Pacific high school soccer ratings, pre-Far East Tournament edition.
Published: May 15, 2012
With the Far East tournaments less than a week away, here’s how the top 10 might look if we were to have combined D-I and D-II tournaments in the same location (more on that in a future post).
1, Christian Academy Japan (5-0). Been awhile since Knights have visited the mountaintop; this might be their best chance.
2, Yongsan International-Seoul (11-3-3). Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference D-I tournament champs enter Far East D-II as co-favorites.
3, Nile C. Kinnick, Japan (14-1-2). Only loss was to CAJ; may be the best Red Devils team in 12 seasons.
4, Matthew C. Perry, Japan (28-3-2). The Far East D-II co-favorite with YIS-Seoul.
5, Seoul American (12-5-1). Don’t sleep on these guys; aside from being reigning Far East D-I champs, Falcons won eight of their last nine matches.
6, Gyeonggi Suwon International, South Korea (14-3). Knights will dominate KAIAC’s Tri-Cities Division for decades.
7, Seoul Foreign (16-4-1). A rare off-year for the Crusaders, considering how consistently strong they’ve been over time.
8, Kubasaki, Okinawa (7-9-2). Don’t be fooled by the sub-.500 record; Dragons are 7-2 in their last nine matches.
9, Taejon Christian International, South Korea (12-8-2). Looking forward to seeing the Dragons’ new digs next season.
10, Kadena, Okinawa (6-3). Lost last two to Kubasaki.
Dropped out – Seoul International (5-10-2).
1, Seoul Foreign (22-1-1). Crusaders would be solid Far East D-I Tournament favorites.
2, Nile C. Kinnick, Japan (14-2-4). What an intense match Friday with American School In Japan!
3, Yokota, Japan (14-4). Sometimes, it’s not about the whole body of work but getting hot at the right time.
4, Notre Dame (9-0-2). Shame the Royals aren’t coming to Far East D-I.
5, Kubasaki, Okinawa (9-2-1). Will the lineup adjustments the Dragons made pay off in the end?
6, Southern, Guam (10-0-1). See Notre Dame.
7, American School In Japan (5-3-1). Losses to Yokota, Kinnick don’t tell the true story of this team.
8, Seoul American (10-5-3). Still competitive, took second in KAIAC D-I tournament; how will they fare in their first Far East since 2007 without Liz Gleaves?
9, Taejon Christian International, South Korea (10-4-2).
10, Matthew C. Perry, Japan (11-5-2). Sierra Apple, Sam Herritt are quite the goal tag team.
Do these pass the Sports Blog Nation test? Shout it out either way! Be true to your school, but remember: You’ve entered “THE” No-Hate Zone.