Baltimore County/City high school boys soccer preview

BALTIMORE CITY TEAMS AT A GLANCE 1993

September 07, 1993

Archbishop Curley Friars 1992 record: 17-2. Coach: Pep Perrella.

Top players: Mike Libber, Sr., D; Dennis Merryman, Sr., G; Greg Loftus, Jr., D-M; Steve Ball, Jr., F; Ryan Hax, Jr., M.

Outlook: There are 12 players, including seven starters, back from last year's MSA A Conference runner-up squad. Other contributions should come from sometime-starting midfielders Bob Schaffer and Mike Bailey, in addition to freshman Juliano Celenza -- younger brother of All-City forward Antonio. "We've got a solid midfield and a more balanced team," Perrella said.

Boys' Latin Lakers 1992 record: 6-9-2. Coach: Butch Maisel.

Top players: Mark Nichols, Sr., M; Sean Gruver, Sr., G; Tim Roberts, Sr., M; Jason Quenzer, Jr., F; Mike Smith, Jr., M.Outlook: Nichols, a four-year veteran, three-year veterans Smith and Roberts, and top scorer Quenzer are a solid base to build around. Gruver had five shutouts. In all, there are 13 players back, including seven starters, and the Lakers looked good in a scrimmage against Delaware private-schools champion Tatnall. "I'm very optimistic," said Maisel.

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders

1992 record: 11-5-1. Coach: Roch DeFrances.

Top players: Steve Wojciechowski, Sr., M; Ryan Beaumont, Sr., G; Dustin Hoover, Sr., D; George Connelley, Sr., M; Aaron Coleman, Soph., M.

Outlook: Last year's Crusaders were ranked as high as 10th, reaching the MSA A tournament semifinals for the first time. Four solid starters return, but, DeFrances said: "We'll be struggling early because we lost a lot of scoring. We'll be more defense-minded."

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City Knights 1992 record: 6-4-1. Coach: George Sfikas.

Top players: Matt Taylor, Sr., G; Chris Ryon, Sr., D; Matt Myers, Sr., D; Dwight Smith, Sr., D; Jesse Schrier, Sr., M.

Outlook: With 10 returning starters, seven of whom are seniors, the Knights are "loaded in the back, so we'll be pretty good defensively," said Sfikas. Junior Chris Cranson (10 goals, two assists) will handle the bulk of the scoring on a squad that last year tied eventual MSA B Conference champion Poly.

Friends Quakers 1992 record: 11-8-1. Coach: Pieter Desmit.

Top players: Brian Hamilton, Sr., D; Miles Perkins, Sr., M; Rich Santos, Sr., M; Sean Armstrong, Sr., F; Jamie Johnston, Sr., G.

Outlook: There are nine returning players, six of whom are starters. Carter Adkinson (seven goals, two assists) adds depth. "We've had a good preseason with this bunch of kids, but we're thin," Desmit said.

@Gilman Greyhounds 1992 record: 10-6-2. Coach: John Tucker.

Top players: Todd Robin, Sr., D; Corey Popham, Jr., M-F; Stewart Kesmodel, Sr., D.

Outlook: Six starters are back from a team that improved from an 0-14-1 season two years ago. They'll be joined by several players from last year's runner-up junior varsity. "The outlook is decent," said Tucker, the 1992 All-City Coach of the Year. "We should, hopefully, contend for a playoff spot and keep the momentum going from last year."

Lake Clifton Lakers 1992 record: 1-9. Coach: Martin Church.

Top player: Dave Fulgham, Sr., D.

Outlook: Church takes over a program that had been coached by Charles Moore for 10 years. Moore said it will be a rebuilding year for Church, but added that "the kids will play hard for him and have fun."

Mervo Mustangs 1992 record: 1-9. Coach: Gene Schoene.

Top players: Brian Chenowith, Sr., M; Danny Cumberledge, Sr., M; Josh Bailey, Jr., D; Max Lyttle, Soph., F.

Outlook: The Mustangs return four solid starters, including top scorer Lyttle, but Schoene is taking a wait-and-see approach. The positions Schoene is concerned about are goalkeeper and one of the striker posts.

Mount St. Joseph Gaels

1992 record: 14-4-1. Coach: Barry Fitzpatrick.

Top players: Steve Matcuk, Sr., F; Kenny Angyelof, Sr., F; Jeremy Murray, Sr., M; Eric Strause, Sr., D; Matt Hipszer, Sr., D.

Outlook: The league's top scorer from last year's MSA A semifinalist, Matcuk, is back and joined by speedy front-line mate Angyelof and midfielder Murray. Strause is solid and scrappy with a high work level on offense and defense, and Hipszer is the vocal leader. All five will make big contributions for the Gaels, ranked No. 13 at season's end last year.

Patterson Clippers 1992 record: 3-8-1. Coach: Derek Maki.

Top players: Arthur Szewczyk, Sr., F; Jeff Goetz, Sr., M-D; Gus Karanikolis, Sr., M-D; Torey Sadler, Sr., D-F; Frank Friend, Sr., D.

Outlook: After playing a tough schedule last year, which included losses to Curley, Mount St. Joseph and Boys' Latin, a split with St. Mary's and a tie against Spalding, the Clippers appear to be favorites in the City-Wide League with seven returning starters. Junior keeper Steve Reppas returning for his third season. "We scrimmaged Gilman and played well. I think we have a good shot at reaching

the playoffs," Maki said.

Poly Engineers 1992 record: 11-0-1. Coach: John Baumann.

Top players: Mike Alt, Jr., F; James Wisniewski, Sr., M.

Outlook: Alt and Wisniewski combined for 10 goals and 12 assists to lead the unbeaten Engineers to last year's MSA B Conference title over Southern. But, Baumann said, "It's a rebuilding year. It even looks like I may start a freshman in the goal."

@Southern Bulldogs

1992 record: 11-1. Coach: Al Crebs.

Top players: Joe Turner, Jr., M-D; Dave Shoppert, Sr., G; James Benton, Jr., D; Johnny Johnson, Sr., D; Jason Teters, Sr., M.

Outlook: Although there are six returning starters, including Turner (six goals, four assists) and Shoppert , Crebs calls this a rebuilding year. "I can't predict anything because I don't really know about the other teams. We can finish at the top or anywhere in the middle of the seven-team, city public schools league."

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