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Southern Conference Power Rankings: Week 9

07/04/2016, 1:00pm EDT
By AARON CRANFORD - aaron.cranford@uslsoccer.com

Sockers FC jump into first; Adrenaline join Top 6


Photo by Midland/Odessa Sockers FC

The battle for playoff spots continue in both Southern Conference divisions, and Midland/Odessa Sockers FC and OKC Energy U23 are set to compete for the top spot in the Mid South in the coming weeks.

Both sides earned wins in Week 9, setting up important matches as the regular season comes to a close. In the Southeast Division, SW Florida Adrenaline earned an eye-opening win against The Villages SC to enter the Southern Conference Power Rankings for the first time this year.

Here’s the Southern Conference’s Top 6:

1. Midland/Odessa Sockers FC (Previous: 2)
Last Week: W 3-0 vs. Saint Louis FC U-23
Sockers FC reclaimed first place in the Mid South standings, and are now unbeaten in eight straight games. Jade Mesias, Bruno Henrique and Nicholas Cashmere all scored in Sockers FC’s win over the weekend. The Texas club will now play the Energy U23 three times – twice at home – to end its regular season campaign.

2. OKC Energy U23 (Previous: 3)
Last Week: W 5-1 vs. Saint Louis FC U-23
The Energy U23 looked dominant in their win in Week 9, as Noah Keats scored a hat trick to lead the team to an impressive 5-1 result at home. The Energy U23 have a 7-2-1 record and are two points behind Sockers FC, but they have a game in hand.

3. Floridians F.C. (Previous: 1)
Last Week: T 2-2 vs. FC Miami City
Floridians F.C.’s win streak was snapped over the weekend, but an incredible goal from kickoff by Juan Favano secured the club a point at the Central Broward Regional Park. Gonzalo Medina scored once again for Floridians F.C., which remains in first in the Southeast with a 6-1-3 record.

4. South Florida Surf (Previous: 6)
Last Week: W 3-2 vs. FC Miami City
A late penalty-kick goal by Lucas Coutinho earned the Surf their fifth win of the season in Week 9. The Surf are now tied on points with The Villages SC, and play two of their three remaining games at home.

5. The Villages SC (Previous: 4)
Last Week: L 3-2 at SW Florida Adrenaline, W 4-2 at Palm Beach Suns FC
Carlos Araujo continues to be shine for The Villages SC, which still sits second in the Southeast despite falling to SW Florida Adrenaline on the road. Two matches against division leader Floridians F.C. lie ahead.

6. SW Florida Adrenaline (Previous: NR)
Last Week: W 3-2 vs. The Villages SC, L 3-1 vs. IMG Academy Bradenton
Two goals by Alcides Thomas helped the Adrenaline take down The Villages SC at home, but the team was not able to keep the momentum through the weekend. The Adrenaline will now finish the season on the road, looking to build on their 5-5-1 record.


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