Pacific high school soccer ratings, pre-Far East edition
Published: May 5, 2010
Last time before they lace 'em up for Far East:
1, Christian Academy Japan (6-0) Ryo Fuseya and Jesse Hino have shown there is life in Knights country post-Leo Kobayashi. And plenty of it.
2, Matthew C. Perry, Japan (21-6-2). Best record in school history, first time the Samurai have beaten all their Class AA opponents in the same season.
3, Kadena, Okinawa (7-6-1). Dalton ChoQuette, Marty Maschio stepping up as scoring threats to complement Stan Schrock.
4, Seoul Foreign (20-1-2). Still a rock-solid side, but that KAIAC tournament semifinal loss to Seoul International really hurt.
5, Yongsan International-Seoul (11-3-2). Finished season on a 6-0-1 tear; sure wish they could come back to Far East Class A to try for a title hat trick.
6, Nile C. Kinnick, Japan (12-8-1). Despite uneven return from spring break, still should make plenty of noise at Far East Class AA.
7, Seoul American (10-5-2). See Kinnick.
8, Faith Academy, Philippines (season complete, 13-3-1). Back on the pitch getting ready for its first go at a Far East tournament.
9, Kubasaki, Okinawa (3-11-1). Dragons always get the benefit of the doubt for playing adult teams, but they need to start showing some fire.
10, Robert D. Edgren, Japan (9-5-1). Too much down time without matches before Far East Class A might hurt.
1, American School In Japan (7-0). Long layoff had no effect; Mustangs still rules the regular-season roost.
2, Faith Academy, Philippines (15-0-2). Might we see a Far East Class AA first final between two non-DODEA teams?
3, Kadena, Okinawa (6-3-1). Better watch out for Chasity Cordova; she's starting to find the net.
4, Kubasaki, Okinawa (10-2-1). Acquitting themselves nicely despite so many transfers from the defense.
5, Seoul American (12-3-3). Falcons vault all the way to the middle of the pack after MVP and Best Goalkeeper Liz Gleaves' heroic shootout performances in the KAIAC tournament semis and final.
6, Nile C. Kinnnick, Japan (10-2-2). Don't look now, but the Devils are Red hot; four wins since the break.
7, Seoul Foreign (18-2-2). Powerful finish comes to a sad end in that KAIAC finals loss to Seoul American.
8, Taejon Christian International, South Korea (10-5-1). Finishes third in the KAIAC tournament; scoring star Nina Aaltonen exits with the tournament's Golden Boot award despite playing on two badly sprained ankles.
9, Osan American, South Korea (11-3-3). Despite its mini-slump since the break, Cougars have still allowed just six regulation goals (all to Taejon Christian International).
10, Zama American (9-6-4). Rachel Walls and Taylor Cave continue finding the net; still plenty of life in this program; consistency may be the key.
Did I leave out anybody? Somebody should be higher or lower than I have 'em? Shout it out! Be true to your school, and remember ... you've entered THE "No-Hate Zone." :)