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Oct. 30, 2012 — Top 10 for the week of Oct. 28

For the last month, most of the movement in our Top 10 has been at the bottom. It makes you wonder if being No. 10 in the weekly survey is a jinx. Heading into the final month of the season, however, there are sure to be some changes with state tournament confrontations in the offing.

Our No. 11 Team of the Week is Franklin (N.J.). The Warriors have not had the most positive history since the varsity team was launched in 1965. Franklin has lost roughly 500 games in the last 45 years and has not finished a season above .500 since 1986. Since then, Franklin has recorded four or fewer victories in 19 of the ensuing 25 seasons. During that period of decline, girls’ soccer ate away at the field hockey program’s numbers. One year, head coach Pat Weinert and assistant coach Pat Cullen had exactly seven varsity players. During that same period, the team had a 106-game winless streak.

But last Thursday, Franklin defeated South Brunswick (N.J.) 1-0 for its first state tournament victory in recent memory. Cullen, now the head coach, has righted the ship from a winless 2010 season.

1. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 20-0

Before you think Austyn Cuneo is the whole team, the Vikings would still be amongst the nation’s leading offenses without her having scored a single goal. The team starts its Group IV South campaign this week.

2. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 18-0

Union County Tournament final postponed because of Hurricane Sandy; team embarks on Group 1 North 2 quest this week

3. Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) 18-0

Bested Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.); senior Kelly Chesson has 31 goals on the season

4. Skowhegan (Maine) Area 19-0

Season complete: Defeated Scarborough (Maine) 3-0 for the MPA Class A championship

5. Wilton (Conn.) 17-0

Sent a message with a 7-0 win over Westport Staples (Conn.) in the FCIAC quarterfinals

6. Watertown (Mass.) 18-0

Team learns bracket early this week; should be top seed in Division 2 North

7. Yorktown Tabb (Va.) 19-0

Won Bay Rivers District tournament with 5-0 win over Yorktown Grafton (Va.)

8. Emmaus (Pa.) 20-1

To meet Bangor (Pa.) in the District 11-AAA semifinals on Thursday

9. San Diego Scripps Ranch (Calif.) 17-0

Beat San Diego Cathedral Catholic (Calf.) 3-0 last week

10. Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.) 18-1

Since avenging an early-season loss to Episcopal Academy, Moira Putsch (43 goals) and the rest of the Irish have been on a tear

11. Franklin (N.J.) 7-11

Warriors get Montgomery (N.J.) in the next round

Who’s out: Royersford Spring-Ford (Pa.) lost 3-2 to Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.)

And bear in mind: Lakeville Hotchkiss School (Conn.) 10-0, Darien (Conn.) 15-1, Greenwich (Conn.) Academy 15-1, Lake Forest (Ill.) 25-3-1, Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 22-1-1, Edgewater South River (Md.) 13-1-1, Potomac Bullis School (Md.) 15-0, St. Louis Cor Jesu (Mo.) 20-1, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 16-1, Farmingville Sachem East (N.Y.) 16-0, Garden City (N.Y.) 14-1, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 15-1, Greene (N.Y.) Central 14-0, Gahanna Columbus Academy (Ohio) 18-0-1, Columbus Bishop Watterson (Ohio) 18-1, Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 22-1, Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 21-2, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 20-1-1, Mountain Top Crestwood (Pa.) 18-2, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 13-5-1, Harrisburg Central Dauphin (Pa.) 16-4-2, Suffolk Lakeland (Va.) 17-1


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