Boys Week in Review

It seems like just yesterday that the Knights Challenge kicked off the season, yet the midpoint of the season is almost here. Three full weeks of play have  gone by, and the regular season ends in just five weeks.  So who’s hot and who’s not as we approach the mid-point? Let’s take a look and find out.  Games to watch this week are in bold.

No. 1 Foothill
Week Record: 2-0
Overall Record: 7-0 SOS ranking>: 5
Up Next: Scripps Ranch on Tuesday; at La Costa Canyon on Saturday
Synopsis:  The Knights have now won 27 straight games dating back to last season, and they are not showing any signs of slowing down.  If anything, the offense is finding its rhythm and Foothill is getting stronger as the season progresses.  Having dismissed L.A.’s No. 1 team, Loyola, this week, the Knights turn their attentions south.  They will travel to La Costa Canyon to play the defending San Diego Section champions on Saturday.

No. 2 Corona de Mar
Week Record: 2-0
Overall Record: 4-0 SOS ranking>: 40
Up Next: Los Alamitos on Tuesday; at Newport Harbor on Friday
Synopsis: The Sea Kings are making their schedule look like a sea cruise this season; they have outscored the competition 70-6 in four games.  Only San Clemente has managed to score more than one goal against them.

No. 3  J Serra 
Week Record: 2-0
Overall Record: 5-0 SOS ranking>: 7
Up Next: Cathedral Catholic on Tuesday
Synopsis:  In contrast to the attention that was focused on the last year’s team, the Lions are performing up to expectations with quiet efficiency.  Their talented free wheeling offense still makes them a very entertaining team to watch.

No. 4  St. Margaret’s
Week Record: 2-0
Overall Record: 6-1 SOS ranking>: 3
Up Next: at Poway on Tuesday; El Dorado on Thursday; St. Viator (IL) on Saturday
Synopsis:   The Tartans have marched through the third toughest schedule in the Southern Section to the tune of a 6-1 record.  Their only loss was to No.  1 Foothill.  The Tartans received a boost from the return of Sam Harnisch, and should get another one when Nick Shanks returns from his injury.

No. 5. Santa Margarita
Week Record: 5-1
Overall Record: 1-1 SOS ranking>: 10
Up Next: El Toro on Wednesday; Palos Verdes on Friday
Synopsis:  The Eagles’ only loss so far has been an 8-7 defeat to No. 4 St. Margaret’s.  Down 5-0 at halftime, the Eagles came alive on both ends of the field in the second half to show that they can get off the porch and run with the big dogs.  They followed that performance up with a 10-8 victory over Bishop’s School (San Diego) on Saturday.

No. 6  San Clemente
Week Record: 0-2
Overall Record: 1-4 SOS ranking>: 2
Up Next: Trabuco Hills on Tuesday;  Poway on Friday
Synopsis:  The Tritons have struggled through their perilous early season schedule while trying to adjust to the loss of starting goalie Austin Boyer.  Things won’t get any easier this week when they face an up-and-coming Trabuco Hills team that is anxious to show that they can hang with the South Coast League elite on Tuesday and a strong Poway team on Friday.

No. 7  Aliso Niguel
Week Record: 4-2
Overall Record: 1-1 SOS ranking>: 28
Up Next: Tesoro on Tuesday; Trabuco Hills on Friday
Synopsis: Following this week’s disappointing loss to No. 8 Great Oak,  the Wolverines will have something to prove as they begin South Coast League play against Tesoro and Trabuco Hills.  The South Coast League race is shaping up to be this season’s most entertaining.

No. 8  Great Oak
Week Record: 1-0
Overall Record: 5-1 SOS ranking>: 27
Up Next:Yorba Linda on Tuesday; Alexander Dawson (CO) on Thursday
Synopsis: The Wolfpack’s convincing win over Aliso Niguel should get them some attention in the polls this week.  Another key game awaits Monday when they host Yorba Linda.

No. 9  Trabuco Hills
Week Record: 2-0
Overall Record: 6-0 SOS ranking>: 33
Up Next: at San Clemente on Tuesday; at Aliso Niguel
Synopsis:  The Mustangs are flying high with a 6-0 record as they enter their first week of South Coast League play with games against  No. 6 San Clemente and No. 8 Aliso Niguel.  If the Mustangs can come out of both of those games with Ws they will likely be flying a little higher.

No. 10  Tesoro
Week Record: 1-1
Overall Record:1-5 SOS ranking>: 1
Up Next: at Aliso Niguel on Tuesday; Capo Valley on Friday
Synopsis:  Perhaps no team has more room for upward mobility in the rankings than Tesoro.  Having started out the season playing teams with a combined record of 30-5, the Titans are playoff hardened already.  With Gunner Garn between the pipes and their constant-pressure approach to the game, the Titans have given up double digits to only No. 1 Foothill and L.A.’s No. Loyola.

No. 11  Los Alamitos
Week Record: 2-0
Overall Record: 3-4 SOS ranking>: 14
Up Next: at Corona del Mar on Tuesday; at Marina on Friday
Synopsis:   The Griffins opened their Sunset League Schedule with a 17-3 win over Marina on Saturday.  After they get past CdM on Tuesday, it is pretty much Sunset League play to finish out the regular season. With Los Al, Newport Harbor, and Huntington Beach all jockeying for playoff seeds, the Sunset League race should be a good one.

No. 12 Newport Harbor
Week Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 2-5 SOS ranking>: 13
Up Next: CdM on  Friday
Synopsis: The difficulty of their early season schedule may make Newport Harbor’s record deceiving.  Like Los Al, the Sailors’ schedule moves primarily to Sunset League play in April.  With Los Al, Newport Harbor, and Huntington Beach all jockeying for playoff seeds, the Sunset League race should be a good one (sound familiar?).

No. 13 Beckman
Week Record: 0-2
Overall Record: 1-3 SOS ranking>: 4
Up Next: at Northwood on Monday; University on Wednesday
Synopsis: The Patriots are another team that opened to  a difficult schedule as evidenced by their SOS ranking.  They begin Pacific Coast League play this week.

No. 14 El Toro
Week Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 3-2 SOS ranking>: 17
Up Next: at Santa Margarita on Wednesday; at Mission Viejo on Friday
Synopsis: The Chargers’ only losses have been to No. 1 Foothill and No. 8 Great Oak.  They will face another Top 10 team when they visit Santa Margarita this week.

No. 15 Yorba Linda
Week Record: 2-0
Overall Record: 6-1 SOS ranking>: 57
Up Next: at Great Oak on Monday; Edison on Wednesday; at Esperanza on Friday
Synopsis:  The Mustangs have a big week coming up.  they travel to Temecula on Monday to face No. 8 Great Oak.  They will then need to be careful to not look past Edison as they get ready for league rival Esperanza on Friday.

No. 16 Huntington Beach
Week Record: 1-0
Overall Record: 2-3 SOS ranking>: 7
Up Next: at Servite on Tuesday; at Edison on Friday
Synopsis:   Sitting in the final playoff position are the Huntington  Beach Oilers.  Following early season losses to three team with a combined 16-1 record,  the Oilers have won their last two, including a win over No. 12 Beckman.

No. 17 Mater Dei
Week Record: 0-2
Overall Record: 2-4 SOS ranking>: 24
Up Next: El Dorado on Tuesday
The Monarchs hope to end a four game skid when they host El Dorado this week.

No. 18  Capistrano Valley
Week Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 3-2 SOS ranking>: 46
Up Next: Marina on Wednesday; at Tesoro on Friday
Synopsis:  Capo faces Marina on Wednesday before starting a difficult stretch, to say the least, against Tesoro, Trabuco, San Clemente, and Aliso.

No. 19 Esperanza
Week Record: 1-1
Overall Record: 4-2 SOS ranking>: 58
Up Next: Valencia on Tuesday; Yorba Linda on Friday
The Aztecs have averaged almost 18 goals per game in their four wins this season.  They want to reclaim the Empire Century League crown from a Yorba Linda team that is allowing less than five goals per game.  Should be a good one on Friday.

No. 20 Mission Viejo
Week Record: 0-1
Overall Record: 2-2 SOS ranking>: 20
Up Next: El Toro on Friday
After impressive wins against Marina and Capo,  the Diablos have struggled against Trabuco and Tesoro. They will try to get back to the win column in a league game against El Toro this week.