Wolves, Arrows look to make impact in men's soccer

August 26, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

The Westminster Wolves will look to take things one step farther and the North Carroll Arrows will try to get back near the top when the men's Mason-Dixon Soccer League starts Labor Day weekend.

The Wolves enjoyed their finest season last year, finishing fourth with a 8-3-1 record in the 12-team league, only to falter in the opening round of the playoffs to visiting McConnellsburg, Pa.

The Arrows (5-7 and seventh last season) have struggled the past two years after being a regular contender.

The key for both teams appears to be defense.

Scoring goals never has been much of a problem for the Wolves, who are led by Liberty High grad Ed DeVincent. His 16 goals and three assists were near the top in the league last year.

Third-year coach Mike Haddock said improved defense and another scoring threat up front could get the Wolves past the first round of the playoffs.

"We're definitely looking to go beyond the first round of the playoffs this year -- that's the goal," he said.

"We tried to improve our defense some going into the season and think we've added some speed and experience back there. Last year, we got caught up a lot -- particularly on fast breaks -- and that really hurt us in the playoff game."

Nick Dawson, the senior member of the club, will anchor the defense at stopper. Newcomer Terry Malloy will add experience at sweeper.

Junior Anderson, who scored four goals and six assists last season, controls things in the midfield. Had dock also is looking to newcomer Keith Russell to take some of the scoring load off of DeVincent up front. The two played together at Liberty in the mid-'80s.

The last time Larry Bollinger was in goal full time for the North Carroll Arrows was 1989, their best season ever at 9-2-1.

Fifth-year coach Ross Burbage said he hopes his return can spark the Arrows defense and turn things around.

"If a goalie makes all the saves he should and can come up with one or two he shouldn't, you should do well," Burbage said.

"With Larry back there taking control, we hope our defense can tighten up a bit. We've always been able to score."

Aside from the addition of Bollinger, the Arrows return pretty much the same team.

Forwards Marty Rill (nine goals, three assists last year) and Kreg Keeney (seven goals, one assist) are always dangerous, and Tim Warehime and Dave Wisner are steady at midfield.

Tim Dignan, Chris Owsianiecki and Scott Hering will support Bollinger on defense.

All games are played at 1 p.m. Sundays, with openers for both teams on Sept. 5. Westminster plays all its home games at East Middle School, and North Carroll plays host at Hampstead Elementary School.

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