Much like past years, the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and Howard County dominates with a combined ten teams from their respective leagues represented in The Baltimore Sun’s Top 15 boys soccer poll.
While last week’s weather postponed some games, this week’s schedule — particularly in the MIAA — will help shape the poll moving forward.
Already on Monday, No. 3 Loyola Blakefield got an impressive road result by beating No. 8 Calvert Hall, 2-0, while No. 12 Mount Saint Joseph claimed a 3-1 home win against No. 14 John Carroll.
Defending league champ McDonogh will get immediate tests when it travels to Loyola on Wednesday and Calvert Hall on Friday. After hosting McDonogh, the No. 3 Dons travel to No. 5 Curley on Friday.
In this week’s poll, No. 10 Eastern Tech’s win over No. 4 C. Milton Wright at the Bel Air Tournament on Sept. 1 dropped the Mustangs from No. 2 to No. 4. Don’t expect any panic from the defending Class 3A champions, who were without All-Metro standout Ryan Belfiore because of a minor injury. He’s back and look for the Msutangs to get rolling.
Perennial state power Severna Park graduated a significant senior class after reaching last year’s Class 4A title game, but the Falcons are off to a 2-0 start to jump into the poll at No. 11. The Falcons will once again be in the mix with No. 6 Meade in Anne Arundel. John Carroll and Howard County power Oakland Mills enjoyed fine starts to the season to enter into the Top 15 this week.
Here’s a look at some important games remaining this week:
No. 1 McDonogh at No. 3 Loyola Blakefield, Wednesday, 4 p.m.
Wilde Lake at No. 15 Oakland Mills, Thursday, 5:30 p.m.
No. 3 Loyola Blakefield at No. 5 Archbishop Curley, Friday, 4 p.m.
No. 1 McDonogh at No. 8 Calvert Hall, Friday, 7 p.m.