The Poll

Varsity -- Fall Preview

Boys Soccer

August 29, 2007

1. McDonogh

Last season: 15-4-1, ranked No. 3

The Eagles have played in 10 of the past 11 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference titles games and have reloaded after losing to Archbishop Curley in last year's final.

2. Archbishop Curley

Last season: 21-3, No. 1

The Friars will try to defend their MIAA A Conference title with sophomore Oumar Ballo anchoring the defense and fellow sophomore Bash Kamara scoring goals.

3. Calvert Hall

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

If the Cardinals hope to capture their first MIAA A Conference title since 2003, senior forward Christian Barreiro will have to provide the crucial scoring punch.

4. Fallston

Last season: 15-2-1, No. 4

The defending Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference champion and Class 3A East regional finalist is poised to make another run with a balanced roster.

5. River Hill

Last season: 17-2-4, No. 15

A competitive nonconference schedule against McDonogh, Curley and Fallston should make the young Hawks battle-tested for the playoffs.

6. Mount Hebron

Last season: 17-0-4, No. 2

The defending Class 3A state champion Vikings will have to replace last year's potent attack.

7. Arundel

Last season: 13-3-1, No. 8

Can the defending Anne Arundel County champions hold off Broadneck and upstart Severna Park in what is expected to be a competitive league?

8. Broadneck

Last Season: 13-4-1, No. 6

The Bruins return six starters, including leading scorer Dylan Reddersen, after reaching the Class 4A state semifinals last season.

9. Mount St. Joseph

Last season: 9-9-4, No. 9

With six senior starters, the Gaels should be in the playoff hunt this season in the MIAA A Conference.

10. North Carroll

Last season: 14-3, No. 10

The Panthers are coming off a season in which they reached their first state championship game in school history and held opponents to one goal or less in 14 of 17 matches.

11. Towson

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

The Generals return eight starters from a team that fell a goal short of reaching the Class 3A state final last season.

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12. Hammond

Last season: 13-3-2, No. 5

The Golden Bears could be hard-pressed to defend their Class 2A state title after losing several key players to graduation.

13. Century

Last season: 12-3-1, No. 14

The Knights are young, but they still look to go deep into the postseason after winning the Carroll County and Class 2A West championships last season.

14. Severna Park

Last season: 14-3, unranked

The Falcons have seven returning starters, including striker Michael Rose, who has orally committed to Notre Dame.

15. Loch Raven

Last season 15-5, No. 11

The Raiders are shooting for their first state title since 1977 after falling to Mount Herbon in last year's title Class 3A title game.

Others considered -- Atholton, (11-4-1, No. 13), SparrowsPoint (11-3-2, unranked), C. Milton Wright (9-6, unranked), Eastern Tech(13-5-1, unranked), John Carroll (12-9-1, unranked), Severn (15-2-1, unranked)

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