. Judge was able to beat Roman 1-0 last Wednesday for an important result, and followed that with a 2-1 result on Friday against St. Joes.

3. La Salle CHS (3A): A talented team but young, La Salle will compete with anyone and build toward a strong season in 2015.

4. St. Joes Prep (3A): Playing well in the league, and getting mixed results in other play. They will regret dropping a narrow 1-2 loss to Judge.

5. Lansdale Catholic (2A): Ranked regionally by the Inquirer, Lansdale continues to pull good results out of difficult games. Lansdale may repeat as the 2A champions of the league this year.

6. Roman Catholic (3A): A narrow loss to Judge will only spur the Cahillites on to harder play.

7. Conwell-Egan (2A): A draw against Roman and Ryan, as well as taking St. Joes and La Salle into double overtime, show that the Eagles know how to play with anyone. The Eagles will contend with Lansdale for the 2A berth into the city championships and it will be a close contest.

8. Archbishop Ryan (3A): Ryan lost to Wood and Lansdale, and fought to a 2-2 draw with Conwell-Egan.

9. Bonner-Prendergast (2A): Bonner has been lit up a few times, but they have fought through some other games. Their best loss is a 1-0 result against Lower Merion. An overtime win against fellow bottom dweller O’Hara on Sept. 18 was a great result for the side.

10. Cardinal O’Hara (2A): Losing a number of games by small margins, O’Hara will produce some big results before the end of the season.

11. Archbishop Carroll (2A): Losing a number of games by heavy margins, Carroll made Judge work for a 1-0 victory.

12. McDevitt (1A): McDevitt has a tough road through the soccer talent of the Catholic League. This year they will be the Catholic League 1A champion regardless, as they are the only 1A team in the league.

Public League

Records are listed for A Division sides. Eight teams advance out of A Division, while both B and C Division teams advance their top two to the playoffs.

1. Northeast (5-0-0; 3A): The Vikings have a perfect record, including a decisive 4-1 win against Archbishop Ryan. They have probably the best striker pairing in the league in Adin Hernandez-Carrera and Abraham Karama (who led Judge’s line in 2013).

2. Central (5-0-0; 3A): Central drew La Salle and GFS in friendlies, and is also perfect in the league, including two narrow over time victories against FTC and Washington. A solid 3-0 win against PACS that will give the side confidence.

3. Washington- (5-1-0; 3A): Some talented ball handlers and a commitment to tough soccer under Coach Reid make Washington a perennial strong team. Washington beat FTC 3-1 at the Shane Kelly Soccer Showcase.

4. FTC (3-3-0; 2A): FTC Continues the tradition of hardworking physical soccer that took them to the Public League championship in 2012, and made them the 2A Public League champions since the city joined the PIAA in 2008. FTC are 3-3-0 in the league, but their losses come against Central, NE, and Washington. The rest of the schedule will be easier.

5. PACS (3-2-0; 1A): While they have a good chance to repeat as 1A champs, PACS will find it difficult to compete against bigger schools with deeper benches.

6. Fels (2-2-0; 3A): Wins against Lincoln and Prep show Fels will probably make the playoffs.

7. Furness (2A): The B Division side has a perfect record, winning by big margins, and has a good chance to win in the play-in round and advancing to the quarter-finals. Furness is also 2A and may contend with FTC for the title.

8. Olney (2-2-0; 3A): Newly promoted Olney forfeited their opener to PACS, but after that they have played well and are likely to make the playoffs.

9. Lincoln (1-4-0; 3A): Losing to Southern on their first game was a low point, but they beat PAC, a big result.

10. Southern (1-4-0; 3A): With enough talent to play at the bottom of A, Southern’s physically small team will struggle with the size of the big schools.

11. Ben Franklin (4-1-0; 3A): The B-Division side may finish second and threaten an A Division side in the play-in round. A tough non-league schedule will add to the Electrons strength.

12. Prep Charter (1-4-0; 1A): Losing to Southern and Olney are tough results and Prep can expect to fight at the end of the season to stay out of the drop zone. The loss of 2013 leading scorer Amos Himawan to Furness has created a dearth of offensive options.

13. Bartram (0-4-1; 3A): Some talented players are not enough for the Southwest Philly side, as a lack of bench will make for many late losses.

14. Palumbo (0-4-1; 1A): The newly promoted side has one result, a 2-2 draw with Bartram.

15. Frankford (3A) Experience and some success make Frankford a threat in the B-Division. A heavy loss to Benjamin Franklin will make it an uphill battle to find a playoff spot.

16. Masterman (1A) New energy in midfield make for a talkative hardworking side.

17. Swenson After two seasons in a row of relegation, the team has found their feet in the C-Division, where they are winning by big margins.

18. Science Leadership Academy Also recording a lot of big wins in C-Division, SLA will consider themselves on the short list for a playoff berth and promotion.

There are a number of B-Division sides and C-Division sides that I have not mentioned. Add your two cents below if you want to disagree with the rankings or add a team to the conversation.

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