Baltimore City Capsules High School Girls Soccer Preview

September 13, 1995|By Rich Scherr and Kiah Stokes

Catholic Cubs

1994 record: 5-6-1. Co-coaches: Jerry Dieter and Jason Dieter.

Top players: Nicole Brooks, Soph., F; Angie Byrd, Soph., F; Natalie Loftus, Soph., M, La Angelini, Soph., S; Jamie Loftus, Sr., S; Allison Merkle, Fresh., G.

Outlook: Though dominated by sophomores, the Cubs will be greatly improved from a season ago. They are stronger technically than last year and don't appear to have a glaring weak spot. If all goes as planned, look for Catholic to pose a serious threat to defending league champion McDonogh. Jason Dieter of the Baltimore Spirit will share coaching duties with his father.

City Knights

1994 record: 8-3. Coach: Justin Parks.

Top players: Stacey Andrione, Sr., S; Lisa Smith, Sr., F; Corey Schreier, Jr., F.

Outlook: Parks says that his returning players as well as his first-year players make for a good mix. The only city team that defeated the Knights was defending champion Western. "Our goal this season is to go undefeated in the city," said Parks.

Institute of Notre Dame Indians

1994 record: 6-12. Coach: Sandy Altadonna.

Top players: Melissa Slater, Sr., C-HB; Cathy Sybert, Soph., HB-sweeper; Erica Slater, Soph., G; Brandy Ault, Fresh., F; Angie Karasinski, Fresh., M.

Outlook: With the majority of last year's squad returning, plus the addition of two good freshmen, IND is looking to improve. Melissa Slater and Sybert will be strong at halfback, while Ault will be counted on for offensive production.

Lake Clifton Lakers

1994 record: 4-6. Coach: Dan Pierce.

Top players: LaTasha Dorsey, Sr., HB; Inesha Jennings, Sr., F; Martina Jones, Sr., F; Tia Church, Jr., FB; Antoinette Rocquemore, Jr., FB.

Outlook: This will be a rebuilding year for Pierce and the Lakers. More than half the team is inexperienced, but Pierce will look to his three seniors and two juniors for balance. Jennings and Rocquemore worked this summer to polish their skills.

Mercy Magic

1994 record: 11-5-2. Coach: Jerry Friedline.

Top players: Tina Steck, Jr., F; Krista Graf, Jr, S; Lacey Morley, Sr., HB; Kate Korrow, Jr, F; Jen Bailey, Jr, G.

Outlook: The crux of this team comes from a junior varsity program that went 44-2-2 over the past three years with three straight Catholic League championships. Nonetheless, with key losses on defense, first-year coach Friedline says this will be a "competitive rebuilding" year. Scoring, however, should not be a problem, as Mercy will look to challenge powerful McDonogh.

Patterson Clippers

1994 Record: 7-4. Coach: Ed Brzozowski.

Top players: Danette Goodwin, Sr., FB; Christina Reinhardt, Sr., F; Yadria Rodriquez, Sr. F; Christine Storto, Sr., CH; Amy Sakowski, Jr., G; Kati Bonnell, Fresh., CS.

Outlook: Brzozowski, in his fourth season, thinks that this is "the best team in four years" and that Bonnell is the "best player he has ever coached." There is an excellent mixture of newcomers and experience. Brzozowski says the Clippers could be a major contender against defending city champion Western. "With Rodriquez, [led team with 21 assists] and Reinhardt [led team with 17 goals] both on the wing and Bonnell in the middle, we should have significant scoring," said Brzozowski.

Poly Engineers

1994 record: 0-12. Coach: John Green.

Top players: Adrienne Carey, Sr.; Cathleen Espino, Sr.; Mary Grandea, Sr.; Michelle Miller, Sr.

Outlook: Green, in his first season, will look to the leadership of his returning seniors but also will look to a number of his underclassmen to contribute. The Engineers display enthusiasm, but have only a few skilled players. Though this is a hard-working team, it lacks depth.

Seton Keough Gators

1994 record: 10-3-2. Coach: Steve Noweck.

Top players: Melanie Morris, Sr., W; Sarah Tollick, Jr., C-HB; Karen Murphy, Sr., F; Summer Markert, Sr., S; Sue Becker, Soph., G.

Outlook: Eleven seniors return to the defending Catholic League B Division champions, including Morris, who moves to the offense after winning league Player of the Year honors in goal. The Gators will have no problem scoring, but will need to fill several holes on defense. If that happens, they will have a good shot to repeat.

Western Doves

1994 record: 10-1. Coach: Paul Plott.

Top players: Kimberly Aifolla, Sr., M; Jennifer Seredicz, Sr., FB; Kerri Harman, Jr., S; Crystal Julius, Jr., FB.

Outlook: The defending city champions admit it may difficult to repeat this season. Plott is relying heavily on freshman Dietra Moore, who will play forward. Harman will be a key on offense. Plott believes because Patterson and City have improved, his largest concern is at goalie, where he will start a freshman.

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