Team-by-team Capsules

September 13, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham

Carroll Christian Patriots

Coach: Mark Campbell

1993 record: 10-6.

Top players: Brian Baker, Sr., D; Chip Leonard, Jr., G; Tim Abbott, Jr., MF; Casey Davis, Soph., F; Steve Rill, Jr., D

Outcome: Campbell was pleased with the Patriots second-place finish in the six-team Pamadeva Tournament over the weekend in Hanover, Pa. Defense will be the Patriots' strength this season. Leonard has been solid in goal and has experienced backs in front of him in Baker and Rill. The Patriots are starting five freshmen and Campbell is hoping that defense can keep the Patriots in games while the younger players adjust. Abbott controls the middle of the field at his center halfback spot. Scoring may be another concern for Campbell, who brought Davis up to forward after starting at midfield as a freshman. He had three goals over the weekend. Despite the inexperience, the Patriots should again be near the top of the Potomac Christian Athletic Conference along with Frederick Christian.

Francis Scott Key Eagles

Coach: "Gee" Hibberd

1993 record: 4-7-1.

Top players: Randy Owings, Sr., F; John Shorb, Sr. G; Rob Green, Jr. F; Zac Yinger, Sr., D; Steve Wright, Sr. D; Chris Hild, Sr.

Outcome: The Eagles failed to qualify for the region playoffs last year for the first time in four years. The offense produced 28 goals in 12 games last season -- one of the highest outputs in Hibberd's 12 years at the helm. A defense full of new faces struggled at times, but showed improvement as the year went on. This year's offense should be equally effective, led by Owings, who finished second in the county in scoring last year with eight goals and six assists. With a year's worth of experience and Shorb returning in goal after missing half of last season with a leg injury, the Eagles' defense should be much more stingy this season. "We've come to camp very enthused, playing a good brand of soccer. We should have a decent product this season and expect to have more ball control than in the past," Hibberd said.

Liberty Lions

Coach: Lee Kestler Sr.

1993 record: 11-1-2.

Top players: Jeff Bachman, Sr. D; Geoff Gursky, Sr. MF; Mark Ozgar, Sr., MF; Steve James, Sr., D; Tony Berarducci, Sr., MF; Jeff Vail, Sr., MF

Outlook: It's been some time since Kestler and the Lions have had so many unanswered questions going into a season. Only three regulars return from last year's team that went 11-0-1 during the regular season and lost in the region final. Who starts in goal? Kestler has two sophomores to choose from. Who will put the ball in the net with most of last year's firepower lost to graduation? "We have a heck of task in front of us," Kestler said. "We are very young and inexperienced. There are no stars here, but players who want to work with you and have something to prove." The Lions will rely heavily on Gursky and Ozgar to control the midfield, and Bachman to anchor the defense.

North Carroll Panthers

Coach: Ed Powelson

1993 record: 3-9.

Top players: Damien Deiaco, Sr., MF; Corey Rill, Sr. A; Don Kwedar, Sr., A; Matt Davidson, Sr., D/MF; Matt Ruhlman, Sr., D; Bruce Wright, Jr., G.

D8 Outlook: This season could be the start of something

good for a North Carroll program that has fallen on some tough times the past couple of years under veteran coach Powelson. The Panthers had their normal strong turnout (around 65 players out for the varsity and junior-varsity squads) with a solid group of young players from last year's strong junior varsity vying for varsity spots. Senior returnees Rill and Kwedar will lead the way up front on attack. Newcomer Wright gives Powelson a lot of athleticism and competitiveness in goal. Look for a lot of new faces to join veteran Deiaco at midfield and Davidson and Ruhlman on defense. "We'll be young and we'll be competitive. It's just comes down to how bad we want to win," Powelson said.

South Carroll Cavaliers

Coach: Charlie Fazenbaker

1993 record: 6-4-2.

Top players: Scott Ensor, Sr., D; Jason Petroski, Sr., G; Adam Aulestia, Sr., MF; Martin Oswiecimka, Sr. MF; Emmanuel Smyrnioudis, Sr., MF.

Outlook: This could well be the year the Cavaliers enjoy their coming-out party. Strides have been taken the past two years and everything appears to be in place for a successful 1994 season. After a slow start last year, the Cavs closed out the season 4-0-2. The Cavaliers bring even more impressive numbers this season, with 13 varsity players returning. "Last year's team was very good, but we didn't have the depth that we do this year. Also, everyone has one more year's worth of experience playing with one another," Fazenbaker said. Also joining the team this year are three foreign exchange students -- defender Trond Fozen (Norway), Patrick Priesmann (Germany) and midfielder Mickey Schwarz (Venezuela). Ensor, a two-time all-county performer, will anchor the defense at left fullback. A deep midfield will be one of the the Cavs' biggest strengths, led by three-year player Aulestia. Dan Hughes and Jon Eaton will run up front along with speedy junior Brandon Dorsey.

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