The New York State Sportswriters Association released its first boys’ soccer rankings of the 2013 season and seven teams from Section 9 made the cut.
Here are the top three teams and the Section 9 teams included in the rankings. Records are through games of Sept. 15.
1. Arlington (2-0-0, Sec. 1)
2. Smithtown West (2-0-0, Sec. 11)
3. Clarence (6-0-0, Sec. 6)
7. Washingtonville (2-0-0)
17. Monroe-Woodbury (2-0-0)
1. Jericho (1-0-1, Sec. 8 )
2. Williamsville East (5-0-0, Sec. 6)
3. East Hampton (3-0-0, Sec. 11)
9. Wallkill (2-0-0)
1(t). Livonia (4-0-0, Sec. 5)
1 (t). Ichabod Crane (3-0-0, Sec. 2)
3. Mattituck (1-1-0, Sec. 11)
6. Rhinebeck (3-0-0)
12. Highland (3-0-0)
1. Lansing (3-0-0, Sec. 4)
2. Friends Academy (1-0-1, Sec. 8 )
3. Southold (2-0-0, Sec. 11)
12. S.S. Seward (3-1-0)
1. Chazy (2-1-1, Sec. 7)
2. Poland (4-0-0, Sec. 3)
3. Fort Ann (4-0-0, Sec. 2)
14. John A. Coleman Catholic (1-0-1)
Games to watch this week in Section 9:
Tues., Sept. 17
- Cornwall at Washingtonville, 4 p.m.
It’s a matchup of neighbors…and two of Section 9′s perennial soccer contenders. Washingtonville is still learning to play as a group of new players, as the Wizards lost a ton of talent to graduation. The Dragons will look to make a statement and show that they can still compete with the best of the best in Section 9.
Thurs., Sept. 19
- Middletown at Monroe-Woodbury, 4 p.m.
The Middletown program has been on the rise in recent seasons and they’ll certainly get a test on the road in the form of the Crusaders. The OCIAA Div. I race still probably comes down to M-W and NFA, but Middletown could make things interesting with a win or a draw here.
- Port Jervis at Goshen, 4 p.m.
Port Jervis has gotten off to a great start in 2013, but they have some tough games this week, including road trips to Minisink Valley (Tuesday) and Div. III rival Goshen. Division III has been all Goshen and Cornwall over the last decade or so, but can Port Jervis make it a 3-team race this year?
- Wallkill at New Paltz, 4:15 p.m.
The defending Section 9 Class A champs host Wallkill, which looks like it’s bound for a lengthy postseason run this season.
Fri., Sept. 20
- Albany at Newburgh Free Academy, 4:30 p.m.
One day after hosting White Plains, NFA plays another solid non-league game at home when it hosts Albany. Can the Goldbacks get back on track with wins at home over some out-of-section competition?
I’ll be posting scores and updates throughout the season on Twitter: @THR_Montgomery.