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Del Valley girls claim top spot

The first full week of the season created plenty of movement in the Riverfront United Super Six Soccer Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

The new rankings were released late Sunday night.

The biggest shuffle was in the Big School girls rankings, which have a new number-one.

Delaware Valley jumped up from third to first by starting with three straight shutouts in which the defending Lackawanna League Division 1 and District 2 Class 4A champion Lady Warriors outscored the opposition, 18-0.

That was not all.

Wyoming Valley West, Wallenpaupack and Abington Heights all moved up while Wilkes-Barre Area moved into the Big School girls rankings where the season-opening No. 1 team, Dallas, dropped all the way out of the rankings following a loss and a tie in its first three games.

The Super Six ranks Big School (Class 4A and 3A) and Small School (Class 2A and A) teams in both boys and girls.

The Valley View, Hazleton Area and Holy Cross boys all moved up while Lake-Lehman and Blue Ridge joined the rankings and two teams dropped out.

The Western Wayne girls also moved up.

The North Pocono and Wyoming Seminary boys and Holy Redeemer girls all held on to their No. 1 positions.

When the first set of rankings was released Sept. 5, the Holy Redeemer and Wyoming Valley West girls had played two non-league games, 17 of the ranked teams had played just their opener and five had not yet played.

North Pocono, the No. 1 Big School boys team, was one that had not opened. The Trojans played their first three games this week and outscored opponents, 19-2.

Valley View won twice to get to 3-0 and passed Crestwood (3-1) into second. The Comets suffered their only loss outside of District 2 against Lewisburg.

Hazleton Area climbed from sixth to fourth. The Cougars started their season by winning two of three games with the loss coming, 2-1, to third-ranked Crestwood.

Dallas (1-0-1) and Delaware Valley (1-2) each slipped one position and are now in fifth and sixth.

Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 rivals Wyoming Seminary and Wyoming Seminary each won twice to get to 3-0 while holding first and second among Small School boys. They have combined to outscore opponents, 27-4.

Holy Cross moved from fourth to third after getting to 2-0 by an 18-1 total.

Mountain View goes from third to fourth despite also winning to reach 2-0.

The teams in fifth and sixth spots are new.

Lake-Lehman (1-3) and Blue Ridge (3-0) took over fifth and sixth from Old Forge (1-2) and Dunmore (0-1). Two of Lake-Lehman’s losses came outside the district and the other came, 3-1, to top-ranked Wyoming Seminary.

The Delaware Valley girls are followed in the Big School rankings by Berwick, which has opened with a pair of one-goal wins.

Wyoming Valley West, Wallenpaupack and Abington Heights combined to go 4-0 on the week to move up a spot each to third, fourth and fifth.

Wilkes-Barre Area, which beat former No. 1 Dallas, 3-0, to start a streak of three straight wins in four days, takes over the sixth spot.

Holy Redeemer and Montrose held first and second in Small School girls.

Holy Redeemer has the district’s best record, boys or girls, at 5-0. The Lady Royals opened with four straight shutouts and then an overtime victory over Wyoming Area.

Montrose is 2-0.

Western Wayne won a pair of 1-0 games and has given up just one goal in a 2-0-1 start that allowed the Lady Wildcats to move from fourth to third.

Wyoming Area slipped from third to fourth after suffering its second loss in the overtime game against Holy Redeemer.

Lake-Lehman and Lakeland held fifth and sixth.

Lake-Lehman is 3-3 overall, but 2-1 within District 2, with the only loss coming, 2-1, to Big School No. 2 Berwick.

Lakeland has outscored its first three opponents, 22-2.

The season-opening rankings with records and previous rankings:


Big School Boys

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.North Pocono3-0-01
  2.Valley View3-0-03
  4.Hazleton Area2-1-06
  6.Delaware Valley1-2-05

Small School Boys

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.Wyoming Seminary3-0-01
  2.Wyoming Area3-0-02
  3.Holy Cross2-0-04
  4.Mountain View3-0-03
  6.Blue Ridge3-0-0NR

Big School Girls

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.Delaware Valley3-0-03
  3.Wyoming Valley West3-0-04
  5.Abington Heights2-0-06
  6.Wilkes-Barre Area3-1-0NR

Small School Girls

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.Holy Redeemer5-0-01
  3.Western Wayne2-0-14
  4.Wyoming Area2-2-03

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