Remade teams make for wide-open race

1992 ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY BOYS SOCCER PREVIEW

September 06, 1992|By Roch Eric Kubatko, Steven Kivinski, John Harris | Roch Eric Kubatko, Steven Kivinski, John Harris,Staff Writers Staff writer Pat O'Malley contributed to this story.

The coaches at Archbishop Spalding, Broadneck and Northeast are new. So is Severna Park's entire starting lineup. And, practically, Glen Burnie's entire team.

Welcome to the 1992 high school boys soccer season. Try not to become too disoriented by the unfamiliar surroundings.

Every member of the Anne Arundel County Sun's first-team All-County group has graduated, including Player of the Year Erik Washington from Meade. Only three athletes return from the second team.

Glen Burnie bid farewell to 17 of its 23 players, while Severna Park has eight returning lettermen -- each one a reserve on last year's region finalist. Northeast and Spalding each have just one returning starter.

But the biggest turnover occurred at Southern, which lost its varsity program because of a lack of personnel.

Rick Carlson (Spalding), Jon Braun (Broadneck) and Ron Price (Northeast) are the new coaches, with Braun moving over from Southern. Price served as an assistant to John Pappafotis at Northeast last year.

4A League

Meade coach Mike Dey likes to call last year's 11-4 season the "field of dreams." This season, the second-year mentor knows full well that things might be a lot different.

"I know everyone's going to be gunning for us. They're going to kick us while we're down every chance they get," said Dey, whose team defeated Severna Park in a shootout to garner the 4A Region IV championship. The Mustangs' dream ride ended when they ran up against defending champion Bowie, who handed them a 5-0 loss.

"At least I don't have to teach skills to the kids from last year, but we just don't have the experience, mainly because we lost 13 seniors. Everyone talks about Bryan [Mitchell] and Erik [Washington], but they scored just 12 out of our 34 goals. We had a lot of other nice players like J. J. Grewe, Jim Dey, Rodney Rawlinson and Jason Hall."

Junior strikers Andre Wise, Rob Dey and Jason Bylsma will be asked to convert their speed into scoring opportunities. Wise, who may be one of the county's fastest players, placed third in a recent national Amateur Athletic Union track meet in the 200-meter --.

Veteran defenders Steve Grewe and Jason Reese, midfielder Matt Brown and rookie goalkeeper Ben Hamilton (a junior transfer from Archbishop Spalding) shoulder the responsibility of anchoring the Meade defense.

The Mustangs did more than end Severna Park's season last year -- they closed the brilliant high school career of Falcons' striker Brian Peterson, who set school records for career goals (42) and assists (19).

Falcons coach Don Gregg has plenty of other voids to fill, like in goal, where Jason Zaks has departed in favor of sophomore newcomer Chris Rippel. This job will be made easier with the return of senior strikers/midfielders Mark Casper and Glen Groseclose, both members of the state Olympic Development Program team, and senior fullback Ryan Voegtlin, an ODP alternate.

Gregg expects four newcomers -- sophomore striker/midfielder Kelley Harris, junior midfielder Bob Habicht and junior fullbacks/midfielders Bill Habicht and Bryce Poland -- to step right in and contribute.

"It will be more of a group effort," he said. "I think we're going to be very competitive."

The Falcons' balance was evident in a recent scrimmage with Bowie, when goals were scored by a midfielder, striker and back.

"That's the first time we have scored on Bowie since '83, in a game or a scrimmage," Gregg said.

North County's offense is ahead of schedule, as well, but this shouldn't come as a surprise.

The Knights welcomed back leading scorer Shawn Moyer (nine goals), a senior forward who made the state ODP team, and Mike Hoskins. Hoskins, also a senior forward, missed last season with a knee injury.

North County finished a disappointing 6-6 last year and failed to make the playoffs, and Coach Steve Malone said, "We didn't lose to anyone who wasn't better than us."

But there won't be many teams better than the Knights this fall.

"What you see now doesn't really mean a whole lot until you see yourself against the other schools you'll have to fight it out with," Malone said. "I'm sure we'll be better than we were last year, but if everyone else is good, we'll be in the same dog-fight as last year."

Add Annapolis to the list of schools taking part in that dog fight.

The Panthers boast an outstanding senior fullback in exchange student Till Luschert, who comes to Annapolis via Germany, plus 11 returning players to a team that barely missed the playoffs last year.

"We have a really strong nucleus returning," said Panthers coach Dave Gehrdes.

Seven starters are back, including 6-foot-4 junior sweeper David Winegrad, whom Gehrdes says "will dominate the high balls inside because of his height."

The Panthers lost a stellar goalie in Jak Karl, who made 161 saves last fall before leaving for Anne Arundel Community College. But Gehrdes is confident that sophomore Lars Jorgenson, up from the junior varsity, will prove "more than adequate."

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