Bowie's soccer team will attempt to become the first Class AA school to twice win at least a share of successive Maryland state championships tonight at 7:30 at Old Mill High School.
Bowie (12-1-1), which upset Rockville, 2-0, last year to capture the state title, will face Arundel (9-3-2), which reached today's final by defeating Dulaney, 2-1. Bowie qualified for the final by beating Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 1-0.
The other title games feature South River (11-4) playing C. Milton Wright (13-1-1) in the Class A championship at 5; Centennial (14-0) facing Middletown (14-0-1) at noon in the Class B final, and Mount Savage (12-2-1) meeting Hereford (15-0) in the Class C final at 2:30.
Bowie is the most successful Class AA soccer program, having won three state championships and tied for the title once. Under Coach Lou Reck, Bowie has won or tied for the title three times this decade, defeating Severna Park in 1982, tying Severna Park in 1983 and shutting out Rockville last year. Only Dundalk in 1969-70 and Patapsco in 1976-77 have won back-to-back Class AA state championships. No team has done it twice.
To accomplish that feat, Bowie will have to defeat an Arundel team that was seeded fourth in Region IV but defeated La Plata, 1-0; Meade, 3-2 in a shootout, and Dulaney, 2-1. The Wildcats are led by Neal Kursban with 10 goals and five assists and John Rose with 10 goals and four assists. This is Arundel's first trip to the final. The two teams met early in the season and tied, 1-1.
South River advanced to today's Class A final by defeating Laurel, 2-1, in a shootout. The Seahawks have won their last four games in overtime.