The Pikesville High School boys’ soccer team hopes to make history Thursday when it takes on North Carroll in the state Class 1A boys’ soccer championship.
“They’re ready to play,” said coach Mark Lavallee, who is in his 11th year of leading the Pikesville team.
Pikesville finished regular-season play with an 8-2-2 record, falling only to Catonsville and Hereford. The team’s Nov. 5 regional win over Central marked the first time the Panthers have advanced that far in the playoffs. On Nov. 9, they advanced even further by defeating Havre de Grace in the state’s semifinal round.
“I said if we ever won the region championship I would take them all for pancakes,” said Lavallee. “We won the region — this was a Tuesday night — and we went to IHOP on Thursday night.”
The team will have to settle for bragging rights if they win Thursday, because Lavallee said the IHOP offer doesn’t apply to the state championship.
Nonetheless, he said, the team’s excitement is sky-high as it prepares for its final game of the season. “It is incredible for these kids,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like it — how up they are, how positive.”
Thursday’s game is set for UMBC Stadium at 5 p.m.