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THE WAY-TOO-EARLY PRESEASON HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER POWER RANKINGS

Here’s How HVSR Sees It As We Close In On Official Start Date

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

The Hudson Valley knows soccer.

Heck, just last fall we had two state champions, both from the same high school when Monroe-Woodbury took home boys and girls titles.

So, with the first official practice of the season looming on August 19, it’s a good time to crank up the 2019 girls soccer campaign with the HVSR Way-Too-Early Power Rankings.

Keep in mind this first list was based mostly on results of last year and returning players. We will update the rankings again just after training camp and practices start to account for factors such as injuries and the development of younger players.

2019 GIRLS SOCCER PRESEASON RANKINGS

10) ELDRED – The Yellow Jackets were the 2018 Section 9, Class D champions. It should be another strong year this fall thanks to the return of second-team All-State forward Lenae Kelty,

9) TIE, WALLKILL and RHINEBECK – These two schools did battle for the Mid-Hudson Athletic League championship last October, and it was Wallkill winning its first-ever league title over the Hawks. But both teams were upset in their respective first game in the Section 9, Class A and B tournaments.

8) SPACKENKILL – As a No. 10 seed, the Spartans nonetheless advanced to the Section 9, Class B title game last season before falling to O’Neill. This is a perennial power and nobody will be surprised if Spackenkill is hanging around another championship game this year.

7) MAHOPAC – The Indians had a fine season, earning a No. 5 seed in the sectional tournament. The Indians just might have the best 1-2 scoring punch in the area back with Carly Steinberg – already committed to Division I Colgate – and Mia Klammer.

6) MILLBROOK – The Blue Devils took home the Section 9, Class C championship last season but lost to Haldane in the state quarterfinals. Millbrook has to overcome some graduation losses, however, most notably goalkeeper Claire Martell.

5) TIE, JAMES I. O’NEILL and CORNWALL – The Raiders were the Section 9, Class B champs in 2018. The Dragons were the Class A runnerup. Like many teams, graduation losses will play a part in both of their 2019 campaigns as they juggle lineups. O’Neill is lucky enough to build around talented sophomore Amaya Hill, who tallied 19 goals as a freshman.

4) HALDANE – A good, solid season for the Blue Devils last year, winning the Section 1, Class C crown and then beating Millbrook in the state quarterfinals. Haldane’s run was stopped in the state semifinals by eventual champion Stillwater. Talented striker Jade Villella is back to lead the offense.

3) GOSHEN – The Gladiators emerged from the Section 9, Class A tournament as the champion, beating a good Cornwall team in the finals. Goshen lost to John Jay-Cross River in the first round of states but returns midfielders Leah Nemec and Madi McGuire for this coming season.

2) ARLINGTON – The Admirals went 17-1-1 last year, the third straight season Arlington won the Section 1, Class AA championship – and the second consecutive year the Admirals fell victim to Monroe-Woodbury in the state playoffs. Offensive standouts Sofia Germano and Casey Stowell return, and Cassie Coster is back in goal to anchor the defense. Graduation claimed eight key players, but this is Arlington. Reload, not rebuild.

1) MONROE-WOODBURY – The Crusaders ended the season as the state champs, so this is how they’ll begin the new campaign. Back are standouts Liz Allen, first-team all-state forward Kaelyn Salatto and Angela Fini. This is a solid team; defending the state title would not be a surprise at all.

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