Early shuffling begins as season gets underway for most teams
The 2021 soccer season is underway and 19 of the 20 teams in the VSN Preseason Soccer Top 20 have reached our Week 1 poll. Only Hereford High, which was at No. 19 has dropped out, replaced by our new No. 20 Fallston, which won twice at the Bel Air Invitational, including a decision over the Bulls.
Calvert Hall College and McDonogh School remain in the top two spots, followed in the top 5 by No. 3 Severna Park, No. 4 Archbishop Curley and No. 5 Centennial.
Here is the complete Week 1 VSN Boys Soccer Top 20:
1. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE
Preseason ranking: 1
Note: A tie against arch-rival Loyola Blakefield (then-No. 13) notwithstanding, the Cardinals are off to a solid start with three wins over ranked opponents, including No. 2 McDonogh School
2. MCDONOGH SCHOOL
Preseason anking: 2
Note: The Eagles were blanked by No. 1 Calvert Hall, but the offense seems to be taking shape with 11 goals in their other three games, all wins.
3. SEVERNA PARK
Preseason ranking: 4
Note: The Falcons opened with a 2-1 win over Southern Maryland’s Huntingtown.
4. ARCHBISHOP CURLEY
Preseason ranking: 5
Note: The Friars followed a shutout win on opening day, before taking No. 2 McDonogh to double overtime before suffering 3-2 setback.
Preseason ranking: 6
Note: Eagles opener on Sept. 9 at Howard.
6. SOUTH RIVER
Preseason ranking: 8
Note: The Seahawks impressive in 3-0 victory over Northern of Calvert County.
7. MOUNT HEBRON
Preseason ranking: 9
Note: Opening game is Thursday, as the Vikings travel to Prince George’s County’s Eleanor Roosevelt.
Preseason ranking: 10
Note: The Comets open Thursday at Oakland Mills, before hosting their invitational Saturday.
9. C. MILTON WRIGHT
Preseason ranking: 11
Note: The Mustangs claimed nice wins over then-No. 7 Perry Hall and then-No. 19 Hereford at Bel Air Invitational.
10. PERRY HALL
Preseason ranking: 7
Note: The Gators rebounded from opening loss to defeat host Bel Air on penalty kicks.
11. JOHN CARROLL SCHOOL
Preseason ranking: 12
Note: The Patriots showed well early in loss at No. 1 Calvert Hall.
12. RIVER HILL
Preseason ranking: 14
Note: Hawks welcome Howard County rival Wilde Lake for opener Thursday.
13. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH
Preseason ranking: 3
Note: Two key injuries have hampered Gaels at start of season.
Preseason ranking: 15
Note: Generals score three times in season-opening shutout of Lansdowne.
Preseason ranking: 16
Note: Bruins explode for 17 goals in sweeping their invitational.
16. LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD
Preseason ranking: 13
Note: Young Dons struggling to score goals, but scoreless draw with top-ranked Calvert Hall shows they can compete with area’s best.
Preseason ranking: 17
Note: Lions await Frederick County’s Catoctin for opener Thursday.
18. MARRIOTTS RIDGE
Preseason ranking: 18
Note: The Mustangs travel Hammond Thursday for start of Howard County play.
Preseason ranking: 19
Note: Gators open at home against Long Reach Thursday.
Preseason ranking: Not ranked
Note: Cougars crack Top 20 with pair of wins at the Bel Air Invitational, topping Eastern Tech and then-No. 19 Hereford.