Lions try again with new look Rebuilding begins after banner year 1993 high school girls soccer preview Liberty

September 08, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

It was the kind of season rookie coaches dream about.

The 1992 Liberty Lions, under first-year coach Lynn Stone, scrapped and clawed their way to a region championship and their first state-playoff appearance.

The 1993 campaign brings on new challenges with a totally different nucleus.

Gone is striker Amy Wolff, who nearly single-handedly carried the Lions' attack before being named The Baltimore Sun's Player of the Year in Carroll. Dani Fostik, an All-County goalie, was the steadying influence on defense.

Both have graduated and left Stone with holes to fill, but she believes the Lions have enough young talent to have another good year.

"We have a young team for sure, but they have some good skills and some speed, so we're looking to have a good year," Stone DTC said. "We're definitely going in with a positive mind set and will just see how the cards fall in the end."

The Lions will try to spread the wealth on offense with senior Robin Leeds joining returning junior Natalie Hannibal up front to carry much of the load. Leeds is a strong finisher and Hannibal enters her third season on varsity. Freshmen Shannon Ziegenfuss and Haley DeLaurence add speed up front.

"We're going to spread it out, distribute the ball around and keep people guessing," Stone said. "We've got some speed up front and while it isn't everything, it sure does help."

On defense, the Lions will rely on experience to help sophomore goalkeeper Angie Primevera. Returning junior Carrie Epler will play at sweeper. Seniors Julie Gesuele and Rachael Granico along with junior Amy Rose also return. Sophomore Nicki Jones will be at stopper.

"I'm real comfortable with our defense. They proved themselves last year," Stone said.

"Angie has put in a lot of hard work in goal and she'll be just fine. She's young and doesn't have a lot of experience, but that will come when she gets the work in."

Stone will look to get some goal production from a group of midfielders led by senior Kym Frey.

"She's strong in the leadership department and will play an important role that way," Stone said.

After fellow senior Heather Lee, the rest of the midfielders are young and inexperienced at the varsity level. Junior Kerry Adams was the leader of last year's junior varsity. Stone also is looking for contributions from sophomores Michelle Clawson, Megan Dunham and Laurie Katz.

The entire team's enthusiasm and strong work ethic during the preseason has left Stone excited about its prospects.

"I'm just pleased with everyone," she said.

"It's going take teamwork, teamwork and more teamwork, and I think we have a good mix. I'm really happy with our chemistry. We're going to have some fun this season."

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