1992 Howard girls soccer at a glance

September 09, 1992

Atholton Raiders

Coach: Jane Koren (second year)

1991 record: 3-8-1 overall, 1-6 league

Returnees: Seniors: Amy Cockran (D), Andrea Comerer (M), Chrissy Dibella (D), Alison Goodstadt (M), Tessa Krall-Anderson (D); junior: Jaimie Green (D); sophomores: Sara Buckley (G), Stephanie Van Deusen (M).

Newcomers: Senior: Kim Berger (D); juniors: Sandi Beaver (D), ,, Jenny LaMonte (D); sophomores: Amrit Dhillon (M), Sara Mikowicz (F); freshmen: Alika Crew (F), Janine Dauberman (M), Mandy Robins (G/D), Lisa Spilkia (F).

Coach's outlook: "We're young and enthusiastic, and I can't really predict how many games we're going to win."

Howard County Sun outlook: The Raiders will start three freshmen and four sophomores, making Atholton the youngest team in the league. Coach Koren is obviously building for the future, one in which sophomores Sara Buckley and Stephanie Van Deusen will play a prominent role, although Buckley, a goalkeeper, is currently out of the lineup with a broken thumb.

Centennial Eagles

Coach: Rick Pizarro (second year)

1991 record: 16-0 overall, 7-0 league (county and state Class 4A/3A champs)

Returnees: Seniors: Paige Nettelbladt (D), Alison Lages (M), Natalie Rich (M), Kelly Butler (M), Vicki Brunt (F), Mary Ellen Carullo (F), Senta Hoffman (F), Clare Henley (D); juniors Laura Bradburn (G), Jamie Fontaine (D); sophomore Shara Boonshaft (D).

Newcomers: Juniors Kathy Gallagher (D), Allison Hoover (M), Amanda Bowman (F ); freshmen Rima Sidhu (G), Michelle Clare (F), Tania Riismandel (D).

Coach's outlook: "Barring injuries, we should do well. We're a year older, so we should be stronger, although defensively we'll face a lot more pressure without Becky Joeckel [last year's sweeper who graduated]."

Howard County Sun outlook: The Eagles should field another superb team fully capable of repeating last year's state title and undefeated season. It's futile to look for a major weakness. In fact, this team may be even better than the one that scored 64 goals and allowed just 10 last season.

Hammond Bears

Coach: Dave Guetler (fifth year)

1991 record: 15-1 overall, 6-1 league (state Class 2A/1A champions)

Returnees: Seniors: Samantha Andersch (F), Michele Reiter (D); juniors: Liz Bielefeld (M), Kacy Williams (M), Katy Evans (M/F), Melanie White (D), Karen Fink (D), Amy Nestor (G), Natalie Serianni (F/M), Kisha Jett (F); sophomore: Keely Alexander (M).

Newcomers: Senior: Tameka West (D); juniors: Colleen Delaney (M), Liz Mitchel (D), Julie Greer (M), Jen Yezcek (D), Christina Borys (D/M), Jessica Hadley (M); freshman: Ashley Decker (F).

Coach's outlook: "We expect a good year, and it looks like Centennial and us are the two teams to beat again. Our big question will be whether we can get our defense together after graduating Jackie Rieschick (All-Met Player of the Year)."

Howard County Sun outlook: The Bears return three first-team All-County players, including the league leader in goals -- Kisha Jett (26). The Bears have a wealth of talent, and a third state title in four years is likely.

Howard Lions

Coach: Dave Vezzi (first year)

1991 record: 5-8 overall, 3-4 league

Returnees: Seniors: Sharon Ford (D), Camille Powell (D), Terri Townsley (M /F), Kelley Weeks (D), Jen Katzen (F), Tori Mills (M/F), Julie Lovell (G); juniors: Shannon Bagrosky (M/F), Amy Shourds (M); sophomores: Katie Kile (D), Rebecca Powell (F/M).

Newcomers: Juniors: Karla DeGraft (D), Sonia Chadha (D), Eleanor Wilkinson (D), Debbie McLanahan (M); freshmen: Karen Krupka (M), Meg Cronin (M/F), Alyssa Jamaldo (M), Meg Boehm (G).

Coach's outlook: "We're cautiously optimistic. We can't match up player for player with a couple of county teams [Centennial and Hammond], and we're in a tough region to qualify for playoffs. And we have a tough schedule with Mercy and McDonogh. But we're capable of beating any team on a given day."

Howard County Sun outlook: The Lions return two first-team All-County players, senior sweeper Camille Powell and junior halfback Shannon Bagrosky. A strong freshman class should help the Lions improve last year's record.

Glenelg Gladiators

Coach: Neil Gwinn (second year)

1991 record: 6-6-1 overall, 2-5 league

Returnees: Seniors: Scotti Sellers (M), Heather Shumake (M), Joanna Tamarro (F), Suzanne Blaisdell (F), Christie Harris (G), Kari Meacham (D); juniors: Keri Rudolfi (F), Michelle Farley (F), Megan Lewis (D), Molly Hood (D), Ericka Rupp (D/M), Christina ** Flowers (F).

Newcomers: Juniors: Dana Allison (M), Tracy Brown (D), Dianna Rolff (G); sophomores: Tracy Service (D), Emily Cox (F), Holly Degner (F), Rebecca Christen (G).

Coach's outlook: "We return our whole midfield, but lost most of our defense to graduation. This team should be stronger than last year's. We have a lot of hungry players."

Howard County Sun outlook: The Gladiators return five starters and 12 lettermen, including six seniors, so they should be in good shape for another fine season like last year's. The schedule is tougher with the addition of North Carroll and Middletown.

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