The teams at a glance 1993 Harford County boys soccer preview

September 05, 1993|By John W. Stewart

Aberdeen Eagles

1992 record: 7-4-1. Coach: Stu Hinch.

Top players: Andy D'Amico, Jr., M; Frank Johnson, Sr., D; Steve James, Sr., G; Jason Smith, Jr., D; Eric Sohl, Sr., M; Ryan Vandrey, Sr., F; Greg Zimmerman, Sr., F.

Outlook: James is the only returning starter from last year's Class 3A playoff entry. In what will be a rebuilding season, with no depth, there is a need for a scorer to step forward. The starting mix includes a freshman and a sophomore on the front line. "There is no one individual player here," Hinch said. "There is a need for all of us to work together."

Bel Air

1992 record: 6-6. Coach: Bill Jefferson.

Top players: Cris Brosh, Jr., F; Bryan Grimm, Jr., G; John Helmer, Sr., D; Jason Lockerman, Sr., D; Adam Molinaro, Sr., F; Jason Noel, Jr., D; Jay Vignola, Jr., D; Dave Watts, Sr., D.

Outlook: With only three starters back, Jefferson is saying, "You'll see what 'young' is." Still, with mostly newcomers, there is a feeling of making a new start after an unsettling season a year ago. A tough non-league schedule should help prepare the team for the county race.

C. Milton Wright

1992 record: 8-5. Coach: Paul Snyder.

Top players: David Blades, Sr., D; Brian Gunter, Sr., M; Tim Hilyard, Soph., G; Eric Litras, Soph, F; Matt McFarlane, Soph., F; Peter Troilo, Soph., M; Tom Walsh, Sr., D.

Outlook: The above players all saw extensive playing time for last year's Class 3A playoff team and should play key roles in helping the team reach that level again. An early barometer will be how well it fares against an outside schedule that includes Calvert Hall, Centennial, and Walter Johnson.

Edgewood Rams

1992 record: 0-12. Coach: George Toepfer.

Top players: Mike Hollenbeck, Sr. D; Craig Jester, Sr., F; Russ Robar, Sr., D.

Outlook: Former assistant Toepfer takes over head coach will start from scratch. The past two years were a disaster (successive 0-12 seasons), so there will be a period of adjustment for the newcomers, who are long on interest and enthusiasm but short on talent.

Fallston

1992 record: 14-1-1. Coach: Len Petrey.

Top players: Brian Benner, Sr., F; Mike Giuffrida, Jr., F; Eric McPhee, Jr., G; Kevin Morgan, Sr., M; Todd Paradise, Jr., D; Dave Peterson, Jr., M; Jud Ryan, Jr., D; Steve Schissler, Sr., D; Fred Sheckells, Sr., M.

Outlook: The numbers are down (15 will dress for games), but the talent pool continues for the defending Class 1A state champions. The team will have a different look, however, without All-Metro Player of the Year Shane Dougherty. Minus a superstar -- who drew attention from both sides -- it is expected the scoring will come from a variety of players. "We have the skills [to score], but do we have the composure when it counts?" Petrey said.

Harford Christian

1992 record: 7-6-3. Coach: Harley Parkes.

Top players: Steve Bell, Sr., D; Jason Edwards, Soph., M; Aaron Furchess, Sr., D; Nathan Olinger, Fresh., F; Tim Olinger, Sr., D; Jeff Sherman, Soph., M.

Outlook: This season figures to be about the same as last, with the versatile Edwards, Sherman and Tim Olinger as the leaders. The team should fare best against other private schools.

Harford Tech Cobras

1992 record: 0-8. Coach: Andy Bleichfeld.

Top players: Justin Blubaugh, Jr., F; Justin Blubaugh, Sr., G; Jeff Johns, Jr., D; Eddie Jones, Jr., D; C. J. Johnson, Soph., M; Keith Kruk, F; Tim Mallon, Soph., S; Roger Osborne, Sr., D.

Outlook: The forecast is for better than last year's depressing season of one-sided losses. The team had its largest turnout in years, and some of the 13 freshmen may help right away.

Havre de Grace Warriors

1992 record: 8-6. Coach: Dale Knight.

Top players: Scott Bramwell, Sr., M; Colin Brown, Jr., D; Joel Duchon, Sr. D; Eric Ebaugh, Sr., F; Jason Flick, Sr. M; Craig Gillespie, Jr., F; Sean McCone, Jr., M; Paul Oswald, Sr., D.

Outlook: Knight has problems he has not had before, but they are good problems. With 23 varsity players (all seniors and juniors except for two sophomores), he has the depth that was absent in previous seasons. Now, because of so many different options, the decisions are where to place the players. "We lost a lot of talent, but we could be better [than last year's team that lost to Fallston in a regional playoff final]. It depends on attitude," Knight said.

John Carroll Patriots

1992 record: 11-3-2. Coach: John Hughes.

Top players: Ted Boecher, Jr., M; Matt Brown, Jr., D; Mike Giordano, Jr., M; Mark O'Connor, Sr., D; Frank Sweeney, Sr., F.

Outlook: All-County holdovers Sweeney and O'Connor are the leaders of basically a young team. Scrimmages proved to be learning experiences, and the team should be among the challengers for the MSA A Conference runner-up position behind favorite Calvert Hall.

Joppatowne Mariners

1992 record: 2-9. Coach: Tom Dove.

Top players: Mike Brown, Sr., F; Bo DuVal, Sr., D; Brett Jortland, Sr. D; Andy Kippenberger, Sr., F; Aaron Szager, Soph., M; Robert Wilson, Sr. M.

Outlook: Last year's youngsters are now bigger, stronger and more skilled seniors and juniors. This is an enthusiastic, optimistic group that wants to prove itself and improve on last year's record.

North Harford Hawks

1992 record: 10-5. Coach: Ed Zorn.

Top players: Mike Barker, Sr., F; Jason Bellamy, Sr. F; Ryan Gentry, Sr., D; R. J. Magnaye, Jr., D; Mike Piccolo, Jr., M; Chris Roberts, Soph., F; Keith Smith, Jr., M; Jason Wattschaidt, Jr., M; David Zorn, Jr., G.

Outlook: A lot of talent graduated off last year's Class 2A regional champion, but the expectations are high for a return to the playoffs. Before the team's first scrimmage, Zorn talked of being competitive and finishing at .500. His prediction has been upgraded, "because we are stronger than that now, and have the potential to be as good as anybody."

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