Team-by-team Capsules

September 14, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham

Francis Scott Key Eagles

Coach: Joe Linthicum.

1993 record: 6-6.

Top players: Carri Ryer, Sr., F; Kelly Jirout, Sr., F; Lisa Turner, Sr., MF; Jaime White, Sr., D; Pam Lochner, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Eagles have some solid talent returning, but also have some voids to fill. Linthicum is hoping the veterans can hold down things in the early going while the newcomers get settled in at the varsity level. Ryer and Jirout give the Eagles a lot of speed up front and Linthicum is confident the Eagles will be able to put the ball in the net. Turner appears ready to take control of the midfield in the middle. She'll be the key distributor to the forwards and also can surprise teams with a strong shot. The defense has some questions, but also has Lochner at sweeper. A starter as a sophomore, she can cover up a lot of mistakes with her aggressive style. White also returns as stopper and gives the Eagles a solid foundation defensively in the middle. A pair of newcomers -- junior Holly Burall and sophomore Lauren Rupp -- are vying for the goalie position. A lighter schedule should bring a couple of more wins to the Eagles, who opened against Monocacy Valley Athletic

League newcomer Boonsboro instead of going up against county power South Carroll. The Eagles will play Boonsboro again later in the season.

Liberty Lions

Coach: Chuck Martin.

1993 record: 9-5-1.

Top players: Shanna Ziegenfuss, Soph., F; Natalie Hannibal, Sr. F; Angie Primavera, Jr., GK; Michelle Clawson, Jr., D; Amie Rose, Sr., D; Carey Epler, Sr., MF.

Outlook: Martin inherits a young and gifted team that is coming off two straight state playoff appearances under former coach Lynn Stone. Injuries already have played a major toll with sophomore midfielder Haley DeLaurence lost for the season after knee surgery and Ziegenfuss recently injured and not due back for three weeks. The two combined to score 18 goals last year as first-team all-county freshmen. "We envisioned playing without Haley and planned for that, but Shanna getting hurt un

expectedly really hurts," Martin said. "We're looking for the others to step up and hopefully it will be a blessing in disguise when Shanna returns." Hannibal, a co-captain, will carry much of the load offensively until Ziegenfuss returns. Clawson is a solid sweeper who sees the entire field and directs teammates well. She will anchor the defense along with Primavera and Rose. Martin is counting on Epler to create opportunities for herself and teammates at midfield.

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Coach: Phil Myers.

1993 record: 5-6-1.

Top players: Teresa Mays, Sr., G; Amber Fleming, Sr., D; Melissa Wilfong, Sr., D; Jen Rongione, Sr., MF; Carrie Hale, Sr., F.

Outlook: There are a lot of similarities with this Panthers squad and last year's team. A solid defense will keep the Panthers close, and if the offense can take advantage of their opportunities, anything can happen. Last season, the Panthers knocked off previously unbeaten South Carroll midway through the season and later played Liberty to a draw. Myers is hoping the same kind of things happen this season. "The only thing proven is our defense, which played very well together last year. We had problems scoring last year and are again looking for someone to step up this year," he said. "I was pleased with our season last year and happy the way we performed against South Carroll and Liberty. We have a lot of good athletes this year and are still looking at some different combinations." Mays, a first-team all-county performer in goal, anchors the defense along with Fleming at sweeper. Julie Baker, who scored five times last season and was the steadying influence at midfield, transferred to McDonogh and will be missed sorely.

South Carroll Cavaliers

Coach: Jim Horn.

1993 record: 10-2-1.

Top players: Amber Clutter, Sr., F; Kendra Pulis, Sr., G; Anne Schaeffer, Sr., F; Dani Picker, Sr., MF; Jamie Baier, Jr., D; Carrie Tamburo, Jr., D; Lindsey Vosloh, Soph., F.

Outcome: Everywhere you look on the South Carroll roster, you will find talent and depth. It all starts up front with Clutter, whose 55 career goals are one shy of the county record. She does much more than score goals for the Cavaliers. Her presence on the field guarantees plenty of attention from opposing defenses, which provides more opportunities for Schaeffer and Vosloh. At the other end is Pulis in goal. A shoulder injury limited her play last season and eventually sidelined her. After reconstructive surgery to the shoulder and then Achilles' tendon surgery this summer, she has worked hard to get back to close to full strength. The Cavaliers' defense -- led by stopper Baier and marking back Tamburo -- plays with much more confidence knowing Pulis is behind it. There's plenty of depth at midfield with Picker, senior Sarah McGinley and junior Sara Wachter, who's returning from knee surgery. If everyone stays healthy, the Cavaliers have what it takes to make a solid run in the state playoffs.

Westminster Owls

Coach: Mahmood Ebrahimzadeh.

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