Girls Soccer Top Five

First Regular Season Top 5 Girls Soccer Poll

Who says soccer is a non-contact sport?

La Serna’s Nicole Reed (#8) and La Habra’s Kayla Tamayo (#17) collide after a head shot during their girls soccer game at La Serna High School on Thursday December 20, 2007. (Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger/Sports)

1. Santa Fe 8-0
Preseason Ranking: 4

Forgive me for believing coach Fernie Fernandez when he said this would be a rebuilding year. The Chiefs have come out undefeated after surviving Sonora on Tuesday, 3-2, despite being outshot 19-10. Kudos to goalie Shelby Magallon, who is having a great season.

2. La Serna 8-2
Preseason Ranking: 1

Okay, it might not seem fair that the Lancers have dropped to No. 2 after blasting La Habra 7-3, but co-coach Amanda Broussard did hint that her defense has not been up to par lately. Still, when you have a scoring machine you don’t need too many stops.

3. El Rancho 4-0-2
Preseason Ranking: NR

Shh… The Dons have quietly knocked off a few solid opponents this season including Bonita (2-0) and previously undefeated Kaiser (1-0), which is currently 6-1-1. Let’s see how El Rancho does in this week’s Sunny Hills Tournament.

4. La Habra 5-3-3
Preseason Ranking: 2

Even good teams have tough losses. Such was the case in the Highlanders 7-3 stumble to La Serna. The good news from that game is that the La Habra offense looked good…for the first 25 minutes as they scored three goals. The bad news is that La Habra made few adjustments after that point while La Serna did. The Highlanders defense was overwhelmed. Injuries have also bitten a Highlanders squad that has yet to play its best ball.

5. Whittier Christian 4-4-1
Preseason Ranking: T5

A two-game losing streak has really hampered a strong start for the Heralds, especially without coach Natalie Roth. Whittier Christian has posted good wins over Hacienda Heights Wilson and St. Paul but has had bad games, including a loss to Garden Grove (2-6-3) and a tie with Montclair (1-4-7).

On the bubble:

Cantwell, La Mirada

What’s your opinion?

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