High school soccer fans will have a better indication of which is the team to beat after a pair of key intra-county boys games slated fortomorrow.
Liberty, which has dominated the county the past few years, will get an early test at home against South Carroll.
Lions coach Lee Kestler relies on a balanced attack offensively while senior goalkeeper Bill Reigel anchors an experienced defense.
Second-year coach Charles Fazenbaker has foreign-exchange student Mads Phaysen to complement last year's county scoring champion senior Tim Jenkins for South Carroll up front.
The other county matchup tomorrow has Westminster playing host to North Carroll.
The Owls finished strongly a year ago, winning four of their last six, and will try to carry that success over to this year. North Carroll has a strong group of returnees, led by senior Bobby Windsor.
Times for both games will be around 7 p.m., following junior varsity games slated for 5:30.
It will be much of the same on the girls side tonight, with Liberty playing host to South Carroll and Westminster visiting North Carroll.
Liberty finished with an undefeated mark in the county a year ago, just edging out South Carroll -- which lost only to the Lions in the county.
The Cavs would like nothing better than to surprise Liberty early in the season. To do so, they will have to shut down senior striker Julie Cox.
South Carroll has a potent attack ofits own along with a solid defense led by returnees Gretchen DeWitt,Julie Laudicina and Lisa Masterson.
North Carroll is another teamthat can challenge Liberty for supremacy in the county.
The Panthers have a solid nucleus returning at all spots. A key matchup will be Panthers' senior striker Vickie Jackson going up against a Westminster defense that allowed only 17 goals all season a year ago.
The Western Maryland men's team will travel to Moravian for a 2 p.m. Saturday match while the women will visit Franklin & Marshall at 11 a.m. Saturday.
In other upcoming events:
* Only one high school football team remains unbeaten in the county. It's not South Carroll or Westminster.
The Lions will try to remain unbeatenwhen they travel to Howard at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Liberty improved to 2-0 last Friday with a 16-7 win over the Atholton Raiders. The Lions' defense took control of the game, sacking Atholton quarterback Dan Van Deusen five times and forcing two fumbles.
Howard is coming off a 14-6 win at North Carroll. They are led by running back/free safety Kirk Wise, who rushed for 70 yards and also returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown.
The other Carroll teams will be on the road Saturday afternoon.
Westminster (0-2) will try to get on the winning track at Springbrook, Montgomery County, at 2 p.m.; SouthCarroll, which evened its record at 1-1 with a 33-21 win at Centennial last Saturday, will travel to Glenelg for a 1:30 p.m. game; and Francis Scott Key (0-2) will take on Smithsburg at 2 p.m.
The Western Maryland Green Terrors will open their Centennial Football Conference schedule at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Gettysburg (Pa.) College.
TheTerrors dropped their season home-opener to Albright, 14-13. WMC's Eric Frees was held to 51 yards on 17 carries, the lowest total he's had since his freshman year.
* The key matchup in high school fieldhockey will have North Carroll traveling to Francis Scott Key at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Senior wing Wendy Galandak leads the attack for Key while North Carroll will look to senior attacker Gina Christiani.
The Western Maryland women travel to Franklin & Marshall in a Middle Atlantic Conference matchup 11 a.m. Saturday.
* Four of the five county cross country teams will be away at invitationals this week.
Francis Scott Key will run in the Keyser Invitational beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday; Liberty and South Carroll will participate in theHoward County Invitational at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Centennial; and North Carroll runs in the Palotti Invitational Saturday.
Westminsterwill be at home against Old Mill at 4 p.m. today.
WMC will compete in the Oregon Ridge Invitational in Baltimore County at 4 p.m. Friday.
* Francis Scott Key will visit North Carroll in volleyball action set for 4 p.m. Friday.
The Panthers have five seniors returning from last year's team that went 14-1 over all, 8-0 in the county.
The Western Maryland women are at Johns Hopkins at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday they will compete in the Mary Washington College in Virginia.
* In Mason Dixon Soccer League action, the North Carroll Arrows will take on the Westminster Wolves.
The Arrows got two goals from stopper Ian Jones to lift them past Frederick, 3-0, last Sunday for their first win.
Westminster comes into the match 1-3 after losing, 2-1, to Clear Spring of Washington County Sunday.
Mount Airy,still looking for its first win of the year at 0-3, is at home against Clear Spring.
* The Liberty Lake invitational Bass Classic willtake place Friday and Saturday at the reservoir, just east of Eldersburg on the Carroll-Baltimore county line.
Prize money of $10,000 is guaranteed, including $5,000 for the heaviest bass, $2,000 for second-heaviest, $1,500 for third, $1,000 for fourth and $500 for fifth place.
Fishing hours are 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day. Entry fees vary with age and whether fishing on shore or on a boat. The awards ceremony is 7 p.m. Sunday.