1993 All-howard County Boys Soccer Team

November 25, 1993|By Rick Belz

COACH OF THE YEAR

* Bill Stara, Centennial -- He has a knack for knowing how to fit players into a larger team picture. Stara took an extremely young team that started three freshmen and four sophomores to the state finals this season. The Eagles won county and regional championships despite losing three junior starters to season-ending disciplinary suspensions four games into the season. They also lost another starter to an ankle injury for four weeks. Despite those setbacks and its youth, the team ended up ranked No. 1 with a 13-2-1 record. Its only losses were to state Class 3A champion Whitman -- the only team to beat Centennial in three years. Stara, 36, began coaching at Centennial in 1981, and his teams have won five state titles and lost in the final twice. He was a goalkeeper at Behrind College, in Erie, Pa., and was The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Coach of the Year last season. His career record at Centennial is 153-19-8.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

* Brian West, Centennial, Forward, Soph. -- A powerful finisher, he was the most exciting and feared player in the county on a young Eagles team that finished 13-2-1, won county and region championships and was state Class 3A runner-up to Whitman. He scored Centennial's only goal in two losses to Whitman. Sensational speed, quickness, athleticism and skills allowed him to beat as many as three defenders at a time and then score. He tallied three goals in a 13-minute stretch against Mount St. Joseph. West scored one goal and had an assist in a strong effort during a 2-0 win over Oakland Mills. He finished with 15 goals and seven assists. He's a Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer All-State and All-South selection. "I haven't seen a player in the state of Maryland who can go to the goal like him," Stara said. "What will he be like in two years if he stays motivated and keeps developing?"

ALL-COUNTY FIRST TEAM

* Dan Christine, Centennial, Goalkeeper, Sr. -- After he took over as the full-time starting goalkeeper, opponents scored only five goals in the next 13 games. He had eight shutouts this season, 17 in two years. "He gave us confidence and solidified our back," Stara said. "He has decent hands, anticipates well, is smart and works hard." Christine is a two-time Baltimore Sun All-County pick and was selected to the MACS All-State and All-South teams.

* Jeff Cline, Glenelg, Midfield, Jr. -- A skilled player who holds the ball well and covers a lot of ground, he scored game-winning goals against Loyola and Lackey, and three in an overtime win against Mount Hebron, including the winning goal. Cline also scored the only goals in losses to Liberty and Atholton. He finished with eight goals and three assists.

* Jeff Curtis, Wilde Lake, Defense, Jr. -- A good technical player who is versatile, he had a bulldog spirit that led coach Dave Nesbitt to say: "I wish I had 10 more like him." He often pushed up to play midfield, and scored three game-winning goals. He scored 10 goals and had two assists.

* Gian Paolo Einaudi, Wilde Lake, Midfield, Sr. -- He sees the field well and sped up his level of play this season. Einaudi played a defensive midfield role but scored three goals and had six assists. He scored once against second-ranked Fallston in a 4-3 loss.

* Kwesi Ewool-Robotham, Wilde Lake, Midfield, Sr. -- Speedy, he had an excellent passing touch. He was part of a strong senior group that helped the Wildecats go from 2-8-1 a year ago to 9-5-2 and state Class 1A runner-up this season. He scored a key goal against Atholton in a come-from-behind tie. He had two goals and seven assists overall.

* Tom Hobbs, Glenelg, Defense, Sr. -- Splitting his season between midfield and the back line, Hobbs was skilled, aggressive, a good passer and had a strong foot. He took all of Glenelg's free kicks. "He could dribble by three or four opponents," Glenelg coach John Bouman said. Hobbs scored the game-winning goal against Howard. He had four goals and three assists.

* Morgan Kershner, Centennial, Midfielder, Sr. -- Amid an inexperienced midfield he provided the crucial link between the Eagles' offense and defense. He produced his most important performance against Thomas Stone in the state semifinals when he scored two goals and had one assist. He scored the game-winning penalty kick against Wilde Lake and the game-winning goal against Bennett in the region final. Kershner had 11 goals and 16 assists. He took most of Centennial's corner kicks.

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