Westview High School was presented with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy at an assembly on Wednesday. The honor is part of the third annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions for Girls’ Soccer presented by the Army National Guard and Westview is one of just ten schools being honored.

The Wolverines finished ranked No. 45 in the country by MaxPreps, a California-based company that ranks more than 10,000 high school girls’ soccer teams.

“Working with the Army National Guard, MaxPreps is delighted to honor Coach Stogsdill and the Westview Wolverines as one of nation’s elite high school girls’ soccer teams,” said President and Founder Andy Beal. “We congratulate the coach, players and WestviewHigh School for a great season and earning the Army National Guard national ranking trophy.”

Westview High School beat Chino Hills 2-1 for the Southern California Regional Division I section title. This is the team’s first CIF-state Division 1 Southern California regional title.

“It’s neat for the girls, because of all the hard work they put in,” said Westview head coach Peter Stogsdill. “To be recognized nationally by MaxPreps and the National Guard as well as by their peers at school is great for the team.”

After losing in a shootout to El Camino Real in the regional finals last year, the Westview girls’ soccer team was determined to make this season the year they’d take the school’s first regional title in any sport. This year proved to be challenging for the Wolverines, who lost to perennial San Diego powerhouse, Torrey Pines, three times with an aggregate score of 12-1. In the postseason, Westview played Torrey Pines for the San Diego Section semifinals and because of their experience and perseverance were able to beat the team 1-0. However, as luck would have it, the Wolverines faced the Falcons again- this time in the regional semifinals. According to Coach Stogsdill, the team gave every ounce in these two matches and was able to pull off ‘an amazing feat’ by beating Torrey Pines for a second time, 2-1, en route to the regional finals.

Coach Stogsdill credited senior defender Hailey Harbison and forward/midfielder Angel Meriwether as well as sophomore midfielder Marley Canales as pivotal to the team’s success. Harbison, whose role was shutting down the other team’s top player, also had 4 goals and 11 assists on the season. Harbison will play at PepperdineUniversity in the fall. Meriwether, who had 14 goals and 8 assists this year, was named 2nd Team All-CIF and will play for University of Nevada, Reno next year. Canales, who has already committed to UCLA, contributed 10 goals and 3 assists this season. Canales, who plays on the U 17 National team, and Harbison were both named 1st Team All-CIF.

Staff Sergeant Ryan Bell of the California Army National Guard presented Coach Stogsdill and the Wolverines with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy at an assembly on Wednesday.

“For over 375 years, the men and women of the National Guard have come to the aid of their neighbors during times of need. As Citizen-Soldiers who serve part-time, we live and serve in more than 3,500 communities throughout the country,” said Major Mark Burns of the Army National Guard. “It is our privilege to honor and recognize nationally ranked girls’ soccer teams with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy which includes the Minuteman statue, a symbol of the National Guard.”

MaxPreps uses an intricate computer program to determine team rank – known as the “MaxPreps Freeman Rankings.”  Prior season history, school size, and comments on message boards are not considered in the MaxPreps rankings. The computer-based system utilizes the huge number of game results stored in the MaxPreps database. Generally, the more a team wins the higher the ranking, but the system also takes into account quality wins (against other highly ranked opponents) and strength of schedule. For example, a team’s ranking is hurt more by losing to a team that is ranked below them than to a team ranked ahead. Girls’ soccer rankings are updated once a week.

 

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