Terps, UMBC women seek soccer surge

September 16, 1992|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

While Loyola, Mount St. Mary's and Towson State are fielding new teams in women's soccer this fall, second-year coaches at the state's two established Division I programs are expecting big improvements.

Maryland is selected to finish last in the five-team Atlantic Coast Conference, which doesn't concern coach April Heinrichs, because the current national rankings have North Carolina No. 1, Virginia No. 2, North Carolina State No. 5 and Duke No. 14. The Terps began with 2-0 losses to Duke and No. 12 William and Mary, then beat Cincinnati in overtime and routed Davidson.

"We're playing much better than I thought we would," Heinrichs said. "Our veterans stepped up their game last spring, and that's made a difference."

Heinrichs missed nearly three weeks of the 1991 season while helping the United States win the first World Cup for women. Her first recruiting class brought in seven solid prospects, but veterans improved their work rate and no rookies are starting.

The situation is different at UMBC, where coach Jamie Watson has four starters who weren't with the Retrievers in 1991, when they went 7-9-2. The best is Denise Schilte, a forward from Ontario who's one of the top young players from Canada. The nation's seventh-leading point-getter with five goals and two assists, she had four goals in a 10-1 rout of Towson State.

"Denise brings up the play of everyone around her," Watson said. "She's extremely comfortable with the ball in tight spaces, and that's a gift."

UMBC's No. 2 scorer is Kasy Kruger, a freshman from Gaithersburg. Freshman Dawn Frederick, a back from Broadneck, and junior midfielder Sue Feliciano, who previously played at Catholic High and Essex Community College, also have created niches for themselves.

Watson will learn further how her building job is going this weekend. The Retrievers play American on Friday (7 p.m.) and George Washington on Sunday (1 p.m.) at UMBC Stadium. American's first-year coach is Colleen Corwell, one of the initial stars to come out of the Severna Park High dynasty, and one of GW's top newcomers is Hammond graduate Jackie Rieschick, who has earned a starting berth in the back.

Ailing coach

Mount St. Mary's is missing soccer coach Jim Deegan, who has been in the intensive care unit at Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital since Sunday with pneumonia. His assistant coach and son, Jim Deegan Jr., handled the team in Sunday's championship game of the Blue Ridge Invitational, a 1-1 tie with Wheeling Jesuit, and he'll do the same today against Shepherd.

Run down at last

Coppin State ended UMBC's run of Metro cross country championships at six when the Eagles narrowly defeated the Retrievers, 28-32, in Wyman Park last Saturday.

Nicholas Eugene, a Coppin State junior from the West Indies, took the 8,000-meter race in 27 minutes and 53 seconds, just seven seconds ahead of UMBC's Don Augustin. Eugene had three teammates in the top seven, including defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion Courtney Bennett, who was third.

Even with junior Vikki Benhardt absent with an injury, Towson State took the women's title by six points over Loyola. The Tigers' Allison Thomson, a senior from C. Milton Wright High, covered the 5,000 meters in 20:44, 17 seconds ahead of Coppin State's Diana Pitts, a junior who qualified for the NCAA championships in the 800 last spring.

Maryland, Mount St. Mary's and UMBC are among the teams competing in the Towson State Invitational Friday (4 p.m.) at Oregon Ridge Park.

Awards

Football

Maryland -- Linebacker Mike Jarmolowich was named Atlantic Coast Conference Lineman of the Week and ECAC Defensive Player of the Week. Jarmolowich had 14 tackles, an interception and a pass break-up in a 14-10 loss to North Carolina State.

Men's soccer

Loyola -- Freshman Chris Doyle was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week. A midfielder from Brunswick, Doyle collected three goals and an assist in victories over Old Dominion, Iona and St. Peter's.

Women's soccer

Maryland -- Freshman Kelly Amonte was named ACC Player of the Week. A forward from Hingham, Mass., Amonte had four goals and an assist in victories over Cincinnati and Davidson.

Soccer America top 20

The top 20 teams, as compiled by the editorial staff of Soccer America, with records through Monday and last week's ranking:

No. School...... ...... ...... Record... Pre.

1. Virginia..... ...... ...... 4-0-0.... 1

2. UCLA......... ...... ...... 4-0-0.... 4

3. Duke......... ...... ...... 4-0-0.... 7

4. Southern Methodist.. ...... 2-0-1.... 3

5. South Carolina...... ...... 2-0-1.... 10

6. Clemson...... ...... ...... 3-0-1.... 6

7. St. Louis.... ...... ...... 3-1-0.... 2

8. Indiana...... ...... ...... 2-2-0.... 12

9. James Madison ...... ...... 3-0-0.... 18

10. Yale........ ...... ...... 1-0-0.... 11

11. Santa Clara. ...... ...... 2-0-0.... 13

12. George Mason ...... ...... 3-0-1.... 15

13. San Francisco...... ...... 3-1-0.... 17

14. Portland.... ...... ...... 3-1-0.... 9

15. N.C. State.. ...... ...... 2-0-1.... --

16. Wake Forest. ...... ...... 2-2-0.... 5

17. Creighton... ...... ...... 3-0-0.... 20

18. Rutgers..... ...... ...... 2-2-0.... 8

19. Nevada-Las Vegas... ...... 2-0-2.... --

20. Davidson.... ...... ...... 3-1-1.... --

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