Vikings looking to end 2-year league drought 1993 Howard County high school boys soccer preview Mount Hebron

September 07, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Mount Hebron hasn't won a league game in two seasons and would like to end that streak. The Vikings' chances of doing that are good this season.

Second-year coach Kevin Good is intent upon building a successful program at Mount Hebron, and a step in that direction is the addition of John Dingle, who played soccer at Catonsville Community College and at Central Connecticut, as the junior varsity coach.

Mount Hebron is a deeper team than the one that finished 3-9 last year, and has four seniors playing defense.

"Defense should be our strength," Good said.

Those four defenders are Matt Eaton, Jett Nilprabhassom, Greg Hylock and Mike Cronin. Nilprabhassom and Hylock have speed. Eaton will play sweeper.

The defensive depth has allowed Good to move last year's sweeper, Earl Edwards, up to midfield where Edwards can be an offensive threat.

"Earl is our best player and he makes other players better," Good said.

Joining Edwards at midfield are sophomore lettermen Terrence Buckley and Brian Dempsey, starters last season.

Returning junior Brian Slater also is expected to play midfield, but is out for two weeks with a broken foot.

Mount Hebron's top freshman, Pat Halter, is expected to play midfield in Slater's absence.

"Halter is an attacking-type midfielder with good moves and skills," Good said.

Junior B. J. Bartucca, who played in the field last season, is attempting to take the goalkeeper's position. Shane Ardo, a junior who was expected to be an outstanding goalkeeper for the Vikings, is out for the season with three herniated discs.

"He would have been one of our strengths and could have kept us in a lot of games," Good said. "Now, my biggest concern is the goalkeeping position."

Junior striker Scott Baughman was the leading scorer last season with five goals, although he missed a lot of time with an injury. Junior striker Gordon Overby has speed and scored two goals last season.

Good has three promising freshman, including midfielder Mike Stromberg, striker Rob Graham and fullback Brian Picker. And junior Jim Long is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound defender up from junior varsity.

"We're looking for a total of five or six wins this season," Good said.

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