Wyoming High School Boys And Girls Soccer Rankings: May 11, 2016
While 3 of the 4 #1's in the latest coaches/media rankings are unanimous, at least 1 of them probably won't have that honor next week.
Gillette remains undefeated in 4A Boys, and with that, they get all the #1 votes. The Camels have already secured the #1 seed for the East Regional Tournament, but don't expect them to roll over on Friday at #3 Sheridan. The Broncs are looking to get back on track after back-to-back ties at home last weekend. Laramie remains at #2, and controls their own destiny to get the East #2 seed. Kelly Walsh makes a jump into the rankings at #4. The Trojans took the top rated Camels to the wire on Tuesday, but came up short. KW probably isn't going to let a non-conference loss bother them. They host unranked Rock Springs and Green River this weekend, and can earn the west #1 seed with wins in both games, although that's easier said than done. RS and GR have their own battle vs. each other on Wednesday, before heading to Casper, and the outcome of that game can affect playoffs scenarios going into this coming weekend. Meanwhile, Cheyenne Central maintains their #5 ranking, and could have an argument for moving up, after getting a tie at Sheridan and losing in OT at Gillette last week. The Indians host Laramie on Wednesday.
Jackson is still the unanimous #1 in 3A Boys. The Broncs are undefeated as well, and close out the season with 3 games in 4 days, before resting up for the state tournament. Buffalo moves up to #2, and should finish up Northeast quadrant business this week, before the post-season. Worland is down to #3, and just lost a big game at Cody, who won the Northwest as a result. The 2 teams split their head-to-head games, with both contests going to OT, but that 1-1 tie back on April 21st for the Warriors, has come back to haunt, and they will have to win in a state qualifying game. Lander and Torrington are tied for first in the Southeast, and tied for the #4 ranking. If the Tigers win Saturday at Newcastle, they would win the common opponents tie-breaker vs. the TrailBlazers for the Southeast #1 seed. The difference would be Lander tied their game at Buffalo, and Torrington lost at Buffalo.
The only #1 that isn't unanimous is in 4A Girls, which is still controlled by the East Conference. Gillette holds the top spot, but #2 Laramie isn't that far behind them. Granted the Lady Camels beat the Lady Plainsmen 2 weeks ago, but back to back ties last week on the road had a few voters scratching their heads. This week is Laramie's turn to visit #3 Cheyenne Central and #5 Cheyenne East, while Gillette visits #4 Sheridan. There are too many scenarios to play out, as far as how the seeding for the regional tournaments will unfold. The same applies in the West.
Worland's run as the new unanimous #1 in 3A Girls could be a short lived one. The Lady Warriors gave up 6 goals at unranked Cody back on Tuesday, however all is not lost for them in the Northwest. Even if Cody were to win at both #2 Jackson and at #4 Star Valley this weekend, the Fillies still lose the common opponent tie-breaker, because of their tie game at Pinedale back on April 22nd (Worland won on the road vs. the Lady Wranglers). Elsewhere, #3 Buffalo and #5 Torrington look to finish the regular season this week, and secure their #1 seed in the Northeast and Southeast, ahead of the state tournament.
SoccerRankingsMay112016 - Click on the link to see the voting breakdown.
Disclaimer: The polls have no official say or use on post-season positioning, and are only to be used as a measuring stick on the regular season. Please don’t read too much into the rankings.
Common opponent tie-breaker: The big thing to remember is when figuring out this tie-breaker, both of the tied teams either had to have visited the common opponent, or both hosted the common opponent. If one visits, and the other hosts, then it does not count towards common opponents. For that reason, that's why in 3A Girls, Worland and Cody's games vs. Lander and Buffalo don't apply.