1993 All-anne Arundel County Boys Soccer Team

November 25, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko


* Don Hobbs, Old Mill -- Hobbs' goal at the beginning of the season was to have a winning record. "And our furthest goal was to make the playoffs," he said. Needless to say, being undefeated going into the last regular-season game wasn't what Old Mill's coaching staff expected, but it happened. And though the Patriots lost their last two games -- both to Severna Park, including a 3-0 setback in the regional playoffs -- the season already had been a huge success. Hobbs had just four starters returning, and while the defense appeared to be solid, the team seemed to lack scoring punch. But senior forward Bob Thomas came through with 12 goals and five assists and Hobbs found the right players to fill the remaining holes. "The kids did it, but I'll take the credit," he said, laughing. "They were a very good group to work with. They did everything we asked. It was a fun year." The Patriots finished with a 9-2-2 record -- including ties with Glen Burnie (1-1) and Chesapeake (0-0) early in the season -- and ranked No. 8. They won six in a row before Severna Park beat them in the regular-season finale, 3-2, in overtime. "Our defense was our strength, and we just had to try some different things that would allow us to score goals," Hobbs said. "We experimented a bit, and fortunately, it worked." Old Mill registered 34 goals and was shut out only twice. Among the highlights were a 3-1 victory over North County -- a region finalist -- and a 2-1 win over Broadneck.


* Chris Cosentino, North County -- Cosentino was the only player from a county school chosen to the All-State first team, and the reasons for his selection are plentiful. His 13 goals and three assists are only part of the story. His importance to the team, as coach Steve Malone often stressed, goes beyond numbers. "The most crucial thing he did for us was control the midfield. As most people know, more games are won or lost at the midfield than anywhere else," Malone said. Cosentino generates tremendous power in his kicks and he has scored from distances usually considered out of reach. "He has tremendous ball skills and is very sound fundamentally," Malone said. "He's not a player that's real flashy, but he just does all the little things very, very well. And he has really good leadership ability. He knew who needed a psychological kick in the pants, and psychological soothing." Cosentino likened himself to a quarterback or a point guard, "winning balls that need to be won, and scoring if needed. I always like to critique myself because I'm never satisfied, but overall, I'd have to say it was a good year." Cosentino, who scored twice in a 5-4 double-overtime loss to Severna Park in the Class 4A East Region final, is being recruited by such schools as bTC Loyola, George Mason and UMBC.


* Erik Dahlen, Chesapeake, Sr., forward -- Dahlen emerged as Chesapeake's top scorer and was chosen honorable-mention All-State. He had nine goals and five assists, and coach Earl Eckhardt said, "It wasn't a surprise. He really stepped up for us."

* Rob Dey, Meade, Sr., midfield -- Dey was a "quarterback-type who controlled the midfield," said coach Mike Dey. A center-midfielder, he scored six goals and assisted on eight others.

* Josh Good, Broadneck, Sr., midfield -- Good, who also made the first team last year, had four goals and three assists. He was chosen second-team All-State. "He is in the elite category," said coach Jon Braun. "He probably has the best skills on the team."

* Corey Houghton, North County, Sr., defense -- Houghton, a sweeper, moves up from the second team. "He is a very tough, hard-nosed player," said coach Steve Malone. "He has excellent speed and he liked to gamble. He liked to push up, and he had enough speed to allow him to do that and recover."

* Sean Murphy, Chesapeake, Sr., defense -- Murphy was Chesapeake's marking back and a prime reason it was difficult to score on the Cougars. "Whenever the other team had one kid who we needed to zero in on, Sean was the one," Eckhardt said. Murphy also scored three goals.

* Mike Mazzola, Old Mill, Sr., midfield -- Mazzola played at center-midfield last year, but took more of a defensive stance this fall. "He's on the level with any midfielder in the county," said coach Don Hobbs. Mazzola contributed three goals and two assists and was named second-team All-State.

* Scott Neuberger, Severna Park, Jr., forward -- A second-team All-State selection, Neuberger led Severna Park in scoring with 16 goals and three assists. "He's got speed and size, and he likes to score," said coach Don Gregg.

* Bryce Poland, Severna Park, Sr., defense -- Poland, a fullback, was the "basic mainstay of the defense," Gregg said. "He's the creative force for our backfield." Poland played just about every minute of every game and he finished with one goal and three assists.

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