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Soccer Rewind: Last week's top stories

3/19/2012

ESPNHS takes a look back at the top storylines from last week, which included the retirement of one coaching legend and a milestone reached by another.

5. Changing Guard: Maryland’s second all-time leader in coaching wins, Bob Sheffler retired as head coach at Middletown (Md.). Sheffler became Middletown’s head coach just two years out of college and was young enough to coach his youngest brother in his rookie season. In a career that spanned five decades, Sheffler compiled a record of 414-128-33 from 1974 through 2011. Most of his career was spent during the era Maryland public schools were allowed only 12 regular-season matches. Former Calvert Hall (Towson, Md.) coach Bill Karpovich remains Maryland’s all-time winningest coach at 422 victories.

4. End Of The Road: St. Pius (Atlanta) had an undefeated run of 28 matches ended with a 2-1 loss to Union (Tulsa, Okla.) at the Brine Tournament of Champions in Jekyll Island, Ga., on Saturday. St. Pius, last year’s POWERADE FAB 50 spring champion, went 20-0-1 last season to finish No. 1 and was off to a 7-0 start this season until meeting Union.

3. Offensive Punch: Herndon (Va.) is expected to be among the state’s Group AAA state title challengers in 2012, and Radford commit Patrick McLaughlin saw to that in the opener. The senior scored five goals as Herndon rolled Broad Run (Ashburn, Va.) 7-1.

2. A Real Kick: In parts of Washington, regular season matches are decided by penalty kicks -- and only two matches into the season North Thurston (Lacey, Wash.) has had its fill. North Thurston played a pair of 1-1 matches on back-to-back days last week, losing the first outing to Timberline (Olympia, Wash.) in a shootout that ended 15-14 and won the second over Aberdeen (Wash.) 6-5 in a shootout.

1. Milestone Victory: Connor Dunbaker’s second half goal carried Irmo (Columbia, S.C.) to a 2-1 win over Lexington (S.C.), giving Irmo coach Phil Savitz his 600th boys’ soccer victory at the school. Savitz became only the 17th coach in U.S. boys’ soccer history to reach 600 career wins.