Baltimore-area girls soccer: Breaking down the Top 15

With last week’s weather postponing several key games, there was not a lot of movement in The Baltimore Sun’s Top 15 girls soccer poll this week.

The top two teams — No. 1 McDonogh and No. 2 Archbishop Spalding — were impressive in holding down their spots with plenty of strong teams primed to move up should either falter.

The top-ranked Eagles (3-0) outscored three out-of-state opponents a combined 11-3 to get ready for league play in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference, while the No. 2 Cavaliers (2-0-1) got quality results with a 0-0 tie against perennial power Good Counsel, a 2-0 win against Urbana and 5-0 win over No. 4 Broadneck.

Two defending state champions — Broadneck and No. 5 River Hill — are still finding their way after losing key pieces from last year’s team. The defending Class 4A champion Bruins, who opened the season with ties against Urbana and Middletown, are learning to play without All-Metro midfielder Talia Gabarra, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear in the offseason. The 2A champ Hawks, who opened with a 1-0 loss to Leonardtown, graduated four-years starters and last year’s tri-captains Megan Chun, Victoria Tran and Carly Wetzel. Both teams should be fine with time, but each play demanding schedules.

Elsewhere, No. 3 Hereford (2-0), No. 7 Wilde Lake (2-0), No. 9 Mercy (3-0) and No. 11 Severna Park (3-0) have all looked impressive so far. Quality results gave No. 14 St. Paul’s (2-0-1) and No. 15 Centennial (1-0-1) entry into the Top 15 poll.

Several games this week will give teams an opportunity to solidify their positions or make moves forward in the poll.

Here’s a look at some top games set for this week:

No. 1 McDonogh at Good Counsel, Wednesday, 4 p.m.

No. 12 Notre Dame Prep at Roland Park, Wednsday, 4 p.m.

No. 4 Broadneck at No. 10 South River, Thursday 4 p.m.

No. 1 McDonogh at No. 9 Mercy, Friday, 4 p.m.

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