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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.

New Washington Spirit Head Coach Jonatan Giráldez Arrivin DC

head coach Jonatan Giráldez
Jonatan Giráldez joins the NWSL from FC Barcelona Femení. (Ramsey Cardy/UEFA via Getty Images)

Five months after announcing that the Washington Spirit had hired Barcelona Femení coach Jonatan Giráldez as the team's new head coach, Giráldez has joined the club in Washington, DC.

Giráldez is coming off of a successful season with the Spanish side, having won UEFA Women's Champions League, Copa de la Reina, Supercopa, and Liga F in his final season to complete a lauded Quadruple.

While Giráldez was finishing out his tenure in Europe, Adrián González filled in as Spirit interim head coach. González has also seen success, leading the team to its third-place standing with a 9-3-1 record through 13 games.

“I’m thrilled to join the Spirit and begin this next chapter with the club,” Giráldez said in an official team statement. “To be part of the vision Michele Kang has for the Spirit and women’s soccer globally is an exciting opportunity.”

Giráldez has worked at Barcelona since 2019, initially coming on as an assistant coach before moving up to head coach in 2021. The team went 30-0-0 on the season under Giráldez during his first year as manager.

He brings along with him Andrés González and Toni Gordo, who will serve as the Spirit's Fitness Coach and Club Analyst, respectively.

US Track & Field Olympic Trials Touch Down in Oregon

Sha’Carri Richardson competes in the women’s 200-meter preliminary round during the USATF Outdoor Championships
Sha’Carri Richardson will have some competition this week as athletes vie for an Olympic berth. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

The US Olympic Track & Field Trials begin on June 21st, kicking off a 10-day quest to determine who will represent the US in Paris this summer.

The crucial meet will take place in Eugene, Oregon, where the top three finishers in each event will punch their ticket to the 2024 Olympics. As with this past week's US Swimming Trials, even the most decorated athletes must work to earn their spot — and one bad performance could undermine four years of preparation.

Reigning 100-meter World Champion Sha'Carri Richardson headlines this year's field, as the 24-year-old looks to qualify for her second Olympic Games and compete in her first. Richardson is a world champion in both the 100-meter and 200-meter sprint, but missed the Tokyo Olympics due to testing positive for THC shortly after the last US Olympic Trials.

Other standouts include 400-meter Olympic gold medal-winning hurdler Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, who's currently the most decorated athlete in the active women's US Track & Field pool. McLaughlin-Levrone qualified to run in the 200-meter and 400-meter flat races alongside the 400-meter hurdles at the Olympic Trials, but opted to focus solely on her signature event.

800-meter specialist Athing Mu will also be a huge draw this week, as the Olympic gold medalist looks to shake off a lingering hamstring injury while pursuing her second Summer Games. Gold medal-winning pole vaulter Katie Moon will also attempt to qualify for her second-straight Olympic Games.

Ole Miss star McKenzie Long could be Richardson's greatest competition in the 100-meter and 200-meter events, as well as Richardson's Worlds teammate Gabby Thomas in the 200-meter. In field events, watch for Oregon senior Jaida Ross going head-to-head with reigning world champion Chase Jackson in the shot put, as both push for their first Olympic team berth.

Regardless of why you tune in, the US Olympic Trials are a perpetually thrilling and sometimes brutal qualification process. If you're able to make your way to the head of the pack, a shot at Olympic glory might just be waiting at the finish line.

Fans can catch live coverage throughout the Trials via NBC, USA, and Peacock.

Top Teams Square Off in NWSL Weekend Slate

NWSL Orlando Pride forward Barbra Banda
Orlando Pride, led by forward Barbra Banda, will take on Utah in this weekend's NWSL action. (Nicholas Faulkner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

As the NWSL season continues, a few top-performing clubs will have a chance to boost their standings this weekend.

First-place Kansas City will travel to Providence Park to take on fifth-place Portland, as the Current look to keep their unbeaten streak intact. And in New Jersey, third-place Washington will take on fourth-place Gotham FC, with both teams attempting to extend multi-game unbeaten streaks.

A six-point gap has opened between the fifth and sixth spot on the NWSL table — with just six points also separating the league's top five. Kansas City, Orlando, Washington, Gotham, and Portland have recently proven themselves to be a cut above the rest of the competition. With eight postseason spots up for grabs and half the season behind us, a pattern is forming that indicates the playoff race could come down to spots six through eight on the NWSL table.

Of those top five teams, only Orlando faces an opponent in the bottom half of the league this weekend: The Pride will take on 14th-place Utah, who nonetheless are coming off a win — just their second of the season — over Bay FC last weekend.

But despite Kansas City and Orlando having yet to lose a game, Gotham might be the squad coming into the weekend with the most momentum.

Clutch goals from Rose Lavelle and rookie Maycee Bell gave the Bats a 2-0 midweek win over San Diego on Wednesday, in a rematch of the 2024 Challenge Cup. Gotham's unbeaten streak dates all the way back to April, as rising availability and sharpened form have honed this year's superteam into a contender.

Bottom line? As the NWSL season passes the halfway mark, some matches might begin to feel more like playoff previews than mere regular season battles.

Chelsea Gray Returns From Injury in Aces Win Over Seattle

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Gray has been sidelined with a foot injury since the 2023 WNBA Finals. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Chelsea Gray made her return to the basketball court on Wednesday, helping the Aces to a 94-83 win over the Seattle Storm. 

The lauded point guard missed the first 12 games of the season, having been injured in last year’s WNBA Finals. The left foot injury caused her to miss Game 4 of the championship series, and she’s continued to rehab it through the beginning of the 2024 season. 

Her return on Wednesday was capitalized by the fact that she needed just 20 seconds to make an impact and record her first assist. While she finished with just one point, she had seven assists, four rebounds, and two blocks to go alongside it in 15:30 minutes. Gray's contributions on the night brought her career assist record up to 1,500.

"I probably went through every emotion leading up to today," Gray said after the game. "I was a little anxious all day. It's been a long time since I've been out on that court. But the fans were amazing from the time I came out to warm up to the time I checked in the game. It was a rush and a feeling I missed a lot."

It’s been a roller coaster of a season so far for Las Vegas, who have lost five of their last seven games. Gray, who averaged 15.3 points, 7.3 assists, and 4.0 rebounds in 2023, has proven herself a much-needed addition to the team’s lineup.

"Felt like my heart," Aces coach Becky Hammon said when asked how she felt hearing the crowd erupt for Gray's return. "She's the leader of our team. I thought she did a wonderful job too."

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