Nineteen of the 20 teams ranked in this week's Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association boys state polls were in last week's rankings, but all the polls saw plenty of movement – including new No. 1 teams in two of the three divisions.
Defending WIAA state champion Mount Horeb moved up to the top spot in Division 2, while Sturgeon Bay is the new No. 1 in Division 3, trading places with reigning state champion Racine Prairie School.
The top five teams in the Division 1 poll remained the same, heading up by Milwaukee Marquette and Middleton.
The Hilltoppers extended their unbeaten streak to 53 (50-0-3) by winning all four of their matches last week, rallying past Brookfield East 3-1 to clinch the Greater Metro Conference and outscoring foes from Missouri and Kentucky by a combined 8-2 to win their group at the Gateway City Classic in O'Fallon, Ill. Marquette has a high-profile season finale next Saturday as it faces St. Ignatius (Ohio) at Marquette University's Valley Fields – both teams are nationally ranked.
Middleton, meanwhile, won its opener at the Gateway City Classic, but had its 10-game unbeaten streak snapped with a 2-0 loss to St. Louis DeSmet on Friday and fell to Topeka Washburn Rural (Kan.) 2-1 on Saturday. The Cardinals face longtime rival Madison Memorial, Mount Horeb and No. 10 Brookfield East this week to close out the regular season.
Sturgeon Bay's first match with the No. 1 ranking is a big one: at third-ranked Green Bay NEW Lutheran on Tuesday. The Clippers handed the Blazers their lone loss with a 2-0 victory back on Sept. 6 and have a one-game lead in the Packerland Conference standings with two matches remaining.
|WSCA STATE POLLS: Oct. 1, 2012|
|3||Green Bay Preble||16-2-3||3|
|T8||Eau Claire Memorial||16-2-1||HM|
|Kenosha Tremper (16-3-0), Neenah (13-4-1), Whitefish Bay (11-4-2), Menomonee Falls (15-4-3), Kenosha Bradford (16-3-0).|
|3||Waukesha Catholic Memorial||7-6-1||1|
|4||Green Bay Notre Dame||14-5-1||5|
|Shorewood (10-2-2), Sheboygan Falls (13-2-7), Ashland (17-1-1), Evansville (17-3-1), Madison Edgewood (9-5-0).|
|2||Racine Prairie School||12-3-0||1|
|3||Green Bay NEW Lutheran||18-1-1||3|
|4||Milwaukee St. Anthony||19-3-0||4|
|Waupun Central Wisconsin Christian (13-3-1), Milwaukee Thomas More (13-3-0), La Crosse Aquinas (9-4-2), Stevens Point Pacelli (16-1-2), Winnebago Lutheran (12-5-3).|
Note: Records through Sunday