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Oct. 23, 2018 — Top 10 for the week of Oct. 21

Tournament time is in full swing this week in many states, and, in most situations, it’s truly about “survive and advance.” It was also the culmination of many New Jersey county tournament as well as league tournament in Pennsylvania, which accounts for the result on Saturday with Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) beating Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) on an untimed corner at the end of overtime. There will be more drama in the next few weeks, I’m sure.

This week’s honorary No. 11 Team of the Week are the Georgetown Hoyas. Thanks to a freshman class originally brought in by Shannon (Karl) Soares and now guided by former ODU all-America Christy Longacre, the Hoyas broke double digits in wins for the first time since 2001. I think, with some of the talent that is in this side, that this is a team to watch for 2019 and beyond.

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

The Vikings got a tougher NJSIAA Group IV draw than the rest, and will have to get by either Sewell Washington Township (N.J.) or Medford Lakes Shawnee (N.J.) to get to the final

2. Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 16-0

Hornets start NYSPHSAA Section 1 Class B tournament hosting Nanuet (N.Y.)

3. Emmaus (Pa.) 21-0

Emmaus goes in quest of its 30th consecutive PIAA District XI championship when it takes on Allentown Parkland (Pa.) for the third time in the last two weeks

4. Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.) 15-0-1

Summoned an enormous effort to come back from two goals down against Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.); can the Irish do the same today against rival Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.)?

5. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 17-1

The Royals won the Union County Tournament last Saturday and now prepare for the state tournament with an interesting match today with Medford Lakes Shawnee (N.J.)

6. Delmar (Del.) 12-0

The Wildcats have conceded exactly one goal this season; tough game today against Camden Caesar Rodney (Del.)

7. Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 19-1-1

Matt Soto’s crew showed tremendous defense and heart in holding off Donegal’s record-setting attack before pipping one at the death in the Lancaster-Lebanon title match

8. Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 20-1

Valkyries played Louisville duPont Manual (Ky.) in the state semifinal round yesterday for a berth in tomorrow’s final

9. Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 20-1

Indians begin PIAA District 3 Class AA play tomorrow against Glen Rock Susquehannock (Pa.)

10. Gahanna Columbus Academy (Ohio) 17-0

The Vikings have conceded exactly one goal this season; start OHSAA regionals against Bexley (Ohio) today

11. Georgetown University 11-6

The Hoyas’ Friday home match against defending national champion Connecticut will give the coaching staff a measuring stick of how far the team has come

Who’s out: Collegeville Perkiomen Valley (Pa.) 3-0 loss to Pottstown Owen J. Roberts (Pa.)

And bear in mind: San Diego Serra (Calif.) 16-1, Westport Staples (Conn.) 15-0, Louisville Assumption (Ky.) 19-6-2, Skowhegan (Maine) 16-0, St. Louis Mary Institute-Country Day School (Mo.) 18-5, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.) 18-5-1, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 11-0, Richmond Trinity Episcopal (Va.) 16-0