Howard County Capsules High School Girls Soccer Preview

September 13, 1995|By Stan Rappaport

Atholton Raiders

Coach: Warren Michael. 1994 record: 6-5-2.

Top players: Janine Dauberman, Sr., D; Lindsey Clime, Sr., M; Alika Crew, Sr., M; Mandy Robins, Sr., D; Alisa Spilkia, Sr., F.

Outlook: Gone from last year's team are Stephanie Van Deusen (first-team All-County, second-team All-Metro) and coach Jim Carlan. Michael, who coached at Mount Hebron the last three years, looks to Spilkia, who missed part of last season due to injury, sophomore Kaitlan Bair and junior Kim Obst for scoring. "We don't appear to have any outstanding players, but we don't have any holes, either," said Michael. "If we play well as a team, we'll be competitive." The team has six seniors and eight sophomores. "We have a nice blend of experience and some underclassmen that are hungry," Michael said. He said the sophomores "are really going to have to contribute. We'll need some quality minutes from them." Six sophomores will start: Bair, halfback Anne Greenfield, halfback Meagan Funches, halfback Kendra Terry, sweeper Melissa Greczy and fullback Katherine McQueen. Junior Julie Kapcala will start in goal.

Centennial Eagles

Coaches: Dave Greenberg and Kevin Flynn. 1994 record: 18-0.

Top players: Lauren Molinaro, Jr., M; Michelle Clare, Sr., F; Rima Sidhu, Sr., G; Tania Riismandel, Sr., D; Melissa Schreibstein, Jr., M; Regina Dinisio, Sr., D.

Outlook: Centennial was ranked third last year in the final Baltimore Sun poll and rated one of the top 25 teams in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. "I think we'll be as good or maybe even a little better [than last year]," said Molinaro. Once reason is the inspirational play of Molinaro, the county Player of the Year last season as a sophomore. "She really excels in her sport," Greenberg said. "She's a great competitor and has great skills." Greenberg also welcomes her leadership. "She plays hard at practice. She sets the tone and that really helps the coaches," he said. Also expected to contribute for the defending state 3A-4A champs are forward Kristen Dinisio, defenders Tiffany Cronin and Mallory Groves and midfielder Amy Richter.

Chapelgate Christian Flames

Coach: Jeff Ring. 1994 record: 9-2-1 (junior varsity).

Top players: Lorna Smelser, Fresh., G; Natalie Bietry, Jr., D; Heather Ring, Fresh., D; Annie Collins, eighth grade, M; Tara Hereth, Soph., M; Laura Calhoun, Soph., F.

Outlook: Chapelgate, beginning the school's fifth year, moves up to varsity status, although it won't be in any league. The Flames mostly will play against Catholic B League teams. "We're young and somewhat inexperienced," said Ring. "We're learning to play as a team, to develop skills. It's a two- to three-year proposition." Ring has moved Smelser, his leading scorer last year, to goalie. Ring is pleased with the progress of Calhoun, who began the sport last year, and said eighth-grader Collins "plays like a junior."

Glenelg Gladiators

Coach: Mike Williams. 1994 record: 10-5-1.

Top players: Lee Custer, Sr., M; Kathy Gaertner, Soph., D; Kim Ridolfi, Sr., M; Carolyn Flowers, Jr., F; Monica Dodd, Jr., M/F.

Outlook: "I feel good about this team," said Williams. "They work hard and there is good chemistry. They like each other." Custer, who Williams said is "one of the best players I've ever seen," was the team's second-leading scorer last year and a first-team All-County pick. Gaertner, a sweeper, also was a first-team selection. Williams said, "We'll be capable of scoring." And despite losing three defensive starters, Williams is confident about their replacements. "They're good athletes," he said. "All they need is more game experience." In goal, Williams said he has the "best talent" he's seen as he begins his third season. Junior Becky Spates is a transfer from Wisconsin, sophomore Meagan Wright is up from the junior varsity and Jamie Epperlein is a freshman.

Hammond Golden Bears

Coach: Dave Guetler. 1994 record: 3-9-1.

Top players: Ashley Decker, Sr., D; Thema Napier, Soph., F; Emily Bielefeld, Jr., F; Angela Trancocci, Sr., M; Jessica Shamoo, Soph., M; Cindy Mayfield, Soph., M.

Outlook: "We're on our way back. We may surprise a few people," said Guetler, whose team two years ago lost in the 1A-2A championship game before graduating 13 seniors. "Last year was a rebuilding year. I thought we could have won a few more games. It was disappointing." This season, Guetler has a team with more experience and depth, allowing him to substitute more freely. "We're looking to control the ball more," Guetler said. "In the past, we had lots of speed. But now, we're going to go with a short passing game and try to slow things down." Although Guetler admits "we are not going to be an overpowering team," he thinks "we're going to be competitive. I want them to learn to play together better." Decker and Trancocci will captain the team, which will start freshman Lindsey Mitchell in goal.

Howard Lions

Coach: Dave Vezzi. 1994 record: 6-6-2.

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