Girls’ soccer Top 10: Paul VI, Good Counsel, Churchill rise in latest rankings

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Updated ranking of the Top 10 girls' soccer teams in the D.C. area.

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Paul VI moves up to No. 2 this week. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

With the season now in full swing, it’s shaping up to be an exciting fall for girls’ high school soccer in and around the District. Here’s a quick look at how teams fared after the first week of competitive play:

  1. Spalding (3-0-1) LR: 1

Zandy Gardner’s hat trick helped propel top-ranked Spalding to a decisive 4-1 comeback victory over WCAC powerhouse St. John’s on Saturday. The Cavaliers have allowed just one goal in four games this season while scoring nine.

  1. Paul VI (2-0) LR: 4

The reigning WCAC champions improved to 2-0 with a 2-1 victory over Flint Hill on Monday.

  1. Walter Johnson (2-1) LR: 3

Last year’s state champions have rebounded nicely from an opening loss to Perry Hall Christian School, shutting out Damascus (3-0) and Holton Arms (4-0).

  1. St. John’s (3-1) LR: 2

After a promising first half, the Cadets’ trip to Spalding ended in a disappointing 4-1 loss. But with plenty of attacking talent in their ranks — and the return of Makenna Morris from U-16 national team duty — look for the Cadets to bounce back quickly.

  1. Good Counsel (3-0-1) LR: 7

The WCAC powerhouse is undefeated so far with three wins and a tie, including a 3-1 victory Friday over 2016 Maryland 2A state champs River Hill.

  1. Churchill (1-0) LR: 8

The Bulldogs kicked off their season with a resounding 3-0 win over Montgomery County rivals Magruder.

  1. South River (1-0) LR: 5

The 2016 state semifinalists opened their season with a 1-0 victory over St. Mary’s in the AACC showcase.

  1. Whitman (2-0) LR: Not Ranked

Whitman is rolling so far this season, following up a 7-0 drubbing of Connelly School on Friday with a 4-0 win over Montgomery Blair on Monday.

  1. Bethesda-Chevy Chase (1-0) LR: Not Ranked

The Barons started their season in notable fashion, beating Paint Branch, 7-0.

  1. Northern (1-0) LR: 9

Last year’s 3A state finalists defeated St. Mary’s Ryken, 2-0, on Friday.

Dropped off: No. 6 River Hill (0-2), No. 10 Northwest (0-0)

On the bubble: Broadneck (1-1), Atholton (1-0-1)

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