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River Bluff, Cardinal Newman boys soccer finish year ranked among nation’s best

River Bluff's Jonathan Foster (16) dribbles the ball against Wando's Billy Brittelli (11) during last year's Class 5A Lower State championship game. Foster was one of 29 players from the Midlands picked for the Clash of the Carolinas and North-South All-Star soccer matches.
River Bluff's Jonathan Foster (16) dribbles the ball against Wando's Billy Brittelli (11) during last year's Class 5A Lower State championship game. Foster was one of 29 players from the Midlands picked for the Clash of the Carolinas and North-South All-Star soccer matches. online@thestate.com

River Bluff and Cardinal Newman finished the season ranked in the final USA Today/National Soccer Association Top 25 poll released Tuesday.

The Gators are No. 8 after their 20-2-1 season in which they lost to Wando in the Class 5A Lower State championship. Wando finished the year ranked No. 1 in the poll.

Cardinal Newman moved up to No. 13 in the final rankings. The Cardinals went 18-2-1 and won their fifth SCISA 3A title in the past seven seasons.

USA Today/National Soccer Association Poll

1. Wando (SC) 26-0-1 1

2. McIntosh (Ga.) 22-1-0 2

3. Archbishop Murphy (Wash.) 23-0-0 3

4. Broken Arrow (Okla.) 17-2-1 5

5. Station Camp (Tenn.) 20-0-3 8

6. Clarkston (Ga.) 19-2-2 5

7. Chattahoochee (Ga.) 19-2-2 9

8. River Bluff (SC) 20-2-1 16

9. Creighton Prep (Neb.) 18-3-1 10

10. Todd Beamer (Wash) 20-1-1 17

11. Langley (Va.) 19-2-1 NR

12. Gainesville (Ga.) 19-3-1 11

13. Cardinal Newman (SC) 18-1-1 25

14. Har-Ber (Ark.) 18-4-1 15

15. Dalton (Ga.) 20-2-1 14

16. Berea (SC) 21-0-0 23

17. Omaha Westside (Neb.) 17-2-1 20

18. Roosevelt (Wash.) 21-2-3 13

19. Southeast Whitfield (Ga.) 20-2-1 18

20. Stillwater (Okla) 16-2-1 22

21. Alta (Utah) 20-1-1 NR

22. McAllie (Tenn.) 14-1-5 NR

23. Snohomish (Wash.) 19-4-0 19

24. Bishop Kelley (Okla) 16-3-1 NR

25. Westmintster Schools (Ga.) 19-4-0 24

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