Harford County Team-by-team Girls Soccer Capsules

September 10, 1995|By Mark Hoeflich

Aberdeen Eagles

1994 record: 3-9. Coach: Jim McClenahan.

Top players: Diane Cundra, Soph., D; Chrissy Duran, Sr., D; Julie France, Sr., D; Erin Gibas, Jr., M; Kim Helmers, Jr., S; Amanda Laughton, Jr., S; Joanna Ruzzuto, Sr., S; Kim Stacks, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Eagles have a solid core of returnees, particularly on offense, which McClenahan hopes will lead to a .500 record. More team speed may lead to an increase in goals scored, however the defense is young but improving.

Bel Air Bobcats

1994 record: 8-6. Coach: Bill Zimmerman.

Top players: Katie Bentz, Sr., M; Megan Drexel, Jr., D; Lauren Hess, Jr., M; Casey Hemtz, Sr., S; Jackie Hinson, Sr., G; Kim

Kafka, Sr., D; Lynn Wilkinson, Sr., S.

Outlook: Bel Air is always a tough opponent within the county and with five holdovers who have experience, it figures to stay in contention this year. Hemtz, a converted defensive player, gives the Bobcats more quickness and three capable scorers. Without Hemtz, however, the backline is thin on experience. Four quality sophomores should help.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs

1994 record: 12-4. Coach: Pete Griffths.

Top players: Becky Gerhart, Sr., S; Jamie Gerhart, Soph., S-M; Miranda James, Sr., D; Kristen Joel, Soph., D; Erin Lesh, Jr., M; Erin Updegrove, Sr., G.

Outlook: Griffths, last year's assistant coach, takes over as head coach and looks to continue the Mustangs' recent success. Wright advanced to the regional finals a year ago before losing to Perry Hall and it has finished second in the county each of the last three seasons. As the only real threat to catch Fallston, the Mustangs have experience at the skilled positions and appear stronger on defense. James, now playing defense, brings good speed and skill to complement Updegrove (a four-year starter) in goal. Gerhart is the only proven scorer and with a tough early schedule, Wright may start slow but finish fast.

Edgewood Rams

1994 record: 1-10. Coach: Matt Rankin.

Top players: Amy Higgins, Jr., M; Nicole Hill, Jr., D; Jamie Jacob, Soph., M; Kim LaRosa, Jr., D; Nichol Miller, Soph., S; Ruth Miranda, Sr., M; Korrine Slaysman, Jr., G.

Outlook: Edgewood did win two playoff games a year ago before losing to Fallston in the regional semifinals and returns a few talented players, yet there is a noticeable gap in skill beyond them. Despite having little depth, no JV program to build on and two freshman starters, Rankin still believes the Rams can win five games. Edgewood opens its season at Parkside.

Fallston Cougars

1994 record: 17-0. Coach: Nancy Ferguson.

Top players: Courtney Benner, Sr., S; Beth Blasi, Sr., S; Jenny Cook, Sr., D; Jen Kar--, Jr., D; Beth Rappald, Sr., M; Karen Tiedemann, Jr., M; Megan Tulley, Sr., M; Emily Weibel, Sr., G; Cindy Wolf, Jr., D.

Outlook: Falls ton's tremendous season a year ago led to its first state title and it is again loaded for a repeat run. Blasi, a two-time All-County selection, triggers an explosive attack that will measure up to the Cougars' move to 3A. As usual, the hill is the schedule, which includes Hammond, Wilde Lake, Oakland Mills, Perry Hall and Liberty, yet the defense shouldn't be much worse than the group that surrendered just 14 goals last season. Weibel returns after posting nine shutouts last year. The matchup with C.M. Wright likely will decide the county title.

Havre de Grace Warriors

1994 record: 0-12. Coach: Tara Custer.

Top players: Elizabeth Carr, Jr., D; Pam Craig, Sr., S; Kristy Fox, Sr., D; Erica Hagelin, Sr., S; Amy Old, Sr., M; Raven Reedy, Jr., G; Jen Spooner, Sr., D; Cheryl Yankolonis, Jr., M.

Outlook: Custer enters her second season with a squad of 20 players and a foundation on which to build. The Warriors expect vast improvement with more well-rounded players and underclassmen with experience, something Havre de Grace has been missing for years. Custer has been working on using the field more, in hopes of giving Craig and Hagelin opportunities to score. Custer is optimistic of winning five games.

John Carroll Patriots

1994 record: 7-2. Coach: Joe Rehrmann.

Top players: Meghan Giorno, Sr., D; Amy Goetzinger, Sr., M; Meredith Gunning, Soph., S; Alison Healy, Soph., M; Paige Lozoskie, Jr., G; Krysten Martin, Jr., D; Annalise Paaby, Sr., M; Trisha Taylor, Jr., D; Katie Tiburzi, Jr., S; Kelly Wilson, Soph., D.

Outlook: The Patriots return nearly everyone from last season, including three starting seniors. There's a strong sophomore class led by Gunning and Wilson, both of whom played key roles as freshmen. Goetzinger, one of the best players in the area, strengthens the middle, while Giorno, at sweeper, captains an aggressive defense. Tiburzi and Gunning are a good combination in front of the goal. Early indications show a lot of parity in the Catholic League A Division, so John Carroll figures to be in the thick of things.

Joppatowne Mariners

1994 record: 8-4. Coach: Chris Myers.

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