Franklin on the move in girls' soccer poll

Franklin jumps back into the top two of our MIAA girls' soccer Top 20 poll this week after a 3-2 win over then No. 7 Central Catholic. Needham drops one spot to three after a pair of draws, including an imporessive scoreless tie with No. 1 Acton-Boxborough on Saturday. With Bishop Feehan sliding into the No. 4 spot, three of the top four teams in the state are from Division 1 South.

West Springfield moved up four spots this week and is the top team in the West and only team from the West in the top 20, although Belchertown and Minnechaug are both in the Last 10 Out. Minnechaug could jump into the rankings next week if it gets a positive result against West Springfield on Monday.

Central Catholic has had a rough couple of weeks. The No. 14 Raiders lost for the first time in the regular season since 2011 and then followed it up with draws against Haverhill and Chelmsford and the aforementioned loss to Franklin. Central Catholic is young, with a number of freshmen playing key roles, but there is plenty of talent led by senior forward Ali Wiggins, so the Raiders remain a threat in D1 North.

Mansfield and Newburyport dropped into the last 10 out this week and were replaced by Nashoba at No. 18 and Medfield at No. 20. Both are perennial powers in their respective divisions and have shown great improvement over the course of the season. Both also have top 10 opponents coming up with Nashoba traveling to No. 1 A-B this weekend and Medfield facing No. 7 Medway on Thursday.

For this week's complete poll, click HERE.

(Editor's note: Records are as of Wednesday, Oct. 15.)

Conference Breakdown:

DCL - 3

Patriot - 3

Bay State - 2

Hockomock - 2

Midland - 2

TVL - 2

Coombs - 1

Dual Valley - 1

EAC - 1

Middlesex - 1

MVC - 1

NEC - 1