1. Rancocas Valley: The Red Devils finished third in the final Courier-Post Top 15 last season with a 17-2-3 record. Coach Damon Petras welcomes back senior Luis Rivadeneira, who was the lone underclassmen to make the C-P All-South Jersey first team, and senior Trenton Hall, who was a second teamer.
2. Cherokee: The Chiefs lost four games last season – all to Washington Township – while winning 19 with one tie to earn the runner-up spot in the final rankings. The veteran trio of midfielder Jake Treiber, defender Zach Rowe and goalie Eamon McCarren, a third-team All-South Jersey selection last year, will enable the team to make a push for the No. 1 spot.
3. Washington Twp.: The Minutemen finished at No. 1 last season after posting a 26-1 record and capturing the program’s first state title. The team will be highly competitive again, but coach Shane Snyder must replace four first-team All-South Jersey players — including midfielder Lou Vilotti, the C-P Player of the Year.
4. Haddon Twp.: Coach Jim Bonder’s team finished at No. 6 last year with a 22-3 record. The Hawks, who reached the Group 1 state final last season, could be as strong this year with the return of forwards Chris Kobsar and Bah Moo, who scored 15 goals last season, and goalie Kieran Burns.
5. West Deptford: The Eagles finished outside of the Top 15 a year ago after being knocked out in the second round of the S.J. Group 3 playoffs by eventual champion Cinnaminson. Senior Zach Peterson, a third-team All-South Jersey pick as a midfielder, is back after scoring 16 goals, while top assist men Luke McKeown and Isaiah Rodriguez will make them a legitimate threat in the race for Colonial Conference and South Jersey titles.
6. Williamstown: The Braves were 14-4-3 last season and finished at No. 8. Senior Justin Curtin is one of the top players in the Tri-County Conference and one of South Jersey’s top returning scorers with 17 goals last year.
7. Delran: The Bears ended with a No. 13 ranking and a 13-7-2 record last season. They were the second seed in the Central Jersey Group 2 playoffs, but eliminated in the second round by seventh-seeded Holmdel. This group should be hungry.
8. Ocean City: The Red Raiders finished with a No. 7 ranking and a 19-4-1 record last year. They should be in every game again with goalie Russell Lindsay, who comes into his senior season with 147 career saves, and be in the Group 3 title hunt.
9. Eastern: The Vikings had to deal with both Washington Township and Cherokee in the same division and still finished 13-6-3 overall and No. 5 in the final rankings. They handed Washington Township its only loss and should be a force in the Olympic American and S.J. Group 4 once again.
10. Shawnee: The Renegades failed to make the final rankings last season, but expectations are high for this fall. They have one of the region’s top goalies in Dalton Wu. They suffered an uncharteristic first-round exit in the South Jersey Group 4 playoffs last season with a 1-0 loss to Cherokee.
11. Sterling: The Silver Knights were 18-2-2 and finished with a No. 9 ranking. They were the No. 1 seed in the South Jersey Group 2 playoffs but were knocked off in the second round by ninth-seeded Audubon. Look for this team to be highly motivated.
12. Haddonfield: The Bulldawgs were unranked at the end of last season after losing in the second round of the South Jersey Group 2 sectionals. The return of Sammy DeCencio and Jack Dugan make them a threat to finish this season among South Jersey’s elite teams.
13. Cinnaminson: The Pirates were No. 4 in last year’s final tally with a 19-5-2 record. Senior Pat McCarthy, who scored 17 goals, returns to give the team a shot in every game and junior Mike Deal is back in goal. This team will compete.
14. St. Augustine: The Hermits were 15-6 to earn a No. 11 final ranking last season. They were the top seed in the Non-Public A South playoffs but lost in the semifinals to fifth-seeded Notre Dame. Expect this team to be among the Cape-Atlantic’s elite.
15. Clearview: The Pioneers finished with a No. 10 final ranking and a 13-7-1 record. After knocking off Washington Township in the 2013 S.J. Group 4 final, they were bounced by the Minutemen in the second round last fall. One of the more consistent teams in the Tri-County Conference.