Notebook The top-ranked Archbishop Spalding girls soccer team started this week at 5-0, but that was expected.
What's even more impressive is that all five victories were shutouts, as the defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference champion Cavaliers have outscored their opponents 21-0.
Senior midfielder Christine Nairn, a two-time All-Metro and Parade All-America selection, has scored nine goals and has three assists. Junior forward Erica Page has six goals and three assists.
Goalkeeper Karen Blocker has 14 saves in the five games. The defense, led by sophomore sweeper Kirby Frank and juniors Avery Newman and Jena Gebrick, has made things easy for Blocker thus far.
Blocker credits the team's 41-3-2 record since 2005 and a 26-game unbeaten streak to coach Bob Dieterle.
"Bob Dieterle is an amazing man, an awesome high school coach," said Blocker, who owns a school-record 45 career shutouts. "He works so hard for us. He plans preseason at Deep Creek, a four-day trip up there with three-a-day practices and fun activities for us. Then, right after that, he plans a trip up to New York and New Jersey and we play three strong teams. And he takes us into the city to shop, go to a water park, and there is a lot of team bonding."
A kicker's 'touchdown'
After No. 8 Broadneck's 31-28 football victory over No. 9 Old Mill on Friday, winning coach Jeff Herrick cited the importance of his kicker, senior Chapman Cole. Cole, a former soccer player, kicked four extra points and a 30-yard field goal.
"A field goal and four extra points - that's another touchdown," Herrick said. "We asked Chappy to come out and give it a shot as our kicker, and he's doing a good job for us."
Herrick has had a long line of outstanding kickers at Broadneck, the most notable being former All-Metro selections Chris McDermott (first team, 2006), Chris Desautels (first team, 2003-04) and Brooks Barnard (second team, 1997).
Brandon Johnson-Farrell has 10 receptions for 218 yards and caught four of Nick Elko's seven touchdown passes in No. 5 Arundel's 2-0 start. ... Dontra Peters had three touchdowns in St. Mary's 50-0 romp over St. Vincent Pallotti at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Friday. ... Both goals were scored by freshmen, Kari Deegan and Kari Cunard, in St. Mary's (4-0-2) 2-0 victory over Salisbury Catholic in girls soccer Friday.