Varsity soccer showdowns: No. 1 vs. No. 2 times two

Let the soccer showdowns begin.

The top two teams in girls and boys soccer will have at it on back-to-back days starting Tuesday, when the No. 1 Archbishop Spalding girls (5-0-1) travel to No. 2 McDonogh (4-1-1) with game time set for 4:30 p.m. On the boys’ side, No. 2 McDonogh (7-0) visits Archbishop Curley (8-0) at 3 p.m. Wednesday in a pivotal Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference battle of unbeatens.

Tuesday’s girls game pits the two teams that have thoroughly dominated the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference over the past decade. They have combined to win the past nine titles with McDonogh claiming five and defending champ Spalding notching four.

On Wednesday, something has to give with both boys teams coming into play with perfect marks, including 5-0 records in league play.

After two straight MIAA title game appearances, the top-ranked Friars appear primed to clear the final hurdle to bring home a championship. Senior All-Metro defender Nick Richardson leads the way with fellow senior forward Ben Stitz the catalyst on offense. The Friars have piled up a whopping 43 goals this season while yielding only three.

The visiting Eagles will provide a formidable challenge with a balanced offense and a sturdy defense. Casey Settleman, Andrew Privett and Luke Davis are the offensive catalysts with Jayson Cyrus and goalkeeper Kieran Baskett, a junior transfer from Canada, the anchors in back.

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