Before DeMatha had defeated Good Counsel, 2-1 yesterday at Washington Bible College, Stags Coach Dafydd Evans fretted over the fact that he had told his players they were No. 2 in a recent national ranking.
Evans worried the talented but young Stags, also ranked second in the area by The Washington Post, might be distracted by the news as they prepared to face Washington Catholic Athletic Conference rival Good Counsel.
The Stags (3-0-1, 2-0) did look fazed for much of the first half yesterday, after Good Counsel senior forward Mike Hass booted in senior midfielder John McDuffie's pass in the fifth minute to make it 1-0.
But led by senior center midfielder Jordan Graye, the Stags -- whose No. 2 ranking came from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America -- soon regained their composure, controlled possession and recaptured the lead with two goals in the second half.
"He brings an attacking flair to our offense, that's for certain," Evans said of Graye, who transferred to DeMatha this year from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. "He brings a lot of our offense forward."
Except for the 6-2 Graye, a North Carolina recruit, DeMatha faced a size disadvantage against the Falcons (1-2). But the Stags made up for the difference with a bevy of fleet-footed forwards and midfielders, including juniors Kevin Noble, A.J. Grant and Travis Hebron. Hebron scored DeMatha's first goal in the 50th minute off a corner kick by sophomore midfielder Jonathan Werth.
DeMatha junior defender Kyle Allbrecht finished the scoring in the 28th minute off a 30-yard direct free kick.
B-CC Beats 3A West Champion
A year ago, the early portion of the schedule sent the Bethesda-Chevy Chase boys' soccer team into a funk that took the team much of the season to overcome. But after a 2-1 victory over defending Maryland 4A West Region champion Walter Johnson, the Barons are riding high.
In the Barons' other game this year, on Sept. 4, they cruised past No. 6 Whitman for a 2-0 victory.
"I've got a good group," Coach Doug Davies said. "We've got some things to work on, but right now, I think we're only getting better."
B-CC, the defending 3A West Region champion, used a goal by senior forward Pierre Pont in the 77th minute to clinch the win.
As the Wildcats (1-2-1) tried to clear a ball out of the penalty area, Pont stole it and maneuvered around a defender to get an open look at the net.
Last year, B-CC lost three times to start the season, including defeats against county powerhouses Whitman and Churchill, before turning around the season and advancing to the state playoffs.