Boys/Girls Soccer Power Rankings: April

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Towns County girls soccer is on the rise…and after Dawson’s big win over Lumpkin recently, the Power Rankings are all shook up on the girls side. Same for the boys. Habersham has played very well, moving into the top spot.

With these Power Rankings comes a bit more clarity on teams that are state-bound versus on the cusp or eliminated from playoff contention.

2018 Power Rankings - Boys Soccer April

BOYS

#1 Habersham Central Raiders

Last Ranking: #3; ↑ 2 spots

7-7 (6-3 Region 8-AAAAAA) 

Three straight region wins and going 3-1 overall in the last four games has propelled this team back to the top. Habersham also took down powerhouse 1-loss, state-ranked Gainesville 3-2. This was a monumental statement, as the Raiders had lost to the Red Elephants 6-0 earlier in the season. PLAYOFFS: They’ve secured a spot, likely the #3 seed.

#2 Rabun Co Wildcats

Last Ranking: #4; ↑ 2 spots

6-3 (4-1 Region 8-AA)

The Cats are continuing to improve, winning five straight before a loss to Oglethorpe. PLAYOFFS: They’ve locked up a playoff spot, but could wind up between #1-#3. The finale is against region leader Putnam, so if the Cats win, it can be chaos in the region.

#3 Lumpkin Co Indians

Last Ranking: #2; ↓ 1 spot

7-6-1 (3-3 Region 7-AAA)

Tough luck has fallen on the Indians, who have gone 0-2-1 in the last three, by a combined score of 5-3. Lost by one to East Hall, one to Dawson and earned a draw with Buford. PLAYOFFS: Recent slide means they still have work to do, but should be ok. They’re done with their region games, so it’s a waiting game to see how others fare.

#4 Dawson Co Tigers

Last Ranking: #5; up ↑ 1 spot

4-6 (2-2 Region 7-AAA)

The Tigers earned a HUGE win over Lumpkin, surviving and keeping the playoff hopes alive. PLAYOFFS: At 2-2, they’re in a group of four fighting for two playoff spots. Only two are secure in 7-AAA (East Hall & GAC). Dawson needs to beat Fannin and also has East Hall left in region play.

#5 White Co Warriors

Last Ranking: #1; ↓ 4 spots

6-7-1 (0-4 Region 7-AAAA)

Once 5-1 to start the season, the Warriors hit tough times starting in late February. They had 32 goals in the first 6 matches, but have scored just 8 goals in total over the past 8 games. The region is stacked with state-ranked teams like Chestatee (12-2), Blessed Trinity (10-3-1) and Marist (11-3-2). The defense still held its own, allowing just 11 goals in the past 8 matches. PLAYOFFS: Eliminated. The Warriors are done with region play and were winless with some bad luck. Four games remain on the slate, all out of region.

 

 

 

 

#6 Stephens Co Indians

Last Ranking: #7; ↑ 1 spot

2-9 (0-3 Region 8-AAAA)

Stephens County took a narrow win over Banks County to rise a little on the charts. PLAYOFFS: Pretty much out of the question at this point, but not impossible if they can win out.

#7 Banks Co Leopards

Last Ranking: #8; ↑ 1 spot

2-12-1 (2-3-1 Region 8-AA)

The Leopards have lost three in a row and five of their last six overall. Despite that fall, they’re actually still in the playoff picture. PLAYOFFS: On the cusp at 2-3-1 in region, sitting fourth. Need others to lose to secure a spot.

#8 Union Co Panthers

Last Ranking: #6; ↓ 2 spots

2-8-1 (0-6 Region 7-AAA)

PLAYOFFS: Nope

 

 

#9 Towns Co Indians

Last Ranking: #9; no change

0-9 (0-4 Region 8-A)

PLAYOFFS: Nope


GIRLS

2018 Power Rankings - Girls Soccer April

#1 Dawson Co Lady Tigers

Last Ranking: #2; ↑ 1 spot

8-2 (3-1 Region 7-AAA)

Huge win over Lumpkin County gives the Lady Tigers some breathing room as the #5-ranked team in the state. PLAYOFFS: Locked up, and if they take care of business against Fannin and East Hall, they’ll have the #2 seed and a home playoff game.

#2 Lumpkin Co Lady Indians

Last Ranking: #1; ↓ 1 spot

10-3-1 (4-2 Region 7-AAA)

Lumpkin fell hard in a close loss to rivals Dawson County, which moved them down a notch, although they’re still the #6-ranked team in the state. Dawson now will likely be #2 in the region, while undefeated GAC will have the #1 seed. PLAYOFFS: Definitely secured, but the Lady Indians will likely play on the road.

 

#3 Towns Co Lady Indians

Last Ranking: #5; ↑ 2 spots

7-2 (3-0 Region 8-A)

Brooke Barrett and company are playing as good as ever. Six straight wins, outscoring opponents 39-4 in that span. UNBELIEVABLE! PLAYOFFS: Virtual lock, although we won’t know what seeding until the end of the year 1A Power Ratings.

#4 White Co Lady Warriors

Last Ranking: #3; ↓ 1 spot

6-6-2 (2-2 Region 7-AAAA)

The Lady Warriors got the two giant region wins. PLAYOFFS: Yes, the streak continues for state playoff berths for White County (now 6 years in a row). They will be the #3 seed.

#5 Stephens Co Lady Indians

Last Ranking: #4; ↓ 1 spot

6-5-1 (0-3 Region 8-AAAA)

Three straight losses has this team reeling, but still have a shot at postseason play. PLAYOFFS: On the cusp; Desperately need to win the final two region games to get in. No room for error.

 

#6 Union Co Lady Panthers

Last Ranking: #6; no change

8-5 (1-5 Region 7-AAA)

Any other region and this team is in the playoffs, but three top-ten ranked teams in Dawson, Lumpkin and GAC means a tough season for this group, even with 8 wins. PLAYOFFS: Eliminated as they have no region games remaining and five teams ahead of them in the standings.

#7 Rabun Co Wildcats

Last Ranking: #7; no change

3-6 (3-2 Region 8-AA)

Recent slide of three straight losses hurts Rabun, but they’ll be fine. PLAYOFFS: Still a little muddy, but they hold the #4 spot by a thread. Holds the head-to-head over Banks, so it should be playoffs for Rabun.

#8 Banks Co Lady Leopards

Last Ranking: #8; no change

3-10 (2-3 Region 8-AA)

PLAYOFFS: Not likely, but stranger things have happened.

#9 Habersham Central Lady Raiders

Last Ranking: #9; no change

3-10-2 (2-7 Region 8-AAAAAA) 

PLAYOFFS: Eliminated

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