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Arlington defeated Mahopac in a boys soccer game at Mahopac High School Oct. 8, 2015.

Arlington defeated Mahopac in a boys soccer game at Mahopac High School Oct. 8, 2015.

Week 7 lohud boys soccer rankings
All records through Oct. 16

1. Arlington (13-1) — The Admirals have been the favorites all season and will enter the playoffs with a clear target on their back. They’re poised to make a run at their third Class AA title in four years. Previous ranking: 1

2. Byram Hills (12-2-1) — The Bobcats have had a stellar season from start-to-finish, but one thing is clear: Rye is Byram’s kryptonite. Both of the Bobcats’ losses have come against their league rival, but no one else has been able to knock off the Class A favorite. PR: 2

3. Port Chester (12-3) — Other than two losses to Byram, the Rams have been thoroughly impressive. In terms of Westchester schools, they look like the biggest threat to the Dutchess trio of Arlington, John Jay-EF and Ketcham in Class AA. PR: 3

4. Pearl River (13-2) — The Pirates have proven that they’re a force to be reckoned with in Class A, but they’ve only played one game since Oct. 9. Will there be any rust in the playoffs or did the time off help them reboot and get healthy? PR: 4

5. John Jay-East Fishkill (10-2-2) — The defending champs have somehow flown under the radar for the most of the season, largely due to the dominance of league rival Arlington. But let’s not forget which was the only team to beat the mighty Admirals this season. (Spoiler: It was the Patriots.) PR: 5

6. Scarsdale (12-2-1) — After starting the season with five straight wins and then falling into a bit of a rut, the Raiders have responded in a big way. They’ve won six in a row to lock up a league title and should be considered a serious contender in the Class AA playoffs. PR: 8

7. Ketcham (9-5) — The Indians’ record might not jump off of the page, but they play one of the most difficult schedules in Section 1. Taking them lightly would be not be wise, especially with such an explosive offensive attack. PR: 6

8. Horace Greeley (12-3) — You could probably make a case for the Quakers to be higher on this list, but a head-to-head loss to Ketcham keeps them behind the Indians. Either way, they’ve set themselves up for a very good seed in the Class AA playoffs. PR: 9

9. Mamaroneck (10-3-1) — The Tigers lost 3-1 to rival Scarsdale this week, which put them out of contention for a league title. They’re still a young bunch, but junior Alex Alma has emerged to give them the scoring punch that they desperately needed. PR: 7

10. Tappan Zee (11-2-2) — Byram and Pearl River have garnered most of the headlines in Class A, but don’t sleep on the Dutchmen. They played both of those teams tough (including a split in two games vs. Pearl River) and have shown that they’re a section title contender. PR: 10

On the bubble: Bronxville (13-2), Fox Lane (7-6-2), Rye (10-4), Valhalla (13-1-1), Yorktown (7-4-4)

Class AA — Arlington (13-1); 2. Port Chester (12-3); 3. John Jay-East Fishkill (10-2-2); 4. Scarsdale (12-2-1); 5. Ketcham (9-5); 6. Horace Greeley (12-3); 7. Mamaroneck (10-3-1); 8. Fox Lane (7-6-2); 9. Yorktown (7-4-4); 10. North Rockland (8-7)

Class A — 1. Byram Hills (12-2-1); 2. Pearl River (13-2); 3. Tappan Zee (11-2-2); 4. Rye (10-4); 5. Somers (9-4-2); 6. Lakeland (9-4-1); 7. Sleepy Hollow (11-3-1); 8. Riverside (12-2-1); 9. Pelham (8-7); 10. John Jay (6-6-2)

Class B — 1. Valhalla (13-1-1); 2. Bronxville (13-2); 3. Edgemont (11-2-1); 4. Pleasantville (9-3-2); 5. Hastings (10-2-2); 6. Briarcliff (7-4-3); 7. Rye Neck (8-5-2); 8. Blind Brook (8-5-1); 9. Putnam Valley (10-3-1); 10. Albertus Magnus (8-7-1)

Class C —1. Solomon Schechter (8-3-2); 2. Hamilton (6-8-1); 3. North Salem (5-9); 4. Tuckahoe (2-13); 5. Haldane (1-12)

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