ESPNHS takes a look back at the top storylines from last week, which included statement wins by a Georgia school and a return to glory for a California power.
5. Changing Guard: Washington has not started spring high school play yet, but word came in last week that the Development Academy players at just about every high school will not play high school soccer this season. Therefore, look for the Washington state rankings to get quite jumbled once play starts. The preseason rankings, compiled in January and February, worked on the premise that some of those players would return. There’s no point shuffling 0-0 teams now – the results will take care of that starting next week.
4. Nearing A Milestone: Legendary soccer coach Phil Savitz of Irmo (Columbia, S.C.) is sitting on 599 career wins following Irmo's 2-0 win over Ridge View (Columbia, S.C.) last week. No. 600 could come as early as Tuesday when Irmo travels to 1-4 Lexington for a match. Even if No. 600 does not come Tuesday, it’s bound to come soon enough, making Savitz only the 16th coach to ever compile 600 wins. Interestingly, three others topped the 600-mark this season.
3. Got Your Number: For the second straight time, Oak Mountain (Birmingham, Ala.) upended Vestavia Hills (Ala.) to end the team’s undefeated run. Oak Mountain won last week’s contest on penalty kicks following a 2-2 draw. Brandt Mace gave Oak Mountain a 1-0 lead, but Vestavia Hills rallied for a 2-1 advantage. Tyler Aderholt tied the match for Oak Mountain, which went on to convert four penalty kicks to win the contest. Vestavia Hills was 12-0 entering the contest. Last year, Oak Mountain was 30-0 before getting upset by Vestavia Hills in the state semifinals.
2. Got Your Number, Part 2: Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.) was 1-2-2 before it traveled to Alabama last week, and came back 3-2-2 following wins over then state No. 1 Vestavia Hills (Ala.) and Mountain Brook (Ala.). In fact, Parkview shut out both Alabama programs, making a pretty compelling case for the quality of the top Georgia teams. Parkview has multi-goal losses to POWERADE FAB 50 No. 1 Lassiter (Marietta, Ga.) and No. 3 Centennial (Roswell, Ga.)
1. Back On Top: Paramount (Calif.) became the first school in Division I or II to claim a second Southern California Regional title when it defeated former undefeated Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta, Calif.) 2-1 in the SCR Division I final Saturday night. Jesus Alvarez and Miguel Rueda scored for Paramount, which took a 2-0 lead into halftime and held the shutout until six minutes left in the contest. Paramount won the Division I crown in 2010. Paramount, which won a third straight CIF Southern Section Division 3 crown to qualify for the SCR, is the fourth Southern Section team to win the SCR Division I crown in the event’s five-year history.