Chiles on top, Rickards, Taylor County, Wakulla, Lincoln riding win streaks in girls soccer power rankings

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Chiles' Alexa Poage (29) high fives a teammate after scoring the second goal of the night. The Chiles Timberwolves defeated the Lincoln Trojans 2-0 Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.
Chiles' Alexa Poage (29) high fives a teammate after scoring the second goal of the night. The Chiles Timberwolves defeated the Lincoln Trojans 2-0 Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.

It's hard to believe that the regular season is almost over.

Many area girls' soccer teams only have three to four games left before districts. While some teams have an easy ride to the end of January, others have some competitive matches left.

Here are where area girls teams fall in this week's power rankings.

No. 10: Munroe

Record: 6-6

Last result: vs. Rickards L 7-0

FHSAA ranking: No. 57 (2A)

With one match left in the regular season, the Bobcats have evened their record to .500. They are coming off a 7-0 shutout loss to Rickards, but had won two of their last three. Lawre May has been the big striker for Munroe, scoring 20 goals and picking up six assists for 46 points.

No. 9: St. John Paul II

St. John Paul II freshman Aimee Ijeoma works to clear a ball as Wakulla's girls soccer team beat St. John Paul II 5-0 on Jan. 22, 2020.
St. John Paul II freshman Aimee Ijeoma works to clear a ball as Wakulla's girls soccer team beat St. John Paul II 5-0 on Jan. 22, 2020.

Record: 3-6-0

Last result: vs. Florida High L 7-0

FHSAA ranking: No. 43 (2A)

The Panthers are looking to snap a four-game losing skid heading into their final three regular-season matches. They have fallen to Wakulla, Florida High, and Lafayette twice. Kate Ricco leads the Panthers with 11 goals. Ella Lake has five goals.

No. 8: Rickards

Rickards sophomore Astred Ngnepieba takes a shot as the Raiders' girls soccer team beat St. John Paul II on Jan. 24, 2020 to tie a program record for wins with 11.
Rickards sophomore Astred Ngnepieba takes a shot as the Raiders' girls soccer team beat St. John Paul II on Jan. 24, 2020 to tie a program record for wins with 11.

Record: 9-0-1

Last result: vs. Munroe W 7-0

FHSAA ranking: No. 41 (5A)

The good times continue to roll at undefeated Rickards. The Raiders are coming off a dominant victory over Munroe with Kyliah Thompson and Astred Ngnepieba scoring hat tricks. The duo has been a lethal scoring force, combining for 23 goals on the year. Rickards can finish the regular season undefeated with a win at Bozeman Wednesday.

No. 7: Leon

Lincoln picked up its first win of the season, defeating Leon, 3-2, on Nov. 15, 2021, at Lincoln High School.
Lincoln picked up its first win of the season, defeating Leon, 3-2, on Nov. 15, 2021, at Lincoln High School.

Record: 1-12-1

Last result: vs. Navarre L 3-0

FHSAA ranking: No. 57 (6A)

It's been a rough stretch for the Lions, going 0-5 since mid-December. But there may be some good news on the horizon. Leon's next match is against Columbia, which remains Leon's only victory of the year. A win over the Tigers would be big in building some momentum before districts.

No. 6: Taylor County

Record: 11-4-2

Last result: vs. Franklin County W

FHSAA ranking: No. 49 (3A)

Another team that has picked up momentum is Taylor County, going 5-0-1 over its last six matches. In that stretch, it has outscored opponents 43-1. Kinsey Goodman had a standout performance in the Bulldogs' most recent victory, a recording hat trick in an 11-0 win over Franklin County.

No. 5: Maclay

Record: 4-2-1

Last result: vs. Marianna W 5-0

FHSAA ranking: No. 21 (3A)

The Marauders have been on a hot streak in January. They are 3-0-1 in their last four matches, punctuated by a shutout win over Lincoln. Maclay also tied Florida High, which could set up for an exciting meeting down the road in the postseason. The Marauders have a big-time match Friday at Chiles.

No. 4: Wakulla

Wakulla sophomore Macie Varnes dribbles upfield as Wakulla's girls soccer team beat St. John Paul II 5-0 on Jan. 22, 2020.
Wakulla sophomore Macie Varnes dribbles upfield as Wakulla's girls soccer team beat St. John Paul II 5-0 on Jan. 22, 2020.

Record: 7-1-2

Last result: vs. Port St. Joe W 3-0

FHSAA ranking: No. 24 (4A)

One of the hottest teams in the Big Bend has a chance to avenge its only loss of the season, traveling to Florida High Friday. Since their last meeting with the Seminoles, the War Eagles are 5-0-2. They have also outscored their last two opponents 11-0. Macie Varnes continues to lead the charge with 10 goals this season.

No. 3: Florida High

Record: 7-2-3

Last result: vs. St. John Paul II W 7-0

FHSAA ranking: No. 32 (3A)

The Seminoles have four regular-season matches remaining, including key showdowns against Wakulla and P.K. Yonge. Heading into this final stretch, Florida High has gone 2-0-1.

No. 2: Lincoln

The Chiles Timberwolves defeated the Lincoln Trojans 2-0 Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.
The Chiles Timberwolves defeated the Lincoln Trojans 2-0 Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.

Record: 7-3-2

Last result: vs. Marianna W

FHSAA ranking: No. 19 (6A)

Following a 3-0 loss to Maclay in early January, the Trojans are 5-0-1 record heading into a challenging final stretch against Arnold, Maclay, Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens), and Suncoast (Rivera Beach). Meredith Camron and Rosemary Lopez have emerged as scoring threats, scoring six goals each on the year. This Trojans team is heating up at the right time and will be fun to watch come districts.

No. 1: Chiles

Chiles' Ainsley Remy (17) winds up to kick the ball down the field. The Chiles Timberwolves defeated the Lincoln Trojans 2-0 Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.
Chiles' Ainsley Remy (17) winds up to kick the ball down the field. The Chiles Timberwolves defeated the Lincoln Trojans 2-0 Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.

Record: 6-3-2

Last result: vs. Lincoln T 0-0

FHSAA ranking: No. 15 (6A)

Holding down the No. 1 spot once again is Chiles, which is also coming into an exciting final stretch. The Timberwolves host Maclay for their final home match of the regular season before going to JPII and St. John Country Day, the No. 1 team in 2A. In their last meeting, the Spartans won 3-0. Kendal Anderson remains the Timberwolves' top scorer with seven goals.

Jack Williams covers prep sports for Tallahassee Democrat. Contact him via email at jwilliams@tallahassee.com, on Twitter @jackgwilliams, or over phone at 701-270-1075.

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