McDonogh soccer teams in a class of their own

  • Connor Smith and Bridgette Andrzejewski have led the McDonogh boys and girls soccer teams.
Connor Smith and Bridgette Andrzejewski have led the McDonogh…
September 30, 2014|By Glenn Graham | The Baltimore Sun

To write it has been an impressive start for the boys and girls soccer teams at McDonogh is a huge understatement.

Both teams won their respective conference championships last season -- the boys winning the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and the girls winning the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference -- and both left last season and started this season as the area's No. 1 teams.

Both teams are constant targets -- knock off McDonogh and a season can be made. But all they do is keep winning. And both teams do so impressively.

The McDonogh boys are now 9-0 and have outscored their opponents by a 38-2 margin. The girls are 8-0 and have scored 40 goals, while yielding just one.

For the boys, senior midfielder Connor Smith. a Maryland commit, dominates play with incredible skills, uncanny field sense and the ability to score goals when needed most.

For the girls, junior forward Bridgette Andrzejewski, headed for North Carolina, uses incredible pace, skills and ability to finish scoring chances like no other player in the state.

Just as important, both teams have plenty of surrounding talent, are extremely well coached and have a strong emphaisis on playing as one.

Can either team be stopped?

The McDongh boys got a significant push from No. 3 Loyola Blakefield on Saturday, falling behind for the first time this season before recovering for a 2-1 win.

On Monday, perennial power Good Counsel, the two-time defending champion in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, visited the McDonogh girls and proved to be no match with the Eagles coming away with an impressive 3-0 win.

The tests will continue for both teams with plenty of talented opponents out there, but the early impressions are it will take a special effort to knock either off.

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