The regular season for public schools in soccer ends this week, and four area teams are each one win away from going into the postseason with perfect marks.
On the boys side, No. 4 Marriotts Ridge (11-0) and No. 6 Severna Park (13-0) have remained flawless. For the girls, No. 2 River Hill (13-0) and No. 5 Arundel (13-0) have been equally impressive.
For all four teams, completing the perfect season will be well-earned with each having challenging games to end the regular season.
Wednesday night in Anne Arundel County play, Severna Park will travel to South River (8-2-3) with the game time set for 7 p.m. The visiting Falcons have nine shutouts on the season and and have outscored their 13 opponents by a 42-5 margin. They have not allowed a goal in their past five wins.
The Arundel girls, which clinched the county championship with a thrilling 1-0 double-overtime win over No. 4 South River on Monday, will travel to Chesapeake-AA (10-2-1) for a 5 p.m. start. The key for the Wildcats will be avoiding a letdown after junior Clarissa Kirsch-Downs' overtime goal closed out an emotional game against South River.
Howard County closes out its regular season Thursday with considerable tests coming for the Marriotts Ridge boys and River Hill girls.
The three-time defending state champion Mustangs will visit Centennial, which was on the same path until a 1-1 tie against River Hill on Tuesday ended the Eagles' bid for a perfect season with them now at 11-0-1. With Marriotts Ridge at 10-0 and Centennial at 9-0-1 in county play, the winner takes home the county championship.
The River Hill girls clinched their second straight Howard County crown with a comfortable 5-0 win over Centennial on Tuesday and want nothing more than to roll into the postseason with another strong performance against Atholton, which is second in the county at 8-3. The Hawks had a perfect season in 2006 when they defeated Bethesda-Chevy Chase for the state crown.