1992 Anne Arundel girls soccer at a glance

September 02, 1992

Glen Burnie Gophers

Head coach: Ed Leibe (second season).

Assistant coaches: Suzie Goetkze and Mike Smith.

1991 record: 3-7-2.

Returnees: Seniors Sheri Denton (sweeper), Kelly Rodgers (midfield) and Melissa Schaffer (midfield); juniors Sherri Witt (forward), Laura Heiderman (goalie) and Jennifer King (goalie); sophomore Coral Brandenburg (defense).

Newcomers: Juniors Kate Myers (midfield-defense) and Allison Meyerr (midfield-defense); freshman Sarah Eaton (forward).

Coach's outlook: "It's never too soon to think about the playoffs. I'd say we have a chance. It's going to be tough because the league's going to be so good this year, so I'm realistic about it. But I'll always say we have a chance, even considering last year. The record really didn't do us justice. We look like they're headed in the right direction."

Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: It doesn't seem probable that Glen Burnie is ready to challenge the likes of Old Mill, Chesapeake and Severna Park, but the Gophers are no pushover. Most of the Gophers' games last season were tight, and opposing coaches took notice. Leibe has done a nice job of raising the level of interest in the program in such a short amount of time.

Arundel Wildcats

Head coach: Greg Helmes (fifth season).

Assistant coaches: Tom Degner and Priscilla Diacont.

1991 record: 3-7-2.

Returnees: Senior Jen Luzier (defense); juniors Jenny Woods (midfield-defense) and Ellen Schmidt (midfield); sophomores Kim Kasselman (defense), Shauna Donahue (striker), Tara Surlis (striker) and Nicole Ross (striker-goalie).

Newcomers: Senior Melissa Goebel (midfield); junior Jenny Nordgren (midfield); freshmen Sara Brugger (goalie) and Kristen Smeby (midfield).

Coach's outlook: "Although we lost half of our starting team to graduation, we haven't gone backward. If anything, we may be a little bit better. We've looked pretty good up to this point. Obviously, we're not going to go undefeated, but our goal every year is to make the playoffs. At least this year I'd like to get over the .500 hump. Our schedule looks promising, and I think with the help of my two new assistants, we should be able to do it."

Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: With the addition of Goebel, a transfer from Archbishop Spalding, and foreign exchange student Nordgren, the Wildcats have a pretty good chance of bettering their 1991 record. Give Arundel a 50-50 shot at reaching Helms' goal of .500.

Northeast Eagles

Head coach: Grafton Ray (fourth season).

Assistant coaches: Bob Manz and Andy Srebroski.

1991 record: 3-9, lost to Howard in regional semifinals.

Returnees: Seniors Vicky Dye (HB), Nia Queen (HB), Mindy Pitt (FB), Heather Guy (HB), Laura Haulsey (G) and Cathy Smith (HB); junior Jessica Bowman (HB-FB); sophomores Jen Johansen (striker), Amy Van Fossen (FB), Kellie Frasher (FB), Malea Rey (wing), Kelly Marshall (striker) and Jamie Pleyo (HB).

Newcomers: Senior Tammy Norfolk (HB); junior Heather Feheley (FB); sophomore Lisa Petraglia (striker); freshmen Kristin Briggs (wing) and Anna Otto (G).

Coach's outlook: "One of the things as a coach that you can say is, 'We're going to surprise a lot of people,' but in reality, we have a very young team. It depends on how the girls play and get used to the toughness of the county league. It's not inconceivable that we could make the playoffs, and I think we could be able to get past the first round this time -- if everything falls together."

Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: Northeast most likely will post a record similar to last year's and get into the playoffs, only to come up short of qualifying for the states. Still too young.

Meade Mustangs

Head coach: John O'Neill (fifth year).

Assistant coaches: Jonathan Putt and Mona Bartenstein.

1991 record: 5-7.

Returnees: Seniors Alesa Rubendall (sweeper), Tere Frelichowski (goalie), Dawn Crystal (defender) and Christina Agueda (striker); juniors Ellen Swartzlander (defender), Becky Berwanger (midfield) and Cory Sperry (midfield); sophomore Darbi Reese (midfield).

Newcomers: Junior Becky Rafter (midfield); freshmen Mary Rafter (striker), Brandi Gregg (midfield-striker-defense) and Judy Jenkins (striker).

Coach's outlook: "We have a very young team, but things ar looking up. Our seniors are doing a good job of leading the team. We're definitely in a rebuilding stage, with Amanda [Simmons] gone. We're building from the defense forward. That's why I'll have to put Alesa back at defense. She could be a scorer, but I need her defensive skills. The work ethic is there. We just have to wait and see what happens."

Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: Even with all-everything Amanda Simmons and steady defender Kelly Dryden, the Mustangs could only muster a 5-7 record. Without them, it could get worse. Meade should be able to pull out a game here and there, but don't expect too much.

North County Knights

Head coach: Marianne Shultz (third season).

Assistant coaches: Pam Bellman and Suzanne Price.

1991 record: 5-6-1.

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