The first team at a glance


November 24, 1993|By Doug Brown


* Paul Yannuzzi, Arundel -- In Yannuzzi's first season, the Wildcats posted their first winning record (10-3) since 1985 and gained the playoffs for the first time since 1981. Yannuzzi plunged into coaching when his four sons began playing in the Harundale Youth Sports League and was the varsity softball coach at Severna Park for years. He took off a year from coaching, realized he missed it and found the girls soccer opening at Arundel. "He's a good motivator and has charisma," said North County coach Marianne Shultz. "He knows his material and what drills to use that best suit the girls' talent." In coaching girls soccer for the first time, Yannuzzi was impressed by the talent level. "They were willing to do whatever we asked," he said. "They played their guts out."


* Michelle Salmon, Old Mill, senior, offense -- The Patriots' tri-captain was voted the No. 2 player in the state behind McDonogh's Laurie Schwoy by the Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer. A high school All-America, she had 31 goals and four assists and set a county scoring record with 90 goals, breaking by 10 the mark held by Meade's Amanda Simmons. Salmon was the only girl in the state chosen for the national under-17 team. "She has tremendous skill and knowledge of the game," said coach Bruce Sponsler. "She can head the ball, shoot with either foot and dribble. She has endurance. Michelle has it all. For a high school player, she has no weakness." Salmon is being courted by, among others, North Carolina State and George Mason.


* Amy Adams, Broadneck, senior, midfield -- Adams, who had six goals and two assists, was a first-team selection of the Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer this year and last. "She epitomizes the midfielder, with her ability to distribute the ball to people," coach Dave Lord said. "She understands that the game is not just Amy, but all the other players around her, and that trait should help her do well in college soccer."

* Kristin Buckley, St. Mary's, junior, midfield -- "One of the best passers" coach Jerry Tobin has seen in his eight years at St. Mary's, Buckley had four goals and six assists for the team that went 10-7-3, losing three times to powerful McDonogh. She was a first-team choice of the Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer. "She has superior field presence, a knack for being at the right place at the right time," Tobin said.

* Carrie Budzinski, Severna Park, senior, defense -- A tri-captain and first-team repeater, the versatile Budzinski was a sweeper most of the season, but also served as a stopper. She was the bulwark of the defense that tied a school record with 13 shutouts and allowed only five goals. Budzinski scored two goals, one in the 1-0 victory over Broadneck.

* Cassidie Dunbar, South River, junior, midfield -- South River compiled its best record ever (8-4-1) thanks in part to Dunbar's eight goals and eight assists. She is the team's best feeder. "She played almost every minute of every game," coach Mel Koehler said. "She dominates the field."

* Erin Hon, St. Mary's, junior, attack -- A first-team All-State goalie last year, Hon wanted to play in the field and responded with 17 goals and four assists. "She's still one of the best keepers around," said coach Jerry Tobin. In the Catholic League A Division tournament, Hon played in the goal in wins over Catholic and Mercy and a loss to McDonogh.

* Denise King, Old Mill, junior, defense -- The quickest player on the team, King supplemented her defense with two goals and two assists. She's invariably the first defender to reach the ball. "She's smart and sees the right opportunities to move forward," said coach Bruce Sponsler. "She was frequently one pass away from getting an assist; that is, she set up the assist girl."

* Sarah Long, Severn, senior, attack -- She had 12 goals and six assists and was Player of the Year in the Catholic League's B Division as Severn posted a school-record 11 victories. "She has incredible speed," said coach Tom Ehart. "Get her the ball and things happen. She got a lot of goals in key situations."

* Sandra Norris, Chesapeake, junior, goalkeeper -- She allowed only nine goals all season and had seven shutouts, facing 124 shots and amassing 113 saves. "I've had All-County goalies before, but Sandra is the most athletic," said coach Lin Sullivan. "She's fast, and is almost acrobatic." Norris was rated the No. 5 player in the county by the Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer.

* Shelly Seivert, Severna Park, senior, midfield -- A first-team repeater, Seivert "has the hardest shot of any high school player around," according to coach Joyce Stefancik. "She averages 40 to 50 yards in free-kick situations." Seivert, a three-year starter, had two goals and nine assists. She played despite being hobbled by shin splints.

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