All Scores

South County rides unbeaten streak to No. 2 in soccer rankings

Abigail Colangelo (Courtesy of Nina Pannoni)

South County (Va.) made history last season, winning the first state championship in program history.

The Stallions had never made the state semifinals before then, but that didn’t stop them from going 17-0 and claiming the 6A title.

While South County returned plenty of experience from that championship team — eight of 11 starters — each year presents a new challenge. So far, the Stallions have passed this season’s challenges with flying colors. They have extended their unbeaten streak to 28 games, sandwiching a scoreless tie in between two runs of five consecutive wins, and have risen to No. 2 in this week’s JWS high school soccer rankings — up two spots from the last edition.

Talent is sprinkled all across the Stallions’ roster with defenders Brooke Birrell (Maryland commit) and Avril Silva (George Washington) marshaling the backline, seniors Abigail Colangelo (Duquesne) and Lauren Dupont (Northeastern) controlling the midfield, and forwards Jaidyn Curry (Dartmouth), Riley Brodrick (Ithaca College) and Tusca Mahmoudpour (Miami) leading the front line. That doesn’t even included injured defender Alyssa Cacace (Virginia Military Institute).

(Note that these rankings do not include teams from Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina, as their seasons are nearly done.)

1. Valor Christian (Colo.), 12-0

The Eagles have not lost a regular season game in over three years and have outscored opponents 59-3 this season.

2. South County (Va.), 10-0-1

The Stallions are two wins away from a second consecutive undefeated regular season.

3. Bentonville (Ark.), 16-0-2

If the Tigers avoid defeat in their regular season finale, they will enter the playoffs undefeated.

4. Gretna (Neb.), 17-0

The Dragons opened postseason play Monday with a 16-1 victory.

5. Colonial Forge (Va.), 11-0

The Eagles just keep winning, and their season-opening win over Colgan looks better and better as the Sharks move up the rankings.

6. Valley (Iowa), 12-0

The Tigers have posted three consecutive shutouts and allowed just one goal in the last seven games.

7. St. Thomas Aquinas (Kan.), 12-0-1

The Saints earned a 1-0 double-overtime victory Tuesday over Blue Valley West, last season’s Class 6A state champions.

8. Colgan (Va.), 11-1-1

Led by junior forward Samantha DeGuzman, a Virginia Tech commit, the Sharks are averaging over four goals per game.

9. Broken Arrow (Okla.), 12-1

Broken Arrow cruised in its state playoff opener Monday and is now three wins from a state championship.

10. Legacy (Colo.), 13-1

The Lightning returned to the field Tuesday after six days off and cruised to a 10-0 win.

11. Yorktown (Va.), 10-1

Yorktown has reeled off 10 consecutive victories, nine by two goals or more.

12. Marian (Mich.), 7-0

The Mustangs scored the game-winning goal with less than two minutes left Tuesday, extending their perfect start under new head coach Reid Friedrichs.

13. Fort Zumwalt South (Mo.), 18-1

The reigning Class 3A state champion Bulldogs have reeled off seven consecutive wins.

14. Triad (Ill.), 16-1

The Knights’ 41-game unbeaten streak ended with a 2-0 loss to Waterloo.

15. Pine Creek (Colo.), 14-0

The Eagles have scored 90 goals for an average of 6.4 per game.

16. Wade Hampton (S.C.), 18-1

The Generals appear to be peaking ahead of the state playoffs, having outscored opponents 12-1 in their last five games.

17. O’Fallon (Ill.), 14-1

Senior forward Avery Christopher spearheads the attack with 27 goals, over a third of the team’s scoring output.

18. Naperville Central (Ill.), 13-1-1

A rare goal against resulted in a 1-0 loss for the Redhawks.

19. Liberty North (Mo.), 15-0

The Eagles have already matched last year’s win total with two more regular-season games to go, and in doing so, make their first appearance in the rankings.

20. Wando (S.C.), 14-1

It’s not often that defending state champions in the highest classification fly under the radar. But the Warriors make their first appearance in the rankings on the back of a 14-game winning streak, including a 1-0 win over James Island on April 28.

21. Oregon (Wis.), 11-0

The Panthers’ dominance continued with a 6-0 win Wednesday. They have now outscored opponents 69-3 this season.

22. James Island (S.C.), 15-1-1

With a loss to Wando, James Island ended the regular season on a sour note, but now turns its attention to repeating as Class AAAA state champions.

23. Grandview (Colo.), 11-1-2

With over a week off, the Wolves will be well-rested when they face fellow 6A power Columbine in the regular-season finale.

24. St. Dominic (Mo.), 15-2

A 4-2 win Wednesday keeps the Crusaders on the right track.

25. Broomfield (Colo.), 11-2

With another 2-1 loss, the Eagles’ second in three games, Broomfield tumbled down the rankings.

Phillip Suitts is a contributing writer at Just Women’s Sports. He has worked at a variety of outlets, including The Palm Beach Post and Southeast Missourian, and done a little bit of everything from reporting to editing to running social media accounts. He was born in Atlanta but currently lives in wintry Philadelphia. Follow Phillip on Twitter @PhillipSuitts.

Esme Morgan Signs With Washington Spirit

Esme Morgan of England inspects the pitch prior to the UEFA Women's EURO 2025 qualifying match between England and France
The England national will join the Spirit in DC on July 15th. (Naomi Baker - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

English defender Esme Morgan has signed with the Washington Spirit, the club announced Thursday. 

Morgan had been with WSL side Manchester City since 2017, with one year remaining on her contract. She’ll now make a move to the NWSL, with City receiving a fee for the move. 

"I wanted to join the Spirit because they have the ambition and tools to be the best team in the NWSL, and trying to achieve that will be a great but enjoyable challenge," Morgan said in a club statement.

"On an individual level too, the opportunity to work under Jonatan [Giráldez], one of the world's best coaches, is really exciting and I look forward to learning from him and pushing myself to become the best player I can be, hopefully helping the team to success."

According to ESPN, Morgan’s lack of playing time under City manager Gareth Taylor played a key role in her decision to leave the league championship runners-up. She’ll join the Spirit in Washington, DC on July 15th, but won’t be able to begin play until August. 

Spirit president Mark Krikorian called Morgan an "exceptional talent" and added that the club is "thrilled" to add her to the roster.

"I think she’s pretty talented," Giraldez told reporters on Friday. "A young player with a great future, but with experience already in a great league and with the national team. She’s been surrounded by great players and also great coaches, so she can give us experience."

Ledecky Goes for 4 at Olympic Swimming Trials

Swimmer katie ledecky swimming at Toyota US Open
Decorated swimmer Katie Ledecky is aiming to make her fourth-straight Olympic squad. (Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

The US Olympic Swimming Trials begin this weekend, running from June 15th through June 23rd in Indianapolis, with Katie Ledecky eyeing her fourth-straight Summer Games.

While traditionally held in Omaha, Indiana's Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, has been fitted with a 50-meter pool to host the meet that will determine the 2024 Paris Olympics roster.

All eyes will be on seven-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky, who will be competing in the 200-meter, 400-meter, 800-meter, and 1500-meter freestyle — all events in which she’s been an Olympic champion. 

Rival Ariarne Titmus had her trials last week, breaking the world record in the 200-meter freestyle. Ledecky’s 200 is intended to qualify her for the Olympic relay. Meanwhile stateside, Katie Grimes stands to be a challenger in the 1500-meter freestyle has already qualified for the Paris Olympics in the 10km open water event.

Other competitors of note include 47-year-old Gabrielle Rose, who stands to become the oldest US Swimming Olympic qualifier in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke.

Additionally, Kate Douglass — an NCAA and World Champion — is a favorite to make her first Olympic team in the 200-meter IM and 200-meter breaststroke. Simone Manuel, an Olympic champion in the 100-meter freestyle, is also looking to make her third-straight Olympics.

Where to watch: The Trials will be streaming all week on Peacock, with later qualifying heats airing live on USA Network and event finals airing in primetime on NBC.

Orlando and Kansas City Shoot for 13 in NWSL Weekend Action

NWSL's T. Chawinga #6 of the Kansas City Current passes the ball during the first half of their game against the Utah Royals FC
The Kansas City Current hopes to extend its NWSL unbeaten streak to 13 with a win over Chicago. (Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

The 13th match weekend is fast approaching in the NWSL, with two season-long unbeaten streaks on the line.

League-leaders Kansas City and Orlando will attempt to survive the weekend with their unbeaten runs intact, as the Current host Chicago on Friday and the Pride travel to North Carolina for Saturday's match.

But while Kansas City and Orlando have been the gold standard this year, they're still a number of wins away from tying Washington's record for longest unbeaten streak in a single NWSL season. In 2021, the Spirit went 20 games without a loss en route to the club's first NWSL championship.

Both Gotham and Louisville are carrying momentum into their matchup on Saturday. Louisville is unbeaten in three games, and they’re looking to finally leapfrog Chicago and claim sixth place in the league standings. Gotham, on a seven-game unbeaten run, is into fifth place.

Portland and Seattle will face off in the Cascadia Clash this weekend, with Golden Boot contender Sophia Smith absent, as the decorated forward was shown a red card last weekend for time-wasting on the bench.

The Reign could use a win against their long-time rivals, as a difficult start has 13th-place Seattle registering only two wins amid nine losses so far this season.

Elsewhere in the league, 2024 expansion teams Bay FC and Utah meet for the first time this weekend, as both look to rise from the bottom half of the standings. And Washington will ride a four-game winning streak into Saturday's game against a San Diego side that's earned two hard-fought draws in recent weeks.

Watch more: "Sophia Smith is INNOCENT!" on The Late Sub with Claire Watkins

WNBA All-Star Voting Starts on June 13th

Phoenix Mercury mascot Scorch waving a 2024 WNBA All-Star flag at a 2023 home game.
Phoenix Mercury will host the 20th-annual All-Star Game on July 20th, 2024. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Voting for the 2024 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game opened at 2 PM ET today and runs through June 29th.

All active WNBA players are eligible to make the All-Star Game, set for July 20th in Phoenix. Unlike previous formats that featured two voted-in All-Star squads, this year’s contest pits a single All-Star team against the already-decided Olympic-bound USA Women’s National Team.

Fans can submit a daily ballot nominating up to 10 athletes via WNBA.com or the WNBA App.

Fan-submitted ballots account for 50% of vote, with the other 50% split equally between current WNBA players and members of the media. The top 10 athletes will automatically make the All-Star Game, with league coaches then voting from a pool of the next 36 to complete Team WNBA’s 12-player roster. The final lineup will be announced on July 2nd.

This year's All-Star Game format presents an opportunity for fans to vote for players they might consider Olympic snubs. Indiana rookie Caitlin Clark and Dallas’s Arike Ogunbawole seem like shoo-ins given the discussion surrounding their Olympic omissions, while Connecticut stars Brionna Jones and DeWanna Bonner are also expected to snag All-Star nods.

And after a career-high 20-point, 10-rebound double-double in last night’s 83-75 loss to the Sun, Chicago rookie Angel Reese could also secure a spot.

Regardless, it won't necessarily be smooth sailing for Team USA, as history has tended to favor the underdog. 

The first USA vs. All-Stars matchup took place in 2021, with the league’s squad humbling the Tokyo Olympians 93-85. With 26 points, Ogunbawole was named All-Star Game MVP after barely missing the Olympic cut. Could she and Clark turn the tables on Team USA this year?

Watch more: "Were Caitlin Clark and Arike Ogunbowale snubbed?" by Expert Adjacent

Start your morning off right with Just Women’s Sports’ free, 5x-a-week newsletter.