In the most recent version of the boys' soccer Top 20, the top four is unchanged. No. 1 Somerville (7-0-1) beat No. 8 Masconomet, 2-1, at home on Wednesday. But the Highlanders played without seven starters, proving that their depth is quality.
No. 2 Needham defeated Weymouth and Braintree, before tying with No. 9 BC High, 1-1. The Rockets (6-0-2) went ahead after a goal from junior midfielder Aram Ouligian, but BC High (6-1-1) tied up the game.
New Bedford (8-0-1) stays at No. 3, still undefeated. St. John's Prep (8-0-1) has won eight straight after tying its first game of the season against Masconomet, 1-1.
After the top four, the rankings get a little fuzzier. North Andover (10-0) takes over the No. 5 spot after Masconomet's loss. Silver Lake forward Paul Beatty is scoring at will, and the Lakers (7-0-1) jump again to No. 6.
Framingham has only lost to second-ranked Needham, 3-2, and the Flyers had a 2-1 lead late in the game. Against every opponent, the Flyers (7-1) have been very sound. BC High (6-1-1) drops to No. 9, with Oliver Ames (6-0-1) and Wellesley (6-1) rounding out the top 11.
But until a top-11 team tumbles, those positions are going to be very tight.
Four new teams, No. 16 Wilmington (7-1), No. 17 Hingham (7-1), No. 18 Peabody (6-0-1) and No. 20 Brookline (5-2-2) all break into the top 20.
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