Abdel Ait Nasser, an exchange student from Belgium, scored two goals and had one assist as Wilde Lake ended Howard's unbeaten season yesterday, 4-0.
Ait Nasser, playing his third game, has four goals and one assist for the Wildecats (3-2 overall, 2-1 Howard County).
One goal yesterday was spectacular. Sliding just inside the end line and halfway between the goal and the corner flag, he bent a shot into the goal from a nearly impossible angle.
Howard (5-1, 2-1) with two wins over Oakland Mills, was off to its best start since 1990, when it went 11-1-1 and won a county title. The Lions haven't had a winning season since 1996.
Friars get lift
Second-ranked Archbishop Curley expects a boost when All-Metro defender Josh Taylor returns from a knee injury in time for today's showdown against third-ranked Loyola at Curley.
Taylor has played just one full game for the Friars (9-2), whose only losses were to Germantown (Pa.) and DeMatha.
He was injured during the DeMatha loss. The injury is diagnosed as bursitis, coach Barry Stitz said. Taylor previously had anterior-cruciate ligament surgery on that knee.
"We've been giving up too many goals without him," Stitz said.
Tejeda back for Cards
Calvert Hall also expects one of its key players back in time for Saturday's clash with Curley.
Center midfielder Eddie Tejeda suffered a concussion in the second minute against McDonogh on Sept. 7, in a game the Cardinals eventually lost, 1-0. Two days later, he suffered a high ankle sprain and hasn't played since then.
"He could probably play [today] against Loch Raven, but I'm not going to risk it," Cardinals coach Andy Moore said.
Good timing for Hammond
Everything fell into place for Hammond last Thursday when the Bears (2-3-1) posted their first victory ever against then No. 2-ranked River Hill.
The defending Class 3A state co-champion Hawks didn't find out that the time of their game had been changed from 5 p.m. to 3:30 until 10 a.m. Thursday morning. By then, about half the team had left on a field trip.
River Hill (2-1) was 35 minutes late for the game, which didn't begin until 4:25.
At halftime, the Bears led 1-0, and at the end it was 2-0. Junior midfielders Jose Maldonado and Patrick Preziotti each scored for the Bears, and Hammond goalkeeper David Griffith made 13 saves in the game.
First-year Hammond coach Rick Bantz is no stranger to big wins. He was assistant coach for teams at Oakland Mills that won eight boys state titles and one girls state title.
Scorps lose without Libber
Oakland Mills dropped games to Howard and Reservoir last week. It was the Scorpions' second straight loss to Howard, which previously had not beaten Oakland Mills since 1989.
The Scorpions (1-3) played without coach Mike Libber, who was sidelined because of kidney stones.
"The pain was terrible," Libber said. "I didn't eat anything from Friday to Wednesday and lost 20 pounds."
The pain started subsiding last Thursday, and Libber returned to coaching Monday, even though he has not yet passed any of the stones.
Reservoir steps up
A year ago, Reservoir lost to Oakland Mills and gave up five goals. Last Thursday, the Gators defeated the 12-time state champions, 1-0.
It was their third shutout and third win in four games. Their only loss was to fourth-ranked Mount Hebron, 4-2, and the Gators led that game 2-1 with 20 minutes to play.
"We were missing our starting keeper [Jim Engelkemier] against Mount Hebron," Gators coach Kevin Flynn said. "Last year, we had no shutouts and won only one league game. We've already won two league games."
Moon Doh has scored five of Reservoir's six goals this season.