Erin Reid's header with 4 minutes, 38 seconds left in the game gave No. 1 Howard a 1-0 soccer victory over No. 8 Atholton last night at Howard.
The win kept alive the Lions' 22-game unbeaten streak.
Atholton (6-1) played a physical game in the first half, winning the majority of the balls in the air and out-tackling Howard (7-0).
But Howard's defense, led by sweeper Jon Armstrong, bottled up Atholton's top scoring threat, Tony Dedmond.
Atholton goalie Kori Hunter (13 saves) played an outstanding game. He had no chance on the game-winning goal.
The play developed on a kick by Armstrong into the right corner. Josh Smith then booted a perfect pass to outside midfielder Reid, who cut to the net without a defender on him.