Pioneers' soccer run ends in final ANNE ARUNDEL CC NOTEBOOK

November 10, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

They had a field player in the nets and a problem with streaky performances, but the Anne Arundel Community College Pioneers came within a game of winning the Region XX men's soccer championship.

The Pioneers (11-9-2) made it to the final before bowing to Montgomery-Rockville on Saturday, 2-0, despite eight saves from Jason Reese, a defender at the beginning of the season who later was switched to goalkeeper after an injury to Mike Mullen.

Both of Rockville's goals came off direct kicks -- one in each half -- that "hit the upper corners and were unstoppable shots for Jason," said coach Ken Wolf.

The loss concluded what had been an "up-and-down year" for the Pioneers, Wolf said.

"We started off very well this year," he said, "but then we started giving up a lot of goals in the middle part of the season. As a result, we were going into overtime in games we should have been winning in regulation. Then we began to tighten up the defense, but Mike got hurt, and another keeper had family problems and quit the team, and Mike got hurt again. Jason actually was playing like a sweeper behind a sweeper."

Anne Arundel reached the final by upsetting Allegany, 3-2, on goals by Bob Thomas, Dave Engstrom and Rob Dey. Thomas and Pat Crawford had assists.

Crawford, Nick Badalian and Jamie Cornett were named All-Conference. Badalian and Crawford also were chosen All-Region, and Gary Gregory and Mike Mazzola were selected to the All-Tournament team.


Anne Arundel reached the title round of the double-elimination Region XX tournament before losing to host Hagerstown in the final match, 15-5, 15-7, 15-10, on Sunday.

The Pioneers (25-5) defeated Hagerstown earlier in the day, 15-12, 11-15, 15-10, 9-15, 15-6.

On Saturday, Anne Arundel defeated Essex, 15-7, 15-13, and Catonsville, 15-4, 15-11, before dropping into the losers' bracket with a 15-9, 15-13 defeat to Hagerstown. The Pioneers rebounded with a 16-14, 7-15, 15-10 win over Garrett to get into the final.

Cassandra Melton (48 kills, six aces), Lori Sharpless (33 kills, 65 digs, 17 block assists) and Amy Rottman (32 kills, 32 block assists, eight aces) were named to the All-Tournament first team. Carrie Parsons (19 kills, 114 assists) made the second team.

Elena Baloglou (32 kills, 20 digs, 30 block assists) was named to the All-Region XX first team. Sharpless and Rottman were chosen second team.

Jen Welsh contributed 20 kills and 29 block assists during the weekend, and Melissa Nelson had 22 digs and eight aces.

Women's soccer

Anne Arundel was eliminated from the Region XX tournament last Thursday, losing to Catonsville, 3-1.

Jen McGuire (North County) scored twice for the Cardinals. Becky Rafter had Anne Arundel's only goal, off a pass from Molly Sullivan. Holly Hladycz made 13 saves.

, The Pioneers finished 6-8-3.

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