Tournament titles make for a summer to remember for Magic


August 07, 1994|By RICK BELZ

The Columbia Magic, a Soccer Association of Columbia Under-14 Girls Select Team, has had a summer to remember.

In June it won the Fiesta Tournament in Virginia Beach, Va., and on July 30 it captured the inaugural MasterCard International Sister Cities Cup in Louisville, Ky.

The Magic's Kentucky triumph featured an impressive offense that outscored its opposition 10-1 during four games.

The Magic won three games and tied one. In the championship game the Columbia team beat Winchester, Mass., the 1993 Massachusetts state champion, 3-0.

Lauren Molinaro, a striker whom the Magic added just for this tournament, led her team by scoring four goals, including two on stunning direct shots in the first half of the championship game.

Molinaro, who was an outstanding freshman player at Centennial High School last fall, is a member of the Under-16 Eastern Regional Team.

Molinaro, 14, normally plays in the Washington Area Girls Soccer League with the Columbia Spirit in the Under-19 Premier Division.

The Magic opened the tournament by beating the Kentucky Lady Thunder, 3-0, as Molinaro scored two goals and forward Sarah Tollick scored one goal.

The Magic won by the same 3-0 score in Game Two against Team Kentucky, as Tollick, forward Bridget White and midfielder Meagan Funches each scored one goal.

In the semifinals the Magic played Winchester, and the teams tied, 1-1. Midfielder Thema Napier redirected a shot by midfielder Kathy Gaertner for the lone Magic goal.

"Winchester was a pretty good team but we had a mental lapse in the first game we played them," Molinaro said. "The tournament was a lot of fun. We only played one game per day so we had lots of free time. There was a parade one night, a boat ride another night and a DJ playing music one night."

Tonya Dedmond and Megan Wright shared time as Magic goalkeepers. Dedmond is an Under-14 Eastern Regional Team member.

"The field of teams wasn't quite as strong as we hoped it would be, but it was still a good win for us and a nice cultural experience," Magic coach Armando Gutierrez said. The team's assistant coaches are Anita Andersch and Stacy Nelson.

The tournament was conducted in conjunction with the 1994 Sister Cities International Conference and included 1,200 participants from 12 countries. There were eight teams in the girls under-14 division.

NationsBank sponsored the Magic by paying entry fees and supplying shirts.

The Magic, which finished in second place in the WAGS Under-14 Premier Division last spring, was the only Columbia team that played in the tournament. Columbia has two Sister Cities -- Tres Cantos, Spain, and Cergy-Pontoise, France.

Not only did the Magic win a championship, but they were given the tournament's girls sportsmanship award. The team did not draw a yellow or red card throughout the four games.

The rest of the team included: defenders Katherine McQueen, Leslie Miller, Lucy Muzzy, Megan Galbreath and Jennifer Johnson; midfielders Lan Gardner, Leilani Ho and Melissa Schreibstein; forwards Diane Wooten and Wanda Elledge.

National champs


Five county soccer players have soaring spirits this week.

The five were members of the Baltimore Spirit that won the 57th McGuire Cup, the Snickers U.S. National Youth Soccer under-19 championship.

The Spirit won the championship game July 31 by defeating Countryside Lightning (Fla.), 3-1, in Blaine, Minn. Matt Nesbitt (Wilde Lake, George Washington) made two assists in that game.

"This is the biggest thing that ever happened in my career," Nesbitt said. "The semifinal game [against Salsa] was really the championship. Salsa [Calif.] was very tough. But we all thought we could beat the Lightning."

The Spirit needed a shootout to beat Salsa in the semifinal. The teams played to a 2-2 tie before the Spirit won the shootout, 4-2.

Nesbitt scored one of the four Spirit penalty kicks in the shootout.

Russell Payne (Glenelg, Maryland) made eight saves in the first half of the championship game and received an MVP goalkeeping award.

Other county players included: Dan Gaertner (Glenelg, Mount St. Mary's), Josh Baer (Centennial, James Madison) and Jeremy Baker (Calvert Hall, Richmond).

The Spirit was coached by Dave Nesbitt, the varsity boys coach at Wilde Lake. His assistant coach was Josh Flyr, a former Wilde Lake player.

The Spirit had advanced to the McGuire Cup by winning five straight regional games and outscoring their opponents, 35-4. It's a who's who of 16 outstanding college players from the Baltimore-Washington area.

Weitzel to Elon

Kurt Weitzel, a two-time All-County baseball player from Centennial High School, has decided to attend Elon College in North Carolina.

Weitzel posted an 8-2 record and 1.00 ERA last spring. He displayed excellent control, striking out 62 and walking 15 in 56 innings. He also batted .329.

He was offered a partial baseball scholarship to UMBC but turned it down in favor of Elon, a Division II school that did not offer him a scholarship.

Beszczynski to Dundalk CC

Dana Beszczynski, an assistant basketball coach at Hammond High School under Jack Burke for the past four years, has accepted an assistant basketball coaching job at Dundalk Community College.

Beszczynski, 28, was noted for his in-depth scouting reports and his enthusiastic coaching style.

Burke is not returning as Hammond's coach. Mike Mongelli has replaced him.

Golfers sought

Any high school golfers interested in playing for the Howard County Golf Club starting Aug. 30 should contact the following school representatives:

Atholton, Mari Anne and Andrew Barresi (301) 498-3330; Centennial, Roger Sexton (410) 997-0693; Glenelg, Joyce Beddingfield (410) 854-6157; Hammond, Don Masters (410) 381-2549; Howard, Mike Mongelli (410) 997-0324; Mount Hebron, Mike Sniscak (410) 461-6541; Oakland Mills, Ben Clements (410) 730-3152; Wilde Lake, Ann Wood (410) 730-1494.

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