Preseason Winter Soccer Rankings

David Chun and Adam Hahn have Woodbridge thinking about CIFSS title while a pair of UCLA recruits has Aliso Niguel's girls in the hunt for No. 1 status in the nation by Student Sports

Cal-Hi Sports Top 10

Boys Soccer -- Winter Rankings

(Preseason Poll, 2001-02)

Rk. School (City, State) Record Prv.

1 Woodbridge (Irvine, Calif.) 0-0-0
Woodbridge returns 17 players from a 20-win squad, including under-17 national team player David Chun and soon-to-be U17 player GK Adam Hahn. F Pieter Berger has committed to California. The team has 13 players from club national semifinalists Strikers.

2 Santa Margarita Catholic (Rancho SM, Calif.) 0-0-0
Santa Margarita brings back eight experienced players and should have little problem finding the net with forwards Matt Basin, Christian Hanson and Matt Holtrust. Santa Margarita will be participating in the PUMA Invitational in Tampa, Fla., in December.

3 Bellarmine College Prep (San Jose, Calif.) 0-0-0
BCP has a new coach, but the same expectations. Division I recruits Nick Hatzke and Nate Slesnick lead the team. BCP will play in the PUMA Invitational, and could meet two other Top 5 programs at the event.

4 Nogales (La Puente, Calif.) 0-0-0
One of California's best-kept secrets, Nogales has a chance to make a name for itself on the national level this year by traveling to the PUMA Invitational in Florida. The team brings back nine starters from last year's squad.

5 Millikan (Long Beach, Calif.) 0-0-0
Millikan returns GK Jose Barragan and three fullbacks from last year's section title team. Other key returners are MF Scott Mason, MF Hugo Sanchez, MF Nelson Berrios and Augustine Nunez.

6 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 0-0-0
Mater Dei returns only three starters, but this is a private school program that seems to reload every year. Among the returners are GK Nate Pena, who had 14 shutouts, and F Randy Poggio, who scored 15 goals.

7 Claremont (Claremont, Calif.) 0-0-0
Claremont graduated 12 players from last year's nationally ranked team, but the club system in this area seems to develop plenty of talent to keep Claremont among the teams to beat again this season.

8 Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 0-0-0
From last year's Top 25 team, Santa Barbara returns six players, including all-CIF MFs Raul Barra and John Alcaraz.

9 Chapparal (Temecula, Calif.) 0-0-0
Chapparal spent most of last season in the Top 25 until an early playoff exit. The team returns all but four players. One of the team's top recruits is 6-foot-5 GK Dash Crutchley, who is also receiving college football interest.

10 Alta Loma (Alta Loma, Calif.) 0-0-0
Alta Loma returns eight starters and 11 lettermen from a section quarterfinalist lineup.

Cal-Hi Sports Top 10

Girls Soccer -- Winter Rankings

(Preseason Poll, 2001-02)

Rk. School (City, State) Record Prv.

1 Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) 0-0-0
MF Stacy Lindstrom and F Tessa Baker have both verbally committed to UCLA, highlighting a loaded Aliso Niguel roster. The team returns eight starters, including the entire defense which posted 20 shutouts last year.

2 Santa Margarita Catholic (Rancho SM, Calif.) 0-0-0
Santa Margarita is stacked, as usual. F Katie Rivera has committed to UCLA, MF Becca Mildrew to Harvard, Tricia Regan to Wake Forest lead a group of five Division I early commitments. Like other top teams in this area, SM draws heavily from the Blues club

3 Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 0-0-0
Capistrano Valley is loaded with Southern California Blues players, including Jen Horn, Alison Vislay and Staci Sinkway. The Blues reached the club national final four in both the under-16 and 17 ages. Capo Valley is still mostly juniors and sophomores.

4 Carondelet (Concord, Calif.) 0-0-0
Carondelet returns seven starters and 13 of 20 players from a section title-winning side. The team is led by sophomore MF Lizzie George, a youth national team player. Other top players include F Sierra Garthwaite, F Stephanie Wieger and MF Laura Keser.

5 Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) 0-0-0
Mitty graduated seven all-district first- and second-teamers, but expect this perennial power to reload behind junior MF Carmen Padilla.

6 Woodbridge (Irvine, Calif.) 0-0-0
Woodbridge must replace Florida signee Christine Johnson, but with seven returning starters, the team appears loaded again. MF Ina Kain has committed to George Washington. MFs Laura Hileary and Veronica Martinez are two other top players for the team.

7 California (San Ramon, Calif.) 0-0-0
California returns seven starters from a section-title winning team. The top recruits are F Katie Mahoney and MF Julie Gailey.

8 Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 0-0-0
Mission Viejo returns six starters, led by Pac-10 recruit Stacey Mescher. Mission Viejo also has a strong tie to the Southern California Blues club program.

9 La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.) 0-0-0
With a talented senior class and a loaded freshman class, La Costa looks to remain the top team in the San Diego area for years to come. This year's team is led by Southern Cal-bound MF Jenna Killion, Pepperdine-bound F Megan Woods and FB Kendra Brown.

10 Newport Harbor (Newport Beach, Calif.) 0-0-0
Newport Harbor returns nine starters from a team that nearly won the league title over Aliso Niguel and Woodbridge.

©Student Sports Inc., 2001

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