The young and the relentless Francis Scott Key 1993 high school field hockey preview

September 09, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

The Francis Scott Key field hockey team went to the state 1A semifinals last season with a 23-year-old coach directing a starting lineup that included a freshman forward and five sophomores.

Talk about youth.

Those young Eagles battled Pocomoke before falling, 1-0, in the semifinals at Goucher College.

Key was a spitting image of its energetic and enthusiastic young coach, Mindi Wagner. Now 24, she remains the youngest coach in Carroll County.

Wagner runs with her players throughout the preseason and fits right in, prompting people to ask: "Who's the new girl in school?"

In her second season, Wagner is young enough to relate to her players but driven enough to conduct some of the toughest practices around.

She learned all about the old school of coaching from her father, North Carroll wrestling coach Dick Bauerlein.

"Sometimes the players have to remind me they need a little break," said Wagner. "When you've played at Westminster High and Messiah College, you kind of get used to working hard."

Wagner was quick to add that she is "far from an old fuddy-duddy."

"I can relate to these kids' problems," she said. "It hasn't been that long ago I was their age and facing the same problems they are."

All the youthful starters return this season, giving Wagner that perfect combination of youthful exuberance and experience.

Sophomore forward Stacy Greene headlines the returnees after leading the team with eight goals.

Greene has a flair for the dramatic, scoring big goals and almost always being in the right place at the right time.

The five juniors back from starting seasons are forward Holly Talbert, link Jessica Sutherland, sweeper Amy Layman, defender Laurie Ryer and goalkeeper Missy Muller. Another junior who saw action as a sophomore was forward Jen McDaniel, who contributed an assist in a 2-1 victory over Poolesville in the 1A regional final.

Defender Becky Tregoning returns after an excellent junior starting season and is one of four seniors on the squad. The others are Robin Lease, Stacey Eaton and Lisa Etzler, who will be the backup goalkeeper.

"I'm looking forward to the season," said Wagner. "We hope to be fast and stay healthy. I think we're going to be OK, but I don't want to put too much pressure on them."

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