Wright goes unbeaten in Harford

May 11, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Senior veteran Caroline Barthel and sophomore newcomer Miranda James starred at opposite ends of the field last night as C. Milton Wright (9-3, 6-0) completed its second straight unbeaten season against Harford County opposition with an 8-3 victory at North Harford (2-8).

Barthel, an offensive player since her sophomore season, was dropped back to a defensive position two weeks ago, and in three games has used her speed and experience to good advantage. James broke open a close game with three successive first-half goals and the Hawks never recovered.

"I love it," Barthel said of her new position. "I seem to understand it better, and it feels easier. Now, I don't feel comfortable on offense at all."

Which is probably just as well, because she is a likely fixture at her new position. "My speeds helps me cover an opposing attack, too, because it comes down to speed against speed."

Which is what separates James from the rest of the pack. A member of the Mustangs' track team last year (county long jump and sprint standout), she has used her speed and athletic skills to overwhelm opposing defenses this season.

Junior Wendy Dieter put North Harford on the board first, and junior goalkeeper Jamie Hawkins made it stand up until Becky Gerhart tied it halfway through the period.

The first James goal sent the visitors ahead to stay and her second triggered a three-goal outburst (Willow Waldrop and Gerhart had the others) in the closing two minutes.

"We played great on defense, but our passing wasn't clicking on offense," Wright coach Kathy Breymaier said. Still, the Mustangs nearly reached their average of 40 ground balls a game (38), and as Breymaier said, "I like speed on the field, because we go for the ground balls and the possession."

Complementing Barthel on defense were Amy Hypes, Amanda Moculski and a steadily improving Jackie Bangert.

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