Anne Arundel County Capsules High School Boys Soccer Preview

September 12, 1995|By Bill Free

Annapolis Panthers

1994 record: 7-7-1. Coach: David Gehrdes (12th year).

Top players: Chris Holt, Sr., MF; Andy Holt, Sr., G; Justin Daniel, Jr., MF; Oscar Alfaro, Soph., F; Brock Nelson, Sr., D; Kevin Stroop, Sr., D

Outlook: The Panthers return six starters, including the identical Holt twins, who have been starting for three years. Nelson is also a three-year starter. But last year's leading scorer, Roger Alfaro, an All-County and All-State choice, has graduated. His brother, Oscar, started last season as a freshman and returns to the lineup with high expectations as a scorer. Chris Holt will also be counted on to do some scoring this season as he moves to midfield from sweeper. Other offensive threats will be senior striker Matt Hackett and Daniel. The Panthers should also be helped this season by returning players Dan Downer, Chad Jacobson, Lenny Bromberg and Todd Nicolini. The top newcomers are Chad Klakring and Art Hendricks. With 11 players back from last year, Gehrdes is looking to improve on the .500 record of last season, but he isn't sure how the two six-team division setup in the county will work out. "I'm not wild about it, but it is adventuresome," he said. Annapolis is in the Southern division with longtime power Severna Park and always strong Broadneck.

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1994 record: 4-14. Coach: Rick Carlson (fourth year).

Top players: Mike Wagoner, Sr., D; Rodney Blockiston, Sr., F; Brian Wright, Soph., MF; Carlos Torres, Soph., MF; Rusty Stover, Soph., MF; Neil Little, Jr., G.

Outlook: With six sophomores on the varsity, the Cavaliers will have their hands full in the tough MIAA A Conference. But most of those youngsters come to Spalding with a lot of soccer skills and they have talent, being produced by top feeder systems in the county. That's why the school can compete in a league with Calvert Hall, Curley, Mount St. Joseph, Loyola, John Carroll and Gilman. Spalding has four sophomores from the Arundel Top Guns club team that won a national championship. They are Wright, Torres, Sean McMullen and Jason King. The Cavaliers should also be strong in the goal, as Little begins his third year as a starter.

Arundel Wildcats

1994 record: 6-6-1. Coach: Nick Jauschnegg (18th year).

Top players: Pat Fridley, Sr., D; Jason Holt, Sr., F; Jim Woods, Sr., D; Tim Farley, Sr., D; Dave Tilman, Sr., MF.

Outlook: Jauschnegg is trying to bring the Wildcats back to the level they attained in the mid-1980s--the days when they were considered in the same class with Severna Park. The coach has a good nucleus of players back from last season but he lost starting goalkeeper Brian Burden. Senior Greg Yenoli will replace Burden in the net. The top offensive threat is Holt, who was one of the leading scorers on the team last season. Fridley, an All-County pick last year, leads the defense. Two newcomers, sophomore forward Todd Heron and junior forward Justin Fohl, should help carry some of the scoring load. Other important players this season are Jeremiah Wilson, Dave Lima, Brian Lima, Aaron Mills and Brian Johnson. In order to play for the county championship, Arundel will have to finish ahead of Severna Park in the Southern division but Jauschnegg isn't complaining. "The two divisions and county championship game creates interest and it looks as if they have the two top teams [Severna Park and Chesapeake] in different divisions," he said.

Broadneck Bruins

1994 record: 11-3-1. Coach: Jonathan Braun (13th year, fourth at Broadneck).

Top players: Todd Betz, Sr., F; Brad Limbacher, Jr., F; Mark Holmes, Jr., MF; John Williams, Sr., D; John Svec, Jr., G; Scott Hoffman, Sr., G.

Outlook: Eight starters are gone from a team that gave eventual 3A state champion Centennial a major scare in the East Region championship game before losing, 1-0, in double overtime. One of those eight is goalkeeper Andy Chambliss. No decision has been made yet on who will replace Chambliss. Svec and Hoffman have split time in the scrimmages and might wind up sharing the job. However, Braun doesn't seem overly concerned. He went 15 to 16 players deep last season, giving him several experienced players remaining. "We have a lot of kids waiting to step up," he said. "And with the open playoff format, we can take things slower. We don't have to peak until the playoffs. We hope to do as well as last season." The Bruins will find out early just how much work they have to do, meeting defending county co-champs Chesapeake and Severna Park in the third and fourth games of the season. Like last year, Broadneck will feature a balanced offense with no big-time scorers. "We didn't have one player score more than five goals last season," said Braun.

Chesapeake Cougars

1994 record: 14-3-1. Coach: Earl Eckhardt (10th year).

Top players: Ryan Frommelt, Sr., F; Phil Demske, Sr., G; Jim Hart, Sr., MF; Brian Mitchell, Sr., MF; Rich Kuhn, Jr., MF; Dustin Clift, Jr., D; Saul Pollack, Jr., D; Jeff Powell, Sr., MF.

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