Baltimore City Capsules High School Boys Soccer Preview

September 12, 1995|By Lem Satterfield

City Knights

1994 record: 4-5. Coach: George Sfikas.

Top players: DeVon Shayne, Soph., D; Troy Baptiste, Soph., D; Jeff Burke, Soph., F; Kevin Britton, Soph., F; John Heuman, Soph., D; Laiworpave Woahtee, Fr., M.

Outlook: Youth will be served on this year's Knights squad after last year's run. It was a season that ended with the Knights battling in a 3-1 playoff loss to Broadneck, which led only 2-1 with eight minutes left. "This is a young team, and we have a tougher schedule," said Sfikas. "Still, I hope to improve on last year."

Curley Friars

1994 record: 17-2-1. Coach: Pep Perrella.

Top players: Brad Bush, Sr., G; Dave Malley, Sr., D; Giuliano Celenza, Jr., F; Jamie Becker, Jr., D; Tony Tamanini, Jr., M; Ryan Cuomo, Jr., F.

Outlook: Celenza, an All-Metro striker with 29 career goals and 14 assists, will have to handle the leadership for the MIAA runners-up with six starters having graduated. He'll get help up front from Towson transfer Cuomo (eight goals, six assists), but the key in challenging MIAA champ Calvert Hall and an improved Gilman squad will be how well players from last year's junior varsity league champs blend in, and how a midfield, minus graduated two-time All-Metro Mike Bailey, handles direction from Bush.

Forest Park Foresters

1994 record: No team. Coach: Greg Kum.

Top players: None.

Outlook: The Foresters are just starting a soccer team under first-year coach Kum. Kum, a native of Cameroon, teaches at the school and played midfield-defense as a high schooler and at the University of Birmingham in England. "I hope to help them to understand that soccer is for everybody and teach them to win," said Kum, whose team will compete on even footing with three other first-year teams, Mervo, Northern and Southern, in the newly formed Division II. "The English style of soccer is very different from the African style, and I'll try to pass on the African style."

Friends Quakers

1994 record: 11-7. Coach: Pieter DeSmit.

Top players: Charlie Lower, Sr., D-M; Alec Hanley, Sr., D-M; Jon Yeager, Jr., G; Garrett Smith, Jr., D; Matt Swann, Jr., M; Bob Michael, Jr., F; Jamie Hubbard, Soph, F.

Outlook: From a team that was the MIAA B Conference runner-up, DeSmit has a solid group of seven returnees, of which only two are seniors. Michael and Hubbard are talented scorers, and they'll get plenty of support from the midfield and the defense, where Lower, Hanleys, Smith and Yeager return. "We only have 17 players, so on a hot day, the weather could take it's toll," DeSmit said. "But this is an enthusiastic bunch that's fun to coach."

Gibbons Crusaders

1994 record: 2-14. Coach: Roch DeFrances.

Top players: Aaron Coleman, Sr., M; Greg Tomas, Sr., F; James Urban, Sr., M; Collin Moorehouse, Sr., F; Jerry Holz, Sr., D.

Outlook: The 1993 graduation of All-Metro M Steve Wojciechowski (Duke) and second-team All-Metro G Ryan Beaumont left the Crusaders to take their lumps in a tough league last season. DeFrances hopes to improve the non-conference record with five solid returnees.

Gilman Greyhounds

1994 record: 12-7-1. Coach: Ned Harris.

Top players: Yani Rosenberg, Sr., F; Evan Kreitzer, Sr., F; Chris McLamb, Sr., M; Noah Gallico, Sr., G; Eric Holloway, Sr., D; Jay Homa, Sr., M; Kirk Caldroney, Sr., D; Adam Heaps, Jr., D; Brendan Callahan, Jr., M.

Outlook: There's good reason for listing nine players at Gilman: They're balanced and they're all returning to a program that has beaten Calvert Hall twice in the past two seasons. Rosenberg, Kreitzer, McClamb, Callahan and Homa are all capable scorers, "so scorers are going to change from one game to the next," said assistant coach John Tucker, replaced by Harris this year. This is a dangerous team, even without second-team All-Metro Corey Popham [Princeton]".

Lake Clifton Lakers

1994 record: 0-10. Coach: Howard Rosenberg.

Top players: Varnie Sambola, Jr., M; Justin Fitzsimmons, Soph., F.

Outlook: Rosenberg, in his first season, is optimistic that his Lakers can improve on

last year's record, despite having to recruit players for a full team. "The enthusiasm is there now to get started with the season and play soccer," said Rosenberg.

Mervo Mustangs

1994 record: 2-8. Coach: Andy Corbett.

Top players: Kaami Boyd, Jr., D; Eddie Jakubic, Fr., F; Kenny George, Fr., F.

Outlook: Corbett, who coached Poly's junior varsity for three years, is trying to rebuild a program that nearly folded, having to forfeit several games last year. He's getting some talent from recreation leagues and some of the players from the baseball team he also coaches. "They're enthusiastic about the season," Corbett said.

Mount St. Joseph Gaels

1994 record: 8-8-4. Coach: Barry Fitzpatrick.

Top players: Dave Jones, Sr., M; Geoff Habicht, Sr., M; Kevin Clark, Sr., M; Jason Israel, Jr., F; Ryan O'Connell, Sr., F; Kevin Fogarty, Sr., D; Mike Couser, Sr., D.

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