Girls soccer: Somers on top of preseason rankings

Girls soccer: Somers on top of preseason rankings

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Girls soccer: Somers on top of preseason rankings

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Somers forward Jenna Menta (right) controls the ball in a Sept. 23, 2015 win over North Rockland. Both teams return a strong core of talented players.

Somers forward Jenna Menta (right) controls the ball in a Sept. 23, 2015 win over North Rockland. Both teams return a strong core of talented players.

We have to start somewhere. Teams looking to unseat the perennially strong teams like Somers and John Jay-East Fishkill need to beat perennially strong teams like Somers and John Jay-East Fishkill. A lot will change in the coming weeks, but here is how the contenders line up heading into the 2016 season:

Lohud Girls Soccer Preseason Rankings

1. Somers: Yes, there are some holes in the lineup. No, there isn’t likely to be much of a dropoff.

2. John Jay-East Fishkill: It’s getting harder and harder to win Class AA titles.

3. North Rockland: Wait until Naya Rivera and Brianna Williams get back on the field.

4. Suffern: A cast of talented youngsters is another year older and wiser.

5, Clarkstown South: Talented enough to compete. Deep enough to contend.

6. Arlington: Always tapped into a deep talent pool.

7. Pearl River: Otherwise known as the biggest threat to beat Somers.

8. Byram Hills: Learning on the fly after welcoming coach Bryan Horn back to the program.

9. Tappan Zee: Unlikely to be under the radar for very long.

10: Bronxville: Feeling the loss of Beth Finley, but the underclassmen are strong.

Suffern and Clarkstown South are both starting the season in the top 10.

Suffern and Clarkstown South are both starting the season in the top 10.

Class AA

1.  John Jay-EF

2. North Rockland

3. Clarkstown South

4. Suffern

5. Arlington

Class A

1. Somers

2. Pearl River

3. Byram Hills

4. Tappan Zee

5. Harrison

Class B

1. Bronxville

2. Irvington

3. Albertus Magnus

4. Briarcliff

5. Pleasantville

Class C

1. Haldane

2. North Salem

3. Solomon Schechter

4. Tuckahoe

5. Hamilton

TOP PLAYERS: Coffey, Couzis, Cruz headline the Elite 11

COLUMN: Losing on penalty kicks – worst thing ever?

LAST YEAR: 2015 girls soccer Elite 11 and pre-season rankings

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