The Good Counsel girls' soccer team is ranked No. 1 in this poll for the first time in four years. (Courtesy photo/Dan Dunkers)

Since the beginning of October, Good Counsel girls’ soccer has looked like it could compete with any area foe. On Sunday, the Falcons capped their impressive season with a 3-2 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship win over St. John’s, the defending league champions.

During the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A championship, Spalding fell to McDonogh 5-0, allowing Good Counsel to over take the top spot in this weeks rankings. The Falcons hold the top spot for the first time in four years. Defender Mia Bookhard scored twice and forward Chloe Chapman assisted on two goals during Good Counsel’s victory.

One of the area’s biggest shocks came in the Maryland 3A South playoffs. Huntingtown, ran the table in Southern Maryland Athletic Conference play, but fell in penalty kicks to Northern in the third round of the tournament. The Hurricanes, who fell to Linganore in last year’s state championship, hadn’t lost since Sept. 8.

Wilde Lake entered this season looking to dethrone River Hill as the best team in Maryland Class 2A. The Hawks defeated the Wildcats for the second time this season before beating Calvert to make their third consecutive trip to the state semifinals.

Three ranked teams took part in the Maryland 4A semifinals. Severna Park held off Broadneck, the defending state champion, in penalty kicks to reach the semifinals. Quince Orchard defeated Whitman in last year’s Maryland 4A West final, but the Vikings avenged that defeat Monday.

Sidwell Friends proved to be the top Independent School League team by winning the ISL AA championship. The Quakers, are the favorites in the District of Columbia State Athletic Association postseason tournament, followed by Georgetown Day.

1. Good Counsel (14-1-4) Last ranked: 2

The Falcons won the WCAC championship, 3-2, over St. John’s, the defending conference champions.

2. Spalding (14-1-2) LR: 1

The Cavaliers were shutout for the second time this season in a 5-0 loss to McDonogh in the IAAM A championship.

3. River Hill (15-1) LR: 4

The Hawks beat Wilde Lake and Calvert, to qualify for the Maryland 2A semifinals for the third consecutive season.

4. Severna Park (17-1) LR: 7

Coach Brian Morgan’s squad outlasted Broadneck, the defending state champion, in penalty kicks to reach the Maryland 4A semifinals.

5. Whitman (14-1) LR: 8

Freshman Delaney DeMartino scored with 39 seconds remaining in the Vikings’ 1-0 victory over Quince Orchard.

6. Sidwell Friends (16-1-1) LR: 10

After winning the ISL AA championship, the Quakers coasted to a first-round victory over Washington Latin in the DCSAA playoffs.

7. Northern (14-2-1) LR: not ranked

The Patriots followed up an overtime penalty kick win over Huntingtown by beating Baltimore Poly to reach the Maryland 3A semifinals.

8. Quince Orchard (13-2) LR: 6

The Cougars’ opportunity to make a consecutive state semifinal appearances ended when they permitted a Whitman goal with 39 seconds left.

9. Huntingtown (14-2) LR: 3

The Hurricanes’ impressive season came to a screeching halt following a penalty kick loss to Northern.

10. Georgetown Day (11-3-1) LR: NR

Despite losing in the ISL AA semifinals, the Grasshoppers began the DCSAA playoffs with a 4-1 win over St. John’s.

Dropped out: No. 5 St. John’s (9-5-1), No. 9 South River (13-2-2)

On the bubble: McDonough (15-3), Wilde Lake (13-2-1), Broadneck (10-3-2)