Carroll County high school soccer preview

PLAYERS TO WATCH 1993

September 07, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham

Tim Beck, South Carroll, Sr., F -- A versatile performer, Beck saw time up front, at midfield and at sweeper for the Cavaliers in 1992. His efforts earned him second-team All-County status. With added depth in the Cavaliers' lineup this fall, Beck can concentrate on scoring goals at striker. A smart player with balanced skills and a good nose for the goal, he also will be counted on to provide leadership for the young Cavs.

Vincent Bouveret, Francis Scott Key, Sr., F -- An exchange student from Belgium, Bouveret has done nothing but impress Key coach "Gee" Hibberd. A finesse player with great touch and ability to find open teammates, Bouveret could be the final link to a strong attack for the Eagles. Also can put the ball in the net on his own.

Art Crouse, North Carroll, Sr., M -- A veteran with exceptional ball skills, Crouse is the spark to the Panthers' attack. A second-team All-County choice last year, he has deceptive speed and plenty of versatility. Coach Ed Powelson will likely shift the senior co-captain around to get the most of his abilities.

Scott Ensor, South Carroll, Jr., M -- Injuries last season gave Ensor an opportunity to play at the varsity level and he made the most of it, showing much more poise than his sophomore status. He was the surprise of the season, earning first-team All-County honors. Ensor has a good knowledge of the game and great work ethic.

Travis Foote, Liberty, Sr., D -- Came up to varsity midway through his freshman campaign and has been at sweeper ever since. A reliable ballhandler and solid tackler, Foote is just about everything you can ask for in a sweeper. Has a great knack for snuffing out scoring threats and covers up mistakes well. The Lions' captain, Foote is the last man back on defense before the keeper and he likes it that way.

Kevin Henderson, Liberty, Sr., M -- Makes things happen for the Lions with strong ball-handling skills and good vision of the entire field. Had three goals on his way to first-team All-County honors last year and should improve on those numbers this season. He's a dangerous threat at all times and a key to the Lions' playoff hopes and attempt at reclaiming the county title.

Mike Hensley, North Carroll, Sr., M -- Hensley's hard-nosed play is a perfect complement to fellow co-captain Art Crouse at midfield. The kind of player every team can use, he does the little things that often go unnoticed. A steady influence and an exceptional two-way halfback, Hensley only knows how to play the game one way -- full speed.

Jason Hewett, Westminster, Jr., F -- A first-team, All-County selection as a sophomore, Hewett finished the season with two goals and eight assists. Hewett brings plenty of speed and good ball-handling skills up front for the Owls. An unselfish player who distributes the ball well, he will play a major role in the Owls' bid to defend their county crown. Look for Hewett to put the ball in the net a little more on his own this season.

Adam Messer, Westminster, Sr., G -- With the Owls' entire defense of a year ago graduated, Messer will have to be the steadying influence back there with a talented but inexperienced defense in front of him. Has shown improvement in all facets of goalkeeping and wants to take charge.

Brian Peltier, South Carroll, G, Jr. -- It was no coincidence that when Peltier took over in goal midway through the season last year, the Cavs started winning. A big keeper with soft hands, Peltier covers a lot of ground in net. Comes up with all the saves a keeper should, and also can make the spectacular save. Came up huge in back-to-back wins against North Carroll and Liberty last season.

Zac Yinger, Francis Scott Key, Jr., D -- Brings speed, tenacity and solid ball skills to the field as a sweeper for the Eagles. Tremendous leaping ability also wins him a lot of balls in the air. Also a solid wrestler, Yinger is a strong tackler who's often at the right spot at the right time.

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