Team-by-team Capsules

September 14, 1994|By Doug Brown

Annapolis Panthers 1993 record: 3-8-1. Coach: Dave Griffith.

Top players: Dana Curran, Sr., F; Emily Lowe, Sr., FB; Jamie Pleyo, Sr., HB; Jessica Milber, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Panthers are buttressed by Pleyo, a transfer from Northeast, and Milber, an exchange student from Germany. Pleyo is quick, hustles, has a good shot and contributes on offense and defense. Although Milber has to work to overcome the language barrier and brought with her a different soccer style, first-year coach Griffith says she is fitting in nicely. "We're preaching togetherness and team play," said Griffith. "We're going to try to be more disciplined." Freshman Brooke Wagner and Stephy Samaras, a converted fullback, are battling for the goalie job.

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers 1993 record: 1-13-3. Coach: Gino Drury.

Top players: Nicki Trumpler, Sr., G; Nicki Stoddard, Sr., HB; Stacey Sietz, Sr., W; Holly Bauer, Sr., FB; Marissa Taitque, Jr., HB; Allison Tirdil, Jr., FB; Maria Drury, Soph., S.

Outlook: Drury expects the team to be more competitive with an infusion of talent from the JV and the freshman class. "We're not that bad a team," he said. "We're just in a very good conference." Defense, anchored by Trumpler, the all-Catholic League goalie, should be the Cavaliers' strength. Offense is needed -- "to take the pressure off our defense and put it on someone else for a change," said Drury -- and may come with the addition of speed. Speedy newcomers include Nicole DeLuca, up from the JV, and freshmen Angie Fuller, Stephanie Cano and Sara Garrett. "We were devastated by injuries in the speed department last year," Drury said. "Once they went down, it was over."

Arundel Wildcats 1993 record: 11-3. Coach: Paul Yannuzzi.

Top players: Kim Kesselman, Sr., SB; Kristin Smeby, Jr., M; Shauna Donahue, Sr., F; Christy Nichols, Jr., M-F; Nicole Ross, Sr., M.

Outlook: Yannuzzi, last year's county Coach of the Year, was pleased with Arundel's 11-3 record last year and No. 13 ranking in The Baltimore Sun's final poll. But he will not be pleased if the Wildcats again lose in the first round of the regional playoffs, as they did to Old Mill. The squad is experienced, with 15 returnees, and hungry. The main strength will be the defense that revolves around Kesselman. With the departure of Barb Mueller (12 goals), Donahue and Nichols will have to deliver. Jill Jones, top scorer on the JV last year, figures to help the offense.

Broadneck Bruins 1993 record: 7-5. Coach: Leann Shuck.

Top players: Liz Goodrich, Sr., D; Jessica Hull, Sr., S; Meghan Branning, Sr., M;

Kellee Flynn, Sr., D; Leslie Rogalski, Sr., D; Tara Jensen, Sr., G; Meg Good, Soph., M; Megan Santacroce, Soph., M.

Outlook: First-year coach Shuck, successor to Dave Lord, likes the "very strong nucleus" she inherited. The Bruins, she says, will play a different style of soccer. "I believe in the short passing game; it's the way I play," said Shuck, who played at Broadneck and the University of Maryland. "The girls have enough skill to play this style, and they're doing a great job of adjusting to it, after being used to the long passing game." Since all county teams will be invited to the regional playoffs, Broadneck's objective is more lofty: Advance to the state playoffs.

Chesapeake Cougars 1993 record: 11-3-1. Coach: Lin Sullivan.

Top players: Melissa Wagner, Sr., S; Erin Thomas, Sr., HB; Maggie Dziuban, Sr., SB; Sandra Norris, Sr., G; Chrissy Kohlhepp, Jr., STB ; Stacey Reynolds, Jr., HB; Laura Basil, Soph., HH; Jennifer Davis, Soph., HB; Tami Barrington, Jr., FB.

Outlook: The Cougars are strong up the middle. The heart of the team consists of Wagner, Thomas, Kohlhepp, Dziuban and Norris, all of whom received all-state or all-county honors. Norris was on The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro first team. "We need to get support from others, too," Sullivan said. Chesapeake's only regular-season losses were to playoff teams Severna Park and Arundel, and it lost in the state semifinals to Dulaney, which went on to beat Severna Park in the final. "Our goal," Sullivan said, "is not to lose in the state semifinals this year."

Glen Burnie Gophers 1993 record: 2-10. Coach: Jon Van Orden.

Top players: Sam Miller, Sr., S; Coral Brandenburg, Sr., D; Jo Marion, Sr., M; Courtney Lemon, Soph., M; Jessica Bounelis, Jr., D.

Outlook: Van Orden has more players to pick from than in the past. Freshmen twins Marianne and Michelle Ogle, Laura Moody, Amy Shacklock and Nicki Bounelis, the latter two goalies, are competitive with the four seniors and four juniors. Five freshmen probably will start. "This is more talent than we've ever had," Van Orden said. "Because of the rec programs, these girls are coming to us ready to play. They have game experience and are able to make quick, smart decisions."

Meade Mustangs 1993 record: 1-10-1. Coach: Jon Putt.

Top players: Katie Clark, Sr., S; Delyza Diaz, Jr., W; Mary Rafter, Jr., M; Donna Remy, Sr., D; Meghan Hofer, Sr., D; Brandy Gregg, Jr., D; La'Tashia James, Sr., M.

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