Published Jun 12, 2024

With upsets galore in Week 5 play, there is movement up and down the National Power Rankings presented by SouthStar Systems. FC Dayton reclaimed the No. 1 position after last week’s top team Nashville Rhythm F.C.'s shocking loss to then-unranked UFA Gunners dropped it to No. 21. 

The surprise team of the year so far, Arlington Soccer, moved up three spots to claim the No. 2 spot, followed by Sioux Falls City FC, up seven spots to No. 3, and San Francisco Nighthawks, up two spots. 

Entering the Top 25 for the first time are UFA Gunners in at No. 16, the Utah Surf in at No. 17., 865 Alliance at No. 20, FC Milwaukee Torrent at No. 23, and the San Diego Strikers at No. 25. 


1. FC DAYTON (6-0-1)

Central Region — Midwest Conference — Gateway Division

Week 4 Rank:  2

FC Dayton reclaims the No. 1 spot after a week in second with a win and a draw over the weekend. Unbeaten at 6-0-1 (19 pts.), the runaway leaders of the Gateway Division have an eight-point cushion at the top of the standings thanks to a 2-1 win at Lou Fusz Athletic on Saturday, followed by a 1-1 draw at Junction FC Sunday. 

Jenna Hallbeck tallied her fifth goal of the season in the win and Peyton Kohls scored Dayton’s lone goal in the draw at Junction FC. Kohls leads all Gateway Division scorers with six goals this season. 

Next up – Dayton travels to FC Pride (3-2-1, 10 pts.) on Tuesday and hosts Lou Fusz Athletic (3-2-0, 9 pts.) Dayton beat FC Pride 1-0 in Week 4, and Lou Fusz last week. 



South Region — Atlantic Conference — The District Division

Week 4 Rank:  5  

Still perfect in its debut WPSL season, Arlington Soccer jumped three spots on the strength of a 5-0 win at McLean Soccer on Sunday. The win gives Arlington a three-point cushion over McLean Soccer at the top of The District Division standings with 12 points. Arlington has conceded only one goal this season, scoring 15 over four games.

Kate Hawley tallied a hattrick in the win, bringing her total to a team-high four goals on the season. Jocelyn Lohmeyer and Ellie Stokes rounded out the scoring for Arlington. Stokes now has three goals this season and Lohmeyer has two. 

Next up – Arlington looks to extend its lead at the top of the table Saturday versus McLean Soccer (3-1-0) Saturday. 



Central Region — Northern Conference 

Week 4 Rank:  10

Shutout wins over Minnesota Thunder and Manitou F.C. bumped Sioux Falls up seven spots from last week. On Friday versus No. 9 Minnesota Thunder, Yui Fujii opened scoring, followed by Week 4 Central Region Player of the Week, Mia Mullenmeister, to close out the 2-0 win. 

Sioux Falls traveled to Manitou F.C. two days later, scoring six unanswered goals. Katharina Oelschlaeger kicked things off in the first half with her third goal of the season, followed by Mullenmeister, tallying her team-high sixth goal of the season. In the second half, Fujii scored her second goal in two games, and Kaydence Ramirez scored twice, bringing her season total to three. Keyera Harmon rounded out the scoring with her first goal of the season.

Sioux Falls is tied with No. 8 Salvo SC in the Northern Conference standings with 12 points. The two clubs play in Week 8. 

Next up – Sioux Falls City FC hosts MapleBrook Fury (0-1-2) on Saturday. 



West Region — Pac North Conference

Week 4 Rank:  6

A convincing 4-1 win at San Ramon FC last Sunday moved the Nighthawks up two spots to its highest national ranking yet. The club’s perfect 4-0-0 (12 pts.) record has it atop the Pac North Conference standings. 

Versus San Ramon, Avalon Qian scored twice, and Sydney Grundland-Lanuza, Liz Dwornik each picked up their first goals of the season. Raniyah Burton, Sydney Cook, and Maggie Altman have each scored four goals for the Nighthawks this season. 

Next up – The Nighthawks travel to face Iron Rose FC (1-0-3) on Saturday. 



East Region — Northeastern Conference

Week 4 Rank:  7

The only remaining perfect team in the Northeastern Conference, Clarkstown Soccer Club jumped two spots thanks to a pair of Week 5 wins: 7-0 versus Merrimack Valley Hawks FC and 4-1 versus New York Shockers. 

Kelly Brady and Ava Giudice had braces in Saturday’s win over Merrimack Valley, along with goals by Lena Johnsen, Alexandra Barry, and Ashley Moon. Brady had her second brace in consecutive days versus New York bringing her total to eight on the season – she leads both the team and conference in goals. Giudice scored her fourth goal of the season versus New York, along with Niamh Healy, who scored her first. 

Next up – Clarkstown Soccer Club travels for the return match at Merrimack Valley Hawks FC (1-3-0) on Saturday.  



Central Region — Mountain Conference — Wasatch Division

Week 4 Rank:  3

The highest ranked side with a loss this season, the Utah Avalanche slipped three spots after struggling to get past the winless Utah Red Devils last Saturday. Sevan Castain continued her torrid goalscoring streak, banging in two, along with Kennedy Heavrin. But were it not for the last-second heroics of Collette Jepson Smith, scoring her fourth goal in two games, the Avalanche would have had to settle for a draw. 

Castain currently leads the WPSL with 10 goals this season. Smith is tied with four other players for a distant second in scoring in the Wasatch Division with four goals on the season. Saturday’s 5-4 win gives the defending Wasatch Division champions a two-point cushion at the top of the table over both La Roca FC (4-0-1) and Utah Surf (4-1-1). The fate of all three teams could very well be decided this week. 

Next up – The Avalanche travels to face the Surf on Wednesday and hosts La Roca on Saturday. 


7. SC DEL SOL (4-0-1)

West Region — Desert Conference

Week 4 Rank:  4

A 5-2 win over Arizona Arsenal Soccer Club was not enough to keep Desert Conference leaders, SC del Sol, from slipping three spots from last week. Tatum Thomason scored her conference-leading fourth goal of the season to open scoring versus Arsenal, followed by goals Aubrie Labno, Keri Matthews, Sabrina Guzman, and Kristen Puels, who trails Thomason race by one goal. 

Del Sol remains tied with FC Tucson at the top of the Desert Conference table with 13 points. 

Next up – SC del Sol travels to Arizona Arsenal Soccer Club (2-2-0) in the return match on Saturday. 


8. SALVO SC (4-0-0)

Central Region — Northern Conference 

Week 4 Rank:  15

After a slow start to the season, three Week 5 home wins have Salvo SC climbing the rankings, up seven spots from last week. Last year’s national finalists opened the week with a 1-0 home win over No. 9 Minnesota Thunder, followed by a 3-0 win versus Mankato United Soccer Club Friday and a 7-0 victory of Dakota Fusion FC on Sunday. 

Leading the conference with seven goals on the season, Khyah Harper has scored in every match for Salvo this season. Salvo is level with Sioux Falls City FC at the top of the Northern Conference standings with 12 points. 


Next up – Salvo takes to the road Wednesday to face St. Croix Legacy (2-0-0). 

West Region — Pac North Conference 
Week 4 Rank: 12

A solid 5-0 road win at Nevada Futbol Club has the Storm steadily climbing the rankings, up another three spots from last week. Emily Ormson tallied twice, and Lauren Hunter scored her second goal of the season in the win. Camryn Lancaster leads the club in scoring with three goals. 

Next up – The Storm is idle this week but are back in action again Wednesday, June 19 hosting Iron Rose FC.  


10. KC COURAGE (4-1-0)

Central Region — Heartland Conference

Week 4 Rank:  8

A win and a loss over the weekend knocked KC Courage down two spots to round out this week’s Top 10. The Courage kicked off the two-game road swing suffering a 2-1 loss at Oklahoma City FC on Saturday, followed with a 5-1 win at Side FC 92. 

Kaira Houser scored KC’s lone goal in the loss to Oklahoma City, and a hat trick versus Side FC 92 to bring her season goal tally to five.

Next up –  The Courage return to action at Union KC June 20 and host Side FC 92 June 22. 


11. LA ROCA FC (4-0-1)

Central Region — Mountain Conference — Wasatch Division

Week 4 Rank: 21



South Region — Atlantic Division — Carolinas Conference

Week 4 Rank: 14


13. READING UNTIED A.C. (4-0-2)

East Region — Mid-Atlantic Conference — Commonwealth Division

Week 4 Rank: 13 


14. FC TUCSON (4-0-1)

West Region — Desert Conference

Week 4 Rank: 16



East Region — Northeastern Conference

Week 4 Rank: 22


16. UFA GUNNERS (3-0-1)

South Region — Southeast Conference

Week 4 Rank: Unranked


17. UTAH SURF (4-1-1)

Central Region — Mountain Conference — Wasatch Division

Week 4 Rank: Unranked


18. DECATUR FC (3-0-1)

South Region — Southeast Conference

Week 4 Rank: 24



East Region — Great Lakes Conference — Great River Division

Week 4 Rank: 11


20. 865 ALLIANCE (3-0-1)

South Region — Southeast Conference

Week 4 Rank: Unranked



South Region — Southeast Conference

Week 4 Rank: 1



West Region — Northwest Conference 

Week 4 Rank: 18



Central Region — Midwest Conference — Lake Michigan Division
Week 4 Rank: Unranked



South Region — Sunshine Conference

Week 4 Rank: 19



West Region — So Cal Conference — Plymouth Division

Week 4 Rank: Unranked