Boys’ soccer Top 10: Good Counsel, Damascus join the rankings

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DeMatha slips and Severna Park takes over the top spot in this week's ranking of the top 10 boys' soccer teams in the

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The Good Counsel boys’ soccer team, shown here in 2015 against DeMatha, joins the Top 10 rankings this week. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Preseason is in the rear view as Maryland public and area private school teams are growing used to live action across the DMV. In the early going, many local teams have crossed county lines to produce some interesting results.

Over Saturday, Howard County’s preseason favorite, Mount Hebron, beat the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference’s preseason favorite, Leonardtown. River Hill continued Howard County’s success against nonlocal teams by knocking off defending Maryland 3A state champion Urbana.

Not everyone was successful against foreign foes, though. DeMatha lost, 1-0, to Baltimore’s McDonogh and Whitman fell, 2-1, to New Jersey’s St. Benedict’s.

As teams head into county and league play, here’s where everyone stands.

1. Severna Park (3-0) LR: 2

Senior Drew Bellhoff has five goals and two assists in three matches after the Falcons defeated Severn and Northern last week.

2. Mount Hebron (2-0) LR: 3

The Vikings opened up their season with a 1-0 win over Catonsville on Friday. Then Mount Hebron beat Leonardtown on penalty kicks, 2-2 (5-4), thanks to goalkeeper Sohraab Sidhu.

3. DeMatha (1-1-1) Last ranked: 1

Last Tuesday, the Stags lost, 1-0, to McDonogh, which is ranked No. 4 by the Baltimore Sun. On Friday, senior Marc Langon scored with 3 1/2 minutes remaining, but DeMatha allowed a late goal to Spalding in a 1-1 draw.

4. Leonardtown (2-1) LR: 5

The Raiders ripped apart the Baltimore Sun’s No. 2 team, Mount Saint Joseph, in a 6-2 win before falling to Mount Hebron. Senior Aaron Choo leads Leonardtown with four goals.

5. Whitman (1-1) LR: 6

On Saturday against New Jersey private school power St. Benedict’s, the Vikings dug a two-goal deficit by allowing a free-kick goal shortly after halftime. Whitman was unable to find a late equalizer in a 2-1 loss.

6. O’Connell (2-0) LR: 7

Senior Aidan O’Connell scored a hat trick as the Knights beat John Paul the Great, 3-2, on Friday.

7. Meade (2-0) LR: 8

Junior forward Silas Baker scored twice and added an assist as the Mustangs won the “Meade Fall Classic” with wins over Long Reach and Howard.

8. River Hill (3-0) LR: 9

The Hawks beat defending Maryland 3A state champion Urbana on penalty kicks, 1-1 (4-1), on the back of seven saves from junior goalkeeper Patrick Sherlock.

9. Good Counsel (4-0-1) LR: NR

Senior midfielder John Reed has dished out three assists while the Falcons’ defense has not allowed a goal over the first four games of the season.

10. Damascus (3-0) LR: NR

Sophomore forward Timothy Lee has three goals so far this season as the Swarmin’ Hornets have beaten Richard Montgomery, Walter Johnson and Clarksburg.

Dropped out: No. 4 Watkins Mill (0-3), No. 10 Walter Johnson

On the bubble: South River (2-0-1), Landon (2-0), The Heights (5-0)

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