Magic off to 3-0 start; Westminster and Howard earns spot


It may not be “magic,” but the Mercy soccer team sure has been special in the early going of the 2019 season, getting off to a 3-0 start and climbing from No. 10 in our Preseason rankings to No. 7 in the official Week 1 2019 VSN Girls Soccer Top 20.

McDonogh, which has started 2-0, remains at No. 1, but there has been some shuffling in the Top 5. South River moved up one spot to No. 2 and Archbishop Spalding climbed from No. 4 to No. 3, River Hill dropped from No. 2 to No. 4, and Severna Park also bumped up one spot from No. 6 to No. 5.

Newcomers to this week’s poll is No. 16 Westminster and No. 20 Howard. The Owls are off to a 3-0 start, while Lions are 2-1 to start the season.

Here’s the complete 2019 VSN Week 1 Girls Soccer Top 20:

2019 VSN GIRLS’ SOCCER TOP 20 – WEEK 1 

1. MCDONOGH SCHOOL 

Previous rank: #1

Record: 2-0

Last week: def. Good Council, 3-0; def. then-No. 11 Perry Hall, 3-0

This week: vs. No. 12 Notre Dame Prep, Sept. 12; at Episcopal Academy (PA), Sept. 14

2. SOUTH RIVER 

Previous rank: #3

Record: 1-0

Last week: def. then-No. 20 Patterson Mill, 5-0

This week: vs. Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, Sept. 12; vs. Mount Hebron, River Hill Tournament, Sept. 14

3. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 

Previous rank: #4

Record: 2-0

Last week: def. Paul VI (VA), 2-1; def. then-No. 2 River Hill, 2-1

This Week: vs. No. 17 Roland Park Country School, Sept. 11

4. RIVER HILL 

Previous rank: #2

Record: 0-1

Last week: lost to then No. 4 Archbishop Spalding, 2-1

This week: vs. Leonardtown, River Hill Tournament, Sept. 14

5. SEVERNA PARK 

Previous rank: #6

Record: 1-0

Last week: def. Northeast, 6-0

This week: at Old Mill, 914; vs. Mount Hebron, River Hill Tournament, Sept. 13; vs. Leonardtown, River Hill Tournament, Sept. 14

6. WILDE LAKE 

Previous rank: #7

Record: 2-0

Last week: def. La Plata, 4-0; def. Loch Raven, 5-0

This week: at No. 20 Howard, Sept. 12

7. MERCY 

Previous rank: #10

Record: 3-0

Last week: def. Gerstell Academy, 7-1; def. Maryvale Prep, 2-0; def. then-No. 9 Hereford, 4-1; def. Severn School, 2-0

This week: at John Carroll School, Sept. 12

8. SPARROWS POINT 

Previous rank: #5

Record: 1-1

Last week: lost to No. 12 Notre Dame Prep, 1-0; def. Patapsco, 10-0

This week: vs. North County, Sept. 13

9. BROADNECK 

Previous rank: #8

Record: 1-1

Last week: def. Middletown, 2-1; lost to Urbana, 1-0

This week: at Northeast, Sept. 12; vs. Dulaney, Sept. 14

10. HEREFORD 

Previous rank: #9

Record: 2-1

Last week: lost to then-No. 10 Mercy, 4-1; def. then-No. 12 Notre Dame Prep, 1-0; def. Dundalk, 11-1

This week: vs. Harford Tech & Century, Bobcat Cup at Bel Air, Sept. 14

11. PERRY HALL 

Previous rank: #11

Record: 0-1

Last week: lost to No. 1 McDonogh School, 3-0

This week: vs. Harford Tech & Century, Bobcat Cup at Bel Air, Sept. 14

12. NOTRE DAME PREP 

Previous rank: #12

Record: 2-2

Last week: def. Bishop McNamara, 2-1; lost to Good Counsel, 3-0; def. then-No. 5 Sparrows Point, 1-0; lost to then-No. 9 Hereford, 1-0

This week: vs. No. 1 McDonogh School, Sept. 12

13. TOWSON 

Previous rank: #14

Record: 2-0

Last week: def. then-No. 20 Patterson Mill, 2-1; at Carver A&T

This week: Tuesday, def. Carver A&T, 4-0; vs. Dundalk, Sept. 13

14. FALLSTON 

Previous rank: #16

Record: 1-0

Last week: def. North East, 2-0

This week: vs. Rising Sun & Huntingtown, Bobcat Classic at Bel Air, Sept. 14

15. C. MILTON WRIGHT 

Previous rank: #18

Record: 1-0

Last week: def. then-No. 17 Roland Park Country, 2-1

This week: vs. Edgewood, Sept.11; vs. Maryvale Prep, Sept. 13

16. WESTMINSTER 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Record: 3-0

Last week: def. North Harford, 4-2; def. Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, 6-5; def. Wootton, 3-2

This week: at Linganore, Sept. 12

17. CENTENNIAL 

Previous rank: #13

Record: 2-1

Last week: def. North County, 7-0; lost to Catonsville, 3-2; def. Howard, 3-1

This week: vs. Mount Hebron, Sept. 12

18. ROLAND PARK COUNTRY SCHOOL 

Previous rank: #17

Record: 1-1

Last week: def. Glenelg Country School, 2-0; lost to then-No. 18 C. Milton Wright, 2-1; def. Maryvale Prep, 1-0

This week: at No. 2 Archbishop Spalding, Sept. 11

19. RESERVOIR 

Previous rank: #19

Record: 1-0-1

Last week: def. St. Charles, 8-0, tied Long Reach, 1-1

This week: at Atholton, Sept. 12

20. HOWARD 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Record: 2-1

Last week: def. La Plata, 4-1; def. Loch Raven, 5-1; lost to then-No. 13 Centennial, 3-1

This week: vs. No. 6 Wilde Lake, Sept. 12