On balance, Calvert Hall again stands tall No. 1 Cardinals not invited to parity 1993 Baltimore County/City high school boys soceer preview

September 07, 1993|By Steven Kivinski and Lem Satterfield | Steven Kivinski and Lem Satterfield,Staff Writers

Parity is in vogue in the Baltimore County and Baltimore City boys soccer leagues, but that's not to say some teams don't stand out in the crowd.

Calvert Hall again is favored in the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference, but Archbishop Curley, Mount St. Joseph, Friends, Boys' Latin and Cardinal Gibbons cannot be overlooked.

In the City-Wide League, Poly beat Southern for last year's MSA B Conference title, but Engineers coach John Baumann says his team is rebuilding and may have difficulty.

Calvert Hall coach Bill Karpovich wasn't trying to rub it in when boasting, "The rich keep getting richer."

He was merely stating fact.

Karpovich's Cardinals are without leading scorer Jeremy Baker (18 goals, six assists) and goalkeeper Eric Blunt,but Calvert Hall returns 13 players from a squad that finished last season ranked No. 1 in The Baltimore Sun's metropolitan-area poll and No. 8 nationally by the USA Today.

A key addition for Calvert Hall, again ranked No. 1, is Deepak Rani, a transfer student from Nepal who competed on his country's under-17 national team.

"We were a very good team without [Rani], and we're even better with him," Karpovich said. "I think we're at least as good as we were last year, and we may even be a notch better. I'd like to see a team that is as good as us."

Curley, runner-up to Calvert Hall last season, returns seven starters, including a solid midfield and three of the four defensive players who helped last year's 17-2 squad post a school-record 12 shutouts.

Gilman coach John Tucker has six starters back from a squad that went 10-6-2 after going 0-14-1 the previous year. He'll also have several players up from the league runner-up junior varsity.

Mount St. Joseph will counter with all three starting strikers from last year's 14-1-1 semifinalist, including All-Metro player Steve Matcuk (27, 14). The Gaels also have a new coach, Barry Fitzpatrick, who replaces 10-year mentor Mike Dolan, who retired.

Friends (11-8-1 last year) returns nine seniors, including six starters and five players who combined for 35 goals and 19 assists.

Boys' Latin has six returning starters, including striker Jason Quenzer (11, four) and midfielder Mark Nichols (five, six).

Gibbons, coming off its best season, 11-5-1, will depend on All-City midfielder Steve Wojciechowski and 6-foot-2, 170-pound keeper Ryan Beaumont.

In the City-Wide League, Patterson returns seven starters from a team that played respectably while going 3-8-1 against a schedule that included a number of formidable MSA A Conference teams, including Boys' Latin, Curley and Mount St. Joseph.

"We've had a scrimmage with Gilman and we played well, and with our experience from the A Conference schedule, we should do well in our league. But I think City and Southern should be tough," said Clippers coach Derek Maki. "I think we have a chance to make the [Class 4A North Region] playoffs. We look forward to playing against Dulaney or Perry Hall."

City -- which tied Poly in a game last year -- has 10 starters back, seven of whom are seniors. Southern returns six starters.

Baltimore County is always well-represented in the region and state playoffs, and this season should be no different, with Dulaney, Franklin, Hereford, Overlea, Perry Hall and Towson optimistic.

Dulaney has six starters back, including its entire midfield from a team that went 10-2-1 last year before losing to Northwestern in the region playoffs.

Franklin and Hereford both aspire to return to the playoffs, but the Indians lack the overall depth of a year ago and the Bulls may lack the necessary defense.

"If we can get out of the county with a respectable record, we should make the region playoffs," said Hereford first-year coach John Mackert, whose Bulls dropped to Class 1A. "That won't be easy because we have a tough schedule."

Overlea lost five starters from last year's 1A-2A county champion squad that lost to Oakland Mills in the Region II finale, 1-0. Back for the Falcons, however, is senior Lance Burgess, who will try his luck in the cage for Overlea after attending two goalkeeping camps during the summer.

"Lance will be the best goalie in the county," said Falcons coach Doug Eisenhauer. "He's very agile."

Grace Brethren will try to defend its Christian Schools Athletic Association title, but Arlington Baptist and Annapolis Area Christian School could challenge.

"I think we have a phenomenal team this year," said Arlington Baptist coach Brian Thompson. "We didn't have any problem with our defense last year, but we had very little offense and we gained that this year, so it's going to be exciting."

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