Wilde Lake shuts out St. Mary's RTC

September 21, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

She's only 13 and no bigger than a minute, but she is capable of doing wonders for Wilde Lake's girls soccer team.

Freshman Amanda Berman, a product of the Olympic Development Program, scored two goals to lead No. 6 Wilde Lake (2-0) to a 6-0 rout of No. 14 St. Mary's (2-2) yesterday at Howard Community College.

"She's a nice player," said St. Mary's coach Jerry Tobin. "She did what she wanted."

After Farah Krupp scored the first goal on a 30-yard kick 4 1/2 minutes into the game, Berman quickly knocked in two more for a 3-0 Wilde Lake lead. That all but finished St. Mary's.

"We took them by surprise," said Wilde Lake coach Rick Wilson. "You could see the first goal deflated them and took a lot out of them. From the first whistle, we took control of the game."

Berman was born in Bogata, Colombia in South America and was adopted at the age of 1. She has lived in Howard County ever since and began playing soccer at 6.

"My best friend was playing and I went to one of her games," Berman said. "My parents wanted me to get involved in athletics. I was in the soccer clinic at 5."

Berman's progress has been rapid. Last summer, under the Olympic Development Program, she made the state under-14 team, went to the Region 1 camp and was selected for the regional pool and then the regional team.

"She plays like she's 21 and on the national team," Wilson said. "She'll surprise a lot of people this year."

Maybe not, for Berman is a secret no longer. She is one of three freshman starters -- Bridget White and goalie Tonya Dedmond are the others -- and a fourth, Berman's sister, Abby, is a reserve.

"We're young but talented," said Wilson, whose team last year won the county championship for the first time in the school's 25-year history.

"I thought this would be a rebuilding year, after graduating three kids who made first- or second-team All-State, but we have experienced players or talented youngsters at key positions."

Tobin didn't expect his Saints to be treated so rudely, not after Friday's narrow 1-0 loss to No. 1 McDonogh. In that game, Kristin Buckley shut out Laurie Schwoy, the area's leading scorer last year with 49 goals and this season's early leader with 18 in four games.

"We weren't mentally ready to play, which is my fault," Tobin said. "We were still thinking about McDonogh and for some strange reason looking past Wilde Lake to [No. 11] Mercy tomorrow."

That aside, Tobin said one thing is certain: "Wilde Lake is a very quality team."

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