Kenwood pins hopes on Leidner Top goal-scorer looks to make mark in state playoffs

November 01, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

It's playoff time for girls soccer teams, and the area's top goal-scorer, Kenwood's Stacey Leidner, is raring to go.

Kenwood (8-3-1), the fourth seed in Class 4A-3A, Region I, will meet top-seed City (8-1), the inaugural City-Wide champion, tomorrow at 3 p.m. at City College.

Leidner's 26 goals this year is a single-season school record, as are her 68 career goals. The 5-foot-4, 120-pound junior has had four goals in a game on three occasions this season and a hat trick twice.

Leidner has been the force behind Kenwood's attack the past two seasons, scoring 20 goals as a freshman and 22 as a sophomore, with the Bluebirds being ousted from the playoffs by Perry Hall and Dulaney, respectively.

She began playing soccer "at 3 or 4 years old" in the Hawthorne Clinic League in Essex, remained there until she was 12, then took two years off.

Although she's just 16, Leidner challenges herself against older players as a member of the Chesapeake Bay Thunder under-19 program.

"I play the same position I do at Kenwood -- center-forward," said Leidner, who has three assists.

Her front-line mate, junior Kim Filling, also plays for the Chesapeake Bay Thunder. And Filling's 12 assists for the Bluebirds have landed mostly at the feet of Leidner.

"We just know how to read each other, working the ball up the field," said Filling, who has scored 10 goals. "Our favorite strategy is starting the ball off and working it right up the center. That's worked for us quite a few times."

The duo is looking forward to tomorrow's first-round action.

A victory would not only take them farther than they have ever been in the playoffs, but it would earn a rematch with either third-seed Perry Hall or second-seed Dulaney, two of the three teams that beat the Bluebirds this season.

"We'll just keep pushing ourselves," said Leidner. "I just want to NTC keep getting better. I'm looking to go to a Division I college somewhere in the South."

Coach Brett Smith sees the potential in Leidner.

"Most people think that she can only score against weak teams," Smith said, "but she's capable of scoring against the best."

Against Overlea, for example, Leidner was double-marked throughout the game, yet still managed to break away for two goals in a 3-1 victory.

"Their two players were all over me," said Leidner, who scored in all but two of the Bluebirds' games. "Kim usually does the work getting the ball to me, but if I can't score, then I just switch to Kim."

Smith said: "She's a very soft-spoken person off of the field. But I really admire her work rate. Once she's in uniform and on the field, she really lights a fire for us."

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