Dominating Fairport girls are No. 1 in D&C soccer poll

Dominating Fairport girls are No. 1 in D&C soccer poll

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Fairport junior forward Claire Myers leads the Red Raiders attack with six goals and five assists in their 6-0 start. The daughter of former Rochester Rhinos coach Jesse Myers was All-Greater Rochester last fall.

Fairport junior forward Claire Myers leads the Red Raiders attack with six goals and five assists in their 6-0 start. The daughter of former Rochester Rhinos coach Jesse Myers was All-Greater Rochester last fall.

Starting the soccer season projected as the area’s top team isn’t new for the Fairport girls. Finishing it would be, and the Red Raiders know that.

Last year’s Section V Class AA runner-up received all eight first-place votes and is No. 1 in the first Democrat and Chronicle coaches’ poll this fall. Livonia (5-0) tops the small-school poll for Classes B, C and D.

Fairport, also a sectional runner-up in 2010 and 2011, is 6-0 and so far has steamrolled every foe, outscoring teams 20-2 and posting five shutouts. Sixth-year coach Tom Natalie’s team returns eight starters led by All-Greater Rochester forward Claire Myers, the junior who already has six goals and five assists after posting 17 and six last year. Juniors Sinead Sargent (5 goals/2 assists), Zoe Janes (3/1) and Hanna Shin (3 goals) also lead the attack. Sophomore and third-year starter Clare Mulholland is off to a strong start in goal.

Seniors Emily McNally and Claire Ritzmann and sophomores Allison Donovan and Micaela Brigida are also starters back from a 14-5 club that lost to Victor in the 2015 Section V Class AA final. Fairport plays at No. 9 Hilton at 6:30 on Wednesday.

Webster Schroeder's Maddy Lowe, left, has committed to Ohio State.

Webster Schroeder’s Maddy Lowe, left, has committed to Ohio State.

No. 2 Spencerport (4-0), No. 3 Webster Schroeder and No. 4 Brockport (3-0) are also undefeated. Spencerport plays at Schroeder, which has been bolstered by the return of Ohio State-bound playmaker Maddy Lowe, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in a good early season test for both squads. Lowe was an AGR pick in 2014 who took her junior season off to concentrate on playing for a Western New York Flash Academy team.

Girls Soccer    

Large-School Coaches’ Poll  

1 – Fairport (8 first-place votes)    

Record:     6-0

Points:     80

2 – Spencerport   

Record:     4-0

Points:     67

3 –  Webster Schroeder    

Record:     4-0

Points:     62

4 – Brockport  

Record:     3-0

Points:     43

5 – Penfield  

Record:     3-1-1

Points:     41

6 – Victor    

Record:     2-1

Points:     33

7 – Aquinas    

Record:     4-1

Points:     28

8 –  Mercy

Record:     3-2

Points:     23

9 – Hilton

Record:     2-0-2

Points:     22

10 – Pittsford Sutherland 

Record:     2-2

Points:     11

Also received votes: Greece Athena, Wayne.     

Small-School Coaches’ Poll    

1 –  Livonia (5 first-place votes)    

Record:     5-0

Points:     59

2 – Hornell (1)    

Record:     5-0

Points:     54

3 – Wheatland-Chili    

Record:     4-0

Points:     44

4 – York 

Record:     4-0-1

Points:     43

5 –  Addison

Record:     4-0

Points:     31

6 –  Palmyra-Macedon  

Record:     3-1

Points:     23

7 –  Geneseo    

Record:     3-1

Points:     22

8 – Gananda  

Record:     6-1

Points:     21

9 –  South Seneca 

Record:     3-1

Points:     10

10 – Keshequa  

Record:     4-1

Points:     9

Also received votes: Bloomfield, Byron-Bergen, Marion, Waterloo.    

Note: Large schools poll includes Classes AA and A; small schools includes all others B, C and D.

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