Byrd, Loyola climb atop SBJ soccer polls after opening week

By DAVID ERSOFF, Journal Sports
After the first week of the prep soccer season, the Shreveport-Bossier Journal Coaches Poll has major shakeup on the boys’ side, in addition to both top-ranked teams being displaced.

The boys’ voters elevated Byrd (with five first-place votes) to No. 1, switching spots with Bossier, after the Yellow Jackets defeated the Bearkats, 2-0, on Friday night.

Captain Shreve remained in the second spot, only five points behind Byrd and four ahead of Bossier. Loyola jumped two spots up to fourth, and even collected a first-place vote, the same number Shreve and Bossier received.

No newcomers entered into the poll. Results led to the voting coaches trimming the number of teams getting votes from 10 down to just seven.

The girls’ coaches voted Loyola (three first-place votes) into the No. 1 ranking, switching with Captain Shreve (two first-place votes). Byrd (three first-place votes) is in the third spot. The gap between first place and third place is only three total points, so clearly these teams will jockey for position all season.

Only four contests are slated on Thanksgiving week, so the next poll voting will not take place until the first weekend in December.

Results of the Week 1 polls:

SBJ Girls Soccer Poll
Rank Team (1st) Pts Prv
1. Loyola (3) 49 2
2. Captain Shreve (2) 48 1
3. Byrd (3) 46 3
4. Caddo Magnet 32 4
5. Benton 22 5
6. Evangel 14 6
7. North DeSoto 6 NR
Others receiving votes: Airline 5, Calvary 2  


SBJ Boys Soccer Poll
Rank Team (1st) Pts Prv
1. Byrd (5) 48 3
2. Captain Shreve (1) 41 2
3. Bossier (1) 39 1
4. Loyola (1) 31 6
5. Benton 27 4
6. Haughton 22 7
7. Caddo Magnet 14 5
Others receiving votes: none.