River Hill and Fallston return to poll; Westminster makes debut
No. 1 Calvert Hall College and No. 2 McDonogh School played another epic one goal battle last Friday and the Eagles prevailed in overtime to give the two teams a split of the regular season meetings, each winning on their home field.
The result leaves the two squads in a virtual dead heat atop the VSN Boys Soccer Week 5 Top 20, with Calvert Hall holding a slight edge and staying at No. 1, based on their overall body of work thus far. Odds favor one of these two teams, if not both, reaching the MIAA A Conference championship game, which is where the final No. 1 ranking will most likely be settled.
Another MIAA A contender, Loyola Blakefield has finally hit stride after a slow start and the Dons have jumped up to No. 3 in this week’s poll. Catonsville held its ground at No. 4 and undefeated Liberty moved from No. 9 to No. 5.
No. 15 Fallston and No. 18 River Hill are both back in the rankings this week, while Westminster debuts at No. 17.
Here is the complete VSN Boys Soccer Week 5 Top 20:
1. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE
Previous rank: 1
Note: Despite first loss, Cardinals remain at No. 1 based on overall body of work.
2. MCDONOGH SCHOOL
Previous rank: 2
Note: Eagles virtually even with No. 1 Calvert Hall. Top ranking will most likely be settled in MIAA A postseason.
3. LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD
Previous rank: 8
Note: Young Dons keep improving and can’t be overlooked as MIAA A title contenders.
Previous rank: 4
Note: Unbeaten Comets improve win streak to four.
Previous rank: 9
Note: Undefeated Lions have outscored their opponents 31-3 this season.
6. JOHN CARROLL SCHOOL
Previous rank: 11
Note: Patriots’ 3-0 week included overtime shutout of then-No. 6 C. Milton Wright.
Previous rank: 13
Note: The Bruins win over then-No. 3 Severna Park was their fourth straight.
8. SEVERNA PARK
Previous rank: 3
Note: Falcons absorb first loss to then-No. 13 Broadneck.
Previous rank: 7
Note: Draw with Glenelg ended the Eagles’ four-game win streak.
10. MOUNT HEBRON
Previous rank: 10
Note: Two more victories keep the Vikings in thick of Howard County title chase.
11. C. MILTON WRIGHT
Previous rank: 6
Note: Mustangs slip after a loss to then-No. 11 John Carroll.
12. CONCORDIA PREP
Previous rank: 16
Note: Saints definitely in mix for playoff spot in first season in MIAA A.
13. SEVERN SCHOOL
Previous rank: 20
Note: The Admirals take the lead in MIAA B with eighth straight win.
14. GILMAN SCHOOL
Previous rank: 12
Note: Greyhounds’ losing skid has reached three games.
Previous rank: Not rank
Note: Cougars back in Top 20 with two straight wins, including a 2-1 decision over then-No. 5 Towson.
Previous rank: 5
Note: Fallston hand Generals first loss.
Previous Rank: Not ranked
Note: Owls’ five-game win streak includes two straight shutouts.
18. RIVER HILL
Previous rank: Not ranked
Note: Hawks re-enter Top 20 after pair of shutout wins.
19. PERRY HALL
Previous rank: 17
Note: Gators’ three-game win streak ends with 1-0 loss to then-No. 5 Towson.
Previous rank: 18
Note: Gators snapped a two-game losing streak, but barely.