There's a new No. 1 in this week's girls' soccer Top 20 thanks to Acton-Boxboro's 2-1 upset win over top-ranked Peabody last Saturday. The loss by the Tanners (14-1) made room for Lincoln-Sudbury (13-0) to become the second team to hold the No. 1 spot this season.
Arundel Miguelez netted the game-winner for the Colonials (7-5-3), who broke into the Top 20 for the first time this year (checking in at No. 19). For that, Miguelez earned a spot as a star of the week.
The Colonials, who seem to be clicking at just the right time, travel to Lincoln-Sudbury on Thursday at 4 p.m. for what should be the most interesting game this week.
No. 6 Concord-Carlisle (13-2) celebrated Andrea O'Brien's 100th career goal Saturday. Here's a video of O'Brein's goal courtesy of Patriots coach Nancy Slocum.
No. 7 Needham (12-0-3), which was the subject of this week's notebook, turned in an impressive 1-0 win over No. 11 Winchester (11-2-3) Saturday to round out this week's highlights.
At 12-2, Beverly also made its first appearance in the Top 20, thanks in large part to the work of Caitlin Harty whose 46 points (37 goals, 9 assists) are tops in the state.
Watch out for still undefeated Apponequet (10-0-2), Norwell (12-2-2), Danvers (12-2-2), Scituate (13-1-1), and Bishop Feehan, (12-2-2) who all finished just outside this week's Top 20.
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