Preseason Boys Soccer Poll

September 13, 1994

1 Centennial -- The Eagles return seven starters from a 13-2-1 team that lost to Whitman in the state Class 3A championship. Centennial has three national pool players, senior goalie Brock Yetso, first-team All-Metro junior forward Brian West (15 goals, 7 assists) and sophomore forward Matt Stephenson (11, 3). Centennial graduated three starters and another transferred, but replaces them with players of equal or superior ability and experience. The Eagles outscored opponents, 50-9, and had 10 shutouts. The past three seasons they are 41-2-5 and ended last season ranked No. 1.

2 Fallston -- The Cougars return nine starters from a team that was 14-1-1 and lost to Middletown in the Class 2A state final. All-Metro senior forward Mike Giuffrida (28, 11) leads the list of returnees along with senior fullback Dave Peterson and senior midfielder Todd Paradise. The Cougars need to find another finisher.

3 Curley -- The Friars return five starters, including first-team All-Metro midfielder Mike Bailey (7, 10) from an undefeated (16-0-1) and second-ranked team. All-Metro Coach of the Year Pep Perrella is concerned about his defense, which last season allowed 11 goals and had seven shutouts. The Friars graduated their goalkeeper and three starting defenders, including All-Metro Player of the Year Mike Libber. Top returning players are seniors Greg Loftus (defense), Steve Ball (forward/midfield), Ryan Hax (midfield) and sophomore forward Giuliano Celenza (15, 6). Curley, the last A Division champ of the now-defunct Maryland Scholastic Association, is part of the newly formed

Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association.

4 Calvert Hall -- The Cardinals are led by senior first-team All-Metro stopper Ryan Lachowicz, national team pool member and junior midfielder Ryan Smith, senior forward David Federline and senior goalkeeper Scott Simmons. Deepak Rana, a former national team pool member in his native Nepal, is a senior midfielder. The Cardinals, 15-2-1 last season, lost to Curley in the MSA championship game and finished ranked No. 5.

5 Severna Park -- The Falcons return a solid nucleus from a fourth-ranked 13-3 team. They will be strong up front with junior returnee Scott Vane and Josh Groseclose, who did not play last season. Midfield also is strong with seniors Kelly Harris, Rick Sponer and J. J. Carhart. But the Falcons need to rebuild their defense. Goalkeeper Evan Henry is up from junior varsity.

6 Overlea -- The Falcons return seven starters from a 9-3-1 team that was ranked No. 13. Top scorer and fourth-year starter Jason Owens (13, 6) is back along with fourth-year starter Brandon Van Hoose (midfield), third-year varsity starter Mike Tirschman (midfield), senior Mike Porrovicchio (defense) and senior Ron Phillips (midfield). The Falcons should be deeper and stronger --


7 South Carroll -- The Cavaliers return 13 players, including seven starters from a 6-4-2 team and will be led by seniors Scott Ensor (defense), Adam Aulestin (midfield), Martin Oswiecimka (midfield) and Emmanual Smyrnioudis (midfield). Four newcomers also will start. Robby Ridgely, a transfer from Westminster, is a striker; Chris Balog, a transfer from McDonogh, plays fullback; Trond Fozen, an exchange student from Norway, is at sweeper; and Mike Patton, who didn't play last season, will play stopper.

8 Howard -- The Lions return seven starters and 10 lettermen from a 5-6 team that lost five games by one goal and one by two goals. Howard allowed only 15 goals. Senior goalkeeper Joel Sackett returns with sweeper Mike Green (5, 2) and midfielders Chris Folkmyer and Peter Bachman. Mike Bagrosky (4 goals) and Chris Dodson (3, 4) are back at forward.

9 Dulaney -- The Lions return six starters and 15 lettermen from an eighth-ranked 10-3-1 regional championship team that lost to Churchill in the state Class 4A semifinals. Dulaney needs to come up with a goalkeeper and a finisher. Top players are seniors Daren Siebert (midfield), Jon Leberknight (defense), Mike Mainquist (forward) and Chris Conoscenti (defense) and juniors Brian Frank (defense) and Booth Farwell (midfield).

10 Wilde Lake -- The Wildecats return seven starters, including their entire defense, from the ninth-ranked team that compiled seven shutouts but lost to Easton, 1-0, in the state Class 1A championship. Sweeper Jeff Curtis, who also led the team in scoring with 10 goals, returns. Goalkeeper John Beakes and starting defenders Brandon Haus, Jeremy Young, Chad Whipkey and Josh Briefel are back.

11 Perry Hall -- Several coaches point to Perry Hall as the team to beat in Baltimore County after a 13-1 season. The Gators lost to Dulaney in the region final. They have an experienced midfield led by seniors Chris Ude (second-team All-Metro) and Jim Stopper. They have senior strikers in Brandon Oliver and Brian Doherty. Coach Ed Wolfe's biggest question is at goalkeeper, where Bill Foos is up from JV.

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