Gladiators need offense to pick up to improve 1993 high school girls soccer preview Glenelg

September 08, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

New Glenelg coach Mike Williams only saw his team play for one week last season, so he doesn't know quite what to expect this season.

But he does know one thing:

"Our league is one of the toughest in the state, and it's hard to move up against that kind of competition. I expect to improve on 2-10. Now how much, I don't know."

The Gladiators return eight seniors, including two three-year starters, striker Michele Farley and sweeper Molly Hood. On a squad of 24, Williams kept just five freshmen and sophomores, ** but all should see a good bit of action.

Williams sees the seeds of a better season, but many questions still remain.

"I think we have enough talent and speed that we'll have our

TC opportunities to score. It's just a matter of whether we can put it in the net or not," said Williams, whose squad held two scrimmage opponents to 10 shots each but did not finish well at the other end of the field.

However, the Gladiators do return considerable experience on the line. Farley, who missed half of last season with a broken nose, will be joined on the line by senior Keri Ridolfi returning for her second varsity season.

Juniors Emily Cox and Bethany Carroll, who saw plenty of action last season, also will push for starting positions.

In the midfield, four-year starter Christina Flowers will run at center halfback. The top all-around player on the Gladiators' team, Flowers plays sweeper for her club team, so her defensive skills are solid. She quarterbacks the team from the middle.

Senior Dana Allinson and junior Holly Degner also return speed to the outside. The fourth halfback spot is up for grabs among sophomores Lee Custer and Kim Ridolfi and freshmen Carolyn Flowers and Monica Dodd.

Defensively, the Gladiators picked up a strong stopper in junioGracia Walker, a transfer from Oakland Mills. Juniors Julia Custer and Lindsay Rupp will run at the fullback spots. Senior Molly Hood, voted by her teammates as the team's best defensive player in 1992, returns for her third year at sweeper.

In the goal, senior Dianna Rolff returns but she will be pushed ba couple of promising juniors, Becca Christiensen and Jennifer Hayes.

Others who will see action include junior backs Tracy Brown and Tracy Service and senior backs Megan Lewis and Robin Ruppalt as well as midfielders Beth Brittle, a senior, and Krista Meiklejohn, a sophomore.

The Gladiators should learn quickly about their chances for improving on their 1-6 county record. They face three state playoff teams in early-season non-league contests -- Middletown, Liberty and North Carroll -- as well as a tough Thomas Johnson squad.

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