Team-by-team Capsules

September 14, 1994|By Katherine Dunn

Atholton Raiders Coach: Jim Carlan.

1993 record: 2-9-1.

Top players: Stephanie Van Deusen, Sr., M; Janine Dauberman, Jr., D; Melissa Greczy, Fr., M/D; Julie Kapcala, Soph., G; Chrissy Gavin, Sr., F/D; Caitlin Bair, Fr., M; Mandy Robins, Jr., D.

Outlook: If the preseason is any indication, the Raiders could be ready to move out of the county's cellar. Playing the same teams they were winless against last year in early scrimmages, they went 3-1-2. But second-year coach Carlan isn't ready to talk about a big jump yet. "I'm cautiously optimistic. Historically, Atholton girls soccer has not done a lot, so what we want to do is win some county games." After losing just one starter and adding a handful of talented freshmen, the Raiders have a solid defense. What's new is a bit more offense, although their finishing hasn't been as strong as Carlan would like. Moving Van Deusen from stopper to halfback helped give the Raiders more push from the midfield, where junior Lindsay Clime and senior Jen Norton will help. Sophomore Kim Obst and junior Alika Crew should see plenty of action.

@Centennial Eagles Coach: Dave Greenberg.

1993 record: 8-3-3.

Top players: Michelle Clare, Jr., F; Lauren Molinaro, Soph., M; Tania Riismandel, Jr., D; Rima Sidhu, Jr., G; Katie Garrity, Soph., G; Sarah Bartholomew, Soph., M/D; Shara Boonshaft, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Eagles won two Class 3A/4A state titles before falling in the semifinals last year. Even though most of the talent that took them to those championships is gone now, the Eagles return enough power to challenge for the title. First, however, the Eagles would like to pin down the Howard County championship after finishing fourth last season. In Howard County, the Eagles have something most other teams lack -- a veteran offense. All-County selection Clare, who contributed 16 goals last year, is one of the area's top strikers while Molinaro can create a lot of offense as well. Add talented freshman striker Jen Coulson and the Eagles should have enough power to boost them to the top of the county standings. The defense, which graduated All-County picks Allison Bielski and keeper Laura Bradburn, returns another in sweeper Riismandel. So far, the Eagles seem to be making a smooth adjustment to their new coaching staff of Greenberg, who assisted at Mount Hebron last season, and Kevin Flynn, the new assistant. "We have to stay healthy," said Greenberg. "We need to improve enough so we don't just rely on this kid or that kid. We've got to get better contributions consistently from more people."

Glenelg Gladiators Coach: Mike Williams.

1993 record: 7-4-1.

Top players: Lee Custer, Jr., M; Emily Cox, Sr., F; Carolyn Flowers, Soph., F; Kathy Gaertner, Fr., D; Kim Ridolfi, Jr., M; Julia Custer, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Gladiators came on strong late in the season to tie Centennial, but still they missed the playoffs last year. Although they return six starters, the Gladiators have some big shoes to fill in graduated All-County players Christina Flowers and Molly Hood. Still, Williams said the overall skill level is a bit better. The addition of talented newcomer Gaertner, who will start at sweeper, should beef up a defense that already includes four veterans, senior Gracia Walker at stopper, Julia Custer and senior Lindsay Rupp at fullback and senior Becca Christensen in the goal. Like most of the other teams, offense is where the Gladiators will have to prove themselves. Cox scored five goals to tie for the team lead last season. "We have good players at pretty much every position, and except for two or three positions, this team is better. But right now, I'd say we're not quite as deep as last year," said Williams, last year's Howard County Coach of the Year.

Hammond Golden Bears Coach: Dave Guetler.

1993 record: 12-4.

Top players: Emily Bielefeld, Soph., M/F; Angela Trancucci, Jr., M; Ashley Decker, Jr., D; Rene Hines, Soph., D; Keely Alexander, Sr., F; Michelle Willis, Sr., D; Rebecca Bays, Jr., D.

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