Boys Soccer

September 02, 2004

1. McDonogh

Last season: 15-7-2, ranked No. 8

The Eagles have the talent to win the MIAA A Conference after three straight runner-up finishes.

2. River Hill

Last season: 15-1-1, No. 1

The Class 3A co-champs return eight starters, including the entire defense that recorded 13 shutouts and allowed six goals.

3. Calvert Hall

Last season: 12-6-2, No. 7

Eight returning starters and a potent offense give the Cardinals a shot at a third straight MIAA A Conference title.

4. Archbishop Curley

Last season: 20-1-2, No. 2

Three of the top four scorers are back, but the loss of playmaker Drew Yates to the Under-17 national residency program hurts.

5. Mount Hebron

Last season: 13-3, No. 6

The Vikings lost twice to Howard County rival River Hill last season, but return seven starters and add standout McDonogh transfer Eric Shadoff.

6. Perry Hall

Last season: 10-3-1, No. 15

Four quality returning seniors and four talented transfers give the Gators a slight edge in the always competitive Baltimore County 4A-3A.

7. Oakland Mills

Last season: 13-2, No. 3

The Class 1A state semifinalists are minus legendary coach Don Shea, but the Scorpions return five starters.

8. Kenwood

Last season: 10-6-1, No. 9

The surprising Class 4A state champs return four starters and picked up two transfers in their quest to repeat.

9. Century

Last season: 11-2-3, No. 10

The Class 2A state champs are ready for a run at another title with seven returning starters.

10. Towson

Last season: 16-1-2, No. 4

The Class 3A state co-champs graduated seven starters after winning their fourth state title, but they hope to reload, not rebuild.

11. Loyola

Last season: 17-2-2, No. 5

With the area's top goalkeeper, the Dons will be tough to score against, but filling graduated striker Matt Curran's shoes will be difficult.

12. Fallston

Last season: 11-5, unranked

The senior-laden Cougars seek to avenge a regional semifinal loss to Towson and repeat as Harford County champs.

13. Eastern Tech

Last season: 10-3-2, unranked

The Mavericks return seven starters and should battle Loch Raven for the Baltimore County 2A-1A title.

14. Liberty

Last season: 12-2-2, unranked

The Carroll County champs, beaten by county rival Century in regionals, return eight starters.

15. Severna Park

Last season: 10-4-2, unranked

The Falcons look like the strongest Anne Arundel County team with a couple of players in the regional Olympic Development Program.

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