1992's top teams are expected to lead way again 1993 high school girls soccer preview

September 08, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

The season may be new, but not much else is in local girls soccer.

Dulaney, Towson and Loch Raven should be the class of Baltimore County public schools soccer once more. McDonogh will be near the top of the Catholic League's A Conference again, and Seton Keough and Mount de Sales should be among those $$ dueling for the B Conference crown.

City College should do well again in Baltimore City, but the other teams, like Western, Lake Clifton and Patterson, are gaining.

Dulaney, paced by Baltimore Sun Player of the Year Aimee Vaughan (37 goals, 14 assists), Ali Schuch (18, 19) and Abby Bausman (19, 14) lost in overtime to Centennial in the Class 3A-4A state final. It was its second loss in a row to the Eagles in the state final, but coach Kathy Schmidt likes how her team looks this year.

"The fact that I lost [only] two of my starters means I'm going to have a lot of people back with significant game experience," said Schmidt, whose team was 15-2 last year. "We should be good."

Other teams are catching up to Dulaney. Perry Hall, Franklin, Kenwood and Parkville were strong last year and should do well again this year.

Come state playoff time, Dulaney is in the North Region with several Baltimore County schools (Kenwood, Parkville, Patapsco, Perry Hall, etc.) plus Bel Air and C. M. Wright from Harford County. Franklin was in with Dulaney last year, but wound up in the West Region with such tough foes as Centennial and South '' Carroll.

There are changes in Class 1A-2A also. Seven Baltimore County schools, including Loch Raven and Towson, were put in the South Region. Hereford and Overlea ended up in the North Region.

Loch Raven, which lost in the Class 1A-2A state final to Oakland Mills in overtime, and Towson, which fell in the state semifinals, should be strong again. The two could clash in a region final.

Towson brings many players up from a junior varsity that won two straight county titles. The Generals averaged about three goals last year and should again be in the hunt. Kristin Carey and Nicole Walker will spark the offense and goalie Sarah Weaver should anchor the defense for coach Susan Beeler.

Loch Raven lost a lot to graduation, but coach Lou Menegatti has plenty to replace it. On offense, the Raiders have Robyn Harry and Mary Edwards (the Nos. 3 and 4 scorers, respectively, in school history) to lead the way.

Catonsville moves to Class 1A-2A and will be a force. Overlea will rely on a strong defense for another successful season.

In the Catholic League's A Conference, McDonogh is going to be battling for the top spot. The Eagles won the regular-season title last year but lost to St. Mary's in the tournament semifinals.

The Eagles are loaded with talent this year. Sophomore striker Laurie Schwoy had 28 goals and 12 assists last year.

Joining the A Conference this year is IND. The Indians have won 22 straight games and three straight titles in the B Conference, so they've moved up.

Mount de Sales and Seton Keough will be two of the teams challenging for the B Conference title.

The Sailors lost only two starters and have Katy Santry (19 goals) back to help on offense. Seton Keough brings back 10 players, and the defense will do well, led by fullback Kathy Dunaway.

In the city, defending champion City College has several good players back but will have trouble with depth. The other schools that play -- Western, Lake Clifton, Patterson, Poly and Southern -- all are improving.

For the city schools' second year in the state playoffs, all six teams are in the Class 3A-4A's East Region with Anne Arundel County schools. City was the top seed in its region last year, which included Kenwood, the team that defeated the Knights.

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