SOCCER ELITE EIGHT: Sacred Heart is new No. 1

SOCCER ELITE EIGHT: Sacred Heart is new No. 1

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SOCCER ELITE EIGHT: Sacred Heart is new No. 1

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USJ’s Jack Edwards (5) vies with Lexington's Brandon Belcher for the ball Wednesday evening at USJ.

USJ’s Jack Edwards (5) vies with Lexington’s Brandon Belcher for the ball Wednesday evening at USJ.

The early part of the 2015 boys’ soccer season has shown that the sport is growing across West Tennessee.

There have been shakeups in the top of the rankings the last two weeks, and this week is no different. There is no longer one or two dominant teams.

This week Sacred Heart becomes the third team to earn the No. 1 ranking after Madison started at No. 1 the first two weeks and Lexington was on top last week.

The parity in high school soccer has led to some exciting games and interesting results thus far in the season, and the next four weeks should be the same way.

Here is the new Elite Eight:

1Sacred Heart (D2-A) (4-2) – The Knights returned to winning ways this past week with wins over Tipton-Rosemark and First Assembly Christian School by a combined score of 15-1. Last week: No. 2.

2Madison (15 A-AA) (3-4) – The Mustangs didn’t stay down long, as they beat USJ on the road last Thursday before taking off this week for Spring Break. Madison returns to action next Thursday against Scotts Hill. Last week: No. 5.

3USJ (D2-A) (2-3) – The Bruins suffered back-to-back losses against Madison and St. George’s, but they responded with a win over Lexington on Wednesday in a weather-shortened match. Last week: No. 3.

4Lexington (14 A-AA) (5-1-2) – Spring break did the Tigers no favors, as a week off resulted in a tie and a loss this week. Lexington tied Crockett County on Tuesday before losing to USJ on Wednesday in a 43-minute match. Last week: No. 1.

5Crockett County (13 A-AA) (2-1-1) – The Cavaliers suffered their first loss of the season, and it came against District 13 A-AA competition. Crockett County lost to South Gibson in sudden-death penalty kicks, but earned a tie against Lexington on Tuesday. Last week: No. 4.

6TCA (15 A-AA) (4-1) – The Lions are now off to a 3-0 start in the West Division of District 15 A-AA with wins over Covington, Ripley and North Side. Matches against Jackson Christian and Haywood remain for TCA to earn the No. 1 seed. Last week: No. 6.

7JCM (15 A-AA) (3-1) – The Cougars did not play this past week because of Spring Break, and they return to action on Tuesday in a division game against Scotts Hill. Last week: No. 7.

8Trenton Peabody (14 A-AA) (3-1) – The Golden Tide won a third-straight game last Thursday with a 4-1 victory over county rival Milan. Peabody faced South Fulton on Thursday evening with a home match in the District 14 A-AA tournament on the line. Last week: No. 8.

Teams eligible for the Dirty Dozen rankings are those who represent schools from The Jackson Sun’s 13-county circulation area: Madison, Gibson, Henderson, Chester, Hardeman, Haywood, Crockett, Weakley, Carroll, Benton, Decatur, McNairy and Hardin.

Michael Odom, 425-9754

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