There was a lot of shuffling around in this week's Men's Soccer Power Rankings. Only two teams held onto the same spots from last week with Kickapoo moving into the No. 1 spot after winning its home tournament.
1. (2) Kickapoo (13-2)
After winning its own tournament last weekend, Kickapoo dethroned Springfield Catholic for the top spot. Kickapoo defeated state ranked Lee’s Summit West in the semifinals before knocking off Rockwood Summit in the title game. Next week Kickapoo hosts Waynesville in OC action before going to the Art Firley Shootout in Jefferson City.
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2. (4) Joplin (13-1-1)
Joplin picked up its biggest win of the season when they defeated Kickapoo last week, handing the Chiefs their first loss of the season. The only thing keeping the Eagles from the top spot in my poll is their lack of quality opponents throughout the season. Something tells me that we will see a Joplin/Kickapoo rematch.
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3. (1) Springfield Catholic (16-3)
Catholic has had a rough past 10 days. After facing some of the top teams in the region at the Gateway Classic, the Irish played five games last week including three at the Kickapoo Shootout. Catholic’s fall to number two is a testament to how impressive the Kickapoo and Joplin have been.
4. (3) Nixa (12-4-1)
Nixa rebounded from a quarterfinal loss in the Kickapoo Tournament by defeating Willard and Springfield Catholic. After playing seven games in the past 10 days, the Eagle’s will take a few days off before visiting Carthage in a huge COC-Large game.
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5. (5) Carthage (11-4)
Carthage beat Branson last week to remain unbeaten in COC-Large play. The Tigers visit Republic next week before hosting Nixa in what will likely decided the conference championship.
6. (8) Osage (11-3)
Osage had an up and down week after falling to Dixon and beating Crocker. This week the Class 1 Indians take on Laquey before heading out to the Stover Tournament.
7. (9) Glendale (8-6)
Glendale had a busy week, playing five games in just five days. The Falcons took third place in the Kickapoo Shootout, defeating state-ranked Lee’s Summit West 4-3. Coach Roger’s squad plays just once next week, but it is against a very stout Rolla Bulldog team.
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8. (NR) Rolla (14-3)
The Bulldogs make their first appearance in the poll after a very stellar start to the season. Rolla owns wins over Ozark, Jefferson City, and Helias Catholic. This week the Bulldogs visit Glendale for a big OC game.
9. (6) Branson (11-4-1)
The Pirates were 0-1 last week after falling to Carthage. Next week Branson takes on Webb City and Willard in COC-Large play. The Pirates will also participate in the Lebanon Tournament next weekend.
10. (10) Bolivar (12-5)
The Liberators were 1-1 last week, beating Marshfield, but losing to Willard. Next week Class 2 Bolivar will take on Catholic for COC-Small supremacy.
Knockin’ on the door: Springfield Central (11-4), Camdenton (11-7), Greenwood (8-7), Willard (7-7)