Bouman optimistic despite new lineup Glenelg 1993 Howard County high school boys soccer preview

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

Maybe his optimism is the result of last season's state Class 2A co-championship and the finest boys soccer season in Glenelg history (12-2-2). Or maybe it is real.

But Gladiators coach John Bouman is displaying few of the pangs normally associated with losing eight starting players to graduation -- including outstanding goalkeeper Russell Payne.

"We have a lot of players who have played a long time, tremendous depth and a lot of technique and talent," Bouman said. "Our younger players are eager and motivated coming off a championship season. Very few did not improve their skills since last year."

Two talented transfers undoubtedly have done much to boost Bouman's spirits.

Sophomore Aaron Fallon, a sophomore striker from Missouri, will start.

"He's fast, has some size and is a fighter and hustler," Bouman said.

Mikael Soderstrom, a senior from Sweden, will also start for Glenelg at fullback.

Bouman has three keepers battling for Payne's vacated position.

Fred Hifko, 6 feet 3, 200 pounds, is an athletic junior goalkeeper. John Golding, a senior who played his freshman and sophomore seasons but sat out last year, is also back. The third candidate is junior letterman Alex Sarau.

"Our strength should be defense where we have experienced players," Bouman said.

Glenelg's two returning defensive starters are senior fullbacks Tom Hobbs and Cris Schaefer. Hobbs is a sure-footed, physical player who is technically skilled. Schaefer is especially strong in the air.

Jeff Cline, a junior letterman whose brother, Scott, was a major force last season, takes over at center midfield. He's a skilled passer.

Sophomore letterman Reg Brown saw a lot of playing time at striker last season and scored three goals.

Returning sophomore Tony Marchegiano will play fullback or midfield.

Other returnees include junior midfielders Matt Vaccari and Brad Coleman, junior fullback Andrew Williamson and senior striker Mike Johnson.

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