"There must have been a full moon last night (Tuesday)," said Chesapeake boys soccer coach Earl Eckhardt. "Otherwise, I can't explain it."
Like the sixth-year coach said, the three upsets in games Tuesday night defy logic.
How does one explain 10th-ranked Broadneck (8-2-1) battling Southern (1-8-2) to a 1-1 tie, especially since the Bruins entered the game having recorded six straight shutout victories and the Bulldogs having scored just six times?
And third-ranked Severna Park (9-2) dropping a 2-0 decision to 5-4-2 Old Mill?
The Patriots were 0-2-2 intheir last four games -- including a 2-0 loss to Meade in their previous outing -- and had been shut out five times this season. The Falcons, on the other hand, had given up just four goals and notched shutout victories over Broadneck, 2-0, Glen Burnie, 3-0, and North County, 3-0 -- three teams that either tied or beat the Patriots.
Then there's eighth-ranked Meade (8-3) losing, 3-1, to scrappy Annapolis (7-2-2). By defeating Meade, which had given up just seven goals with six shutouts, the Panthers usurped the fourth playoff position. For now.
"Meade's loss took their destiny out of their own hands," said Eckardt, whose Cougars are the only county team that has secured a playoff spot.
A win or a tie against Old Mill Friday would secure the top seed for Chesapeake for the first round of Tuesday's Class 4A Region IVplayoffs.
"The situation's pretty sticky right now. There's still a lot on the line," Eckhardt said.
Second-place Severna Park, Broadneck (third), Annapolis (fourth) or Meade (fifth), can all be eliminated with a loss.
The Mustangs must beat or tie Glen Burnie to have a shot at the playoffs, otherwise, they are gone.
The winner of the Annapolis/Severna Park match is in. A tie and both are in. But if Meade ties and Annapolis loses, the Panthers are out.
If Broadneck beats Arundel, the Bruins are in. But if Broadneck loses, Meade ties or wins, and Annapolis and Severna Park play to a tie, the Bruins are out.
A loss by the Cougars and a win by Severna Park would give the Falcons the top seed.