McDonogh denies Loyola’s perfect season; Towson and Harford jump into the Top 10; Concordia and Arundel sweep into the Top 15


It was a big week of soccer, as the McDonogh and Concordia Prep claimed titles in the MIAA and the public school powers worked their way through their regional brackets.

Then No. 4 McDonogh broke hearts in Blakefield as the Eagles ended Loyola’s bid for a perfect season with a 0-0 (7-6 PK’s) victory in the MIAA A Conference title match. The result elevated still undefeated River Hill from No. 2 to No. 1, while McDonogh moved up to No. 4. The Dons fell back to No. 3.

C. Milton Wright marched into the 3A North final and held No. 4 in our poll, while Gilman moved up one spot, despite a loss in the MIAA A semifinals to round out the Top 5.

Towson and Hereford, which knocked off then No. 3 Eastern Tech, have both reached the Top 10, at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. While Concordia Prep returned to the poll at No. 14 and Around, the surprise thus far of the 4A field, is debuting at No. 15.

Here is the complete Week 9 VSN Boys Soccer Top 20:

VSN BOYS’ SOCCER TOP 20 – WEEK 9

1. RIVER HILL

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #2

Record: 12-0-1

Last week: def. Oakland Mills, 4-0, 2A Region Playoffs

This week: vs. Southern-AA, 2A South Region Final, 11-6

2. MCDONOGH SCHOOL

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #4

Record: 13-4-1

Last week: def. No. 6 Gilman, 2-1, MIAA A Semifinals; def. then No. 1 Loyola, 0-0 (7-6 PK’s), MIAA A Championship

This week: Season Complete – MIAA A Conference Champions

3. LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #1

Record: 18-1

Last week: def. No. 7 Archbishop Curley, 3-2 (2OT), MIAA A Semifinals; lost to then No. 4 McDonogh, 0-0 (7-6 PK’s), MIAA A Championship

This week: Season Complete – MIAA A Conference Finalists

4. C. MILTON WRIGHT

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #5

Record: 12-2

Last week: def. then No. 16 Bel Air, 5-1, 3A North Playoffs

This week: at No. 9 Towson, 3A North Regional Final, 11/7

5. GILMAN SCHOOL

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #6

Record: 14-6-2

Last week: def. then No. 17 Mount St. Joseph, 2-0, MIAA A Conference Quarterfinals; lost to then No. 4 McDonogh, 2-1, MIAA A Conference Semifinals

This week: Season Complete – MIAA A Conference Semifinalists

6. ARCHBISHOP CURLEY

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #7

Record: 11-8-1

Last week: def. then No. 11 Calvert Hall, 8-3, MIAA A Conference Semifinals; lost to then No. 1 Loyola, 3-2 (2OT), MIAA A Conference Semifinals

This Week: Season Complete – MIAA A Conference Semifinalists

7. BROADNECK

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #9

Record: 15-2

Last week: def. North Point, 4-1, 4A East Region Playoffs; def. Leonardtown, 2-1, 4A East Region Playoffs

This week: vs. No. 15 Arundel, 4A East Region Final, 11/6

8. EASTERN TECH

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #3

Record: 11-2-1

Last week: def. New Town, 6-0, 2A North Playoffs; lost to then No. 14 Hereford, 1-0, 2A North Playoffs

This week: Season Complete – 2A North Section I Finalists

9. TOWSON

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #10

Record: 11-1-2

Last week: def. Franklin, 9-0, 3A North Playoffs; def. Lansdowne, 4-0, 3A North Playoffs

This week: vs. No. 4 C. Milton Wright, 3A North Region Final, 11/7

10. HEREFORD

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #14

Record: 12-4

Last week: def. Owings Mills, 6-0, 2A North Region Playoffs; def. then No. 3 Eastern Tech, 1-0, 2A North Region Playoffs

This week: at Patterson, 2A North Region Final, 11/6

11. MOUNT HEBRON

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #8

Record: 11-3-1

Last week: lost to Atholton, 2-1, 3A East Playoffs

This week: Season Complete – 3A East Region Section I Finalists

12. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #11

Record: 10-9

Last week: lost to No. 7 Archbishop Curley, 8-3, MIAA A Conference Quarterfinals

This week: Season Complete – MIAA A Quarterfinalists

13. PATTERSON MILL

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #15

Record: 11-3

Last week: def. Col. Richardson, 6-0, 1A East Playoffs; def. Joppatowne, 8-1, 1A East Playoffs

This week: vs. Crisfield, 1A East Region Final, 11/5

14. SEVERNA PARK

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: Not ranked

Record: 15-5-1

Last week: def. Park School, 1-0, MIAA B Conference Quarterfinals; def. then No. 19 Boys’ Latin, 4-0, MIAA B Conference Semifinals; def. Friends School, 3-0, MIAA B Conference Championship

This week: Season Complete – MIAA B Conference Champions

15. ARUNDEL

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: Not ranked

Record: 10-3-3

Last week: def. then No. 18 Severna Park, 1-0, 4A East Playoffs; def. then No. 12 Meade, 3-2, 4A East Playoffs

This week: at No. 7 Broadneck, 4A East Region Finals, 11/6

16. MEADE

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #12

Record: 12-4-1

Last week: def. North County, 2-0, 4A East Region Playoffs; lost to Arundel, 3-2, 4A East Region Playoffs

This week: Season Complete – 4A East Region Section I Finalists

17. WILDE LAKE

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #13

Record: 8-3-2

Last Week: lost to Oakland Mills, 2-0, 2A South Playoffs

This Week: Season Complete – 2A South Section I Semifinalists

18. BEL AIR

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #16

Record: 11-5-1

Last week: def. Edgewood, 9-1, 3A North Region Playoffs
lost to No. 4 C. Milton Wright, 5-1, 3A North Playoffs

This week: Season Complete – 3A North Section II Semifinalists

19. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #17

Record: 7-9-1

Last week: lost to No. 6 Gilman, 2-1, MIAA A Conference Quarterfinals

This week: Season Complete – MIAA A Conference Quarterfinalists

20. BOYS’ LATIN SCHOOL

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank:: #19

Record: 14-4-2

Last week: lost to Concordia Prep, 4-0, MIAA B Conference Semifinals

This week: Season Complete – MIAA B Conference Semifinalists