Triad, on a 36-game win streak, near top of spring soccer rankings

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The last time the Triad High School (Ill.) soccer team lost a game, the world was a much different place. The Knights’ 38-game unbeaten run (37 wins, one draws) stretches back to May 31, 2019.

After the pandemic scuttled the 2020 season before it began, Triad went undefeated last year en route to claiming the Illinois 2A state championship, including a regular-season win over eventual 3A state champ O’Fallon.

The Knights have outscored opponents by 50 goals so far this season, beating teams by an average of more than four goals. They have faced stiff competition, too, besting O’Fallon 1-0 earlier this month.

That stellar run has catapulted Triad to the No. 3 spot in our first spring soccer rankings.

Note that these rankings do not include teams from Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina, as those states are already in or close to their postseasons.

1. Broomfield (Colo.), 9-0

The defending Class 5A state champions last lost May 10, 2019 and have outscored opponents 26-3 this season.

2. Naperville Central (Ill.), 9-0

With multiple future Division I players on the backline, headlined by Missouri-bound Sophia Skoubis and North Dakota commit Sarah McCracken, the Redhawks have not allowed a goal this season.

3. Triad (Ill.), 12-0

The Knights aren’t showing any signs of slowing down with a 13-0 win on Tuesday.

4. South County (Va.), 8-0-1

The Stallions bring back eight starters and 16 players overall from last year’s undefeated state championship squad.

5. Valor Christian (Colo.), 7-0

Oregon commit Ajanae Respass has scored seven goals in six games, and a matchup against No. 1 Broomfield looms on Saturday.

6. Bentonville (Ark.), 13-0-1

The Tigers have already avenged their three losses from last season, including beating the defending 6A champions, Fayetteville.

7. St. Dominic (Mo.), 11-1

The two-time defending state champions are led by senior forward Grace Bindbeutel, who was named the Gatorade Missouri Girls Soccer Player of the Year as a sophomore.

8. Legacy (Colo.), 10-1

The Lightning have to share the spotlight with cross-town rival Broomfield, which beat Legacy earlier this season, but are an impressive team in their own right.

9. Gretna (Neb.), 12-0

The defending Class A state champions have picked up right where they left off, outscoring opponents 67-3 and beating last year’s Class B state champs.

10. Colonial Forge (Va.), 8-0-1

The Eagles opened the season with a tie against last year’s Class 6A runner-up, Patriot, and then beat powerhouse Charles J. Colgan.

11. Fort Zumwalt South (Mo.), 11-0

The reigning Class 3A champions have won all their games by two goals or more.

12. Valley (Iowa), 8-0

Abbey Van Wyngarden is averaging a goal and an assist per game for a team that has won 24 of its last 25 games.

13. Blue Valley West (Kan.), 5-0

Gunning for a fifth consecutive state title, the Jaguars are off to a fast start.

14. Colgan (Va.), 10-1-1

The sole blemishes for the Sharks: a loss to Colonial Forge and a scoreless draw with South County.

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

The Tigers’ only loss was to Georgia powerhouse Westminster.

16. Bloomfield Hills Marian (Mich.), 4-0

The Mustangs are aiming for their fifth consecutive state title.

17. St. Thomas Aquinas (Kan.), 9-0

The reigning 5A champions have picked up right where they left off last season with a plus-30 goal difference.

18. O’Fallon (Ill.), 10-1

Last year’s 3A state champions have won two straight since losing to Triad.

19. James Island (S.C.), 12-0-2

The Trojans, defending state champions, have won 11 straight after tying two of their first three games.

20. Omaha Marian (Neb.), 11-1

It looks like it will be another banner year for Omaha Marian, which has won 14 state championships and finished runner-up six other times.

21. Muskego (Wis.), 5-0-1

The Warriors have conceded just two goals for an average of 0.33 goals allowed per game.

22. Chapin (S.C.), 17-1

Chapin has yet to be beaten in regulation, with its sole defeat coming on penalty kicks.

23. Yorktown (Va.), 7-1

Yorktown has reeled off seven consecutive wins since a 1-0 loss to South County in the opener.

24. Owasso (Okla.), 12-0

Owasso will face its toughest opponents yet as the regular season winds down, including Broken Arrow.

25. Lyons Township (Ill.), 9-0

Runners-up to O’Fallon last year, Lyons has played lockdown defense so far this season, giving up just one goal.

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.