Here are the latest boys’ soccer rankings from the New York State Sportswriters Association.
Records are through games of Oct. 13.
1. Arlington (12-0-1, Sec. 1)
2. Fairport (11-0-2, Sec. 5)
3. Mamaroneck (11-0-0, Sec. 1)
10. Washingtonville (9-1-2)
15. Monroe-Woodbury (8-1-1)
1. Williamsville East (14-0-0, Sec. 6)
2. Fowler-Syracuse (14-0-0, Sec. 3)
3. Byram Hills (11-0-1, Sec. 1)
4. Wallkill (11-0-0)
20. Goshen (12-3-0)
1. Livonia (16-0-0, Sec. 5) and Ichabod Crane (12-0-0, Sec. 2) – tie
3. Carle Place (11-0-1, Sec. 8 )
4. Rhinebeck (13-0-0)
1. Kendall (13-0-0, Sec. 5)
2. S.S. Seward (11-1-0)
3. Friends Academy (12-1-1, Sec. 8 )
1. Poland (12-0-0, Sec. 3)
2. Chazy (10-1-2, Sec. 7)
3. Fort Ann (13-0-0, Sec. 2)
19. Eldred (6-4-2)
Postseason soccer is right around the corner. The MHAL semifinals (Tuesday, Oct. 22) and finals (Thursday, Oct. 24) will be played at Marlboro High School. Semifinal games are 5 and 7 p.m. The boys’ final will follow the 5 p.m. girls’ final on Thursday.
I thought it might be worth taking a look to break down the contenders for the Section 9 tournament here as well.
I imagine that the top three seeds will be Monroe-Woodbury, Washingtonville and Warwick, in some order. Any one of those teams has a legitimate shot at winning a Section 9 title this year. Will Washingtonville repeat? Will Monroe-Woodbury bounce back after two straight double-overtime losses in the championship game? Can Warwick’s stingy defense translate over to the postseason?
As far as other contenders, Newburgh Free Academy has been on a roll lately. They’re also the only team to have defeated Monroe-Woodbury this season. Can the Goldbacks keep this hot streak going into the playoffs?
The favorite: Monroe-Woodbury
The contenders: Washingtonville, Warwick
The dark horse: Newburgh Free Academy
With Rhinebeck’s loss to Spackenkill, Wallkill is the only undefeated team left in Section 9. They’ve beaten everyone in their path in the MHAL and they’ve also scored a key non-league win at Washingtonville. Wallkill should be a lock for the championship game, but anything can happen in the playoffs. Just ask the Wallkill players, who were upset in the Class A semifinals as the No. 2 seed last year.
Goshen is another very solid team and one of Section 9′s perennial finalists in Class A. It’s certainly set up to be a Wallkill-Goshen final, which should be a great game.
It’s not a guarantee, however. One team to watch in the playoffs is Port Jervis, which picked up a win over Cornwall on Tuesday. The Raiders can score a ton of goals, but will they be able to defend Wallkill or Goshen in a potential semifinal game?
The favorite: Wallkill
The contenders: Goshen
The dark horse: Port Jervis
This just might be the most competitive bracket from the quarterfinal round on. Spackenkill and Rhinebeck have dominated the small school games in the MHAL, with Spackenkill getting the edge in their head-to-head matchup. I would expect Spackenkill and Rhinebeck to meet again in the MHAL semifinals. It’s quite possible they’d play a third time in the Section 9 final.
The OCIAA has plenty of contenders in Class B as well. O’Neill is coming on strong in Division IV play. Liberty, which got off to a hot start, is starting to cool off. Fallsburg might make a run in Class B, too.
Highland has also had a strong year out of the MHAL and could be in the mix.
The favorite: Rhinebeck & Spackenkill
The contenders: James I. O’Neill, Highland, Liberty
The dark horse: Fallsburg
With the move of a number of schools from the Class C to Class B ranks, this bracket will be a little thin this year. S.S. Seward, ranked third in the state this year, is the overwhelming favorite here.
Chester should also be in the running, but the Hambletonians know just how good the Spartans are firsthand.
Webutuck, traditionally one of Section 9′s stronger teams in Class D, will play in C this year. They might be able to make things a bit competitive, but again, this is Seward’s tournament to lose.
The favorite: S.S. Seward
The contenders: Chester
The dark horse: Webutuck
Eldred has had a strong season, with a number of wins over non-Class D competition. The Yellow Jackets haven’t played in a Section 9 soccer final since 1988 and Eldred has never won one in soccer.
Family School played Eldred to a draw early in the season, so don’t count them out, either.
The favorite: Eldred
The contenders: Family School