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Boys soccer rankings: Yorktown rises to the top

Yorktown's Ankit Patel, left, fights for the ball with Mamaroneck's Matt DiCicco during their game at Yorktown Sept. 12, 2016. Yorktown won 4-2.

Yorktown’s Ankit Patel, left, fights for the ball with Mamaroneck’s Matt DiCicco during their game at Yorktown Sept. 12, 2016. Yorktown won 4-2.

Lohud boys soccer rankings
Records as of Sunday, Sept. 18

1. Yorktown (4-1) — Truth be told, this week was very difficult to identify a No. 1 team. Frankly, no team has staked a clear claim as the top program in a jumbled Class AA field. But the Huskers had the best overall week, with wins over Mamaroneck, North Rockland and former No. 1 Arlington, so they’ll rise to the top for the moment. Previous ranking: 7

2. Mamaroneck (5-1) — If not for a 4-2 loss at Yorktown on Monday, the Tigers would have been a strong choice for No. 1. That loss will keep them behind the Huskers for now, but they bounced back nicely with 3-0 wins over Port Chester and John Jay-East Fishkill. PR: 2

3. Pearl River (4-1) — Since their loss to Mamaroneck last week, the Pirates have won three in a row by a combined score of 11-0. Kevin Doorley (10 goals through five games) has had a strong start to the season for the reigning Class A champs, who remain the team to beat in that class. PR: 3

4. Somers (7-0) — No team in Section 1 has been rolling like the Tuskers. They’ve been pouring in a goals at a pace of 3.4 per game and are the only team with a win over top-ranked Yorktown. Somers hasn’t played another ranked team since, but bigger tests lie ahead. PR: 6

5. New Rochelle (4-1) — The Huguenots continue to make their case as a contender in Class AA, adding wins over Horace Greeley and Ketcham in recent play. They’ve been noted for their crisp ball movement, with nine players having recorded at least one goal. PR: 10

6. Rye (3-0) — The Garnets haven’t played as many games as most teams on this list, but opposing coaches have had high praise. The schedule will heat up this week, which will help us learn more about Rye. So far, so good. PR: Not ranked

7. Tappan Zee (4-1-1) — After starting the season 3-0, the Dutchmen have come back down to earth. They’ve gone 1-1-1 in their last three games, including a loss to Rye. Circle your calendar for Saturday, when TZ hosts nemesis Pearl River. PR: 4

8. Byram Hills (3-1-1) — The Bobcats had a bounce-back week with wins over Lakeland and Eastchester, showing why preseason expectations were so high. The return of senior midfielder Jack Beer has coincided with the improved play. PR: 8

9. Scarsdale (2-1) — Poised to jump up in the rankings, the Raiders suffered an unexpected loss to Rye Neck on Saturday, which halted their momentum. Another team that’s played a light schedule so far, Scarsdale will get its first crack at Mamaroneck on Tuesday. PR: 5

10. Ossining (5-0-1) — Other than a tie against winless Clarkstown South, the Pride have had an eye-opening start to the season. They were the first team to beat Arlington this year and have continued to rack up wins. It’s time for them to join the top 10. PR: NR

On the bubble: Arlington (2-4), Hackley (3-1), Hastings (4-1-1), Ketcham (4-1), Rye Neck (5-1)

Class AA — 1. Yorktown (4-1); 2. Mamaroneck (5-1); 3. New Rochelle (4-1); 4. Scarsdale (2-1); 5. Ossining (5-0-1); 6. Ketcham (4-1); 7. Arlington (2-4); 8. Horace Greeley (3-3); 9. John Jay-EF (2-2) ; 10. Suffern (2-2)

Class A — 1. Pearl River (4-1); 2. Somers (7-0); 3. Rye (3-0); 4. Tappan Zee (4-1-1); 5. Byram Hills (3-1-1); 6. Lakeland (3-2-1); 7. Peekskill (6-1); 8. Harrison (4-1-1); 9. Eastchester (2-2-1); 10. Keio (2-2)

Class B — 1. Hastings (4-1-1); 2. Rye Neck (5-1); 3. Bronxville (5-1); 4. Albertus Magnus (3-2); 5. Valhalla (3-2-1); 6. Briarcliff (2-3-1); 7. Croton-Harmon (5-1); 8. Edgemont (2-4); 9. Blind Brook (1-1-1); 10. Pleasantville (1-2-1)

Class C — 1. Solomon Schechter (3-2); 2. North Salem (4-1); 3. Haldane (2-3); 4. Hamilton (2-3); 5. Tuckahoe (2-4-1)

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