Just two points separate first place from fourth place in the Big Eight Conference girls soccer table after Tuesday's matchday. 

And with about a week remaining in the regular season, there's still plenty to be decided. 

Verona's 2-1 stunner Tuesday over previously-unbeaten Sun Prairie means four teams remain in contention to win the conference crown. Sun Prairie tumbled from first to fourth after their loss. 

Here's a look at the title chances for each of the remaining Big Eight contenders:

  • Middleton (6-0-1, 13 points)--If any team has an inside track to the title, it's the Cardinals, who are the last unbeaten team in the conference. Middleton can clinch at least a title share by winning Thursday at Madison East. To win outright, Middleton would have to win or draw against Sun Prairie on Tuesday. Title chances: Great.  
  • Janesville Craig (5-1-2, 12 points)--The Cougars have one league game left: Thursday at Verona. A win keeps Craig in the title conversation, though it would need Middleton and Sun Prairie to both stumble badly in the final week. The Cougars placed third last season, and a win over Verona would clinch a top-three finish. And, extending a seven-game conference unbeaten streak would be a nice consolation prize. Title chances: Slim.
  • Verona (5-1-2, 12 points)--The Wildcats thrust themselves back into the hunt with an unexpected win over Sun Prairie. Verona will be in the same boat as Craig when the two foes meet Thursday. A win is a must, but additional help will be required. Title chances: Slim.
  • Sun Prairie (5-1-1, 11 points)--The Cardinals have a game in hand over both Craig and Verona, but like those contenders, they have no margin for error. Assuming Sun Prairie dispatches ninth-place Madison La Follette on Thursday, it would face Middleton on Tuesday with the chance to steal a share of the crown. Title chances: Good. 

Area scoring leaders

Based on available statistics.

Goals: 1. Hallie King, Janesville Craig, 18; 2. Maggy Henschler, Milton, 14; 3. Kaitlyn Shanks, Janesville Craig, 13; 4. Brittany Gestrich, Badger, 10. Abby Peterson, Big Foot/Williams Bay, 9.

Area standings

Based on available results

Badger South: 1. Edgewood, 5-0-0, 10 points; 2. Oregon, 3-0-2, 8; 3. Milton, 4-1-0, 8; 4. Watertown, 3-2-1, 7; 5. Monona Grove, 2-1-1, 5; 6. Stoughton, 2-3-0, 4; 7. Fort Atkinson, 0-6-0, 0; 8. Monroe, 0-6-0, 0.

Big Eight: 1. Middleton, 6-0-1, 13 points; 2. Craig, 5-1-2, 12; 3. Verona, 5-1-2, 12; 4. Sun Prairie, 5-1-1, 11; 5. Madison West, 3-2-2, 8; 6. Madison Memorial, 3-4-1, 7; 7. Beloit Memorial, 2-4-1, 5; 8. Madison East, 2-5-0, 4; 9. La Follette, 0-6-0, 0; 10. Parker, 0-7-0, 0.

Rock Valley: 1. McFarland, 7-0-0, 14 points; 2. Evansville, 5-2-0, 10; 3. Big Foot/Williams Bay, 4-2-0, 8; 4. Whitewater, 4-2-0, 8; 5. Edgerton, 3-3-0, 6; 6. Jefferson, 3-4-0, 6; 7. East Troy, 2-5-0, 4; 8. Palmyra-Eagle, 1-5-0, 2; 9. Clinton, 0-6-0, 0.

Southern Lakes: 1. Union Grove, 6-0-0, 12 points; 2. Elkhorn, 5-1-0, 10; Burlington, 5-1-0, 10; 4. Waterford, 3-3-0, 6; 5. Westosha Central, 2-4-0, 4; 6. Badger, 2-4-0, 4; 7. Delavan-Darien, 1-5-0, 2; 8. Wilmot, 0-6-0, 0.

Area top five rankings

  1. Janesville Craig (10-2-2 overall)
  2. Milton (10-2-0)
  3. Elkhorn (7-5-1)
  4. Big Foot/Williams Bay (8-3-0)
  5. Whitewater (4-2-2)

State rankings

May 14 Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Coaches Poll

Division 1: 1. Middleton; 2. Bay Port; 3. Eau Claire Memorial; 4. Arrowhead; 5. Kimberly; 6. Kettle Moraine; 7. DSHA; 8. Muskego; 9. Sheboygan North; 10. Sun Prairie.

Division 2: 1. Brookfield Central; 2. Whitefish Bay; 3. New Berlin Eisenhower; 4. Wauwatosa East; 5. Pewaukee; 6. Waunakee; 7. Brookfield East; 8. Greendale; 9. Waukesha West; 10. Oregon.

Division 3: 1. Catholic Memorial; 2. Notre Dame; 3. Madison Edgewood; 4. Winneconne; 5. Mount Horeb; 6. Grafton; 7. Plymouth; 8. Sugar River; 9. Xavier; 10. Shorewood.

Division 4: 1. Oostburg; 2. Racine St. Catherine's; 3. Shoreland Lutheran; 4. Howards Grove; 5. Cedar Grove-Belgium; 6. Winnebago Lutheran; 7. Brookfield Academy; 8. Aquinas; 9. The Prairie School; 10. Kohler. 

Inside soccer is a weekly column written by Gazette sports copy editor Bryan Wegter. Have questions or comments? Email him at bwegter@gazettextra.com

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