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

September 08, 1993

Aberdeen Eagles 1992 record: 3-9. Coach: Jim McClanahan.

Top players: Loretta Anderson, Sr., D; Jennifer Burch, Sr., G; Shannon Edie, Sr., M; Jacqlyn Elliot, Sr., D; Kelly Gast, Sr., D; Melissa Gerdon, Jr., S; Jennifer Kiely, Sr., M; Becky Mortus, Sr., S; Jeanna Rizzuto, Jr., S.

Outlook: Aberdeen looks more offensive-oriented than in the past. The Eagles are a little faster on the wings, and their ball control has improved, which could be explained by 11 returning seniors. The defense, however, has little experience and could dictate whether the Eagles reach one of their goals -- making the playoffs. McClanahan expects big things from freshman Amanda Laughton on attack.

Bel Air Bobcats 1992 record: 5-7. Coach: Bill Zimmerman.

Top players: Christie Hall, Jr., M; Casey Hemtz, Jr., M; Danielle Rohde, Sr., D; Melissa Scharoun, Sr., M; Jean Tyrell, Jr., S.

Outlook: Rather than a rebuilding year, Zimmerman chooses to call this season one with more youth than experience. The Bobcats were not hit too hard by graduation, although they did lose last season's leading scorer, Lisa Thomas. Five players were brought up from junior varsity, and Zimmerman said he might move some of his offensive players to defense.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs 1992 record: 8-3-1. Coach: Ken Dawson.

Top players: Melissa Billings, Sr., D; Jackie Bengert, Jr., D; Amanda Fouts, Sr., M; Becky Gerhart, Soph., M; Miranda James, Soph., S; Amy Morse, Jr., D.

Outlook: Dawson said the Mustangs have their work cut out, with their toughest out-of-county schedule ever. Included is Centennial, in the opener Sept. 14, Atholton, Mount Hebron and Howard. Yet the Mustangs appear fit to handle the challenge, with 12 players returning -- all with experience. Dawson has most of his scorers back, and the defense figures to remain as sound as a year ago. The Mustangs missed the playoffs last year for the first time in seven years.

Edgewood Rams 1992 record: 1-12. Coach: Mary Lee Shoeman.

Top players: Shannon Basham, Sr., S; Allison Byrnes, Sr., S; Angie Eichenseer, Sr., M; Kim Gowetski, Sr., D; Shana Harry, Jr., S; Denise Sines, Sr., S.

Outlook: If the Rams can pick up where they left off last year, finishing the season with two of their strongest games, Shoeman will see improvement. With a strong core of seniors, the experience is better this year, and several juniors up from JV should make for a better defense.

Fallston Cougars 1992 record: 10-2. Coach: Nancy Ferguson.

Top players: Beth Blasi, Soph., S; Laurie Hessley, Jr., M; Beth Rappled, Soph., D; Laura Synder, Jr., D; Megan Talley, Soph., M.; Jenny Weber, Jr., S.

Outlook: The Cougars appear primed for a run at a state title, but Ferguson is leaning more toward next season. Ferguson has a very young team with a lot of talent and a strong attitude that will match up against three strong Howard County schools -- Hammond, Wilde Lake and Oakland Mills. With a large squad, the Cougars have plenty of depth, especially at midfield. Fallston again looks to run with Wright for the county title.

Havre de Grace Warriors 1992 record: 0-12. Coach: Tara Phillips.

Top players: Courtney Craig, Sr.; Pam Craig, Soph.; Kathy Foley, Soph.; Cheryl Yankolonis, Fr., S.

Outlook: The Warriors won't make much noise this year, but first-year coach Phillips looks to gain a little respect in the county. The Warriors haven't had a winning season in some time and have had several coaching changes. Still Phillips hopes to build by concentrating on conditioning and fundamentals. There no support from a JV team, so Phillips is

unsure where a lot of her players will be positioned. Phillips is excited about the potential of Yankolonis at wing.

John Carroll Patriots 1992 record: 9-3-1 Coach: Joe Rehrmann.

Top players: Lauren DeRosset, Sr., D; Meghan Gionro, Soph., D; Amy Goetzinger, Soph., S; Benie Lund, Sr., M; Elania Morris, Sr., S; Krysten Porcella, Sr., S; Christina Trancucci, Sr., S.

Outlook: John Carroll lost eight starters from last season's team that lost to St. Mary's in the Catholic League A Division final. Rehrmann said this year's team has a new look with the most work to come on defense. Some adjustments are likely with a lot of juniors to see playing time who were not on the team last year.

Joppatowne Mariners 1992 record: 5-6. Coach: Chris Myers.

Top players: Jen Aquia, Jr., D; Brand Frederick, Sr., S; Tiffany Gehring, Soph., S; Lora Harkins, Soph., M; Lisa Maly, Jr., S; Chris Voit, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Mariners look to improve quite a bit and could be a threat in the county race. There is more team speed and experience this year, which Myers hopes means an increase in scoring. Defensively, the Mariners are stronger physically and have one of the best goalkeepers in the county in Voit.

North Harford Hawks 1992 record: 9-3. Coach: Tom Burg.

Top players: Melissa Anderson, Sr., S; Dawn Harrison, Jr., D; Tina Kidd, Jr., D; Heather Martin, Sr., D.

Outlook: North Harford figures to be as good as a year ago, especially behind a strong defense. Burg will play a number of talented sophomores and freshmen, as the Hawks attempt to make the playoffs for the eighth time in nine years. The Hawks may not be as strong early, with games against Kenwood and Hereford, but Burg believes his team can only get better by playing tougher games.

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