1. Eastern (8-0-0) 1: The Vikings continue to impress and seemingly increased their momentum over the last week with a pair of solid workmanlike wins over Clearview and Shawnee. Eastern got a boost from a move that brought former back Madison Tyree forward and opened the door for, among others, freshman Nicolette Sacrduzio to create a defense that has allowed just three goals this year. Senior keeper Mikalya Ronczak has six shutouts to date..
2. Washington Twp. (7-1-0) 2: With the bulk of its Olympic Conference American Division schedule still on the docket, the 'Maids effectively used a break in their game schedule to get some much needed rest and recuperation. It remains to be seen if head coach Bill Alvaro's shell game due to injuries will provide much anticipated results but younger players like freshman Amanda Attanasi, Megan Smith, Dani Stuart and Liv Ancone are getting plenty of time early in a season because they may be needed at the end. .
3. Kingsway (8-0-1) 3: A week ago Kingsway had a tough afternoon against a fired up Williamstown program that played its best game of the year and surely saw how high the Dragons had climbed in the polls. A top team will have moments where they will be challenged and a week later, the Dragons beat Tri-County Royal rival Clearview 3-0 to take command of the Royal race
4. Cinnaminson (6-1-1) 5: One of the steadiest programs over the last two seasons, the Pirates have all the tools needed for deep runs into both the Coaches and Group 2 tournaments. A 1-1 draw with Rancocas Valley keeps them from a choke hold on the conference, but look for this squad to gain plenty of momentum before rematches with Moorestown and RV later in October.
5. Haddonfield (7-1-0) 6: Still the class of the Colonial, the Bulldawgs need some challenges and that will come on October 4 against Rancocas Valley. Haddonfield is a junior laden squad that knows what it takes to win tournament games. That doesn't mean they won;t take their remaining schedule seriously.
6. Oakcrest (7-0-1) NR: Possibly the most overlooked team in South Jersey, the Falcons have run off seven straight wins since an opening day tie with Cedar creek. Oakcrest has avenged that tie and looks to be a dark horse in October.
7. Ocean City (7-1-0) NR: The only loss so far has been to No.7 Oakcrest and the Red Raiders have an interesting matchup with Williamstown set for this Saturday. The Cape will be watching as City tries to secure another big out of conference win to go with one over Shawnee earlier this year.
8. Clearview (6-2-0) 4: The Pioneers have had a pair of confidence shaking 3-0 losses in the past week. The first was to No.1 Eastern in which they at times controlled play on the large surface at Rowan University. A second 3-0 loss, this time to Kingsway hurts their conference title hopes but this is a skilled group that can still cause plenty of havoc with any team in the region.
9. Delsea (9-0-0) 9: Undefeated after nine games is still undefeated and that counts for something. The Crusaders have young talent and can score but are going to remain overlooked until they get a signature win. A spot in the Coaches Tournament may be just what they need to take the next step.
10. Rancocas Valley (6-2-1) NR: Much like Delsea, the Red Devils lack a signature win but instead have some quality losses. A 2-1 loss to Washington Township could have changed with one bounce. They also could have pulled out a win over highly touted Liberty Division rival Cinnaminson with a break or two. Granted, they had a hard fought win over Moorestown with an overtime goal but let's be clear, RV is the type of team that in tournaments, no one wants to play.
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