1993 Girls Soccer

December 03, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham

The first team at a glance

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR * Alison Schroeder, McDonogh, senior, defense -- A repeat first-team All-Metro and All-State selection, Schroeder was the leader of the top-ranked McDonogh team that finished the season 19-0 and ranked No. 3 nationally. A versatile player who played every position except goalie in her stellar four-year career, Schroeder was McDonogh's foundation on defense at sweeper and showed she could be a force offensively with seven goals and eight assists from the back. The McDonogh defense, which allowed only 12 goals and recorded 13 shutouts, was near flawless, and Schroeder was the big reason. A first-team All-Catholic League selection in all four years at the varsity level, Schroeder was everything you can ask for in a sweeper with the ability to read and break up opposing offenses' scoring threats and also start the Eagles' offense from the back with good field sense and distribution. She was in on all of their offensive set plays and was particularly strong in the air on corner kicks. One of the area's most durable players, Schroeder was a calming influence in back for McDonogh and able to cover a lot of ground from side to side with great speed. "It all started with Alison. She was rock solid in the back for us with no mental mistakes and very few physical ones," said McDonogh coach Ted Scocos. She played a big role in McDonogh's early-season win over then-top-ranked Hammond -- shutting down the Golden Bears' vaunted offense. A fifth-year Olympic Developmental player, Schroeder scored 20 goals and added 16 assists in the past three years at McDonogh. At the club-team level, she played on Virginia's State Cup champ Vista United and Maryland's seven-time State Cup winning team, the Columbia Crusaders.

COACH OF THE YEAR * Lou Menegatti, Loch Raven -- At the start of the season, Menegatti thought it would be a rebuilding year for his Raiders with a starting team of two seniors, two freshmen and the rest sophomores and juniors. It turned out to be a banner season as he guided his Raiders to the Class 1A-2A state crown with a 2-0 win over Hammond. It was the first time a Baltimore County school brought home a girls state title. "Early on in our scrimmages we saw we had a nucleus, but we weren't sure whether it would blend in time for the season. It was an excellent year," he said. Earlier in the season, the Raiders (16-1) defeated defending county champ Dulaney -- a team that went on to win the state 3A-4A title -- with a 2-0 win. Menegatti said the Dulaney and Hammond wins were clearly the biggest and winning the state title was the team's "No. 1 thrill." The state title game was the first time Hammond was shut out. The Raiders finished the season ranked second in the metro area and 13th nationally. The Menegatti-led Raiders gave top-ranked McDonogh all it could handle before theEagles came away with a 3-2 win.

ALL-METRO FIRST TEAM * Abby Bausman, Dulaney, junior, midfielder -- A gifted midfielder who was equally adept at distributing and shooting, Bausman finished the season with 20 goals and 14 assists for Class 3A-4A champ Dulaney. She has great speed and the skills to complement it. Bausman was a take-charge player at midfield with great vision. She was also a solid two-way player who marked well. "Abby's a gutsy player who goes at it 100 percent all the time. She has good field sense and knows where she needs to be," said Dulaney coach Kathy Schmidt.

* Carrie Budzinski, Severna Park, senior, defender -- A four-year starter and tri-captain for state runner-up Severna Park, Budzinski ran the show for a Falcons defense that yielded eight goals and had 12 shutouts. She mostly played sweeper the past two seasons, but had the finesse to play midfield at times. A solid field general with great speed, Budzinski handled pressure situations well and made great decisions. Severna Park coach Joyce Stefancik simply said, "Carrie gets the job done." Budzinski scored the game-winner in a 1-0 win over Anne Arundel County rival Broadneck during the regular season.

* Carrie Chao, Wilde Lake, senior, defender -- Chao was the leader of adefense-oriented Wildecats squad that finished 10-3-1 and Howard County champ. She was a reliable, take-charge player who went to the ball aggressively to disrupt offenses at sweeper. Chao knows the game very well and is a good communicator on the field.

* Christina Coroneos, McDonogh, senior, midfielder -- The point guard at center midfield for the top-ranked and undefeated Eagles, Coroneos finished with five goals and 14 assists. Two of her goals were McDonogh's biggest. She scored the game-winner in a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Mercy and scored a tying goal in a 3-2 win against second-ranked Loch Raven. "The middle of the field belonged to Christina," said McDonogh coach Ted Scocos. "She's a finesse player who knew when it was time to get physical."

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