Loch Raven soccer trio stands tall in the middle

October 26, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Senior center striker Robyn Harry, junior center midfielder Bridget Harthausen and sophomore sweeper Nicole Froman form the backbone of co-No. 1 Loch Raven's girls soccer team.

The fleet-footed Harry is Loch Raven's all-time leading scorer. The sly-footed Harthausen is a master in transition. And the sure-footed Froman is a defensive stalwart.

All three were All-City/County picks last year, with Harry earning the honor for the second straight season. Harry also earned All-Metro honors, while Froman was chosen to the second team.

"The three of us have played this game for a long time, so we know when to shoot or when to pass," Froman said.

Added Harthausen: "We're state champs, so we know everyone's after us, and we feel it's our job to step it up and be ready."

Combined, they have helped the Raiders (12-0) produce a 20-game winning streak.

"I can't tell you how confident I feel making runs with Bridget and Nicole behind me," said Harry. "I know I can attack the goal without worrying about someone getting behind me and scoring on a breakaway. If Bridget doesn't get them, Nicole will."

Loch Raven has outscored its opponents 84-2 with 10 shutouts -- one more than in all of last season. Having been 1A-2A state runners-up two years ago and state champs last year, the Raiders are looking to make another big finish.

But the Raiders could face a tougher challenge at Hereford tonight at 5, where a rematch for the overall Baltimore County title awaits them against defending 3A-4A state champ Dulaney (11-0).

The Lions, who clinched the county 3A-4A division crown with Monday's 3-1 win over No. 15 Perry Hall, have a 15-game winning streak since losing last year's county title match, 2-0, to the 1A-2A division champion Raiders.

"Teams have been coming at us harder since we're state champs, but we still haven't faced a really good challenge," said Harry, who has 77 career goals and 34 career assists.

"We've actually been looking forward to playing Dulaney again. We feel ready to win the bigger games because we've got skill everywhere on the field."

So much skill, in fact, that Harry (23 goals, 12 assists) -- accustomed to handling the bulk of the scoring -- had been playing too unselfishly.

"I was passing the ball too much and not taking many opportunities," Harry said. "Everyone has gotten on my case to shoot more, which I've done."

Until the recent surge by Harry and junior striker Courtney Martinez (16 goals, nine assists), Harthausen had been the team's leading goal scorer. But unlike last year, when she was content to give more than receive, coach Lou Menegatti has implored her also to be more offensive-minded.

"I gave the ball up a lot last year, but Mr. Lou is letting me shoot more," said Harthausen, whose 14 goals and six assists leave her three points shy of her total last year (11, 12). "It's nice scoring more, but I still like to pass along the wings, so the middle doesn't get congested while I'm coming through."

Froman, conversely, has just three goals and 10 assists, nearly the reverse of last year's 10-goal, two-assist effort.

A year ago, Froman's 10th goal came as the Raiders dethroned Hammond of Howard County, 2-0, for the state championship.

At 5-foot-9, Froman usually has an advantage in the air. Most of her assists, though, have come off her long throw-ins, which carry a lengthy hang time and often find teammates near the far post.

"Headers are one of my strengths, and my throw-ins go pretty far," Froman said. "Sometimes, I take the ball into the offense, going to the outside, sending through balls in or passing it

to the flags so our front line can cross it in."

Yet Froman takes more pride in limiting opponents' scoring rather than scoring herself.

"I like scoring, but that's not my job," Froman said. "What I'm most proud of is our shutouts, which I credit to the entire defense."

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