For the first time all season, Somerville has fallen from the top spot in the Globe Top 20. The Highlanders (11-1-1) fall five spots to No. 6 after losing, 1-0, on Friday at home against Boston Latin. It’s the first time this season that the Highlanders have been shut out.
The Highlanders’ loss also means formerly No. 2 New Bedford jumps up to claim the top spot in the boys’ soccer rankings. The Whalers (11-0-2) play Greater New Bedford and Bridgewater-Raynham this week.
The top 10 could shake up a little next weekend. This week, No. 3 Needham play 8th-ranked Framingham, and No. 10 BC High face No. 9 St. John’s Prep in a big Catholic Conference match. Framingham and Wellesley tied, 2-2, last Thursday in a very even match.
Martha’s Vineyard (17) and Norton (13) both step into this week’s Top 20. Norton is on top of the Tri-Valley League, and the Vineyarders have only allowed four goals in their first 14 games.
No. 5 Masconomet (12-1-1) has posted seven consecutive shutouts, while fourth-ranked Silver Lake has won 12 straight. Of those 12 wins, only two games were won by two goals. Ten of those wins have come by a margin of larger than two goals.
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- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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