Baltimore County Capsules High School Boys Soccer Preview

September 12, 1995|By Steven Kivinski

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1994 record: 11-7. Coach: Tim Hurlburt.

Top players: Andy Booker, Sr., M; Paul Durso, Sr., F; Daniel Birx, Jr., M; Kevin Hamilton, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Eagles are hoping to enjoy the same amount of success this season competing in the MIAA C Conference as they did last year as a member of the Christian Schools Athletic Association. Booker, who scored 30 goals last season, will have to have a similarly productive senior campaign to compensate for the team's defensive shortcomings.

Beth Tfiloh Panthers

1994 record: 1-14. Coach: Glenn I. Miller.

Top players: Jeremy Bob, Sr., M/D; Danie Kokotov, Sr., M; Ari Koretskyu, Sr., M; Ian Merles, Sr., D; Amit Natanzon, Jr., M/F; Ben Rombro, Jr., M; Sam Ruskin, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Panthers drop down to the MIAA C Conference this season and Miller welcomes the demotion. "The C Conference affords our boys the opportunity to compete with teams at the same soccer level," said Miller. "I expect it will take some time to develop players with varying degrees of soccer skills into a cohesive, well-conditioned, team-oriented unit. Success will not be measured in wins or losses but rather how well players master the soccer fundamentals and with a strong work ethic, apply what they have learned in game situations."

Boys' Latin Lakers

1994 record: 16-1-2. Coach: Butch Maisel.

Top players: Graham Oglesby, Sr., GK; John Glatzel, Jr., D; Matt Thanner, Jr., D; Ian Shure, Jr., M; David Rose, Jr., M; Jason Carney, Sr., F.

Outlook: The defending B Conference champion Lakers graduated three key players, but Maisel returns enough talent to give him optimism for returning to the postseason. Gone are Chris Turner (16 goals, 13 assists) and Jason Quenzer (13, five) but back for the Lakers are Rose (15, seven) and keeper Oglesby, who recorded nine shutouts last year. "Barring injuries, we should be very competitive," said Maisel. "I think we should be one of the top four teams when it's all over and I hope to be in the hunt for playoffs. If we get there, it's anyone's show."

Calvert Hall Cardinals

1994 record: 19-2-3. Coach: Bill Karpovich.

Top players: Ryan Smith, Sr., M; Andy Bednarzik, Sr., M; Bruce Engle, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Cardinals, who last season won the A Conference title for the 12th time in the last 15 years, lost four players who scored 10 or more goals last season but don't start feeling sorry for them yet. Smith, the Hall's center midfielder and co-captain, is a national team pool player and Engle is back in goal "where he belongs" after playing in the midfield last season. "I hope to repeat last season's success," said Karpovich, whose team beat Curley in last year's A Conference final. "We can knock the ball around with anyone, but I'm still looking for someone to put the ball in the hole."

Carver A&T Wildcats

1994 record: 2-7. Coach: Ian Reid.

Top players: John Fowler, Sr., M; Gil Wilt, Jr., M; Andy Oram, Jr., M; Jim Ballard, Jr., F; Josh Brooks, Sr., G.

Outlook: This is the first year Reid will have the luxury of a senior class and he hopes that, coupled with a softer schedule, will help his Wildcats finish around .500. "The whole team is excited about have a full senior class and this is the first time we've been able to field a JV team so things are looking up," said Reid, who started the program at Carver three years ago. "The team has good spirit. We expect to win a few more games."

Catonsville Comets

1994 record: 4-8. Coach: Dave Lane.

Top players: Donny Mitchell, Sr., M; Kevin Gemmell, Sr., M; Brett Greenwalt, Sr., M; Jesse Quinby, Sr., F; Shawn Meyer, Sr., F; Dave Bortz, Kr., D; Paul Baader, Jr., M; Matt Carter, Jr., M.

Outlook: Lane is inspired by the fact that 22 freshmen have shown interest in soccer at Catonsville but he isn't sure whether that will help the Comets win this season. "We were ugly last year and we've been ugly, but this year we have a nice crop of freshman and that's good news," said Lane. "Quality has been sparse here the last few years, but I think we should be a more sound club from back to front. The last couple of years we've been smaller in numbers and now it looks like the numbers are coming up.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1994 record: 6-8. Coach: Jim Kuhlman.

Top players: Mike Severson, Sr., D; Gene DeMenico, Soph., F; David Tkach, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Bayhawks lost 17 of 24 players from last year's roster and with no junior varsity team to pull players from, Kuhlman is getting ready for long season. "We only have five returning players, we lost both goalkeepers and at one point we were down to 11 guys," said Kuhlman, whose team has since blossomed to 23, including eight freshmen, seven sophomores, four juniors and four seniors. "This is going to be a tough year but they'll be fit and dedicated."

Dulaney Lions

1994 record: 11-5. Coach: Craig Laferty.

Top players: Jay Vaughn, Sr. GK; Brian Frank, Sr., D; Butch Hansen, Sr., D; Booth Farwell, Sr., M; Panos Karamalakos, Jr., M; Josh Soriz, Jr., M; Russ George, Sr., M; Joe High, Sr., F; Tony Arditi, Soph., F.

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