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Triangle teams abundant in statewide soccer rankings

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Eurosportsscoreboard.com has even more Triangle-area teams ranked this week than the last. Here's how each of the five classifications break down:

 

4-A:

  • Jordan (9-0-0) is still ranked second in the state behind defending champ Greensboro Page.
  • Fuquay-Varina (9-0-0) moved up a spot to No. 4 in the state after it went yet another week without allowing a single goal. The Bengals have yet to allow an opponent to score.
  • Leesville Road (8-1-0) moved up a spot to No. 7 in the state. Cap-8 rival Millbrook (8-0-2) is close behind at No. 8.
  • No. 9 by Green Hope (7-3-0) of the Tri-Nine Conference stayed put this week after losing to Fuquay on Thursday. Also of the Tri-Nine, Athens Drive (9-1-1) slid up to No. 12.
  • East Chapel Hill (5-1-2) is No. 13.
  • Harnett Central, Broughton, Sanderson and Apex are all in the "others receiving votes" category.

3-A:

  • Chapel Hill (7-3-0) lost to Jordan this past week but remained the area's top-ranked 3-A team at 5th overall. The Tigers fell one spot from last week.
  • Carolina-6 Conference foe Cardinal Gibbons (7-1-1) is right behind the Tigers and ranked 6th in the state. The Crusaders had a 1-1 draw with East Chapel Hill
  • Orange (9-0-0) is ranked 11th. The Panthers, like Chapel Hill and Cardinal Gibbons, will start conference play next week.
  • Southern Lee of the Cape Fear Valley Conference is in the "others receiving votes."

2-A:

  • The Carolina-9 Conference is well-represented in the 2-A poll, with Carrboro (9-2-0) staying in 9th and Durham School of the Arts (4-2) dropping a spot to 11th.
  • Chatham County's Jordan-Matthews (Siler City) is in 13th.

1-A:

  • The Carolina-9 Conference also has 1-A schools, and two of those are ranked as well.
  • Durham's N.C. School of Science & Math (7-0-0) moved up to 4th after a 2-0 defeat of Raleigh Charter.
  • Raleigh Charter fell a few spots from last week's No. 2 ranking. The team is now ranked fifth.

Independent schools:

  • North Raleigh Christian Academy (8-3-1) was idle this past week and remains the top-ranked independent school in the area at No. 5.
  • Cary Academy, which like NRCA plays in the TISAC, moved up four spots to No. 10 after defeating St. David's 5-2.
  • St. David's moved up to No. 11 despite the loss to Cary Academy, in part because St. David's gave EPIC league rival Cary Christian its first loss.
  • Durham Academy tumbled to No. 12 after a 2-1 loss to TISAC foe Ravenscroft.
  • Cary Christian is 9-1-1 after the loss to St. David's and is 13th in the state.
  • Ravenscroft making the poll at No. 14 makes the TISAC a perfect 4-of-4 in all of its boys soccer teams being ranked.
  • (Durham) Carolina Friends is in the "others receiving votes."
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J. Mike Blake has been the Sports Editor for The Cary News and Southwest Wake News since October 2008. He holds two "unofficial" NCHSAA records in two different sports - highest career free throw percentage (2-of-2) in basketball and fewest career singles victories (zero. sigh.) for tennis.
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