Baltimore County Capsules High School Girls Soccer Preview

September 13, 1995|By Katherine Dunn and Rich Scherr

Carver A & T Wildcats

1994 record: 1-12. Coach: Russ Harless.

Top players: Chrissy Mueller, Sr., C-M; Jennifer Albright, Jr., G.

Outlook: Continuing improvement will be the theme as Carver enters its second season of varsity competition. The Wildcats are young and inexperienced, but looked good in the preseason, Harless said. Some good athletes and a soft schedule should result in more wins.

Catonsville Comets

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

Top players: Sarah Giardina, Soph., M; Jamie Funk, Sr., M; Meghann Mohler, Sr., F; Renee Tirocchi, Jr., F; Kate Hedden, Jr., S.

Outlook: The Comets' roster is filled with strong athletes, especially at midfield and the front line. First-year coach Canavan -- a former boys coach at Sparrows Point -- is optimistic. With 10 seniors, Catonsville must be considered the favorite to win Division II.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1994 record: 3-8. Coach: Lori Wojtkowiak.

Top players: Laura Caldwell, Sr., S; Nicole Ikena, Sr., D; Kim Wernick, Sr., F; Christine Flora, Sr., F.

Outlook: Wojtkowiak sees her team as "a lot more competitive" than last year. Caldwell and Ikena lead the defense, while Wernick and Flora should provide plenty of offensive support. Despite having the bare minimum of players, the Bayhawks could finish .500.

Dulaney Lions

1994 record: 13-1. Coach: Amy Green.

Top players: Ali Schuch, Sr., M; Kristen McLewee, Sr., D; Jaime Hershner, Jr., M; Heidi Levine, Jr., F; Tricia Dabrowski, Soph., G.

Outlook: The defending Baltimore County champs ran on cruise control last year until they met Perry Hall in the regional playoffs and suffered a 4-1 season-ending loss. The Lions, who won the state Class 3A-4A title in 1993, haven't forgotten. Although about half of last year's starters graduated, plenty of experienced athletes return. The Lions have good speed, scoring potential and extra strength in returning second-team All-Metro picks Schuch at halfback and McLewee at stopper.

Dundalk Owls

1994 record: 5-7. Coach: Michael Vetri.

Top players: Kim Rodriguez, Sr., C-HB; Nikki Cameron, Jr., F; Jessica Marshall, Jr., S; Lynn Crawford, Sr., C-HB.

Outlook: Dominated by upperclassmen, the Owls should have the experience to contend for the Division II crown. The biggest question will come in goal, where they lost their top two keepers from a year ago. A softer schedule should help this team to a winning season.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1994 record: 5-7. Coach: Nikki Caperna.

Top players: Sarah Watson, Jr., FB; Jessica Schmidt, Soph., F; Tina Kollner, Sr., F; Jamie Freeburger, Soph., W.

Outlook: First-year coach Caperna is enthusiastic about the squad. Despite having just two seniors, the Mavericks appear to be stronger all-around than last year, and with a Division II schedule could post a winning season.

Franklin Indians

1994 record: 7-5. Coach: George Wagner.

Top players: Amy Miller, Sr., D; Sara Gustafson, Soph., F/M; Alison Palguta, Sr., D; Erin Watson, Sr., F; Heidi Shaneybrook, Sr., M/F.

Outlook: The Indians return an experienced defense anchored by Miller at sweeper and Palguta at stopper. There's also a good balance of upperclassmen throughout the rest of the field, but that defense will have to hold tight while the rest of the team gets used to playing together.

Hereford Bulls

1994 record: 11-5. Coach: Steve Power.

Top players: Kate MacFarlane, Jr., G; Jen Jones, Jr., M; Kristy Kane, Jr., D; Amy Casner, Soph., F; Stacy Zahner, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Bulls came on strong late last season, reaching the state semifinals for the first time in school history. A big reason for their success was MacFarlane, the All-Metro goalkeeper, who had some sensational efforts in the playoffs including a 26-save effort in a double-shootout upset of Loch Raven. The Bulls also return nearly everyone else. The Bulls switched a few players' positions, but if they can come on quickly, they could challenge in Division I.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1994 record: 6-7. Coach: Brett Smith.

Top players: Kelly Shearer, Sr., S-M; Jennifer Birchfield, Sr., G.

Outlook: Fourteen of Kenwood's 18 players are either freshmen or sophomores, which likely will make this season a learning experience. Playing a moderate Division II schedule, the Bluebirds could take their lumps this year, though the future looks bright.

Lansdowne Vikings

1994 record: 1-12. Coach: Kim Ferraro.

Top players: Jen Collins, Sr., HB; Michelle Currie, Sr., HB; Missy Harmis, Soph., FB-G; Amy Rogers, Sr., G.Outlook: With a strong defense, good team concept and Division III schedule, the Vikings' record should improve from last year. First-year coach Ferraro said she's extremely pleased with what she's seen in the preseason and thinks the team will be quite competitive.

Loch Raven Raiders

1994 record: 12-2. Coach: Anthony Menegatti.

Top players: Nicole Froman, Jr., D; Christa Vergeler, Sr., D; Bridget Harthausen, Sr., M; Terri Hendricks, Sr., G; Susan

Giannacinni, Jr., F.

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