Undefeated, untied St. Johns Bartram Trail is Florida’s No. 1 team for third straight week

By Official Florida FC

Ponte Vedra midfielder Margot Mace (12) maintains possession ahead of Bartram Trail midfielder Avery McCormack during a Dec. 14, 2021 match. Ponte Vedra lost 5-0 to fall to 9-2-1. Both Sharks losses were to two-time reigning Class 7A champion Bartram Trail. (Photo by Will Brown, Official Florida FC)

St. Johns County’s reputation as a youth soccer hotbed is as much a statement of fact as St. Augustine being America’s oldest city.

This year, is lining up to be even more historic than the last two seasons when St. Johns Bartram Trail, St. Johns Creekside and Ponte Vedra are three of the top four teams in Florida.

Bartram Trail (13-0) extended its winning streak to 27 games on Tuesday night following an 8-0 win over Bolles. The Bears are the No. 1 team in Florida for a third consecutive week. Creekside (11-1) is third. Ponte Vedra (10-3-1) is fourth.

Thursday night, Ponte Vedra hosts Creekside in a matchup that will feature an explosive Knights offense against a Ponte Vedra team that has historically been well-organized and difficult to break down.

Another enclave of the Sunshine State that has produced a series of exceptional teams is down in Lee County.

Undefeated North Fort Myers (10-0-1) is led by Florida Atlantic commitment Michelle Horan who has scored 17 goals and assisted eight others. The Red Knights have advanced to the regional final in four of the last five seasons, including a 2021 state semifinal; but, have yet to play for a title. Is this the year? A regular season finale against Venice on Jan. 21 may go a long way in answering whether the Red Knights are ready to make a run.

North Fort Myers is No. 2 in the statewide rankings and Cape Coral Mariner (13-2) is eighth in the state. Neighboring Cape Coral is off to an 11-1-2 start and will face Mariner on Thursday.

Here is a look at the rest of the statewide rankings.

2021-22 FHSAA girls soccer rankings, January 11, 2022

2021-22 FHSAA girls soccer rankings

Rank School Name Class
Rank
Rating Strength of
Schedule
Record Class Region District
1 St. Johns Bartram Trail 1 33.720 18.03 12-0-0 7A 1 1
2 North Fort Myers 1 25.641 12.41 10-0-1 5A 3 12
3 St. Johns Creekside 2 24.940 10.92 11-1 7A 1 1
4 Ponte Vedra 1 23.834 16.52 10-3-1 6A 1 3
5 Orange Park St. Johns Country Day 1 23.219 15.99 9-3 2A 1 4
6 Lakeland Christian 1 22.62 14.45 11-2-3 3A 2 7
7 Fort Lauderdale
St. Thomas Aquinas
2 22.234 9.42 13-1-1 6A 4 14
8 Cape Coral Mariner 2 21.370 9.21 13-2 5A 3 12
9 Oviedo 3 21.197 9.21 9-1-1 7A 1 2
10 Orlando Bishop Moore 1 21.131 15.36 8-3 4A 2 6

Classification Rankings

Class 7A

1. St. Johns Bartram Trail (12-0)
2. St. Johns Creekside (11-1)
3. Oviedo (9-1-1)


Class 6A

1. Ponte Vedra (10-3-1)
2. Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (13-1-1)
3. Miami Lourdes Academy (8-1-2)


Class 5A

1 . North Fort Myers (10-0-1)
2. Cape Coral Mariner (13-2)
3. Gulf Breeze (7-3-1)


Class 4A

1. Orlando Bishop Moore (8-3)
2. Delray Beach American Heritage (4-1-2)
3. Parrish Community (13-0-1)


Class 3A

1. Lakeland Christian (11-2-3)
2. Palm Beach Gardens Benjamin (8-1)
3. Merritt Island Edgewood (11-0-0)


Class 2A

1. Orange Park St. Johns Country Day (9-3)
2. St. Petersburg Shorecrest Prep (6-3)
3. Miami True North Classical (5-2)

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