High School Sports Girls Soccer

September 02, 2005

1. John Carroll

Last season: 21-0, ranked No. 1

Despite graduating the program's most prolific class, the IAAM A Conference champion Patriots remain the top team until proven otherwise. 2. Archbishop Spalding

Last season: 12-4-3, No. 7

The gifted Cavaliers have earned mention among the elite in the imposing IAAM A Conference. Will this be their year? 3. McDonogh

Last season: 14-4-2, No. 2

A deep veteran group gets a healthy push from a talented freshman class to provide unlimited potential for the Eagles. 4. Notre Dame Prep

Last season: 12-4-1, No. 4

Loaded with experienced talent, the Blazers are another formidable candidate to overtake the Patriots in the IAAM A Conference.

5. Institute of Notre Dame

Last season: 15-7-1, No. 3

After reaching the IAAM A Conference championship game last fall, the Indians believe all the pieces are in place to win it this season.

6. Severna Park

Last season: 13-4, No. 9

Goals should come in bunches for the Falcons, who bring an explosive front line and more as the team to beat in Anne Arundel County. 7. Eastern Tech

Last season: 18-2, No. 8

Winning has become a habit the two-time defending Baltimore County champion Mavericks don't plan on breaking anytime soon.

8. Glenelg

Last season: 10-4-2, No. 10

The Gladiators are banking on a talented group of players at midfield and up front to score goals and play keep-away from opponents.

9. River Hill

Last season: 12-5, No. 12

New coach Brian Song plans to bring a more attacking style, as the Hawks try to reclaim top standing in always-tough Howard County.

10. Kenwood

Last season: 12-5-1, unranked

Injury-hampered last season, a clean bill of health brings high expectations for the talented Bluebirds this fall. 11. South River

Last season: 13-2-4, No. 6.

A new mix of players will look to step up to maintain the program's winning ways. 12. Centennial

Last season: 13-2-1, No. 5

Losing eight starters from last year's Class 3A state runner-up team won't keep the Eagles out of the Howard County chase.

13. C. Milton Wright

Last season: 12-5, No. 13

There's no secret to the Mustangs' success, as Harford County's top team is fast and plays hard to the end.

14. Westminster

Last season: 12-1-3, No. 11

The Owls, Class 4A state semifinalists last year, will get challenges from every direction as they try to repeat as Carroll County champions.

15. Mercy

Last season: 12-8-2, unranked.

The senior-dominated Magic knows it's in the mix in the tough IAAM A Conference, as seven of its losses last season were by one goal.

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