1993 All-harford County Girls Soccer Teams

November 28, 1993|By John W. Stewart

COACH OF THE YEAR

* Ken Dawson, C. Milton Wright -- In his eighth year as coach, he guided the Mustangs to a 12-1-1 record and a No. 6 ranking. The loss came in the Class 3A-4A North regional final where eventual state champion Dulaney won, 1-0. The county title came down to a meeting with Fallston, as the two were unbeaten in the league at the time. Wright edged the defending champions, 3-2, in overtime.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

* Krystin Porcella, John Carroll -- The team's emotionally intense leader as well as its top scorer, she was the one looked to by the rest of the mostly underclass starters. The No. 14 Patriots (10-4-2) reached the Catholic League final before losing to No. 1 McDonough. Porcella had three goals and an assist in a 4-1 semifinal win over Mercy. She accounted for 17 of her team's 39 goals.

ALL-COUNTY FIRST TEAM

* Melissa Billings, C. Milton Wright -- An intense competitor, she was especially aggressive with moving the ball into the offensive end. It was a foul against her by a Fallston defender that set up a successful penalty kick and tied the score at that point against the Cougars. A four-year starter, she headed a defense that gave up only five goals in 14 games. She and Fouts were the only returning first-team All-County choices from a year ago. The state coaches recognized her with a second-team selection.

* Beth Blasi, Fallston -- She ended as her team's top scorer with 19 goals and seven assists. She had game-winning goals in both Class 1A-2A regional games, 1-0 over Hereford, and 3-0 over North Harford. She was a second-team selection for the Maryland Coaches All-State team.

* Amanda Fouts, C. Milton Wright -- A four-year starter, she was considered to be the best midfielder in the county, particularly in the defensive end. She finished with five goals and four assists.

* Becky Gerhart, C. Milton Wright -- The team's second-leading scorer with 10 goals and two assists, she scored the winning goals in the Mustangs' games against chief rivals North Harford, 1-0, and Fallston, 3-2 in overtime. The win over the Cougars clinched the county title.

* Miranda James, C. Milton Wright -- She joined Blasi and Gerhart as sophomores who made the first team after making the second team a year ago. She was the Mustangs' leading scorer with 19 goals and one assist and was the only Harford County player named to the state coaches' first team.

* Danielle Konschak, North Harford -- The lone freshman on this team, she responded well to the challenge of starting as a first-year high school player. She led the Hawks in scoring with 17 goals and nine assists and often was used on defense to mark an opposing high scorer late in a game. Her offensive work included one four-goal game.

* Elaina Morris, John Carroll -- She was the heart of a strong defense and took most of her team's free kicks. A two-year starter, she marked the opposition's best offensive threat. She had two goals and four assists.

* Beth Rappold, Fallston -- Another sophomore starter for the No. 10 Cougars (11-4), she was the dominant player on a defense that helped win seven straight games in the middle of the season. The No. 2 seed in the Class 1A-2A North region, Fallston defeated Hereford and top seed North Harford, before losing to eventual champion Loch Raven in the state semifinals, 3-1.

* Danielle Rohde, Bel Air -- She was another two-year starter and her team's best defensive player, who regularly marked the opposition's top scorer.

* Megan Tulley, Fallston -- She played in the middle of a midfield unit that consistently controlled the play in that segment of the field. She was one of four sophomore starters for her team, and all were either first- or second-team All-County choices.

* Erin Updegrove, C. Milton Wright -- She recorded 11 shutouts and finished with a save percentage of .950. She was at her best in the toughest games, shutting out North Harford, thwarting Fallston, and making a season-high 14 saves against Dulaney in the regional final.

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