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Boys soccer & volleyball RPI update: Syracuse, Box Elder, Morgan rate high in boys soccer

By BRETT HEIN - Standard-Examiner | Apr 9, 2024

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner

A soccer ball sits on the turf in a game Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, at Northridge High in Layton.

Several Northern Utah boys soccer teams rate high in the UHSAA’s RPI ratings as teams emerge from spring break into the swing of region play.

RPI is calculated using a team’s winning percentage, opponents’ winning percentage and their opponents’ strength as well, and is the determining number for seeding state tournament brackets.

No. 2 Syracuse (4-2) is the area’s top Class 6A team entering Tuesday with No. 3 Farmington (5-1) close behind. No. 7 Fremont (4-2), No. 8 Davis (3-2) and No. 10 Layton (2-2) are all in the top 10. Weber (3-3) is No. 13.

Seeds 14-19 contest first-round matches in the 6A playoffs while the top 13 bye to the second round.

In 5A, Box Elder (5-0) is currently No. 2 in the RPI ranking with five one-goal victories in region play; due to the eight-team format, Region 5 teams have only region games on the schedule.

The top eight teams earn a bye in the 5A playoffs, so No. 7 Roy (3-2) is currently above that threshold.

No. 16 Bonneville (3-2) is currently tracking to make the 5A bracket where 24 of the 28 schools get in. No. 25 Northridge (1-4) and No. 26 Clearfield (1-4) have work to do.

At 6-0 entering Tuesday, Layton Christian sits atop the 4A RPI ratings with road wins at 6A Syracuse and Weber, and a 2-0 mark in Region 10 where LCA handed No. 4 Murray its only loss.

Bear River (1-3) is No. 17 in 4A; 24 of 27 teams make the playoffs with the top eight receiving a first-round bye.

In 3A, Morgan (8-1) is ranked No. 2 with a 31-8 scoring margin and a 6-0 mark in Region 13, and its only loss coming to 6A Syracuse. Ogden (6-3) is No. 4; despite being 3-2 in region play, the Tigers have wins over 6A Davis and Layton, and a 1-0 road loss to 4A’s No. 2 team, Green Canyon. Ben Lomond (3-6) is No. 8.

All 18 teams make the 3A boys soccer playoffs, with seeds 15-18 matched up for play-in games to start the bracket on April 26.

In 2A, Utah Military-Hill Field (Riverdale) is No. 17 with a 2-3 record, currently above the threshold where 20 of the classification’s 22 teams reach the playoffs.


Salt Lake-area and Utah County clubs seem to be excelling in the inaugural season of boys volleyball but several Northern Utah teams have been competitive — with the area’s top-rated team in the RPI being Utah Military-Hill Field (Riverdale), which is 6-2 entering Tuesday and ranked No. 5 in 3A.

Junior Quin Ekberg leads UMA with 38 kills on a .337 hitting percentage and with 27 total blocks.

No. 6 Morgan (7-6) and No. 7 Ogden (6-6) trail just behind UMA entering their matchup against each other Tuesday.

Ben Lomond (3-8) sits at No. 11. All 15 3A teams make the playoffs with No. 1 receiving a first-round bye; the tournament plays May 10-11 at Utah Valley University.

In 6A, No. 7 Davis (7-3) is the top-ranked team in Region 1, though 0-1 in region play entering Tuesday.

No. 13 Syracuse (6-6) and No. 14 Weber (7-5) sit just above the line for play-in first round games for seeds 15-18 — where No. 15 Farmington (5-5), No. 17 Fremont (3-7) and No. 18 Layton (0-5) currently reside. Those first-round matches take place at home sites May 14 and the rest of the tournament is May 16 and 18 at UVU.

Several 5A teams in Region 5 are currently flirting with the cutoff line where 24 of the classification’s 28 teams make the playoff bracket. The top eight receive a first-round bye; No. 14 Clearfield (6-6) is the area’s top team with No. 3 Bountiful (7-1) looking to match its girls volleyball dominance in the region.

After No. 16 Box Elder (5-4), No. 21 Roy (3-10) and No. 22 Northridge (1-4) currently edge past the top-24 mark while No. 26 Bonneville (2-12) is below it.

The 5A bracket follows the same schedule as 6A.

In 4A, Layton Christian (9-1) has found success against teams with losing records and is No. 8 in the RPI ranking, which would be good enough for a first-round bye. In a bracket where 24 of the classification’s 26 teams reach the playoffs, No. 26 Bear River (0-5) needs to pick up some wins to rise above the threshold.

The 4A playoffs begin May 4 with first-round games at home sites, then the final four rounds are May 10-11 at UVU.


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