Defending Baltimore County champion: Eastern Tech
Baltimore County is shaping up to be a tight race between No. 6 Catonsville, No. 8 Perry Hall and defending champion No. 13 Eastern Tech, with Hereford, Towson and Loch Raven among the others who could compete.
Last season, the Mavericks ended Perry Hall's three-year run as Baltimore County champions with a hard-fought 1-0 win in the title game. Everything will be well-earned this fall, as well.
Catonsville returns eight starters and has the county’s top scorer back (Jennifer Nonn).
Perry Hall has a deep senior group that is primed to return to the top, while Eastern Tech will lean on midfielder Brandie Bryant and goalie Ryan Jones, with a young group surrounding them. Nearly half of the Mavericks' roster is comprised of freshmen and sophomores after losing eight players to graduation.
At Hereford, longtime coach Nancy Ferguson has retired, leaving the coaching duties to Brad Duvall. The first-year coach has been impressed with his team speed and believes the Bulls can build on last year's 7-5-1 mark.
The same could be said for Towson, which has four starters back from last year's team that made an impressive run to the Class 3A North regional title game. Loch Raven will be dangerous with its five returning starters playing either in the midfield or at forward.
Check back over the next couple days for breakdowns on girls soccer in Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County and the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland.