Centennial soccer teams both No.1, but surprises may kick in In boys play, Eagles face tougher road, along with Hammond, Oakland Mills

September 08, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer Rick Belz, John Harris, Roch Eric Kubatko, Pat O'Malley and John Stewart contributed to this article.

During the 1992 boys soccer season, the area's traditionally dominant teams may experience a changing of the guard.

Defending Class 3A state champion Centennial managed to get through last season -- and some close games against Howard County rivals -- unbeaten. But neighboring Oakland Mills, Atholton, Wilde Lake and a vastly improved Glenelg squad may thwart the Eagles.

And if Oakland Mills is going to regain the luster of its state champion squads of 1986, 1988 and 1990, it is going to have to dethrone the newest Class 2A state champion, Baltimore County's Towson.

Calvert Hall, which captured its 15th Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference crown, dominated last year's league opponents by scoring a school-record 92 goals while tying the single-season marks for goals allowed (six) and shutouts (13). With just one starter returning from last year's squad, coach Bill Karpovich said he expects a stiff challenge from runner-up Mount St. Joseph and semifinalist Archbishop Curley.

In Baltimore County, Dulaney's fourth-year coach Craig Laferty (33-4-2) is unbeaten against county foes in his tenure. His Lions are still the team to beat, but the going will be rough against Franklin, Dundalk and Perry Hall.

Anne Arundel County power Severna Park was dethroned by Meade as the regional champion last year, and could get more of the same from improved programs at Annapolis, Old Mill and North County. Meanwhile, Fallston, which has won two straight Harford County titles, should be pushed by North Harford, Joppatowne and C. Milton Wright.

Here is The Baltimore Sun's preseason top 15, with last year's record in parentheses:

1. CENTENNIAL (14-0-2) Twelfth-year coach Bill Stara lost three first-team All-Metro players, but has 15 lettermen back. First-team All-County keeper Brock Yetso, who is battling a knee injury, is a member of the under-17 national team pool. Until Yetso recovers, Stara has experienced, junior reserve Dan Christine as a sub. Two sophomore Olympic Developmental players, Doug Ulman (midfield) and Chris Dramby (striker), and a junior Olympic Developmental team member, Mike Resau (midfielder), are talented. Seniors Rehan Gill (striker), Werner Krueger (fullback) and midfielders John Campbell and Chris Arcella are back from a Class 3A state championship team that outscored its opponents, 48-13, with seven shutouts.

2. CALVERT HALL (17-1) Only the 15-time champion Cardinals could lose 10 starters, including Player of the Year J. J. Kremer and first-team All-Metro players, Bryan Bugarin, Mike Barger and goalie Larry Rohleder, and still be considered the team to beat in the MSA. The lone returning starter is third-year veteran striker Jeremy Baker (22 goals, 21 assists for career). But coach Bill Karpovich enters his 26th season with a 318-72-22 record, and says junior midfielder Eric Branham, an Olympic Developmental regional teamer, should be "the best player in the MSA before he's done." There are several players up from an unbeaten JV team and 10 returning letter-winners, including three more Olympic Developmental players. Midfielder Mike Lance and fullback Dan Johnson, both juniors, and seniors Greg Metrinko (fullback), sweeper Mike Spath and third-year varsity goalie Eric Blunt have stepped up their play.

3. TOWSON (15-0-1) Paul Becker, The Sun's 1991 Coach of the Year, led the Generals a share of the Class 2A state title with Rockville and a No. 5 area ranking. Eight players, including six starters, in addition to several recruits from an 8-3 junior varsity. Junior striker Ian Wilde (18 goals, 29 assists), senior fullback Ryan Moran (12, 13), senior midfielder Kun Lee (seven goals) and junior striker Spencer Ford will spark the attack. Goalies Rob Scwhietzer, John Egger and Jon Vaupel are battling to inherit the post vacated by keeper David Davick (nine shutouts).

4. OAKLAND MILLS (4-6-2) The Scorpions return 17 letterman who are still smarting after playing through the school's first losing season since 1976. But history -- and motivation -- indicate this to be the year for coach Don Shea (seventh season). Also, he has won each of his three state titles in even years (1986, 1988 and 1990). There are eight returning starters, including second-team All-County defender Jay Holmes (senior), who like midfielder Rob Ricketts, Henry Rohe (striker) and keeper Jason Kranefeld, is a four-year varsity player.

5. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH (16-7) Mike Dolan, the Gaels' 10th-year coach, said nine starters are back from his best team in years. Junior Steve Matcuk (16 goals, seven assists), an honorable-mention All-Metro pick, led a group that scored over 50 goals. Third-year veteran fullback Joe Aiosa and Vito Monti anchor the defense, and fourth-year veteran and honorable-mention All-Metro Maury LaPoint (10 goals) will share midfield duties with John Fielder, Joe Vogel, David Carrigan and Jay Williams.

6. ARCHBISHOP CURLEY (15-4-1) Archbishop Curley, which returns five starters, is strong up the --

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