Whitman boys coach Dave Greene said his team's 5-0 victory over DeMatha on Monday was the Vikings' best game since a 2-1 loss to Baltimore power McDonogh last season. Whitman (3-2-1) was led by three goals from sophomore David Glaudermans and single goals from sophomore Alessandro Basto and senior Dave Robey.
"It seems we have finally turned the corner," Green said. "The kids either all play well or all play poorly and against DeMatha they all played really well."
The Vikings do not get much time to savor the victory. They play at No. 5 Churchill (5-0) on Thursday night. Whitman has not beaten Churchill in the regular season since 1991.
"There are no off-nights in Montgomery County this year," Green said. "But whenever you put Whitman and Churchill together, it is going to be a great game." . . .
River Hill boys coach Bill Stara is not pleased that the top-ranked Hawks are just 2-0 at this point in the season. He wishes they had played more games, but two games were canceled.
"We had one cancellation because of weather and one because of circumstances beyond our control," Stara said. "So we have only played two games and we are not certain if or when we will make up the others. We just really want to play some games."
Weather permitting, the Hawks will face a tough test Friday against No. 6 Oakland Mills (3-0), the defending Maryland 1A state champions.
"We know they have a good team and it should be a good game," Stara said. "Basically we are just looking forward to playing."
Churchill senior Melissa Gonzalez is one of the area's top point guards and wants to play basketball in college. Area girls soccer coaches, however, might question her decision.
Gonzalez has six goals and six assists--including two assists in Monday's 4-3 win over Sherwood--in only four games for the 4-0 Bulldogs. Gonzalez has had a part in 12 of Churchill's 14 goals.
"I felt I needed to step up because we lost a couple of seniors," said Gonzalez. "I just have tried to do my part."
Gonzalez averaged 14 points and six assists as point guard for the girls basketball team last winter. She also plays on the under-18 AAU Potomac Valley Blue Devils.
"When I was a freshman, I was told to lean toward one and basketball seemed a lot more natural for me, but I still like soccer a lot," said Gonzalez, who is a four-year varsity starter for basketball and soccer. . . .
Junior forward Laney Rosin and her freshman sister, Carly, are making waves for No. 5 Wootton.
Laney Rosin leads the Patriots (3-2) with seven goals and Carly, a goalkeeper, has allowed only one goal in two games and a half.
"[Laney] is still creating a lot this year but she is finishing more chances and if she finishes them all then we are good to go with Laney," Wootton Coach Terri Beach said.
In a 4-0 win over Quince Orchard on Sept. 22, Carly Rosin recorded her first career shutout. "She made some big one-on-one saves," Beach said. "Once she did, Quince Orchard did not have a chance after that."