High school soccer is about two weeks into the 2010 season and were already getting signs that this year might be unpredictable.
With the first round of standings set to be posted on Sunday (and with it a fresh Top 20), there are few things worth talking about before then.
I dont think Catholic Memorial coach John Finn is too surprised, but the defending Division 1 state champs are struggling. The Knights had to settle with a tie against Billerica and St. Johns Prep, and fell victim to an emerging BC High squad in a 1-0 loss.
I thought knocking them down to No. 5 in the first set of rankings was low enough, but sadly for Finn and his team, the loss of five Division 1 college athletes might be too much to replace. The season is still early though, and anything can happen in the playoffs, as they proved last year.
Lexington was nothing but dominant in its first three games, scoring 13 goals. Alex Herbert had seven of them. And while the Minutemen tied Winchester, 2-2, in a recent Middlesex League matchup, that might be more of a testament to the Sachems strength than anything else. Winchester has also beaten Reading and Stoneham and might give Lexington a run for the league title.
Lincoln-Sudbury might struggle a little bit more than anticipated without the majority of the defensive unit and the goalkeeper from last years squad. The offensive shouldnt have trouble, but the Warriors might have a hard time posting any clean sheets. They dropped a 1-0 game to last years D3 champs, Weston last week.
Masconomet has maintained a perfect record after two dramatic come-from-behind wins within two days of each other. The Chieftains fought back against Danvers last Wednesday to win 2-1 and then barely escaped North Andover, 3-2, on Friday.
Framingham appears to be struggling in a big way. The Flyers were expected to see a regression after graduating a core of last years 16-2-3 squad, but I dont think anyone saw this coming. They are 0-1-3 after their first four games and have scored just once.
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