Capital Class: A new spin on an old flavor

  •  Hopkinton’s Ashlee Brehio kicks the ball in its 6-0 win over Campbell on Aug. 30. JEFF SULLIVAN /

Published: 9/20/2021 6:21:37 PM

All the craze in sports the past few years have been power rankings. Ranging from national sites like ESPN to more local takes, the Monitor is revamping its efforts to bring back these pieces.

It is merely for the purpose of fun, light-hearted content and is not meant as a formality.

You might remember that the Monitor ran something similar called “Pound-for-Pound” a few years back. This takes that template and expands upon it, starting with the name change to Capital Class.

We wanted to tie in area teams who have the distinction of playing in or around the state’s capital and separate these programs from others in the state. The class tie-in is a knock toward school, much like how graduations work where someone can be first or 150 in their class.

Without further ado, see who’s at the top of the class in the first set.

1) HOPKINTON GIRLS’ SOCCER (6-0): The three-time defending Division III state champions haven’t shown any signs of slowing down in pursuit of its fourth consecutive title. Hopkinton boasts a goal differential of 36-2 and scores an average of six goals per game. Only two of its wins weren’t by shutout.

2) BOW GIRLS’ SOCCER (6-0): Bow continues to be one of the powers within Division II and 2021 has been no exception. The Falcons most recent win, a 2-0 decision over Merrimack Valley, was their most competitive and according to coach Jay Vogt the defense and keeper felt pressure, which was a good thing.

3) BOW BOYS’ SOCCER (6-1): Division II state runners-up a year ago, the Falcons have taken the pitch every game this season determined to have champions replace runner-up. Senior John Salerno was instrumental in directing the offense in Bow’s 4-0 win over Merrimack Valley last Friday.

4) CONCORD GIRLS’ SOCCER (5-1): The Crimson Tide’s lone loss came against defending Division I state champions Exeter in a 4-1 deficit. Aside from the loss, Concord has posted two shutouts and at least two games with a score differential of two.

5) CONCORD GIRLS’ XC: Reigning state champs, the Crimson Tide have continued the same success they experienced a year ago. Concord finished first among 10 teams in the Nashua Invitational and races in perhaps the biggest race of the season on Saturday at the Manchester Invitational.

6) CONCORD FIELD HOCKEY (4-2): Winners of their last three games, the Crimson Tide are hitting their stride in the middle of the season. Concord’s three game win streak took place on the road and it outscored its opponents 10-1.

7) JOHN STARK FIELD HOCKEY (4-1): The Generals hot start to 2021 has been backed behind four shutouts and an average score differential of 17-2.

8) MERRIMACK VALLEY BOYS’ SOCCER (3-3-1): For what they’ve had to experience – between a young team and a season-ending injury with goalie Jack Wormald – the Pride have strung together competitive games the last few weeks. Highlighted by a 2-2 tie against Oyster River, there’s potential for MV to go on a run.

9) HOPKINTON BOYS’ SOCCER (5-1): Sharing space with a powerhouse program like the girls’ team could create a shadow, but the Hopkinton boys are forging its own standard. Its lone loss was a tight 1-0 final.

10) BISHOP BRADY BOYS’ SOCCER (4-2): The Green Giants had an early up-and-down start, but are showing signs of heading in the right direction after two consecutive wins in the last week.

Others receiving votes: Concord Christian boys’ soccer, Concord Christian girls’ soccer, Concord girls’ volleyball, Merrimack Valley girls’ soccer

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