Urbana coach Kevin McMullen was impressed with the quality of River Hill's players after the Hawks easily defeated his Frederick County team, 6-0, yesterday for their 17th straight victory.
The Hawks (8-0 overall, 5-0league) are ranked No. 9 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.
"I want to find out who the No. 1 through 8 teams are," McMullen said in disbelief that any team could be better than River Hill.
River Hill, ranked No. 1 by The Sun in the Baltimore area, was almost as dangerous with its second team on the field as with its first team. Coach Bill Stara started subbing heavily after 20 minutes and River Hill leading 1-0 on a Brett Endler goal and Adom Crew assist.
Crew cruised down the left side and passed to Endler cutting down the right side for an easy score. It was Endler's fifth goal and Crew's sixth assist this season.
"We passed well today," said Stara. "The drought took its toll on our practice field, so when we get on the stadium field we look pretty good." The practice field is full of bumps. The stadium field, which was watered during the drought, is in good shape.
Matt Boras coverted off a cross to the back post that Urbana goalkeeper Dan Mulcahy just missed in the 35th minute. Mulcahy made 14 saves, several of them diving ones.
"I thought our goalkeeper played well," said McMullen, whose team dropped to a 7-3 record.
Clif Jackson scored off a header in the 50th minute.
The goals kept flowing as Crew scored his seventh goal off a long throw from Endler.
Second-team players scored the final two goals.
Pat Narron converted a deflection after a long throw-in from Scott Buescher.
And Matt Tedrow scored on a left-footer to the far post.
River Hill starters sometimes are not playing even one full half, because Stara makes wholesale substitutions after the score reaches 3-0.
"We're grooming next year's team so they can keep what we've started going," said senior Jason Gotis.