Last year’s disappointing season is officially a thing of the past as Andover takes over the No. 1 spot in the Globe's girls soccer Top 20 rankings. They’ve been too constantly good all season long. Anyone who saw them play Central will agree that they looked like the stronger team.
The Merrimack Valley is loaded with Andover (1) Central Catholic (2) and Tewksbury (8).
Rivaling the MVC is the Middlesex League with Winchester (3), Lexington (5), Stoneham (19) and a Belmont team which could easily be on this list.
No. 5 Lexington get’s a nice bump for leading the Middlesex league this far into the season.
No. 16 Oliver Ames has struggled to get long-time coach Britt Sellmeyer closer to his 300th career win.
No. 11 East Bridgewater has looked unstoppable and Rachel Blauner’s been a big reason why, scoring at will as the Vikings cruise through South Coast League play.
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