We may not have quite as dominant a frontrunner as we once thought.
In a battle of two top-class Georgia sides, power rankings leaders Georgia Revolution weren’t able to fully shake off the challenge of second-place Georgia Storm, only managing a draw at home.
Meanwhile, a particularly Squatchy club got their first-ever win, so there’s lots to dissect in this week’s edition of power rankings! Let’s take a look at where things stand:
- Georgia Revolution, +0 from last week (D 1-1 with Storm). The Revs have finally failed to win a match, but this is a respectable way to do it. It’s never great to drop points at home, but Storm played well throughout and probably deserved the point they left with. Revolution are still in good shape as long as they take care of their remaining fixtures; it would still take some doing for them to open the door for Storm to take control of the conference since they don’t play each other anymore.
- Georgia Storm, +0 from last week (D 1-1 with Revolution). This was probably the best performance of the season for Storm. Andrew Carleton provided more than just name recognition this weekend, scoring the equalizer that left the home side with only one point on the night. That’s really a significant points swing between the top two, and it keeps Storm’s chances of a regular-season title alive.
- Appalachian FC, +0 from last week (W 3-1 over Metro). Appalachian were due for a win for a while, and they’ve got it emphatically. It’s now time for AFC to try and climb the ladder even further; they have massive matches against the top two in front of them this weekend, and emerging from those two undefeated would be a real signal of intent.
- Metro Louisville, +0 from last week (L 1-3 to Appalachian). Three straight losses is never ideal, and that’s the scenario Metro are faced with. They’ll look to break the streak sooner rather than later, as they now find themselves level on points with the bottom two.
- LSA Athletico Lanier, +1 from last week (W 1-0 over North Alabama). That win gets LSA off the starting block in a big way. The clean sheet is good news as well, and things have been trending up for the Gainesville boys ever since their 6-0 humbling to the Revs on matchday 2. If they keep picking up points in the right places, they could still grab a playoff spot.
- North Alabama SC, -1 from last week (L 0-1 to LSA). NASC will be disappointed with this result. Much like their WPSL sisters, North Alabama are fighting to stay off the bottom of the table more than anything. The division playoffs are still well within reach, but that loss against LSA stings in what was surely a favorable matchup.
- Georgia Revolution – 16 pts, +12 GD. Form: WWWWD
- Georgia Storm – 10 pts, +4 GD. Form: LWWWD
- Appalachian FC – 6 pts, +1 GD. Form: DLDDW
- North Alabama SC – 4 pts, -3 GD. Form: WLLDL
- Metro Louisville – 4 pts, -5 GD. Form: DWLLL
- LSA Athletico Lanier – 4 pts, -9 GD. Form: LLDLW
next week’s matchups
2) Storm v 3) Appalachian
Prediction: Storm 2 – 2 Appalachian
6) North Alabama v 2) Storm
Prediction: NASC 0 – 3 Storm
1 ) Revolution v 3) Appalachian
Prediction: Revolution 3 – 1 Appalachian
It’ll be a great chance for Storm and Appalachian to put themselves back in contention for the top spot. Either team can put their pressure on the Revs if they get two wins this weekend; their matchup against each other on Friday will have special significance.
That’s all for now. See you next week!
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