Entering today's important match at Hereford, Towson's Ian Wildey could feel the pressure of an unbeaten season mounting.
"This is a rough week," he said, after the Generals had run their record under first-year coach Pat Becker to 7-0 with Tuesday's 3-1 soccer victory over Loch Raven.
"We have Hereford, then another big game [tomorrow] at North Harford and Overlea next Tuesday."
Becker figures at this point, every game is big. He's the chairman of the science department at Towson, where he had coached the junior varsity program for seven seasons before replacing Dave Wright, who now teaches at Randallstown.
"Ian would rather play center striker, but we need his physical play at midfield," said Becker.
That move has the Generals marching toward a playoff berth and, if Wildey has a say, a chance at a state Class 2A title. Wildey's scoring is evident by his five goals and 10 assists, including a perfect flip-throw assist Tuesday against Loch Raven. Striker Ben Donovan is the main benefactor, leading the Generals with 11 goals and one assist.
Towson actually plays better on the road, where grassy fields are more conducive to its short passing game, than on its own barren dirt pitch.
* Now that South River has tied Severna Park in girls soccer, ending the Falcons' 46-game winning streak under coach Joyce Stefancik, statistical buffs can keep tabs on Severna Park's 54-game (52-0-2) non-losing streak. The national unbeaten streak is 96 games, set by Franklin (Tenn.) High School (1981-88).
Falcons fans also can keep tabs on the career record of Severna Park field hockey coach Lillian Shelton. With Tuesday's 9-1 victory over North County, the Falcons raised Shelton's career record to 200-34-5 since 1975. Incredibly, 15 of those losses came in her first three seasons at Severna Park. That was before the county had a league and she was building a program while playing against private school teams.
Under Shelton, the Falcons have won 12 Anne Arundel County titles, 10 regional titles, five state championships and gone unbeaten two of the last three seasons. This fall, they are 7-0, yet ranked No. 2 behind Bel Air (7-0) in The Baltimore Sun coaches poll.