W. Md. looks for help from newcomers

September 14, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Western Maryland women's soccer coach Jennifer Flynn has eight players back from last year's squad. The rest of her 20-player roster is full of newcomers from all over the East Coast.

Much of the early season will be spent getting acquainted with one another as Flynn and the Green Terrors look for the right mix. After a 4-2 win in their season opener against Villa Julie, the Green Terrors suffered shutout losses to Salisbury State and Catholic to drop to 1-2 going into today's game against Georgetown. Flynn remains patient and optimistic.

"We're still learning to work together," Flynn said. "We have players from Massachusetts, upstate New York and New Jersey. They all play a different brand of ball and it's going to take some time to gel."

It's a pair of hometown products -- freshman goalie Julie Backof and sophomore newcomer Erin Murphey -- who will play major roles in helping the Green Terrors turn around the disappointing 1-12-2 season they had a year ago. Last year's squad struggled at both ends of the field, scoring only 10 times all season while allowing 41 goals.

Backof, a Westminster grad, has impressed Flynn with her athletic ability and good range at 5-9. She replaces Sarah Kephart in goal, the Green Terrors' lone first-team All-Centennial Conference pick last season.

Murphey was a first-team All-County midfielder for Francis Scott Key in 1992. Last year, she focused on studies and basketball in her first year at Western Maryland. Flynn has moved her up front, and she responded with a goal against Villa Julie.

Flynn expects the defense to be a lot stingier this season with sophomore sweeper Missy Baldwin, junior stopper Mary Ellen Sheehan and senior back Paula Moyer all returning. Sophomore newcomer Tiff Metzger plays the other fullback spot.

Senior Christa Mose earned All-CC honorable mention as a midfielder last season, scoring two goals and two assists and controlling the middle for the Green Terrors. She'll be joined by junior returnees Amie Chilcoat and Celena Welty.

Freshmen Erin Kelly (Deer Park, N.Y.), Courtney Boden (Skaneateles, N.Y.), Christine Kalobius (Sicklerville, N.J.) and Anne Nealon (Skaneateles, N.Y.) give Flynn a lot of depth at midfield.

"The depth we have on our bench is unreal. Something I'm not used to having," Flynn said.

"It's a big plus because we won't have to run Christa and Amie into the ground like we did at times last year. All 20 girls will contribute."

Senior Katie Names (Sandwich, Mass.) returns up front. Freshmen Kari Thompson and Jessica Mongrain also will see time at attack.

"We're doing all the difficult things right, but sometimes aren't doing the easy things like looking up and finding open teammates," Flynn said.

1994 TERRORS SCHEDULE

Sept. 14 Georgetown, 4

Sept. 20 at Goucher, 4:30

Sept. 22 at Notre Dame, 4:30

Sept. 24 at Swarthmore, 1

Oct. 1 Bryn Mawr, 2

Oct. 6 at Elizabethtown, 3:30

Oct. 8 at Frostburg St., 11

Oct. 11 Gettysburg, 3:30

Oct. 15 at Franklin & Marshall, 2

Oct. 18 at Johns Hopkins, 7

Oct. 22 Haverford, 2

Oct. 25 Dickinson, 3

Oct. 29 at Muhlenberg, 1

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