September 7, 2011
Jesuit boys soccer ranked No. 1 in two national polls

Jesuit High School is starting the season ranked No. 1 nationally in both major high school fall boys soccer polls.

Jesuit, coming off a 31-0-0 season in 2010, opens as No. 1 in today's first National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.

The Marauders also are No. 1 in the ESPN Rise Powerade Fab 50, which already is in its second week of rankings.

It's a first for Jesuit since its famed 2003 "Three Amigos" team finished No. 1 in both the NSCAA and ESPN Rise polls.

Jesuit's top ranking is based on its strong finish last season.

The Marauders finished No. 2 in the final NSCAA poll to St. Ignatius (25-0-0) of Cleveland, Ohio, and No. 3 in the ESPN Rise poll to St. Ignatius and Jordan (25-0-0) of Durham, N.C.

Coach Paul Rose's Marauders, which are 6-0 after Tuesday's 10-1 win over Christian Brothers, will be tested.

They are scheduled to play three nationally ranked teams.

On Friday, they face Granite Bay, ranked No. 6 by ESPN and No. 9 by the NSCAA, in the Capital Challenge Cup at Capital Christian High School.

The Marauders also will play DeMatha Catholic of Hyattsville, Md., (ranked No. 2 by the NSCAA and No. 3 by ESPN) Oct. 1 in the Gateway City Soccer Classic in St. Louis and will host Marquette of Wisconsin (No. 12 by the NSCAA and No. 18 by ESPN) on Oct. 8.

They also have scheduled home matchups against traditional rivals Rio Americano next Wednesday and Sept. 23 against Davis.

"I look at the schedule and ask myself, 'What was I thinking?'" Rose said. "But I want the kids to have a quality experience and great memories."

Rose, 54, is in his 33rd season at Jesuit. As the winningest boys soccer coach in California history, Rose entered the season with 631 wins.

After last season, which culminated in beating Davis 3-0 for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship, Rose was named national high school of the year for the third time by the NSCAA.

He also was inducted into the California Coaches Association Hall of Fame in June.

"I'm picking up awards because of all the talented kids that have played at Jesuit through the years," Rose said. "I'm the figurehead. It's because of all my players' hard work that I'm getting all these honors."

Here are the top 10 teams in each poll:

Boys national fall soccer rankings

National Soccer Coaches Association of America
(top 10 only)
Rank Schoool Record
1. Jesuit 5-0-0
2. DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) 2-0-0
3. St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.) 1-0-0
4. St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio) 4-0-0
5. Forest Hill Cen. (Grand Rapids, Mich.) 1-0-0
6. Saint Louis U. High (St. Louis, Mo.) 2-0-0
7. Brentwood (N.Y.) 0-0-0
8. Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.) 3-0-0
9. Granite Bay 5-0-0
10. Hempfield (Landisville, Pa.) 1-0-0

ESPN Rise Powerade Fab 50
(top 10 only)
Rank School Record
1. Jesuit 5-0-0
2. St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.) 2-0-0
3. DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) 2-0-0
4. Boylan (Rockford, Ill.) 6-0-0
5. McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) 2-0-0
6. Granite Bay 5-0-0
7. St. Louis U. High (St. Louis, Mo.) 3-0-0
8. Pingry (Martinsville, N.J.) 0-0-0
9. E.O. Smith (Storrs, Conn.) 0-0-0
10. Hempfield (Landisville, Pa.) 1-0-0



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