ESPNBoston.com's boys soccer Top 20
Below is our final 2013 high school boys soccer Top 20, as selected by our panel of staff writers and correspondents (updated on 12/03/2013).
Team Name Record Last week's
Notes 1. Somerville (21-2-1) 2 A loss in the state title game on penalties doesn't change the fact that the Highlanders were the state's top team over the course of the season. Imagine how good they would've been if Thayrone Miranda were close to healthy. 2. Silver Lake (21-1-1) 1 The Lakers were far more than just Paul Beatty. Silver Lake beat two Top 10 teams before falling to No. 1 Somerville in the state semifinal. 3. Masconomet (23-1-1) 4 Masco lost only one game all season (to No. 1 Somerville) on its way to the Division 2 state title. 4. Needham (15-1-6) 3 The defending state champions have lost a combined two games in the past two seasons. With so many players returning, expect the Rockets to be right back on top again next year. 5. West Springfield (17-3-3) NR West Side played a great defensive game in the state final to hold Somerville without a goal for the only time this season. A lot of the credit goes to star keeper Alex Kraver. 6. North Andover (21-1-0) 6 North Andover's undefeated run came to an end in the sectional final, but Mike Skarbelis and the Scarlet Knights proved that last year was no fluke. 7. Concord-Carlisle (15-2-2) 7 The Patriots rolled to the sectional semifinal before losing to No. 6 North Andover, but this is another team that will have high expectations in 2014. 8. Belchertown (17-2-0) 11 The Orioles won the program's first-ever state title with an overtime win over No. 17 Medway thanks to a goal by senior Cameron Messier. 9. New Bedford (15-3-3) 5 The Whalers actually dominated the first half against No. 2 Silver Lake in the South semifinal, but the wheels fell off in the second half and ended another promising season. 10. St. John's Prep (16-3-3) 9 Prep has been one of the more consistent teams this season, but a lack of scoring punch finally caught up to them in the sectional final against Somerville. 11. Sutton (19-0-4) 14 The unbeaten Sammies completed a three-peat with a dominating win over Cohasset in the final. Sutton may be in D4 but is still one of the top programs in the state. 12. BC High (15-4-2) 10 The Eagles have been right around the No. 10 spot all season and made a strong run to the South semifinal with a win over No. 15 Wellesley before falling to Needham. 13. Ludlow (15-3-3) 9 The Lions, led by star midfielder Beraa Ibas, are still one of the top programs in the state, despite back-to-back seasons without a West title. 14. Oliver Ames (14-1-5) 16 OA reached its first sectional final, but played a terrible half against Walpole. Still, this was a strong and experienced team that could compete with anyone in the state. 15. Wellesley (12-2-4) 12 The Raiders are disappointed with the loss to BC High in the South quarterfinal, especially because it denied them another shot at rival Needham. 16. Wachusett (15-5-2) NR The Mountaineers were consistently in the last 10 out this season, but a run through the Central sectional, including a win over Westborough, proved that they were for real. 17. Medway (18-3-3) NR The Mustangs dropped down to D3 this year and once again made the sectional final, but just like last year could not bring home the title. Justin Kaplan and crew can still be proud of a strong season. 18. Westborough (16-2-3) 13 It was a great season for the Rangers, but a 3-0 loss to Wachusett in the sectional final will be something that sticks with them over the winter. 19. Walpole (13-8-2) NR A classic story of a team getting hot at the right time of the season, the Rebels won eight straight games and their first D2 sectional title before falling to Masco in the final. 20. Watertown (17-3-2) NR Watertown made another impressive run to the D3 North sectional title before falling to Medway in the state semifinal.
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