Baltimore County/City high school boys soccer preview

COUNTY PLAYERS TO WATCH 1993

September 07, 1993|By Steven Kivinski

Mike Bailey, Hereford, Sr., G -- This senior stifled some of the county's premier scorers last season and posted seven shutouts for the 9-3-1 Bulls.

Gregg Bassmann, McDonogh, Jr., M -- A third-year starter for the Eagles, Bassmann tallied nine goals and five assists as a sophomore last season.

Luke Bell, Dundalk, Sr., F -- His nine goals and 15 assists helped the Owls produce a 10-4 record last season. "He has exceptional quickness and excellent vision," said coach Bob Hutsler.

Eric Branham, Calvert Hall, Sr., M -- This senior co-captain accumulated six goals and three assists last season while controlling the midfield. He played a key role in helping the Cards to an MSA A Conference championship and a No. 1 metro-area ranking.

Lance Burgess, Overlea, Sr., G -- A second-team All-County selection last season at fullback, Burgess will take on a new challenge as goalkeeper for the Falcons. "He went to two camps this summer and he's looking like a Division I college prospect," said coach Doug Eisenhauer. "Lance will be the best keeper in the county."

Spencer Ford, Towson, Sr., M -- One of Towson's two franchise players, Ford returns at midfield after being named a second-team All-County player last season.

Chuck Friedeo, Mount Carmel, Jr., F -- As only a sophomore last season, Friedeo recorded five goals and a team-high 10 assists for the MSA B Conference runner-up.

Mark Jankowiak, Kenwood, Sr., F -- Jankowiak was one of the few bright spots last season for the 4-8 Knights. He is the Knights' leading returning scorer, with eight goals and four assists.

Danny Johnson, Calvert Hall, Sr., D -- Johnson was one reason the Cardinals recorded a school-record 15 shutouts last season. His ball skills and hustle enabled Calvert Hall to outscore its opponents 63-4.

Scott Kennell, Perry Hall, Sr., F -- His 11 goals and five assists last season helped the Gators to an 11-2 record and a berth in the region playoff, where they were edged by Dulaney in a shootout, 10-9.

Adam Klaff, Beth Tfiloh, Sr., G -- This senior was put to the test last season and came away with more than 200 saves for the 5-8-2 Warriors.

Kevin Rhodes, Franklin, Sr., F -- His 13 goals and three assists paced the Indians to a 10-2-1 record last season and a berth in the region final, where they lost to Dundalk, 1-0. "He's quick, and his size [6 feet, 175 pounds] helps him," said coach Bob Herring. "We have to find a way to get the ball to him."

Matt Rich, Dulaney, Sr., M -- His 11 goals and six assists last season helped the Lions to a 10-2-1 record and a berth in the

regions, where they lost to Northwestern, 2-0.

Lee Sorvalis, Loch Raven, Sr., F -- "He has good quickness and excellent one-on-one skills," said coach Sam Nuttall. Sorvalis had 10 goals and three assists last year while leading the Raiders to an 8-3 record.

Chris Ude, Perry Hall, Jr., M-F -- Ude had seven goals and six assists from the stopper position last season and was second-team All-County.

Damian Valentine, Lutheran, Sr., F -- This talented senior had 23 goals and six assists last season in leading the Saints to an 8-5-1 record. "He has excellent field sense and great ball skills," said coach Bob Malzahn.

Ian Wildey, Towson, Sr., M -- This first-team All-County selection had 16 goals and seven assists and led the Generals to the Region II semifinals, where they lost to Oakland Mills, 3-1.

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