1993 All-baltimore City/ County Boys Soccer Teams

November 23, 1993|By Lem Satterfield

The boys first team at a glance

COACH OF THE YEAR

* Tom "Pep" Perrella, Curley -- The seventh-year coach led this year's Friars to the school's third Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference crown and its first since being co-champs with Patterson in 1979. Curley built a 3-0 lead and hung on to beat 16-time champ Calvert Hall, 3-2, completing the Friars' best season (16-0-1). The 1979 squad went 12-0-3. "In 1968, I scored the winning goal against Patterson on the first team to win it outright," said Perrella. "This is right up there with that."

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

* Mike Libber, senior, Curley, defense -- A second-team All-City/County pick last year, Libber is The Baltimore Sun's Baltimore City/County Player of the Year this season, having scored five goals with four assists and led the MSA A champ Friars (16-0-1) to only their second unbeaten season. As a sweeper, he led a team that allowed only 11 goals with eight shutouts, earning first-team All-State honors and being voted the league's No. 2 player. Curley yielded two goals just once -- in its 3-2 championship victory over Calvert Hall during which Libber assisted on the Friars' first goal and scored the second on a direct kick. As a stopper last year, Libber helped anchor Curley to a runner-up finish and a school-record 12 shutouts.

ALL-CITY/COUNTY FIRST TEAM

* Mike Bailey, senior, Curley, midfield -- Bailey's field vision and defensive skills made him one of the MSA A Conference's premier midfielders with seven goals and 10 assists. On set plays, the slender 6-footer was as dangerous with headers as with his feet.

* Ryan Beaumont, senior, Gibbons, goalkeeper -- Beaumont (6-3, 195 pounds) was an honorable-mention All-State selection, voted the league's top goalie and among the top 10 players by MSA A Conference coaches. Whether leaping to snag crosses or diving to block low shots, Beaumont (five shutouts) averaged 12 saves and one goal, with his best effort (17 saves) in a 1-1 tie with league champ Curley (16-0-1).

* Luke Bell, senior, Dundalk, forward -- A fleet-footed player with excellent moves both on and off the ball, Bell led the Owls to the 3A regional playoffs with 21 goals and 15 assists. He was voted the league's No. 2 player by Baltimore County coaches and was a first-team All-State pick.

* Eric Branham, senior, Calvert Hall, midfield -- He scored just four each in goals and assists, but Branham was the creative force in the Cardinals' transition while also helping out on defense. An All-Metro pick last year and an All-State pick this year, Branham was voted the MSA A Conference's best player by league coaches.

* Brian Hamilton, senior, Friends, defense -- At 6-2, 195 pounds, Hamilton was an imposing defender with excellent skills. He helped Friends to the MSA A semifinals, coming forward occasionally on scoring runs and set plays, and getting seven goals with nine assists.

* Scott Kennell, senior, Perry Hall, midfield -- He was double- and triple-marked all year, but Kennell (24 goals, 17 assists) was still the Gators' top scorer and the key in its transition. A

second-team All-State selection, Kennell led the Gators to their second straight Baltimore County 4A league crown and a North Region runner-up finish.

* Ryan Lachowicz, junior, Calvert Hall, defense -- At 6-1, 180 pounds, Lachowicz was dangerous both in the air and on the ground from his stopper post. He keyed the MSA A runner-up Cardinals' defense to 10 shutouts while scoring eight goals with two assists.

* Mike Lance, senior, Calvert Hall, forward -- He went from being a role player as a midfielder last year to the Cardinals' top scorer with 10 goals and a school-record 16 assists. Lance was a second-team All-State pick.

* Steve Matcuk, senior, Mount St. Joseph, forward -- The Gaels' all-time scoring leader with 75 goals and 29 assists, Matcuk led his team to a 6-3 win over 1A state finalist Wilde Lake. An All-Metro performer last year and a second-team All-State pick -- this year, Matcuk led MSA goal scorers for the second straight year with 30 and also had four assists.

* Corey Popham, junior, Gilman, midfield -- With 11 goals and eight assists, he was the MSA A semifinalist Greyhounds' top scorer for the second straight season. He scored a goal and an assist in Gilman's 3-2 up set victory over Calvert Hall, which ended the Cardinals' unbeaten streak at 46.

* Chris Ude, junior, Perry Hall, defense -- A second-team All-State pick, the 6-3 Ude scored seven goals from his stopper position while limiting the opposition to just 10 goals in 14 games (five shutouts). He earned second-team All-City/County honors last year with nine goals and three assists.

* Ian Wildey, senior, Towson, forward -- Chosen first-team All-City/County for the second straight year, Wildey (16 goals, 11 assists) was Towson's offensive spark and sometimes played defense as a sagging midfielder. He is a second-team All-State pick.

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