J. Carroll, C. Milton Wright head up soccer team Speedy Torbit has John Carroll on the move Player of the Year

November 22, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

John Carroll's Amity Torbit literally ran away with The Baltimore Sun's Harford County Girls Soccer Player of the Year honors.

The fastest striker in the county, Torbit scored 15 goals and had 10 assists to lead the Patriots to the runner-up spot in the highly competitive Catholic League.

But Torbit's game involved more than just speed.

"Amity runs very intelligently," said John Carroll coach Joe Rehrmann. "A lot of players have a lot of straight-ahead speed, but they don't know how to use it. Amity can change speeds and change direction."

Torbit, a center forward, had all the skills of a superb striker. But she would be the first one to say she also got a lot of help from teammate Katie Nietubicz on the left wing. The Patriots often relied on Nietubicz to bring the ball down the left side and pass over the defense where Torbit could break free and finish off.

"There's nobody like Amity," said Nietubicz. "I could pass down the line and know she'd be there. I look up to her because she has all these moves. She's a great player."

As a freshman, Torbit started out on the junior varsity moving up to help the Patriots win back-to-back Catholic League titles the past two years. This year, the Patriots reached the title game where they fell to St. Mary's, 2-0.

Torbit, 17, also hones her skills outside of school.

Last spring, she played in the Under-19 Olympic Development program for the first time, and she was chosen for the regional pool. Earlier this fall, her club team, the Columbia Crusaders, reached the quarterfinals of the Washington Area Girls Soccer league.

Although she also plays basketball and softball for the Patriots, Torbit said soccer is her first love. A few college coaches have shown interest in Torbit, who carries a 3.9 grade-point average, so she hopes to continue playing soccer in college next fall.

The first team

* Melisa Billings, Jr., C. Milton Wright -- A key to defense that allowed only eight goals . . . aggressive fullback . . . steps up on the ball as well as anyone . . . great defensive instincts . . . four-year varsity player.

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* Tonia Bruno, Sr., North Harford -- Versatile center fullback . . . scored eight goals with six assists . . . good decisions on when to make runs and when to stay back . . . strong corner kick . . . four-year varsity player.

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* Amy Dean, Sr., John Carroll -- Anchor of defense for Catholic League runners-up . . . All-Catholic League first-teamer . . . almost flawless at sweeper . . . also able to spark the offense . . . one goal, two assists . . . three-year varsity player.

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* Krista Doyle, Sr., North Harford -- Seven shutouts as Hawks' keeper . . . allowed just 12 goals in 13 games . . . 157 saves . . . never let

shots slip out of her hands . . . communicated well with young defense . . . four-year varsity player.

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* Amanda Fouts, Jr., C. Milton Wright -- Aggressive midfielder for county runners-up . . . three goals with three assists . . . great speed . . . excellent at pushing up on offense and getting back on defense . . . great ball control and passing . . . three-year varsity player.

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* Cindy Jenkins, Sr., Fallston -- Defensive leader for county champs, who were unbeaten in league . . . excellent at distributing ball from left fullback . . . seven assists . . . excellent natural hook on corner kick . . . four-year varsity player.

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* Amanda McCulloch, Sr., C. Milton Wright -- Dominating, take-charge midfielder . . . aggressive, good speed . . . excellent moves in midfield . . . nickname is "Chain

saw" after the power tool . . . three-year varsity player.

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* Katie Nietubicz, Sr., John Carroll -- Half of the most lethal striker duo in the county along with Torbit . . . scored eight goals with six assists at left wing . . . uncanny teamwork with Torbit in the middle . . . strong moves to beat opponents on the outside . . . three-year varsity player.

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* Pam Toth, Sr., Fallston -- Aggressive stopper for the county champs . . . scored two goals with three assists . . . strong up the middle . . . good speed, great endurance . . . excellent on give-and-go . . . four-year varsity player.

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* Cheryl Ulrich, Sr., Joppatowne -- Midfield quarterback of rebuilding Mariners . . . four goals, two assists . . . outstanding slide tackler . . . excellent season despite drawing double- and triple-teams . . . four-year varsity player.

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