1993 All-carroll County Girls Soccer Team

November 24, 1993|By Glenn Graham

the first team at a glance

COACH OF THE YEAR

* Lynn Stone, Liberty -- It hasn't taken Stone long to establish a strong winning tradition at Liberty. Two years at the helm have brought two region championships and two straight state playoff appearances.

And she did it with two entirely different teams.

The 1992 squad had experienced impact players, but this year's version was much younger. Her ability to get the most out of all her players this season led to a successful run to the state playoffs, which ended in the semifinals with a 4-2 loss against Hammond.

Dropping sophomore Michelle Clawson back to sweeper from midfield late in the season was a big key in solidifying the team's defense. Stone has set a solid foundation, which should be around for a long time at Liberty.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

* Amber Clutter, South Carroll, junior -- Clutter's offensive output over the past three years -- particularly this year (county-leading 19 goals and nine assists) -- speaks for itself.

Her presence on the field can change a game around in a hurry and she finds so many different ways to beat opponents. When the Cavaliers had a late lead, coach Jim Horn would put her back at sweeper and let her take control.

It's her scoring prowess that makes her the most effective player in the county. When the Cavaliers needed a goal, more times than not it was Clutter who found a way to get the job done -- despite often seeing double-teams.

Clutter moves without the ball very well and has the ability to score from just about anywhere on the offensive side of the field.

ALL-COUNTY FIRST TEAM

* Jamie Baier, South Carroll, sophomore, defender -- A two-year starter for the county champion Cavaliers, Baier moves to the ball very well and is hard to get by. A first-team All-Central Maryland Conference selection, she also showed she could score from the back, finishing with two goals.

* Julie Baker, North Carroll, sophomore, midfield -- Finishing the season with five goals, Baker was a solid two-way player in the middle for the Panthers. Deceptively strong in the air, Baker is a scrappy player who time after time got the job done for Phil Myers' Panthers. A first-team All-CMC selection.

* Michelle Clawson, Liberty, sophomore, defense -- She showed versatility and composure when asked to move back to sweeper late in the season after playing midfield most of the year. The move played a major role in the Lions' successful playoff run. A good ball handler who enabled the Lions to work the ball more out of the back, Clawson also did a great job of breaking up opponents' scoring chances.

* Haley DeLaurence, Liberty, freshman, midfield -- A versatile and gifted midfielder who is equally adept at handling the ball, passing and shooting, DeLaurence finished the season with 10 goals and four assists. She did a good job of quarterbacking the Lions' attack and also marked up well defensively. DeLaurence has great vision of the entire field and knows when to carry the ball or distribute. Only a freshman, DeLaurence will get better with time. That doesn't bode well for future opponents.

* Mandy Hunt, Westminster, junior, attack -- A dangerous one-on-one player with sneaky moves, Hunt led the Owls in scoring with eight goals and three assists. With Hunt always around the goal, the Owls looked to her to provide much of the offense and she responded despite attracting a lot of attention from defenders. A second-team All-CMC selection, Hunt should be even more dangerous next season with more help up front.

* Jaimee Isaacs, South Carroll, senior, midfield -- She moved to center midfield this season after playing on a side in the past and simply took control. A gifted ball handler and calming influence for the Cavaliers, Isaacs finished the season with seven goals and five assists. She had a great knack of finding the Cavaliers' talented front-line players and also showed she could put the ball in the net herself. She was a strong team leader who will be missed next season.

* Teresa Mays, North Carroll, junior, goalie -- Perhaps her best effort of the season came in a losing cause when the Panthers dropped a 1-0 decision to Middletown in the region playoffs. Mays, playing on an injured ankle, continually frustrated a potent Middletown attack with save after save until it finally got one by her in overtime. She frustrated many others, including county foes Liberty and Westminster during the regular season, and handed South Carroll its only regular-season loss. Not a conventional keeper, Mays relied on grit and aggressiveness to keep the ball out of the net.

* Carrie Tamburo, South Carroll, sophomore, defense -- Another one of the Cavaliers' young and talented defenders, Tamburo anchored the Cavaliers' defense in the absence of the injured Sara Wachter. An aggressive defender with the speed to take chances, Tamburo has all the tools a coach looks for in a defender.

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