Goal for Harford CC men is to keep moving forward

September 04, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

The improvement shown by the Harford Community College soccer team the past two seasons can be documented easily -- by the number of games won. It may not be that simple this year.

Under the direction of coach Kevin Cromwell, the Owls went from one win in 1991 to four the next year, and to 7-7-1 last year, when the team made the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XX playoffs for the first time since 1989.

The strength of this team will be at the offensive end of the field, led by veteran forwards Mike Dempsey (Calvert Hall) and Luke Golueke (Loyola).

Dempsey was an All-Region XX selection a year ago when he led the team with six goals and four assists, and Golueke returns after missing most of last season with a knee injury. He had scored three goals before that.

New midfielders Jeff Herpel (Bel Air), Matt Rich (Dulaney) and Andrew Swentzel (Joppatowne) are expected to complement the two veterans in the scoring department.

Herpel and Swentzel have overall good skills, and Rich is projected as helping to solidify the offense.

Aside from Dempsey and Golueke, the other returnees are goalkeeper Joe Reinhardt (C.M. Wright), who had 120 saves and allowed 20 goals; and midfielders Sean Starnes (Perryville) and Scott O'Connor (Elkton).

The defense has to be rebuilt almost from scratch, as Reinhardt is the only holdover.

Among the candidates are strong and aggressive David Watts (Bel Air) and Craig Jester (Edgewood) and Joel Duchon (Havre de Grace).

"This looks like our best team in my four years," Cromwell said last week.

"We're going to be exciting. The offense will be explosive, but we'll need a solid defense.

"Right now, with our first game Tuesday [at home against Charles County, 4 p.m.], I'd say this has been the best preseason camp.

"There is a great attitude, and the players and coaches are really focused on their work. The best word is intensity, and I expect it will carry over to the regular season."

Although the team is expected to be improved, so is the schedule, with five opponents in the preseason JuCo Top 20.

Last season, the Owls showed they were not the pushover of previous years, and now Cromwell said he believes he has a team that will provide a challenge to the top contenders.

"We think we'll be able to play with them, and we're looking for that recognition," he said.

"A better season against better opposition should help us get a higher [postseason] tournament seeding. In turn, that ought to give us a better chance to advance."

Last year, Harford lost to Anne Arundel, 1-0, in the first round of the tournament.

The schedule

Sept. 6--Charles, 4 p.m.; 15--at Hagerstown, 4 p.m.; 24--Hagerstown, 1 p.m.; 26--Dundalk, 4 p.m.; 27--at Anne Arundel, 7:30 p.m.

l Oct. 1--Catonsville, 1 p.m.; 4--Prince George's, 3:30 p.m.; 7--Montgomery-Rockville, 3:30; 11--at Essex, 3:30 p.m.; 14--Anne Arundel, 3:30 p.m.; 18--at Catonsville; 21--at Prince George's, 3:30 p.m.; 26--at Montgomery-Rockville, 3:30 p.m.; 28--Essex, 3:30.

Nov. 1, 3, 5, 6--Region XX tournament (sites and times to be

determined).

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