As the No. 3 Archbishop Spalding and top-ranked McDonogh girls soccer teams enter the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference playoffs, they can both take some positives from their meeting Wednesday.
The Cavaliers left the game encouraged overall by the way they battled with the top team in the area, while the Eagles (13-0) were tested for the second straight game but still found a way to pull out a road victory.
Bridgette Andrzejewski and Kia Rankin hooked up three times to help McDonogh, the defending A Conference champion, defeat Archbishop Spalding, 3-1. The Eagles clinched an unbeaten regular season in conference play and have earned a first-round bye for the conference playoffs.
"We're always tested by Spalding," McDonogh coach Harry Canellakis said. "This is my sixth year, and I can't recall a game against Spalding where I didn't feel like we were tested because they're a quality program."
McDonogh and Archbishop Spalding (9-3-3) have combined to win the last six A Conference titles (each winning three) and are the top two seeds again this year. The Eagles defeated the Cavaliers, 2-1, in last year's championship game after the Cavaliers had won the previous two. McDonogh is going for its fourth league title, which would tie Spalding.
No. 3 Glenelg d. River Hill, 3-1: The Gladiators (11-2) bounced back from Tuesday's loss to Reservoir and claimed the Howard County regular-season championship.
Glenelg beat the Hawks (8-9), 21-25, 25-11, 25-23, 25-21. Kristen Thesing had 23 digs and Kara Crawford had six kills for the Gladiators. Sisters Sarah (24 kills, 27 digs) and Rachael Girard (34 assists) also came up big for Glenelg.