In the first week of October, Somerville still sits atop the boys’ soccer Top 20. But there has been some movement below the Highlanders (9-0-1).
Although Needham is undefeated through 11 games, three ties in recent weeks bumped the Rockets (8-0-3) down a couple of spots to No. 4. The Whalers of New Bedford (10-0-1) jump up to No. 2, with 11-0 North Andover fitting in between the Whalers and Rockets at fourth.
On Saturday, St. John’s Prep (10-1-1) lost to Wilmington, 2-1, in a non-league trap game. The Eagles drop to No. 7, while the Wildcats (10-1) move to No. 11.
Formerly unranked Bedford, which has hovered around the bottom of the rankings, moves in at No. 16 to start off October. Bedford (8-2) beat a strong Lincoln-Sudbury team, 1-0, behind a goal from senior midfielder Michael Dushman.
In the bottom half of this week’s Top 20, No. 20 Madison Park and No. 19 Belmont join Bedford as newcomers to the Top 20. Madison Park (7-0-2) sits ahead of Dorchester in first-place in the Boston City League standings, while Belmont (6-1-2) leads the Middlesex Liberty division.
There could be some changes in the top 10 next week when Wellesley and Framingham face off Thursday in a Bay State matchup.
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- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
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Then there are our fall correspondents:
- Anthony Gulizia | @gulizia_a | Div. 1 football
- Eric Russo | @erusso22 | Div. 2 football
- Stephen Sellner | @stephen_sellner | Div. 3 football
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Div. 4 football
- Greg Joyce | @GJoyce9 | Div. 5 football
- Lorenzo Recupero | @LorenzoRecupero | Div. 6 football
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls volleyball
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