Spring Break Shakes Up Coaches Poll

With many school on Spring Break last week, it was  a relatively quiet week, especially locally.  However the games that were played created the most movement we’ve seen in the coaches poll in quite some time, perhaps all seasons.

Starting at the top, No. 1 Foothill continues to lose slivers of ground to No. 2 Corona del Mar.  Foothill came back from Massachusetts  with a marquee win against Medfield High School, the No. 1 team in the state, only to see Corona del Mar gain 0.02 points in the poll.  Apparently the coaches are impressed with CdM’s 1.5 goals allowed per game and 12-0 record.  Who can blame them?

The race for number one is no longer just a two-team race though.  St. Margaret’s, sitting safely in third place, had a marquee win of their own over Spring Break.  They beat San Ramon Valley, the No. 1 team in the CIF North Coast Section, 16-9.  A 10-2 first half put that one in the refrigerator early.  Put April 22 on your calendar that’s when the Tartans and the Sea Kings meet on the field.

The coaches do not seem too concerned about J Serra’s mid season slump; the Lions maintained their fourth place position, as well as a comfortable margin over No. 5  Santa Margarita.  Santa Margarita’s victory over Granite Bay, the No. 4 team in the North Coast Section, did not help the Eagles in the poll; they stayed at No. 5.   J Serra and Santa Margarita will play one another for a second time on April 23, and seem destined for a third duel in the Division quarter-finals.

Last week’s No. 7, Great Oak,  had a tough 0-3 week, and the coaches punished them for it.  The Wolfpack dropped all the way to No. 10.  The South Coast League now occupies No. 6 (San Clemente), No. 7 (Trabuco Hills), No. 8 (Aliso Niguel), and No. 10 (Tesoro.)  San Clemente plays Tesoro on Tuesday and Trabuco Hills on Friday.  Think there might be some determined faces on the field in those two games?

In somewhat of a surprise, Newport Harbor cannot seem to get past the No. 12 spot.  They have three wins in a row against teams that appear to be playoff bound, including No. 11 Los Alamitos – but still not much love from the coaches.  Huntington Beach on the other hand moved from No. 15 to No. 13 after beating El Toro last week.  The Sunset League now occupies 11 through 13 to add some fuel to the already heated games in that league.  If you are in the neighborhood check out Los Al vs. Huntington Beach on Friday.

Moving closer to the 16th and final playoff spot, El Toro fell from 13 to 14 after losing to HB.  Beckman, the most recent Newport Harbor victim, but an even more recent winner over Servite, fell from 14 to 15.  Yorba Linda stayed firm in No. 16.

Despite losing to Mater Dei and Beckman, Servite maintained No. 17, and Mater Dei could not move up from No. 18 despite beating Servite and Great Oak over Spring Break.

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