Players to watch 1993 high school girls soccer preview

September 08, 1993|By Katherine Dunn

Shannon Bagrosky, Howard, Sr., M -- This four-year starter will move from striker to midfield,where the Lions can use her strong one-on-one defensive moves. Coach Dave Vezzi still looks for scoring from Bagrosky, but with her defensive skills, she should be a key to the Lions' transition game.

Liz Bielefeld, Hammond, Sr., M -- This four-year veteran should look to score more this season, but her defensive skills will continue to be a key to the Bears' midfield strength. Bielefeld will run in the middle with teammate Kacy Williams, forming one of the county's most formidable halfback duos.

Allison Bielski, Centennial, Sr., M -- A third-year player for the defending state Class 3A-4A state champs, Bielski is one of the most aggressive halfbacks around. She should add some scoring punch to the offense along with strong midfield defense.

Meg Boehm, Howard, Soph., G -- At 5 feet 10, Boehm is an imposing figure in the nets, but she has the skills and anticipation to match her height. She shared keeper duties a year ago and also played on the field, but she will be the Lions' full-time keeper this year.

Carrie Chao, Wilde Lake, Sr., D -- At stopper last season, Chao shut down the state's top player, Hammond striker Samantha Andersch, among others. Coach Rick Wilson calls his All-County defender the smartest player he's ever coached, and she matches those smarts with physical skills.

Michelle Clare, Centennial, Soph., F -- The second-leading scorer for the defending Class 3A-4A champions, Clare will take on more responsibility this season. Coach Rick Pizarro says Clare has an uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time.

Karen Fink, Hammond, Sr., D -- The Bears' top marking back, Fink draws all the top assignments. With good speed and intimidating moves, Fink has the ability to shut down some top strikers.

Christina Flowers, Glenelg, Sr., M -- A four-year starter, Flowers is the Gladiators' team leader at center halfback. A sweeper on her club team, Flowers brings strong defense to the midfield as well as the ability to spark the offense.

Jamie Fontaine, Centennial, Sr., D -- With the loss of five key starters from the Class 3A-4A state champs, Fontaine will move back from halfback to fullback this season. A strong four-year player, her all-around skills should make her as much a force on defense as she was at midfield.

Nat Froman, Wilde Lake, Sr., M -- A four-year starter, Froman has the best one-on-one moves on the Wildecats. She moves the ball and distributes it up to the line as well as anyone. Look for her to be on the attack a bit more this season.

Molly Hood, Sr., Glenelg, D -- Voted by her teammates as the top Gladiators' defender last season, Hood brings plenty of smarts to the sweeper position. That game sense along with strong skills makes Hood like a coach on the field, says Gladiators coach Mike Williams.

Kisha Jett, Hammond, Sr., F -- An All-Metro striker, Jett led Howard County scorers for the second straight year with 23 goals and four assists. She scored in all but three games for her 12-2 squad. A perennial state sprint champ, Jett had seven multiple-goal games last season.

Julie Kickham, Mount Hebron, Soph., M -- Kickham has ability way beyond her years, handling the starting sweeper chores admirably as a freshman. This year, she'll move to center halfback where her strength at changing fields will combine with strong defensive skills to make her a force on transition.

Lauren McHargue, Oakland Mills, Jr., D/G -- The All-County goalkeeper last season, McHargue will move to stopper. Her sensational play in goal led the Scorpions to the state Class 1A-2A title last year, but her potential on the field appears just as devastating.

Cathy Nelson, Mount Hebron, Sr., M -- Quick with deceptive moves, Nelson can read opponents as well as anyone. At outside halfback, she can make great cuts. One of only two seniors on the Vikings, Nelson can start the offense or finish it.

Amy Nestor, Hammond, Sr., G -- A third-year player, Nestor made just 78 saves last year, but her stats can be deceiving because the Bears had such a strong defense. The team allowed only 10 goals all season, and Nestor made some fantastic saves.

Rebecca Powell, Howard, Jr., D -- A versatile player, Powell could be the top striker on the Lions, but coach Dave Vezzi needs her defensive talents. Powell is no stranger to defense, having moved to sweeper where she excelled last season when injuries struck several key teammates.

Natalie Serianni, Hammond, Sr., M -- A converted striker, Serianni moves to outside halfback, but Bears coach Dave Guetler still expects some scoring from her. An aggressive hard worker, Serianni fits in perfectly with midfielders Liz Bielefeld and Kacy Williams.

Renny Trellis, Wilde Lake, Sr., M -- The top offensive threat in the Wildecats' midfield, Trellis is the key on transition. Last year the offense clicked around her in the center midfield. She and teammate Nat Froman present another tough center midfield combination.

Stephanie Van Deusen, Atholton, Jr., M -- Van Deusen should help turn the Raiders into a more offensive-minded team this season. At center halfback, she has solid defensive skills, but she also can score.

Kacy Williams, Hammond, Sr., M -- Ranked No. 2 in the state last year, this All-Metro pick led a defense that allowed only 10 goals in 14 games. She'll move from sweeper to center halfback where her offensive skills could come more into play.

Tricia Witte, Oakland Mills, Sr., F -- The only returning striker for the defending Class 1A-2A Scorpions, Witte should do most of the scoring for her squad. A four-year player, she will try to give the Scorpions a boost after a season full of 1-0 victories.

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