City teams at a glance LOCAL SPORTS: 1993 High school girls soccer preview

September 08, 1993

Catholic Cubs 1992 record: 5-7-5. Coach: Jerry Dieter.

Top players: Marie Morrow, Sr., M; Jennifer DiRubbo, Sr., M; Tara Lafferty, Jr., M; Laura Mierczak, Sr., D.

Outlook: Ten returning seniors give Dieter a good nucleus to work with. Morrow, DiRubbo and Lafferty will be the main cogs in an aggressive, attacking offense that should score. Defense is another bright spot, and Mierczak should help there. Lack of experience in goal is Dieter's big concern this season.

City Knights 1992 record: 9-2. Coach: To be named.

Top players: Lisa Smith, Soph., M-F; Elizabeth Embrey, Jr., M; Stacey Andrione, Jr., M; Dena Jurkowitz, Soph., F.

Outlook: The offense should be potent like last year when City won the public-schools title and finished first in its region. Smith and Cathy Crawford, the area's top two scorers, return and should spark the offense. The defense lost a lot to graduation and needs to plug its holes, and the depth is shaky.

IND Indians 1992 record: 11-0. Coach: Henry Behr.

Top players: Shannon Skopp, Jr., D; Tina Schofield, Soph., D; Kim Kelly, Soph., F; Becky Gephardt, Sr., G.

Outlook: IND has won 22 straight games and three straight Catholic League B Conference titles, but this year may be different as it moves to the A Conference. Defense will be tough again, with a lot of help from Gephardt. Offense is Behr's biggest hTC worry. Kelly, last year's top scorer, eases his worries somewhat, but there's a lot of youth and inexperience here. The lower the score, the better for IND.

Lake Clifton Lakers 1992 record: 4-5. Coach: Daniel Pierce.

Top players: Kim Yeagy, Jr., M; Martina Jones, Soph., M; LaTasha Dorsey, Soph., M.; Qiana Webb, Soph., D.

Outlook: The program is improving as the defense looks strong and the early turnout was good. Yeagy and Webb should help the defense. The Lakers will benefit from good speed, but the team needs work on offense and technique.

Mercy Sharpshooters 1992 record: 4-4-2. Coach: Bob Doerfler.

Top players: Chris Williamson, Sr., D; Melissa Davidson, Soph., D; Erin Rebbel, Jr., M; Heather Miskiewicz, Jr., F.

Outlook: It's much the same as last year, when defense was strong and offense was not. The team has some speed, and Williamson tops a stingy defense that's looking for help on offense. That will be the key this season: How much help the offense can give?

Patterson Clippers 1992 record: 5-5. Coach: Ed Brzozowski.

Top players: Christina Reinhardt, Soph., M; Amy Sakowski, Fr., G; Ledda Mobley, Sr., F; Christine Riser, Sr., D.

Outlook: A very young, inexperienced team, but one loaded with speed. The team had only three seniors and five juniors out of the 34 who came out. Reinhardt and Mobley will be the big guns on an attack that should score. The defense is young, but extremely fast. Depth should not be a problem, but inexperience and youth will.

Poly Engineers 1992 record: 4-8. Coach: Carlos Lopez-Rodriguez.

Top players: Keisha Washington, Sr., M; Christina Cissin, Sr., M; Stacie Hamilton, Sr., F.

Outlook: The goal here is to make the state's regional playoffs. The Engineers have strength up the middle, from back to front. Poly lost several close games last year, and is looking for improved offense to change that.

Our Lady of Pompei Lions 1992 record: 0-10. Coach: Kerry Reid.

Top players: Kandice Ruff, Sr., G; Michele Rogers, Sr., M; Jamie Picek, Jr., D; Tina Ritchie, Sr., M.

Outlook: The team will play only four varsity games -- none in the Catholic League where it will play a JV schedule. It has lost 46 straight and the same problems remain -- lack of depth and experience. Reid is hoping to build for the future.

Seton Keough Gators 1992 record: 11-9-1. Coach: Dede Clapp.

Top players: Melanie Morris, Soph., G-F; Kathy Dunaway, Jr., D; Amy Fronckoski, Soph., M; Karen Murphy, Soph., M-F.

Outlook: The Gators should contend for the Catholic League's B Conference title. They have only three seniors, but 10 returning varsity players. Unlike in recent years, they should be able to score, led by Morris and Murphy. The defense has some question marks, but is solid overall. This team is strong now, but could really be something in a year or two.

@Southern Bulldogs 1992 record: 1-7-1. Coach: Bob Collier.

Top players: Brandie Mondshur, Jr., G; Chrissy Fell, Sr., M; Shawna Taylor, Soph., M; Tracy Schlicting, Jr., F.

Outlook: Collier feels optimistic about the season. The Bulldogs feature a strong front line, halfbacks and keeper. Parts of the defense are inexperienced, and the team is very young but improving.

Western Doves

1992 record: 7-5. Coach: Kellisue Loftus.

Top players: Nicole Iafolla, Jr., M; Kim Azialles, Jr., D; Heather Braswell, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Doves were second in the city last year and should do well again as the team's skills are improving. Azialles will lead a defense that should surrender little. Loftus is unsure about the offense as well as the inexperience, but the program is headed in the right direction.

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