When striker Matcuk struck, Mount St. Joseph would follow 1992 ALL-BALTIMORE COUNTY/CITY BOYS SOCCER TEAM Player of the Year

November 23, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Steve Matcuk's efforts this season were contagious.

On 14 occasions, the junior striker sparked his 13th-rankeMount St. Joseph squad with the game's first goal. And whenever Matcuk scored, there was a 99.9 percent chance a teammate would follow.

"There's always this feeling when Steve's playing that sooner olater, he's going to score, and the team is going to come around," said coach Mike Dolan, whose Gaels (14-4-1) were Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference semifinalists after being runners-up last year.

"He was already a natural player, not one-dimensional, and wita great desire to improve. But he spent the whole summer working on his leaping ability and developing his speed. He's been double-teamed all year, but he's learned to create space."

Matcuk, 6 feet 1, 155 pounds, entered the season with a goal to score 25 times. He surpassed that with 27 goals and 15 assists, earning The Baltimore Sun's Baltimore County/City 1992 boys soccer Player of the Year honors.

"I reached my goals, and the assists just happened," saiMatcuk, 16. "But I have to give credit to the other goal scorer, Kenny [Angyelof]." Angyelof had 13 goals and four assists.

Matcuk was the only MSA player to score against top-ranked, 15-time champion Calvert Hall (18-0-1, 15 shutouts) -- which gave up four goals. He did it twice against the Cardinals, although the Gaels lost both games, 5-1 and 4-1.

He scored three goals in as many games this year, including all three goals in a 3-0 win over Howard, and three goals and one assist in a 6-1 win over Archbishop Spalding.

Only against Division II-rival and league runner-up Curley (17-2) was Matcuk unable to score or gain an assist.

"What I wanted to improve most was my ability to head the ball. I grew three inches since last year. But I also wanted to become more of a team leader and get the team going," said Matcuk, who scored 18 goals with seven assists last year.

"And after we lost to Curley [2-1] the second time, we tried to play more as a team. We wanted to win the league championship, but I can be satisfied because I think I earned the respect of my teammates."

"He's only a junior and he's a terrific ballplayer," Calvert Hall coach Bill Karpovich said.

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