For Bowie, it was a tuneup to its probable Class AA Region III playoff matchup with Eleanor Roosevelt. For Northwestern, it was a learning experience.

Bowie, the defending AA state boys soccer champion, scored five goals within 10 minutes of the first half and went on to easily defeat the Wildcats, 10-2, yesterday in Bowie.

Erik Imler and John Ceruzzi each contributed two goals to lead the Bulldogs as they improved to 6-1 in the league and 7-1-1 overall. Northwestern fell to 2-5, 4-5.

"In a game like this, we look at execution," said Bowie Coach Lou Reck. "And certainly we had our moments."

Bowie uses a two-team platoon system. Yesterday, after its first team failed to score, the second team responded with three goals.

Imler began the surge at 16:00 as he put a pass from Chris McNally into the lower right corner of the net. After Rob Waldman made it 2-0 on a penalty kick, Imler scored his second goal at 20:00 and the rout was on. Northwestern, which played three goalies, started six freshmen, four sophomores and one junior.

Bowie outshot Northwestern, 25-3, in the first half and led, 6-1, at intermission as Pat Noel, Antonio Correa and Ceruzzi added goals.

Jaime Blanco and Lakhonepheng Rajbandith scored for Northwestern.