Powelson's Panthers looking to improve Hustle, hard work hallmarks of his teams 1993 Carroll County high school soccer preview North Carroll

September 07, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

North Carroll coach Ed Powelson doesn't have a complicated formula for improving on his Panthers' 4-7-0 record of last season.

"We're just going to have to get off the floor and get after some people," Powelson said.

The formula has been a trademark of the Panthers in Powelson's first 32 years, and he's not about to change things. One thing for sure, the Panthers will keep coming at opponents until the final whistle.

It starts with senior co-captains Mike Hensley and Art Crouse -- two of only six seniors on the squad. They'll likely start at midfield, but both have the versatility to play wherever Powelson needs them. The duo also must provide much-needed leadership with a squad of 12 juniors.

"They're the leaders," Powelson said. "They're the guys who will need to take control out there on the field. Mike Hensley will go until he drops, and Art Crouse has some great skills."

The Panthers should be strong in the middle with senior Steve Parsley returning to play center fullback and junior Corey Rill at striker in front of Hensley and Crouse. Junior Jeff Gibson, up from the junior varsity, will be the goalie.

"We're looking pretty solid up the middle, and that's a key," Powelson said.

"Scoring was a problem for us last year. Corey has improved this year, and we're looking for some goals from him. Jeff has experience and should be OK in goal."

Other senior returnees include Grant Gibson up front, Chris Wunder at fullback and Mark Sowers at midfield.

"Overall, I think our ball skills are a little better than last year, so we should be able to knock it around pretty well this season. The guys are playing pretty well, and things are coming together," Powelson said.

A handful of juniors coming up from the JV will have to fill some holes left by a number of graduated seniors. Powelson has versatility in Jeff Baldwin and Darren Martin, both of whom can play fullback or midfield.

Also fighting for positions and adding depth up front are wings Donny Kwevar, Eddie Ward and Rick Hawvner.

Powelson said the county race is up for grabs.

"South Carroll had one heck of a JV team last year; they may be ready to make a run. Liberty is always pretty darn tough, and Westminster got a taste of winning last year," he said.

And what about his North Carroll squad? "Any time we take to the field, we think we have a shot."

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