Bel Air enters poll for first time


With several teams having completed their regular season schedules and everyone else slated to do so this week, the road for movement in the VSN Boys Soccer Week 8 Top 20 is narrowing.

One team which has been all over the poll this season, starting in the Top 5, falling out of the rankings completely and now working its way back into the Top 10 with a late season run in the MIAA A Conference is Archbishop Curley. The Friars jumped six spots this week from No. 13 to No. 7.

McDonogh School, Calvert Hall College, Broadneck and Severna Park held the top three positions this week, while John Carroll School rounds out the Top 5, moving up from No. 7 last week.

The lone new team in this week’s rankings is No. 20 Bel Air. The Bobcats closed their regular season with two straight wins, including a 1-0 victory over then-No. 19 Fallston.

Here is the complete VSN Boys Soccer Week 8 Top 20:


1. MCDONOGH SCHOOL

Record: 18-2

Previous rank: 1

Note: Jacob Murrell has scored 30 goals and McDonogh has won 12 in a row.


2. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE

Record: 18-2-1

Previous rank: 2

Note: Since suffering 1-0 loss to Gilman School, Cardinals have averaged 5 goals in three straight wins.


3. BROADNECK

Record: 13-1

Previous rank: 3

Note: Bruins are set to play Severna Park for Anne Arundel County title Monday.


4. SEVERNA PARK

Record: 10-1-1

Previous rank: 4

Note: Falcons’ only loss this year came to No. 3 Broadneck. Can they reverse result in the Anne Arundel County title game Monday?


5. JOHN CARROLL SCHOOL

Record: 12-6-2

Previous rank: 7

Note: Young Patriots have arrived a year early, as they attempt to lock up the third seed in the MIAA A Conference.


6. MOUNT HEBRON

Record: 10-1-1

Previous rank: 6

Note: Soreless tie with Glenelg in regular season finale cost Vikings outright Howard County title.


7. ARCHBISHOP CURLEY

Record: 10-7-1

Previous rank: 13

Note: Curley making late season surge with reinvigorated offense.


8. LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD

Record: 9-7-3

Previous rank: 4

Note: Three straight losses have Dons heading in wrong direction with MIAA A playoffs approaching.


9. SEVERN SCHOOL

Record: 15-1

Previous rank: 9

Note: Admirals have outclassed MIAA B Conference so far this fall.


10. TOWSON

Record: 11-1

Previous Rank: 10

Note: The Generals finished regular season undefeated in Baltimore County Division I play.


11. CONCORDIA PREP

Record: 8-8-2

Previous rank: 8

Note: Despite lopsided loss to Calvert Hall Friday, Saints are on cusp of qualifying for MIAA A playoffs.


12. CENTENNIAL

Record: 9-2-2

Previous rank: 12

Note: Eagles closed regular season with 3-0 win over River Hill, earning a share of Howard County crown.


13. C. MILTON WRIGHT

Record: 11-3-1

Previous rank: 11

Note: Mustangs completed regular season with share of UCBAC Chesapeake Division title.


14. PERRY HALL

Record: 10-3

Previous rank: 15

Note: Gators have played way into Baltimore County championship game.


15. PATTERSON MILL

Record: 9-1-2

Previous rank: 16

Note: Huskies earned piece of first UCBAC Chesapeake Division championship when they tied C. Milton Wright in regular season finale.


16. LIBERTY

Record: 9-2-1

Previous rank: 20t

Note: Lions closed regular season with three straight wins.


17. GILMAN SCHOOL

Record: 9-9

Previous rank: 14

Note: Since huge win over then-No. 1 Calvert Hall, Greyhounds have lost 3-of-4 and facing uphill challenge to earn MIAA A playoff spot.


18. CATONSVILLE

Record: 9-4-1

Previous rank: 17

Note: The Comets hope to reclaim early season success when they enter the Class 4A state postseason.


19. RIVER HILL

Record: 9-4

Previous rank: 18

Note: Season-ending loss to No. 12 Centennial snapped Hawks’ three-game win streak.


20. BEL AIR

Record: 8-6

Previous rank: Not ranked

Note: Bobcats closed regular season with two  consecutive wins, including shutout of then-No. 19 Fallston.