South Carroll's Horn filled holes with victories and a region title Coach of the Year 1992 ALL-CARROLL COUNTY GIRLS SOCCER TEAM

November 24, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

South Carroll coach Jim Horn knew he had some big holes to fill going into the season.

For starters, the Cavs lost three players on defense that had had a combined nine years of varsity experience.

But when Horn -- expecting 15 players back from last year's squad -- saw only seven returning players at the team's first practice, he knew he had his work cut out for him.

"At that first practice, I pulled the seven returners over to a side and said 'I think we're a little short here,' " he recalled.

Yet there they were last weekend in Severna Park, competing in their first-ever state semifinal game.

In between, Horn's Cavaliers set a county record by going 10-1-1 in the regular season -- running away with the county and Central Maryland Conference titles -- and winning two more in claiming the region title.

That's why Horn was named The Baltimore Sun's girls Coach of the Year for Carroll County.

Despite their 6-2 loss to Dulaney in the state semis, the Cavs quickly realized what an incredible season they had enjoyed.

The kids got on the bus very disappointed; the loss really didn't do justice to the great season we had," Horn said.

"After the game, we went to McDonald's with a caravan of cars behind us. By the time we all got there, the girls were all smiles."

The only blemishes on the regular season were a 1-0 overtime loss to Westminster and a 3-3 tie against North Carroll.

Despite the few returnees, Horn molded a versatile team that only got stronger.

"We had a lot of question marks going in and it took us awhile to get things going," Horn said.

"The kids gave me a lot of versatility. I started the same 11 players when we got set, but didn't have them all in the same positions for two games in a row."

The sixth-year coach would rather credit his players for the team's success.

"This was the easiest job I've ever had. I just said, 'Go play!'

"There was never a day we didn't go out and have fun. It gets tough having practice day after day, but the kids never complained."

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