Baltimore County/City high school boys soccer preview

CITY PLAYERS TO WATCH 1993

September 07, 1993|By Lem Satterfield

Mike Alt, Poly, Jr., F -- The top returning scorer for last year's 11-0-1 MSA B Conference champion returns after a four-goal, eight-assist season.

Kenny Angyelof, Mount St. Joseph, Sr., F -- This rangy player scored 13 goals and had five assists for the Gaels and will again complement All-Metro teammate Steve Matcuk up front.

Sean Armstrong, Friends, Sr., F -- One of six returning starters for the Quakers, Armstrong was the top scorer, with nine goals and eight assists.

Steve Ball, Archbishop Curley, Jr., F -- This speedy playmaker is especially dangerous when drawing defenders to the corners and down the wings. He had four goals and 10 assists, and he is a threat in short and long passing situations.

Ryan Beaumont, Cardinal Gibbons, Sr., G -- Back after anchoring the Cardinals to their best season, Beaumont (6 feet 2, 170 pounds) has good hands, vision and "a college-level punt," says coach Roch DeFrances. He had five shutouts.

Brian Hamilton, Friends, Sr., D -- One of six returning starters, this imposing 6-2, 220-pound athlete used his excellent skills to accumulate five goals and an assist and to anchor the Quakers to last year's playoffs. "We'll have to build our defense around him," said coach Pieter Desmit.

Steve Kesmodel, Gilman, Sr., D -- A steady player for the Greyhounds, Kesmodel helped anchor the team to seven shutouts and a playoff appearance after a winless season the previous year.

Mike Libber, Curley, Sr., D -- A second-team All-City selection, this slender 6-footer is equally agile in the air and on the ground, helping limit the opposition to 10 goals in 19 games.

Greg Loftus, Curley, Jr., D-M -- One of seven returning starters, Loftus is versatile with a high work rate. He has the ability to contribute to the offensive transition and the speed to adjust to a counterattack back on defense.

Max Lyttle, Mervo, Soph., F -- This 6-4, 190-pound athlete is a national-caliber track competitor in addition to being the Mustangs' top returning scorer, with 13 goals and five assists last year. "He's got big legs and good footwork," said coach Gene Scheone.

Steve Matcuk, Mount St. Joseph, Sr., F -- This lean, aggressive, 6-2 speedster was an All-Metro pick and the 1992 All-City Player of the Year, scoring 27 goals and dishing out 14 assists. He had 18 goals and seven assists as a sophomore.

Dennis Merryman, Curley, Sr., G -- A good communicator with lightning-quick reflexes even on point-blank attempts, Merryman (a school-record 12 shutouts) anchored the Friars, with three of 10 goals given up coming in the title game loss to Calvert Hall.

Jeremy Murray, Mount St. Joseph, Sr., M -- Murray (six goals, six assists) will be the key in the middle for the Gaels.

Mark Nichols, Boys' Latin, Sr., M -- This four-year starter is the Lakers' best all-around player and the younger brother of the Spirit's Steve Nichols. He had five goals and six assists, and he is equally skillful on defense.

Miles Perkins, Friends, Sr., M -- A solid contributor offensively and defensively, Perkins scored five goals with three assists for the Quakers.

Corey Popham, Gilman, Jr., M -- The top returning scorer for the Greyhounds, Popham (eight goals, 11 assists) is a threat on attack both as a scorer and a playmaker.

Jason Quenzer, Boys' Latin, Jr., F -- One of 13 returning players and seven starters, Quenzer (11 goals, four assists) is back as the Lakers' top scorer.

Todd Robin, Gilman, Sr., D -- One of six returning starters, this tough, relentless pursuer anchored the Greyhounds to seven shutouts in a 10-6-2 season.

Rich Santos, Friends, Sr., M -- The Quakers' second-leading scorer had nine goals and five assists. Coach Pieter Desmit called him an excellent player.

Arthur Szewczyk, Patterson, Sr., F -- After accumulating six goals and three assists across an MSA A Conference schedule, Szewczyk should be a dominant scorer in this year's City-Wide League.

Joe Turner, Southern, Jr., M -- The best returning all-around player from the MSA B Conference runner-up, Turner should add to last year's six goals and four assists.

James Wisniewski, Poly, Sr., M -- One of the most skilled players in this year's city public schools league, the speedy Wisniewski had six goals and four assists for last year's 11-0-1 MSA B Conference champion.

Steve Wojciechowski, Gibbons, Sr., M -- This rugged first-team All-City player combined finesse with a physical style to score 11 goals with 15 assists. "He can shoot rockets equally well with both feet," said coach Roch DeFrances.

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