Starting in early September, the St. Albans Bulldogs pulled off a one-month stretch that any soccer program dreams about: nine wins, no goals conceded.
Sometimes in sports, an accomplishment like that goes purposely unremarked upon, like a no-hitter. Whether it’s a fear of jinxing things or disrupting rhythm, coaches are often hesitant to advertise those types of streaks.
Not at St. Albans.
(Records through Sunday)
1. Spalding (10-0-1) Last ranked: 1
Midfielder Sophie Thibeault scored twice in the Cavaliers’ 3-2 win over Urbana.
2. Georgetown Day (10-0) LR: 3
Junior Marleigh Ausbrooks scored in the Grasshoppers’ 1-0 win over Holy Cross.
3. Northern (11-0) LR: 4
Defender Taylor Tolson notched a hat trick in the Patriots’ 14-1 win over Thomas Stone.
4. Severna Park (10-0-2) LR: 6
The Falcons haven’t permitted a goal in six consecutive games.
5. South River (10-0-2) LR: 8
Forward Kylie Lopez scored in the Seahawks’ 1-0 win over Arundel.
6. Elizabeth Seton (6-1-1) LR: Not ranked
The Roadrunners beat St. Mary’s Ryken and O’Connell last week.
7. Quince Orchard (8-1) LR: NR
With a 1-0 victory over Richard Montgomery, the Cougars won their division title.
8. Sidwell Friends (7-1-1) LR: 10
In overtime, the Quakers beat Stone Ridge, 4-3.
9. Bethesda-Chevy Chase (9-1) LR: NR
The Barons beat Richard Montgomery and Einstein last week.
10. Huntingtown (11-1) LR: 5
Forward Annabelle Norwood recorded a goal and three assists in the Hurricanes’ 10-0 win over St. Charles.
Dropped out: No. 2 St. John’s (9-2), No. 7 Calvert (7-3), No. 9 Georgetown Visitation (6-3).
On the bubble: Good Counsel (10-2-1), St. John’s.
Three years ago, when Dunbar quarterback Amonte Dreher was contemplating which school to play for, he had one major concern: Would the coach view him as a quarterback or make him switch to another position?
Standing just 5-foot-4 at the time, Dreher had been playing quarterback his whole life and had no interest in changing once he got to high school.
After multiple coaches questioned whether his height would limit him, Dreher found someone who was willing to give him a shot.
“Amonte looked me in the eyes and said: ‘Coach, I know I’m short, but I’m a quarterback. I just need a chance,’ ” Dunbar Coach Maurice Vaughn said.
Vaughn has firsthand knowledge that height doesn’t always dictate success. In 1983, Vaughn led Dunbar to a Turkey Bowl appearance despite being 5-7.
“As a shorter quarterback myself, I told him, ‘If you show me you that can throw, I don’t care how tall you are,’ ” Vaughn said. “ ‘You’ll be allowed to play quarterback here.’ ”
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