Here are this week’s Times-Union’s high school girls soccer Power Rankings, highlighting the leading teams from across Northeast Florida. The rankings are released each Monday through the end of the regular season. Records are through Dec. 3 games. The boys rankings appear each Tuesday.
1. St. Johns Country Day (7-0-0, 1A). Last week: 1.
Quality wins: Episcopal, Mandarin, Tallahassee Maclay.
This week: Two more mercy-rule wins for the Spartans, still firmly atop the USA Today/United Soccer Coaches national poll with 51 consecutive victories. They’re doing it with depth, too, in last week’s 8-0 wins against Christ’s Church and Oak Hall. Kamryn Towers scored her first-ever high school hat trick, while newcomers Savannah Berrang and Brooke Remolde also scored their first Spartans goals. St. Johns Country Day next plays Oakleaf Tuesday before heading to Tallahassee for the JDM Classic, a tournament to raise funds and awareness for juvenile dermatomyositis. Friday’s opener, against an undefeated Tallahassee Leon squad that has already tied Panhandle power Navarre, should be the team’s toughest test so far this season.
2. Bartram Trail (6-0-1, 4A). Last week: 2.
Quality wins: Fleming Island, Fletcher, Daytona Beach Seabreeze.
This week: The Bears keep on roaring along. With goals from Maddie DeFranco, Allison Felts and Jade Sparks, Bartram Trail remained unbeaten Tuesday in an impressive 3-0 win over Fleming Island, which had won all four of its games coming in. Taylor Radecki, committed to Florida State, continues to anchor a back line that has given up only four goals all year. Next up for the Bears will be this week’s St. Johns River Athletic Conference tournament, where they’ll begin against Orange Park on Monday.
3. Nease (6-2-0, 4A). Last week: T-5.
Quality wins: Creekside, Stanton, Providence.
This week: The Panthers are in goal machine mode and rocketing up the standings. Since dropping two games at the season’s start, they’ve won five straight, and really poured on the goals this week by shutting out Middleburg, Oakleaf and Atlantic Coast by a combined 20-0. USF-committed striker Bella Kober picked up the biggest numbers, with five goals against Middleburg and three more against Oakleaf, but she’s far from alone. Logan Nicholson scored in all three games, including a hat trick against Atlantic Coast, while Brielle Jabot added four goals and four assists from midfield. Senior co-captains Sydney Washington and Reaghan Hatcher are commanding a defense that has allowed only two goals in the last five games. Nease next heads for the St. Johns River Athletic Conference, starting Monday against St. Augustine.
4. Fletcher (6-2-1, 4A). Last week: Not ranked.
Quality wins: Bolles, Episcopal.
This week: It’s safe to say that this year’s young Fletcher squad is surpassing expectations. A week after stunning Bolles on a goal from junior Ali Shimazaki, they’ve extended their winning streak to four games with mercy-rule wins against Englewood, First Coast and Jackson. Senior captain Ireland Jarvis scored seven goals this week, three against First Coast and four against Jackson, and 11 different Senators found the net this week. Goalkeeper Avery DeWitt moved upfield to score twice this week, Ky’tahia Taplin extended her scoring run to three games and freshman Zoe Orum got on the board against the Tigers. Fletcher will play Tuesday against Stanton, a matchup of the two leading Gateway Conference programs, and then Friday against Lee in district action.
5. (tie) Bolles (6-2-1, 2A). Last week: 4.
Quality wins: Creekside, Nease, Ponte Vedra.
This week: The Bulldogs began the week in a rare two-game losing streak against local opposition, after they lost 2-1 to Stanton on Monday. But Bolles, as usual, bounced back fast. Bolles topped Creekside 3-1 on Wednesday, a matchup against a 2016-17 state finalist in Class 4A, and then rolled to a 9-1 win against Providence Friday. Speedy senior Aunikah King, shifting from defense to the front line, scored four goals in the Friday win, and Avery Patterson and Isabel Kimberly tallied two goals each. The next challenge on the Bulldogs’ intense schedule is a weekend trip to the annual Women’s Invitational Showcase Tournament (WIST) hosted by Montverde Academy in the heart of the state. They’ll meet Cardinal Gibbons, Navarre and Vero Beach, all among Florida’s most difficult opponents, in a three-day event that should further prepare the Bulldogs for the postseason.
5. (tie) Stanton (5-2-1, 3A). Last week: Not ranked.
Quality wins: Bolles, Paxon.
This week: Other teams may be scoring more goals, but it’s hard for anybody to put the ball into the Blue Devils’ net. Stanton achieved a milestone Monday by beating Bolles 2-1 on goals from Kristen Norton and Naja Ashman, the Blue Devils’ first win against Bolles since 2011. They got further cause for celebration when they shut out rival Paxon 3-0, with Norton and Imani Ashman hitting the net. The 2016-17 state runners-up in Class 3A haven’t lost in three games. Their next challenge comes Tuesday against Fletcher, the main team standing between Stanton and Gateway Conference supremacy. After that game, they’ll be firm favorites in their district games over the following weeks.
On the bubble: Creekside (3-3-3, 4A); Fleming Island (4-1-0, 4A); Menendez (5-1-0, 3A); Ponte Vedra (3-3-2, 3A).
St. Johns River Athletic Conference tournament schedule
Monday: Matanzas vs. Menendez (at Bartram Trail), 5:30 p.m.; Orange Park at Bartram Trail, 7:20 p.m.; Middleburg vs. Fleming Island (at Nease), 5:30 p.m.; St. Augustine at Nease, 7:20 p.m.; Wednesday, semifinals, at Bartram Trail and Nease, 7:20 p.m.; Friday, championship, at Nease, 7:20 p.m.