THE Hills Sports High unofficially confirmed they are the strongest schoolgirl soccer team in NSW by winning the CHS Trophy last week.
The Hills beat Hunter 7-0 in the final.
Coach Alan Stacic expects official confirmation of The Hills' No.1 status when they play the winner of the Catholic Schools v Independent Schools final next week.
"We were the strongest team in the competition," Stacic said of his team's progression through the trophy rounds.
"We beat every school convincingly and only conceded one goal."
The Hills also provided the player of the series in Chloe Logarzo and player of the final in Shanaya Kuntze.
Year 12 student Logarzo is already a Young Matilda and a member of Stacic's Sydney FCW League squad, the defending premiers.
"She's a pretty special player," he said of his departing Hills star but his continuing protege at Sydney FC.
Still, he expected The Hills' strength to be maintained.
"They've been together for a while and will keep improving," he said of the young squad.
He said the win over the Hunter was as much relief as enjoyment.
"It was our ninth final in a row and we'd won four and then lost four."
Still, the former Young Matildas and NSW Institute of Sport coach said the team's success was indicative of the west as soccer's heartland, from female players such as Matilda Kyah Simon and former Hills student and now Matilda Tegan Allen, through to the Western Sydney Wanderers, and their local flavour, right up to coach Tony Popovic.
"I'm Blacktown born and bred," he said, before rattling off a host of names from the west.
Local girl Simon is not only a Matilda but has secured a contract to play in the United States, and Stacic said that was indicative of the better pathways now available to female players.
"We've come a long way but there is still a long way to go," he said.
The Hills senior boys team also came a long way this season, all the way to the NSW CHS Cup final, before arch-rivals Westfields Sports High beat them 1-0 in the decider last Wednesday.
The young soccer men and women all share the wins and losses.
"There is no segregation," Stacic said.
"They all train together as part of their development.
"That's the philosophy."