Nationally ranked Eagles make the leap with a pay-back win over Spalding; Hereford returns to the poll


The IAAM A Conference boasts three nationally ranked girls soccer powers in McDonogh, Archbishop Spalding and Mercy and all three have resided at the top of VSN Girls Soccer Top 20 most of the season.

McDonogh opened the season as VSN’s No. 1, but surrendered that spot to Spalding, in late September, with a loss to Mercy. The Eagles have not lost since, however, and with their 1-0 win over the Cavaliers last week, McDonogh is once again at the top of the rankings heading into the post-season.

Spalding and Mercy still remain at the top, at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Those three will battle it out this week for the IAAM A crown.

South River and Century also remain in the Top 5, at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

The rest of the poll saw little change, but Hereford did regain a spot in the rankings after several weeks away. The Bulls who will play No. 8 Towson in the 3A North Region I final, on Tuesday, are in at No. 18.

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

2019 VSN GIRLS’ SOCCER TOP 20 – WEEK 8

1. MCDONOGH SCHOOL 

Previous rank: #2

Record: 14-1

Last week: def. then No. 1 Archbishop Spalding, 1-0

This week: vs. No. 10 St. Paul’s School for Girls or No. 12 Notre Dame Prep, IAAM A Semifinals, Oct. 31

2. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 

Previous rank: #1

Record: 12-1-1

Last week: lost to then No. 2 McDonogh, 1-0

This Week: vs. Roland Park Country, IAAM A Quarterfinals, Oct. 29

3. MERCY

Previous rank: #3

Record: 13-2

Last week: def. then No. 10 St. Paul’s School for Girls, 3-2, Oct. 24

This week: vs. John Carroll, IAAM A Quarterfinals, Oct. 29

4. SOUTH RIVER 

Previous rank: #4

Record: 14-0-2

Last week: def. No. 6 Severna Park, 1-0, Anne Arundel County Championship; def. Broadneck, 3-2, 4A East Region Semifinals

This week: vs. No. 6 Severna Park, 4A East Region II Final, Oct. 29

5. CENTURY

Previous rank: #5

Record: 14-0

Last week: def. Oakland Mill, 3-0, 2A West Region Semifinals

This week: vs. No. 13 Liberty, 2A West Region I Final, Oct. 29

6. SPARROWS POINT 

Previous rank: #7

Record: 12-1-1

Last week: def. No. 8 Towson, 1-1 (4-2PK), Baltimore County Championship; def. Digital Harbor, 6-2, 2A North Region Semifinals

This week: vs. Eastern Tech, 2A North Region II Final, Oct. 29

7. SEVERNA PARK 

Previous rank: #5

Record: 12-2-2

Last week: lost to No. 4 South River, 1-0, Anne Arundel County Championship; def. Leonardtown, 2-0, 4A East Region Semifinals

This week: at No. 4 South River, 4A East Region II Final, Oct. 29

8. TOWSON 

Previous rank: #8

Record: 9-4-1

Last week: lost to then No. 7 Sparrows Point, 1-1 (4-2PK), Baltimore County Championship; def. City, 1-0, 3A North Region Semifinals

This week: vs. No. 18 Hereford, 3A North Region I Final, Oct. 29

9. RIVER HILL 

Previous rank: #9

Record: 10-4-1

Last week: def. Atholton, 2-0, 3A East Region Semifinals

This week: vs. No. 16 Wilde Lake, 3A East Region II Final, Oct. 29

10. ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

Previous rank: #10

Record: 8-5

Last week: def. Glenelg Country, 5-0; lost to No. 3 Mercy, 3-2

This week: vs. No. 12 Notre Dame Prep, IAAM A Quarterfinals, Oct. 29

11. MOUNT DE SALES

Previous rank: #11

Record: 12-1

Last week: def. Maryvale Prep, 2-1

This week: vs. St. Mary’s, IAAM B Quarterfinals, Oct. 29

12. NOTRE DAME PREP 

Previous rank: #12

Record: 6-6

Last week: def. John Carroll, 2-1 (OT)

This week: at No. 10 St. Paul’s School for Girls, IAAM A Quarterfinals, Oct. 29

13. LIBERTY

Previous rank: #13

Record: 12-3

Last week: def. Glenelg, 1-0, 2A West Region Semifinals

This week: at No. 5 Century, 2A West Region I Final, Oct. 29

14. FALLSTON 

Previous rank: #14

Record: 11-2

Last week: def. then No. 20t Harford Tech, 2-0, 2A East Region Semifinals

This week: vs. No. 20 Rising Sun, 2A East Region I Final

15. MARRIOTTS RIDGE

Previous rank: #15

Record: 11-2

Last week: def. Westminster, 1-0, 3A East Region Semifinals

This week: vs. Mount Hebron, 3A East Region I Final, Oct. 29

16. WILDE LAKE 

Previous rank: #16

Record: 10-4-1

Last week: def. Long Reach, 4-1; def. Reservoir, 3-0, 3A East Region Semifinals

This week: at No. 9 River Hill, 3A East Region II Final

17. ARUNDEL

Previous rank: #17

Record: 10-3

Last week: def. Meade, 2-1, 4A East Region Semifinals

This week: vs. Old Mill, 4A East Region I Final

18. HEREFORD

Previous rank: Not ranked

Record: 10-5-1

Last week: def. Franklin, 3-1, 3A North Region Quarterfinals; def. Poly, 7-0, 3A North Region Semifinals

This week: at No. 8 Towson, 3A North Region I Final, Oct. 29

19. SOUTH CARROLL

Previous rank: #19

Record: 10-3

Last week: lost to Glenelg, 1-0, 2A West Region Quarterfinals

This week: Season Complete, 2A West Region Quarterfinalist

20. RISING SUN

Previous rank: #20

Record: 12-1

Last week: def. North East, 2-1, 2A East Region Semifinals

This week: at No. 14 Fallston, 2A East Region I Final, Oct. 29