Caravel vs Archmere soccer photo courtesy of Jason Winchell

On the Pitch: Week 1 rankings

Jason WinchellHeadlines, Sports

Caravel vs Archmere soccer photo courtesy of Jason Winchell

The high school boys soccer season kicked off last Wednesday and, boy, did we have some heavyweight battles and some close matches.

That means changes in both division’s Top 10s this week. 

Our rankings includes at look at what teams did last week and who they are playing this week.

Bonus for soccer lovers: Saturday night the topped ranked teams in each division meet in Wilmington under the lights.

Division 1

No. 1 Sallies. (1-0)  The Sals fell behind early but found their offense just before the weather stopped their 2-1 win over Walter Johnson (MD).  The Sals host Lasalle College Prep (Pennsylvania) Wednesday before the heavyweight tilt with Caravel Saturday night.

No. 2 Wilmington Charter (1-0)  The Force moved up one spot after their 2-1 win over then No.4 Caesar Rodney last week.  Doesn’t get any easier this week as they traveled to No. 3 Delcastle Tuesday before hosting MOT Charter Thursday.

No. 3  Delcastle (1-0) The Cougars move up two spots after a nice 3-2 win over Brandywine.  They hosted No. 2 Wilmington Charter Tuesday, and will travel to Christiana Thursday.

No. 4 Caesar Rodney (0-1)  The Riders fell short in their match with Wilington Charter but played a solid game so that keeps them in the fourth spot.  A couple of big home games this week as they host Delmar today Sussex Central Thursday 

No. 5 Appoquinimink (0-1-1)  The Jags had a tough road trip last week losing a 3-1 match at Sussex Academy and scoring a 1-1 tie at Malvern Prep (Pennsylvania).  The Jags dropped 3 spots this week. They host St Georges Tech Thursday.

No. 6 Cape Henlopen (0-0)  The Vikings open play this week against a tough Henlopen North rival Smyrna Thursday night.

No. 7 Sussex Central (0-0-1)  The Golden Knights earned a tie against St Andrew’s on a hot evening and remained in the seventh spot. This is a tough week for the Golden Knights because they hosted Sussex Academy Tuesday and travel to Old North Road to take on Caesar Rodney Thursday.

No. 8 St Georges Tech (0-0)  The Hawks kick the season off  this week with their first match was Tuesday at Mckean before traveling to Appoquinimink Thursday.

No. 9 Middletown (0-0)   The Cavs kicked off the season Tuesday when they host Glasgow and then travel to New Castle to face Flight A rival William Penn.

No. 10 Dover (1-1)  The Senators had a mixed bag week as they defeated Concord 6-0 before losing to Friends 1-0 Saturday.  They stay in the 10th spot and travel a few miles to face Henlopen North rival Polytech.

Division II

No. 1 Caravel (1-0)  The defending champions held off Archmere 2-1 to start the season with a Top 10 win.  They hosted Tower Hill Tuesday night before their heavyweight road contest against the other No. 1 team Sallies.

No. 2 Saint Marks (0-0)  The Spartans started their season Tuesday against William Penn.

No. 3 Indian River (0-0-1)   The Indians started the season with a 0-0 draw against Newark Charter.  They beat Worchester Prep (Maryland) 2-1 Wednesday and will host Delmar in a Henlopen South match Thursday. 

No. 4 Friends  (1-0)  The Quakers stay in the fourth spot as they defeated Dover 1-0 to start the season.  They continue their season long 8 match homestand when they host Tatnall Thursday.

No. 5 Sussex Academy (1-0) The Seahawks jump up 4 spots after their impressive 3-1 win over then No. 2 Appoquinimink to start the season.  They travel to Sussex Central Tuesday before they host No. 4 Laurel on Thursday.

No. 6 DMA (0-0)  The Seahawks stay in the sixth spot and they will kick off the season by hosting Newark Charter Thursday.

No. 7 Archmere  (0-1) The Auks lost a tough 2-1 contest to No. 1 Caravel last week.  They traveled to Conrad Tuesday for a key Diamond State conference showdown..

No. 8  Conrad (1-0)  The Red Wolves moved up two spots after a season opening 6-0 win over MOT Charter last week.  They hosted Archmere Tuesday and then will host Odyssey Charter Thursday.  

No. 9 Newark Charter  (0-0-1)  The Patriots join the rankings this week after a 0-0 draw against No. 3 Indian River.  They hosted Tatnall Monday night before traveling to DMA  Thursday. 

No. 10 Brandywine (0-1)  The Bulldogs dropped two spots after a tough 3-2 setback to No 3 Delcastle.  They host AI DuPont Wednesday, Sept. 13.


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