Baltimore-area boys soccer: Breaking down the Top 15

No. 1 Loyola Blakefield (15-0) has firmly established itself as the area’s top team and the clear favorite to win the demanding Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference — Monday’s 5-0 rout over No. 6 McDonogh (8-4-1) being further proof. The Dons, who have clinched the top seed in the league playoffs, will try to complete a perfect regular season when they host Gilman at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Defending MIAA A champion McDonogh was the area’s preseason No. 1 team and stayed at the top for the first six weeks before its late collapse. The Eagles have dropped four of their last five games with three regular season games to play this week.

The biggest jump in this week’s poll was made by Broadneck, which moved up to No. 5 from No. 11 after an impressive 3-0 win over then-No. 5 and current No. 11 Meade. The teams will meet tonight for the Anne Arundel County championship.

Towson (10-0-2) moved up two spots — from No. 9 to No. 7 – and will get a chance to continue to climb when it takes on defending Class 2A champion and No. 4 Eastern Tech (11-1-1) for the Baltimore County championship on Tuesday.

The regular season ends this week with the region playoffs in the public school ranks opening on Friday and the MIAA playoffs set to start next week.

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

No. 5 Broadneck vs. No. 11 Meade at Chesapeake-AA, Anne Arundel championship, 5 p.m. Tuesday

No. 4 Eastern Tech vs. No. 7 Towson at CCBC-Catonsville, Baltimore County championship, 5 p.m. Tuesday

No. 9 Gilman at No. 1 Loyola, 6 p.m. Thursday

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