Baltimore-area boys soccer: Breaking down the Top 15

After preseason No. 1 McDonogh held strong at the top for the first five weeks of the season, River Hill takes over this week with its 9-0 mark. McDonogh’s road tie against then-No. 11 Gilman (now No. 8) on Friday precipitated the movement as the Eagles dropped two spots to No. 3. Earlier in the week, then-No. 3 Loyola Blakefield visited Gilman and claimed a solid 1-0 win to move up to No. 2 with its 9-0 record. River Hill has dominated opponents all season, including a 4-0 win over then-No. 10 Centennial last week. The Hawks have outscored their opponents 34-1.

It sets up an interesting week that starts Tuesday. While Loyola visits McDonogh with game time set for 4:15 p.m., the Hawks will get a significant test when they visit No. 7 Wilde Lake (9-0-1) with game time at 5:30 p.m. On 12 p.m. Saturday, McDonogh and Loyola will meet for a second time in a makeup game.

Elsewhere, Towson made the biggest jump — to No. 9 from No. 13 with its 8-0-1 mark. Curley (5-7) continued its up-and-down season with an upset loss against Mount Saint Joseph to go from No. 9 to No. 13. The Gaels (4-5-1) climbed back in the poll at No. 12 on a three-game win streak. Broadneck (8-2) also moved into the poll at No. 11 after defeating then-No. 12 Severna Park late last week.

Here’s a look at some pivotal games this week:

No. 2 Loyola Blakefield at No. 3 McDonogh, Tuesday, 4:15 p.m.

No. 1 River Hill at No. 7 Wilde Lake, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.

No. 3 McDonogh at No. 2 Loyola Blakefield, noon, Saturday

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