Four years later, they've put Green Terrors back on soccer map 4 Carroll players leave as winners

November 09, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

When Ron Chesney, Brian Redding and Eric Resh first arrived at Western Maryland College in 1989, none had any idea what an impact they would have on the soccer program.

They came to a losing team with a new coach, Matt Robinson, knowing each other only as rivals dating to their rec-league youth days.

Last Saturday -- four years and a combined 69 goals later -- Chesney (South Carroll), Redding (Westminster) and Resh (North Carroll) played their final college game together. Joining them for the past two seasons was fellow senior Dave Storey (Francis Scott Key).

They went out winners.

"We went from a team that won only four games our first year to a team that went 11-6-1 last year," Redding said. "To think we played a part of turning things around is a great feeling we'll keep for a long time."

Fittingly, Redding and Chesney scored the two goals in the Green Terrors' 2-1 season-ending win over Franklin & Marshall.

Over the past four years, one or the other has led the team in scoring (Redding in 1989 and 1991, Chesney in '90; they shared the title this season).

It was the Green Terrors' first win over F&M in four years and gave them their third straight winning season (9-7-1) -- something the team hasn't done since the early '80s.

"There was something special about them from Day 1," Robinson said of the first three.

"My first practice was their first practice. Each year they matured and each year they progressed as players. The past two years, it's been their team."

All four players made contributions, with each providing different strengths on the field.

Redding, 21, was the go-to guy up front, twice enjoying 11-goal seasons and finishing with 10 goals and three assists this season.

"Brian's two biggest strengths are his speed and ball-handling skills," Storey said. "I tried to get him the ball as much as possible because he definitely proved he can score goals throughout his career."

Storey, 23, came to the program two years after the other three, but the physical education major played a solid left fullback.

"He's two years older than us and I didn't really know him in high school, just knew of him," Resh said. "He's a solid back who uses his height well. He's great in the air and strong on throw-ins."

Resh, 22, was the glue to the team at his center midfield position. This year, he scored a career-high four goals and had four assists.

"You know Resh from his power shot, good touch and the way he controlled the center of the field for the past four years," Chesney said.

The final piece of the puzzle was anchored up front at right wing with Chesney.

The 21-year-old business accounting/economics major made a habit of getting around the right corner, continually frustrating defenders with his off-again, on-again speed and crafty ball-handling.

The group could be called pioneers of sorts for Robinson's efforts to keep keep Carroll players in the neighborhood. Junior Scott Schoberg and freshman Eric Farrow -- both from Westminster High -- have followed, with Robinson hoping more Carroll products are on their way.

"I think the kids in the county have seen what they've done and know what kind of program we're building," Robinson said. "The county has quality [high school] coaches, and I'd like to see the college program be an extension from rec ball and high school."

All four seniors credit Robinson with much of their success.

"We all came from different high schools, mostly using the kick-and-run strategy, but coach [Robinson] taught us to put the ball on the ground to get the most of our skills," Chesney said.

Added Redding: "All four of us here had the skill to be able to play the control game, and it was coach who showed us how to get the most of our strengths."

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