Harford County Team-by-team Boys Soccer Capsules

September 10, 1995|By Mark Hoeflich

Aberdeen Eagles

1994 record: 2-11. Coach: Matt Roberts.

Top players: Jered Gurrera, Jr., M/F; Kevin Gerdon, Sr., D; Rob Keussner, Jr., M/F; Brian Lindecamp, Soph., D; Greg Vick, Jr., M.

Outlook: The Eagles, who lost to North Harford in the second round of the playoffs last year after being awarded a first-round bye, are looking to improve on last year's 2-11 mark. If Gurrera and Kessner step up offensively and a reliable goalie emerges, Roberts sees no reason his team can't finish "near .500."

Bel Air Bobcats

1994 record: 7-7. Coach: Bill Jefferson.

Top players: Jarrad DeCastro, Sr., B; Brian Malcolm, Jr., B; Billy Nelson, Jr., B; Ryan Zimmerman, Sr., M; Todd Tabor, Jr., M; John Gostomski, Jr., M; Chris Chumley, Jr., F.

Outlook: Several holdovers, particularly at key positions, solid newcomers from an undefeated JV team, and more depth than in recent years are reasons for optimism.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs

1994 record: 12-2-4. Coach: Paul Snyder.

Top players: Tim Hilyard, Sr., G; Pete Troilo, Sr., M; Matt McFarlane, Sr., M; Jeff Smith, Sr., F; Ryan Nelson, Jr., D; Rob Francis, Sr. D; Andy Haynes, Soph., D; Matt LeMaire, Soph., M; Chris Miller, Jr., D; Mike Thrailkill, Soph., M; Steve Sherwood, Soph., F.

Outlook: The team to beat in the county league with the return of All-County choices Troilo, Nelson, and Hilyard (four-year starter). However, it must replace Player of the Year Matt Youngerman and 17-goal scorer Joe Davis. As was the case two years ago, Snyder will have to find the right mix of veterans and youngsters (five sophomores and two freshmen). "Early schedule [Calvert Hall, Centennial, Archbishop Curley] will show weaknesses that

need to be corrected," said Snyder.

Edgewood Rams

1994 record: 1-11. Coach: Paul Austin.

Top players: Jason Goodwin, Sr., B; Rex Sapasap, Soph., M.

5) Outlook: Sapasap was the leading scor

er of a year ago, and many of the 14 juniors have had a year of varsity experience. First-year coach Austin believes there is a real possibility of getting to .500.

Fallston Cougars

1994 record: 10-2-1. Coach: Len Petrey.

Top players: Ryan Hoback, Sr., B; Brett Birkmire, B, Greg Smith, Sr., B; Paul Kelly, Jr., F; Frank Bianco, Jr., M.

Outlook: Only three with significant experience return, to blend with eight from a successful JV team. The perennial Class 2A playoff school moves up to 3A this year. Petrey said there is very good team speed, but only average skills and an untested senior goalkeeper.

Harford Christian

1994 record: 3-10-1. Coach: Harley Parkes.

Top players: Ben Cupido, Sr., M; Nathan Olinger, Jr., G; Justin Cross, Jr., D; John Gauger, Jr., F.

Outlook: With the transfer of three senior starters, the team is basically at the JV level (11 freshmen) with a varsity schedule, starting with four games against public schools. There is excitement, however, about the team's potential, and improving enough to win more games than a year ago.

Harford Tech Cobras

1994 record: 0-13. Coach: Andy Bleichfeld.

Top players: C.J. Johnson, Sr., M; Tim Mallon, Sr., F; Jason Gullion, Jr., B; Chris Avalos, Soph., B; Gary McDonald, Soph., G; Casey McQuiston, Soph., F.

Outlook: There is a lack of size and experience, as 17 of the 20 players are sophomores and freshmen, but Bleichfeld expects the team to improve with an independent schedule.

Havre de Grace Warriors

1994 record: 8-8. Coach: Daryl Alexander.

Top players: Jason Hartsfield, Sr., M; Ross Bramwell, Sr., M; Mark Pelletier, Sr., G; Tim Getz, Jr., F; Lev Shellenberger, Jr., F; Jason Yarbrough, Jr., B; Andy Mitchell, Jr., B; Larry Daugherty, Jr., B; Joe LaFrancesca, Jr., MF.

Outlook: Another team short on experience, as only three varsity starters return. However, the new coach is using a short passing attack, instead of the long ball as in recent seasons, so improvement will depend on how quickly the players adapt. Co-captains Hartsfield and Bramwell provide strong leadership.

John Carroll Patriots

1994 record: 4-12-2. Coach: Rob Heubeck.

Top players: Matt Delaney, Sr., M; Dave Dochtor, Jr., M; Kevin Rosso, Jr., B; Rob Ivy, Jr., F; Adam Huber, Jr., G; Phil Manna, Soph., G.

Outlook: The team, which lost only three starters to graduation, is loaded with juniors who have played together several years. A highly competitive schedule in the MIAA should help this team improve, and there is a reasonable goal of being one of the top four playoff teams.

Joppatowne Mariners

1994 record: 8-6. Coach: Lance Thompson.

Top players: Aaron Szager, Sr., F; Chris Myers, Sr., F; Adimu Waters, Sr., M; Bob Gillespie, Jr., B; Brian Powell, Soph., B; Brian Ives, Jr., M.

Outlook: A transition season, as this is another team with a new coaching staff (one of four county schools with a new head coach) and new varsity faces. There is little experience once past Szager, the county league's top goal-scorer last year with 18, so success will depend upon how the young players respond the varsity challenge.

North Harford Hawks

1994 record: 14-1-1. Coach: Ed Zorn.

Top players: Brock Jourdan, Sr., G; Garson Beers, Sr., B; Ryan Renfrow, Sr., B; Chris Roberts, Sr., F; Kevin Piccolo, Jr., F; Phil Gilotte, Sr., M; Randy Williams, Sr., M; Ken Molen, Sr., F; Eric Barger, Sr., B; Colin Penny, Sr., B.

Outlook: Missing three first-team All-County choices from last year, and returning only two starters, this team will not be as strong as last year's Class 2A semifinal entry, although it will be competitive. Renfrow, a returning All-County selection, and Beers provide the core of a solid backline in front of Jourdan, a backup last year.

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