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Nassau Top 10 (10.6.11)
1. Garden City (6-0-1): A write-up really isn't necessary, right? The Trojans beat Floral Park, 8-0, on Wednesday to further solidify themselves atop this pyramid. They had seven different goal scorers (led by Alexandra Bruno's two) and Catherine McTiernan had two assists. They've now outscored opponents 29-2 (27-1 since that 1-1 tie with Cold Spring Harbor).
2. Cold Spring Harbor (6-1-1): They've been knocking on the door the last couple seasons and this year, they're trying to kick it in. The Seahawks have won the games they were favored to win and elevated their status with two victories against Manhasset and a tie with Garden City. Perhaps it's a style-to-style thing and they just match up well, but CSH has been the only Long Island team to actually threaten the Trojans with a loss the last two years.
3. Massapequa (4-2): Their two losses: 1-0 to Manhasset, and 1-0 to Garden City. And they've since won four straight, including one over Cold Spring Harbor. Massapequa has a deep team with lots of young talent. A coach who faced the Chiefs earlier this season remarked that this year's team is better overall than the 2009-2010 versions, which won two Nassau Class A championships.
4. Manhasset (4-3): Odd as it sounds, Manhasset has kind of flown under the radar this season. They aren't the dominant team of recent memory, but before you can forget them, they remind you: it's still Manhasset. They've rebound from a 2-1 loss to CSH with two straight, including a 2-0 win over North Shore on Wednesday.
5. North Shore (6-2-1): They've had a couple crushing losses this season, but you can't deny that a .666 winning percentage - though kinda eerie - is good and they're well ahead of last year's pace when they went 10-6-1 and reached the county Class B final.
6. Locust Valley (4-3): Two of their losses have come from Garden City and North Shore. You put those in the, "Ehh, can't kill 'em for that" category. Preston Tansill has the third most points in Nassau with 10 (seven goals).
7. Clarke (5-0-3): Ya know, there are only two Nassau teams that haven't lost yet. And Clarke is one of them. Give them credit. They had a 2-2 tie with North Shore and enjoyed blowout wins over Great Neck North and Seaford. Three ties is sort of odd, though. You usually only see those records in soccer.
8. Port Washington (4-1-1): There are two teams in Conference II with four wins and one loss: Port Washington and Oyster Bay. The edge goes to the Vikings, who beat Oyster Bay, 7-1, in their head-to-head matchup on Sept. 26. The Vikings were a Nassau Class A finalist last season.
9. Oyster Bay (4-1): The Baymen have outscored opponents 18-7. Unfortunately for them, all seven of the goals allowed came in one game. Then again, that might not be an "unfortunately." It might be better to get it all out once and put that bad performance behind you.
10. Carle Place (4-4): The Frogs have won four of their last five games. And they've allowed just two goals in their last four. This is a way-down projection and lots of things can happen between now and then, but it's most likely that Carle Place and Friends Academy will square off in the Class C final. Again. Friends will probably be favored in that game. Again. But with the Quakers being off to a 1-5 start while fitting in all the new pieces, the nod goes to Carle Place now.