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Needham ascends to No. 1 in boys' soccer poll

9/18/2014

Ludlow drops from the top spot in the ESPN Boston MIAA boys' soccer Top 20 poll this week after being beaten by unranked and defensing state champ Belchertown. In the Lions place is Needham, which was held to a scoreless draw against top 10 rival Framingham on Tuesday and faces No. 2 BC High this weekend. Concord-Carlisle stays at No. 3 with St. John's Prep and Masconomet rounding out the top five.

Attleboro's inconsistent form has dropped the Bombardiers out of the top 20 along with Nauset, Somerville, and Westborough. Amherst, which is now 5-0 on the season, has moved into the No. 13 spot, while Milford, Braintree, and Wachusett have all earned spots in the Top 20.

There is a very close race for the final few spots in the top 20 with unbeaten teams like Duxbury and Boston Latin sitting in the last 10 out and several teams, such as the four that moved out of the rankings this week, that have the potential to make a charge up the standings if they can find a run of good results.

For this week's complete poll, click HERE.

This week's poll by conference:

Bay State - 3

Big Three - 2

Catholic Conference - 2

DCL - 2

Midland - 2

Smith - 2

Cape Ann - 1

Dual Valley - 1

Hockomock - 1

MVC - 1

Old Colony - 1

Patriot - 1

TVL - 1