Girls Soccer Power Poll: Spartans’ streak hits 61, four-win week for Bulldogs

Here are this week’s Times-Union’s high school girls soccer Power Rankings, highlighting the leading teams from across Northeast Florida. The rankings are released each Monday through the end of the regular season. Records are through Jan. 13 games. The boys rankings appear each Tuesday.


1. St. Johns Country Day (17-0-0, 1A). Last week: 1.

Quality wins: Bartram Trail, Bishop Moore, Bolles, Merritt Island, Montverde Academy.

This week: The winning streak has climbed to 61 for the Spartans, after a pair of district mercy-rule victories against St. Francis and St. Joseph followed by a quality 4-1 win over Bartram Trail. Hannah Lemieux scored a hat trick in Monday’s 8-0 shutout of St. Francis, and junior striker Kamy Loustau netted three goals in the 8-0 win against St. Joseph. Just three games remain in the regular season for the Spartans, and they will include a couple of the most difficult tests on the schedule this year. The toughest game of the week came in a rescheduled Monday afternoon clash with the Bears. The Spartans needed 50 minutes to break down Bartram Trail, but Alisa Detlefsen’s shift to midfield soon opened the floodgates. They’ll play Tuesday against Clay and Thursday against Class 4A runner-up Creekside. By now, five St. Johns players - Abbey Newton, Payton Crews, Loustau, Kirsten Pavlisko and Kamryn Towers - have scored in double figures this season.

2. Nease (13-2-1, 4A). Last week: 2.

Quality wins: Bartram Trail, Creekside, Fleming Island, Fletcher, Stanton.

This week: The winning streak is no more, but the Panthers’ unbeaten mark added another number this week with Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Bartram Trail. Nease hasn’t lost in its last 13 games, thanks to the second-half goal by crafty attacking midfielder Logan Nicholson, and wrapped up the second seed in the District 4-4A tournament that will begin Jan. 22. Three more games remain on the Panthers’ regular-season schedule: They’ll travel down U.S. 1 for a Tuesday game at Menendez, return home Wednesday to play traditional rival St. Augustine and finish things up Friday against Gainesville Buchholz.

3. Bolles (14-4-1, 2A). Last week: 4.

Quality wins: Creekside, Merritt Island, Navarre, Nease, Ponte Vedra.

This week: Nothing like an eight-goal week for Olivia Candelino to get the Bulldogs back, emphatically, into the win column. Bolles won four games this week, beating Bishop Kenny 1-0, Bishop Snyder 8-0, Tampa Berkeley Prep 4-0 and Tarpon Springs East Lake 4-1, the latter two games during a Friday-Saturday trip down the state. Candelino, the Bulldogs’ speedy sophomore striker with a commitment to Auburn, netted hat tricks in both the Berkeley Prep and East Lake games. The defense also bounced back to top performance, led by the speed of Aunikah King. As a further sign of good things to come, Bolles officially clinched the top seed for the district tournament in another week. There’s another busy week on deck. The Bulldogs play Tuesday against Bartram Trail and Thursday against Fleming Island, before closing their regular season against Class 5A school Flagler Palm Coast.

4. Bartram Trail (10-3-3, 4A). Last week: 3.

Quality wins: Fleming Island, Fletcher, Menendez (2), Niceville, Daytona Beach Seabreeze.

This week: Bartram Trail now owns the distinction of top seed in the sensationally difficult District 4-4A tournament, always a plus going into that competition. The Bears achieved the feat by tying Nease 1-1 on Wednesday, a result that halted the Panthers’ 12-game winning streak. Sophomore Tori Grambo, among the area’s best on the wing, scored the second-half goal to put Bartram Trail in front and later announced her commitment to Florida at the end of the week. On Monday, Bartram Trail’s defensive resilience showed early against St. Johns Country Day, holding out for 50 minutes and even getting a Maddie DeFranco goal before the Spartans piled up four goals in the late going. The Bears have two more games left in a season close that’s one of the most difficult imaginable: Bolles on the road Tuesday and then county foe Ponte Vedra on home turf Thursday.

5. Stanton (11-2-2, 3A). Last week: 5.

Quality wins: Atlantic Coast, Bolles, Fleming Island, Fletcher, Mandarin.

This week: Reminder: This team can really defend. The Blue Devils haven’t allowed a goal in eight games, and they extended their shutout streak with an impressive 3-0 win against Fleming Island. Seniors Lindsay Schmitt and Naja Ashman both scored goals from their deep positions and Sara Rosenblum added another one. They now have Gateway Conference tournament action on the menu, beginning Tuesday against Lee. If they win that game, Mandarin or Paxon will await in the semifinal ahead of a title game on Friday night.

On the bubble: Creekside (9-3-4, 4A); Fleming Island (9-5-0, 4A); Fletcher (9-7-1, 4A); Menendez (9-5-0, 3A); Ponte Vedra (9-5-2, 3A).

Gateway Conference tournament schedule: Tuesday, quarterfinals, Mandarin vs. Paxon (at Stanton), 5:30 p.m.; Parker at Fletcher, 5:30 p.m.; Lee at Stanton, 7:20 p.m.; Sandalwood at Atlantic Coast, 7:20 p.m.; Wednesday, semifinals, at Patton Park, Sandalwood-Atlantic Coast winner vs. Parker-Fletcher winner, 5:30 p.m.; Mandarin-Paxon winner vs. Lee-Stanton winner, 7:20 p.m.; Friday, championship, at Patton Park, 5:30 p.m.