Like in a game of horseshoes, Howard was "close" last year. The Lions lost by one goal to River Hill, Marriotts Ridge and Mt. Hebron and would love to flip the result around this fall. Howard opens its season by hosting the Betty Lang tournament. Then the Lions play Centennial, Glenelg, River Hill and Atholton in quick succession. "One of those teams is going to send me into labor," jokes coach Kristen Vance, who is expecting her first child later this month.