Beeler's faith in Towson rewarded Coach of the Year 1992 ALL-BALTIMORE COUNTY/CITY GIRLS SOCCER TEAM

November 24, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Few expected Towson's girls soccer team to challenge Loch Raven for the 2A-1A county league title, even with five seniors returning from a 6-3 squad.

And a season-opening 3-0 loss to Oakland Mills -- which was ranked 15th in the preseason behind then-No. 4 Loch Raven -- cast doubt on the Generals' ability to reverse last year's losses to the Raiders, Hereford and Overlea.

But even after injuries to several key players during crucial portions of the season, Generals coach Sue Beeler, The Baltimore Sun's County/City Coach of the Year, never lost her confidence in her team.

"The Oakland Mills game was sort of our proving ground game," said Beeler. "We wanted to feel confident that we could perform, and I saw some good things that day."

The faith of the ninth-year coach in her players never wavereand led to victories over Loch Raven, 3-0, and Hereford, 6-1, and a 2-2 tie with Overlea, for the 2A-1A crown.

One of the players Beeler is most proud of is keeper Sara Weaver, who averaged more than 13 saves, recorded six shutouts and had an 0.85 goals-against average.

"She was simply the best goalie we faced all year," said McDonogh co-coach Ted Scocos, whose squad defeated Catholic League champion St. Mary's (twice) and league runner-up John Carroll and Mercy, in addition to 2A playoff teams Fallston, Hammond and Loch Raven -- all of whom were ranked at one time this season.

"Each time we played a tough team, we were just hanging in there, running as many people in and out as possible," said Beeler. "We only had about five or six seniors who were starters, so the injuries to Erica Hurtt, Melissa Mace, Lisa Renz and [stopper] Patti Kowalczyc came at critical times."

Despite the absence of center midfielder Hurtt, the Generals (8-4-2) dropped a hard-fought county championship game, 2-1, to second-ranked Dulaney, which has reached the 4A-3A state championship game the past two seasons.

Liberty's 2-1 playoff quarterfinal victory came over a Generals squad still smarting from the Dulaney loss.

"It just wasn't there for Liberty. It's easy to say we suffered a let-down, but that's no excuse," said Beeler. "We had a few younger players filling in, and I don't think the bubble ever burst. I'm very proud of this year's team."

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