FINAL lohud boys soccer rankings for 2015
1. Arlington (19-1-1) — From start to finish, the Admirals have been ranked No. 1 – a rare feat, indeed. They began the season with sky-high expectations and lived up to the hype, winning a Class AA title and finishing as co-regional champs.
2. Pearl River (20-3) — The Pirates came up one win short of a state championship, but it was still the most historic season in program history. Pearl River won its first section title since 1995 and first-ever regional title.
3. Yorktown (11-5-4) — The Huskers weren’t being talked about as a viable Class AA title contender when the playoffs began, but they changed that narrative with big win after big win. Yorktown upset Port Chester and Scarsdale before showing it could hang with Arlington in a heartbreaking 1-0 loss for the Class AA championship.
4. Scarsdale (15-3-1) — The Raiders couldn’t find the back of the net against a red-hot Yorktown team in the Class AA semis, but they won a league title and proved to be one of the best teams in Class AA. They had won nine in a row prior to the Yorktown loss.
5. Tappan Zee (15-3-2) — An upset win over mighty Byram Hills put the Dutchmen into the Class A final against rival Pearl River, sending a strong message about the improving quality of soccer in Rockland County. TZ continues to progress under third-year coach Jon Jacobs.
6. Byram Hills (15-3-1) — The Bobcats fell short in their bid for a repeat in Class A, but few would argue against them as one of the top teams in Section 1. They swept rival Port Chester and had several notable wins throughout the season.
7. Port Chester (14-4) — Many felt that the Rams were destined for a deep run in Class AA, but a lack of scoring depth (and a hot goalie in Yorktown’s Giuliano Santucci) resulted in a quarterfinals exit. Still, Steven Hernandez and his fellow seniors left an undeniable mark on the program.
8. Mamaroneck (13-5-1) — What was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Tigers turned out to be a success. After graduating eight starters from 2014, Mamaroneck played mostly juniors and sophomores and still reached the Class AA semis, which bodes well for next season.
9. Ketcham (12-6) — The Indians were often overshadowed while playing in the same league as top-ranked Arlington, but they had a potent offensive attack and had only two losses outside of league play.
10. Horace Greeley (14-4) — The Quakers looked like a serious contender for the Class AA crown, and they got off to a great start with a 5-1 win over North Rockland in the first round. A loss to Mamaroneck in the quarters ended their season abruptly, but Greeley belongs in the top 10.
On the bubble: Hastings (18-3-2), John Jay-East Fishkill (10-9-2), Lakeland (12-5-1), New Rochelle (7-7-3), Suffern (10-6-2)
Class AA — 1. Arlington (19-1-1); 2. Yorktown (11-5-4); 3. Scarsdale (15-3-1); 4. Port Chester (14-4); 5. Mamaroneck (13-5-1); 6. Ketcham (12-6); 7. Horace Greeley (14-4); 8. Suffern (10-6-2); 9. New Rochelle (7-7-3); 10. John Jay-EF (10-5-2)
Class A — 1. Pearl River (20-3); 2. Tappan Zee (15-3-2); 3. Byram Hills (15-3-1); 4. Lakeland (12-5-1); 5. Rye (12-5); 6. Riverside (14-3-1); 7. Eastchester (8-9-3); 8. Pelham (9-9); 9. Beacon (11-7); 10. Somers (9-6-2)
Class B — 1. Hastings (17-3-3); 2. Rye Neck (12-5-2); 3. Edgemont (14-4-1); 4. Blind Brook (11-6-2); 5. Valhalla (14-2-1); 6. Bronxville (15-3); 7. Briarcliff (9-5-3); 8. Pleasantville (12-4-2); 9. Putnam Valley (11-5-1); 10. Albertus Magnus (8-8-1)
Class C — 1. Solomon Schechter (13-5-2); 2. Hamilton (8-9-1); 3. North Salem (6-11); 4. Tuckahoe (3-13); 5. Haldane (2-15)