There's a group of slightly more than 100 prep schools in the New England region that go largely unnoticed nationally, yet turn out quality programs and athletes each year. These schools, members of the New England Preparatory Schools Athletic Conference, are not eligible for POWERADE FAB 50 consideration since the league allows post-grads. That said, here's a look at the Top 10 Prep schools from the recently completed fall season, as determined by ESPNHS.
1. South Kent School (South Kent, Conn.), 19-0-1
NEPSAC Class B champion
South Kent finished an undefeated season with a 3-0 victory over Brooks School in the Class B final. Jalen Harvey scored twice in the final, both assisted by Tre Ming. Tristan Fappiano scored the team’s other goal. South Kent has won four straight tournament titles and carries a 28-match undefeated streak into next season. The Cardinals made no doubt about who was No. 1 among the prep schools by virtue of posting two wins over Class A champ Hotchkiss and a 4-1 victory over Class C champ Millbrook. South Kent also defeated POWERADE FAB 50 No. 5 Martin Luther King (Manhattan, N.Y.) and had a 2-1 win over Pennington School (Pennington, N.J.). Midfielder Ignocio Baeza and defenders Sean Basak-Smith and Harvey were named to the NEPSSA Senior All-Star Game. Keeper Giovani Riello and midfielders Fappiano and Mike Pope were selected for the Junior All-Star Game. Senior midfielder Ming and Exau Paz were named to the Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association first team while senior midfielder Ben Lussier was an honorable mention.
2. Hotchkiss (Lakeville, Conn.), 13-3-1
NEPSAC Class A champion
After surviving a 2-1 overtime match against Taft, Hotchkiss won the Class A title with a 2-0 victory over Phillips Andover. Isaac Normesinu and Mohammed Rashid each had a goal and one assist in the final, which marked the program’s third Class A title in the last four seasons. Midfielders Mario Williams and Chace Coleman were named to the NEPSSA Senior All-Star Game. Normesinu was selected for the Junior All-Star Game. Rashid and Normesinu earned first-team Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association honors.
3. Brooks (North Andover, Mass.), 13-2-1
NEPSAC Class B runner-up
Brooks’ season ended with a 3-0 loss to top-ranked South Kent School in the Class B final. During the regular season, Brooks posted a victory over Class A runner-up Phillips Andover. Keeper Cam Johst and forward Elijah Soko were named to the NEPSSA Senior All-Star Game. Defender Sam Milbury and midfielder Greg Conrad were named to the Junior All-Star Game.
4. Phillips Andover (Andover, Mass.), 13-3-1
NEPSAC Class A runner-up
Phillips Andover came out of the No. 4 slot in the tournament to reach the final, before losing 2-0 to Choate. The team upset top-seeded Phillips Exeter in the semifinals. Phillips Andover lost a late regular-season match to Phillips Exeter, which ended the team’s undefeated run at 11 matches. Keeper Will Poss and forward Michael Bloom were named to the NEPSSA Senior All-Star Game. Defender Jack McGeachie was named to the Junior All-Star Game.
5. Phillips Exeter (Exeter, N.H.), 18-2-0
NEPSAC Class A semifinalist
Phillips Exeter, the tournament's top seed, suffered a 3-1 semifinal loss to Phillips Andover, a team it defeated during the regular season. Keeper Tristan Cooper and defenders Trent Elmore and David Pierce were named to the NEPSSA Senior All-Star Game. Midfielders Harry Choee and Nick Weigel made the Junior All-Star Game.
6. Taft (Watertown, Conn.), 12-3-1
NEPSAC Class A semifinalist
Taft pushed Hotchkiss to overtime before losing 2-1 in the Class A semifinals. It marked Taft’s second 2-1 loss to Hotchkiss in a matter of a week. Taft did record a regular-season win over Class B semifinalist Williston Northampton. Keeper Jack Katkavich was named to the NEPSSA Senior All-Star Game. Defender Shane Hardie and midfielder Charlie Valle were selected for the Junior All-Star Game. Senior midfielder Brandon Sousa and senior forward Mitch Wagner were named to the Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association first team. Senior Tyler Carlos was an honorable mention.
7. Choate (Wallingford, Conn.), 10-5-3
NEPSAC Class A quarterfinalist
Choate was the No. 5 seed, behind No. 4 Taft, in the tournament and suffered a first-round 3-0 playoff exit to Phillips Andover, which reached the final. Defender Sebastian Blickman and midfielder Tim Mines were selected for the Junior All-Star Game. Mines was named to Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association first team while William Seligman was an honorable mention.
8. Williston Northampton (Easthampton, Mass.), 9-4-3
NEPSAC Class B semifinalist
After upsetting No. 2 seeded Noble and Greenough in the quarterfinals, Williston Northampton lost 2-1 to Brooks School in the Class B semifinals. During the regular season, Williston played Choate to a 1-1 tie. Midfielder Joe Bidzel was named to the NEPSSA Senior All-Star Game. Defender Pierre Deliso and midfielder Mark Richards were selected for the Junior All-Star Game.
9. Noble and Greenough (Dedham, Mass.), 13-3-1
NEPSAC Class B quarterfinalist
Nobles started the playoffs as the No. 2 seed with an eye toward a final showdown with South Kent. However, the team ended up falling to Williston 1-0 in the quarterfinals. Midfielder Jack Vogel and forward Oliver White were selected for the Junior All-Star Game.
10. Millbrook (Millbrook, N.Y.), 13-3-0
NEPSAC Class C champion
Millbrook claimed its second title in three seasons with a 2-1 victory over Holderness in the Class C final. Despite being a Class C school, Millbrook mixed it up with several B programs and two of its losses were to No. 1 South Kent School and No. 8 Williston Northampton. Senior keeper Quinn Babcock, senior midfielder Aldin Medunjanin and sophomore forward Baki Bawa were named to the Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association first team. Senior Carl Belizario was an honorable mention selection.