Two Cincinnati women’s programs top the rankings in the latest Ohio Scholastic Soccer Association polls, as Milford leads the state’s Division I schools and Cincinnati Country Day leads all girls in Division III.
Milford was 9-0 at the time of the poll and has a busy roster of home games this week against Walnut Hills (Tuesday), Anderson (Thursday) and defending Division I state champions Mount Notre Dame on Saturday.
Jill Helms’ Lady Eagles were the only team in 2021 that didn’t lose to the undefeated MND. Milford and the Cougars drew 1-1 last October. Saturday, MND comes in a little unlucky in terms of ranking at No. 9. They drew twice against Mason and Seton when the poll was announced. They also have Girls Greater Catholic League competition this week (Ursuline and Mercy McAuley) before taking on Milford on Saturday night.
Also at number 1 in southwest Ohio is Cincinnati Country Day. Their only losses came to Division II Indian Hill and Conner (Kentucky). The Nighthawks also boast a victory against the current Division II No. 7 Summit Country Day. The Wyoming Girls are ranked 8th in Division II after finishing as state runners-up a year ago, and the 2021 state quarterfinal Mariemont is ranked 11th in Division III.
In Division I boys, St. Xavier has bragging rights locally at 5th place, with Mason at 8th and Moeller at 12th. The Bombers advanced further last season, reaching the quarterfinals. The only defeat for St. Xavier went to defending Division I champions Cleveland St. Ignatius. Moeller was undefeated as the vote was tallied and recently tied St. Xavier 0-0. Mason’s two losses came to St. Ignatius and state runner-up Centerville.
Summit Country Day leads the local group in Division II in 3rd place, followed by defending state champions Wyoming in 8th and Indian Hill tied for 14th. Division III has Mariemont 6th and Madeira 10th. Madeira was a state semifinalist in 2021.