Final N&O Girls’ Soccer rankings
|1. Green Hope (1)||28-0-0|
|2. Millbrook (2)||21-2-1|
|3. Cardinal Gibbons (3)||22-2-1|
|4. Leesville Road (4)||18-5-1|
|5. Chapel Hill (5)||19-5-0|
|6. Jordan (6)||16-3-2|
|7. Durham Academy (8)||15-2-0|
|8. Panther Creek (9)||14-4-1|
|9. Raleigh Charter (7)||20-2-0|
|10. West Johnston (10)||18-1-1|
|11. Holly Springs (11)||14-6-2|
|12. Sanderson (12)||13-6-2|
|13. Carrboro (13)||20-3-2|
|14. Cleveland (14)||18-2-0|
|15. Cary (15)||11-7-2|
Green Hope was crowned as the top 4A girls’ soccer team in the state, named the No. 1 in the nation by EliteSoccerReport.com and can now add being wire-to-wire No. 1 in the News & Observer area rankings.
Right behind Green Hope were two teams who only had a few losses each, Millbrook and Cardinal Gibbons. Millbrook lost to Green Hope in sudden death overtime in the third round of the 4A playoffs, while Cardinal Gibbons won the 3A title.
Leesville Road, ranked fourth, had 14 shutouts this season. The Cap-8 Conference had three teams in all, with No. 12 Sanderson joining Leesville and Millbrook.
No. 5 Chapel Hill owns wins against Gibbons and Leesville, but ended the season losing three of their last five games.
Sixth-ranked Jordan, co-champ of the PAC-6, made a third-round exit in the 4A playoffs. No. 7 Durham Academy was a semifinalist in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A playoffs.
The Tri-9 Conference had four teams in all, adding No. 8 Panther Creek, No. 11 Holly Springs and No. 15 Cary.
State 1A runner-up Raleigh Charter was 9th, while Greater Neuse River Conference champ West Johnston ended the year 10th.
No. 13 Carrboro lost in overtime of the 2A state quarterfinals.
Cleveland, which had a first-round exit but lost just two games all year, was 14th.