Boys soccer blog: National rankings show Georgia’s overall strength

John MaCauley (left) has to watch his daughter Gretchen “The Gretch” McCauley compete in her girl’s soccer game from the public sidewalk outside the fence on Chester Avenue at Maynard Jackson High School on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Atlanta. Atlanta Public Schools isn’t currently allowing parents or any spectators to watch athletic events in-person because of COVID-19.  Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com”
John MaCauley (left) has to watch his daughter Gretchen “The Gretch” McCauley compete in her girl’s soccer game from the public sidewalk outside the fence on Chester Avenue at Maynard Jackson High School on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Atlanta. Atlanta Public Schools isn’t currently allowing parents or any spectators to watch athletic events in-person because of COVID-19. Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com”

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Glancing at the latest MaxPreps national boys soccer rankings, it is easy to see that Georgia continues to emerge as one of the strongest areas for quality spring high school soccer programs in the nation.

Four programs are ranked in the MaxPreps national spring top 10 – Dalton (No. 3), Starr’s Mill (No. 4), McIntosh (No. 8) and South Forsyth (No. 9). It is worth noting that four of the top 10 – including No. 1 Spain Park – are in Alabama, and the other two programs rounding the group are in South Carolina.

In the latest AJC boys soccer rankings, Dalton is No. 1 in Class 6A and is 10-0-1 with a 1-1 tie against 4A No.1 Southeast Whitfield, which is ranked 17th in the national MaxPreps poll. Dalton will host Carrollton on Tuesday.

McIntosh, ranked No. 8 nationally, tops the 5A AJC rankings ahead of No. 2 Starr’s Mill. McIntosh is 14-0 and will face crosstown rival Starr’s Mill on April 1. The Chiefs will play at home against Harris County on Friday. Starr’s Mill is 12-0-1 with a 2-2 tie at Carrollton on Feb. 3 and will host Class 2A No. 5 Pace Academy on Tuesday.

South Forsyth is 9-1 and ranked atop the state’s highest classification. The Eagles’ only loss was to No. 5 Forsyth Central (4-2) on Feb. 19. Since then, South Forsyth has beaten Cambridge (1-0), Pinecrest Academy (6-2), Gainesville (4-1), North Forsyth (5-2) and West Forsyth (1-0). The Eagles will travel to Denmark on Thursday.

Other programs in the state who are creeping toward the top 10 are Central Gwinnett (No. 12), Southeast Whitfield (No. 17), Northwest Whitfield (No. 19) and Lambert (No. 24).

Follow the LINK to the latest boys soccer rankings and go HERE for the soccer scoreboard for Tuesday.

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