Anne Arundel County Capsules High School Girls Soccer Preview

September 13, 1995|By Pat O'Malley

Annapolis Panthers

1994 record: 3-10-1. Coach: Tom Cordts (first year).

Top players: Stephy Samaras, Sr., G; Kate Bjorke, Jr., F; Ali Kreiger, Sr., F; Kristen Kapusta, Jr., FB; Susan Berotti, Jr., FB; Kelly Dirks, Soph., S; Tina Grillo, Soph., S.

Outlook: After serving as an assistant to Dave Gehrdes in the boys program for nine seasons, Cordts has taken over the Panthers' girls team. Cordts has one of the top goalkeepers in the county in Samaras but she is one of only six seniors. Looking to the future, Cordts kept four freshmen and three sophomores, two of whom will start in midfielder Dirks and the speedy Grillo up front. "I was looking at .500 when the season began, but now I think we have the ability to do better than that," said Cordts after his team's season-opening 1-0 win over Queen Anne's. "Our strength will come from our underclassmen and they are improving their skills tremendously."

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1994 record: 2-14-1. Coach: Rick Pizarro (first year).

Top players: Jennifer O'Neill, Sr., FB; Allison Tirdil, Sr., FB; Phyllis Peyser, Jr., HB; Stephanie Cano, Soph., F; Becky Beardsley, Fresh., F; Kadine Linden, Fresh., S; Marlana Casey, Fresh., FB.

Outlook: Pizarro brings a wealth of knowledge in hopes of turning the Cavaliers around in the Catholic League A Conference. He has coached the sport 45 years on the pro level in Europe, high school (Woodlawn boys, Cathedral, Mass., Brooklyn Park JV) and started coaching girls several years at Centennial, winning two state championships and 47 of 58 games. Pizarro's Cavs are off to a 1-1 start, losing to Owings Mills, 3-0, but blanking North County, 7-0. "People around Spalding are saying we could go .500, but I'm never satisfied with that," said Pizarro. "We're young starting three freshmen [Beardsley, Linden and Casey], but we will keep improving."

Arundel Wildcats

1994 record: 10-2-1. Coach: Paul Yannuzzi (third year).

Top players: Kristen Smeby, Sr., S; Jill Jones, Jr., F; Heather Frick, Sr., FB; Melissa Omwake, Sr., FB; Christy Nichols, Sr., HB; Sally Schoenfeld, Sr., HB; Marcia Lavin, Sr., G; Sara Brugger, Sr., G.

Outlook: Smeby returns after an All-County junior season in which she scored eight goals and had six assists, and is one of 15 Wildcats back. Arundel served notice it is going to be a force in the county South Division and ultimately in the state 3A-4A playoffs by opening with a 5-1 victory over defending county champion South River. Smeby, who moved to striker after playing stopper as a sophomore and midfield as a junior, and Jones had two goals each and will be tough to stop. Stopper Omwake, sweeper Frick, Nichols and Schoenfeld will be among the Wildcat leaders on a very seasoned team. "We have nine seniors and most of them have played together since age 5 and this is their last shot together," said Yannuzzi. "It's a very focused group." Arundel will be the site of the county championship game on Oct. 23 and Yannuzzi is aiming to have his Wildcats there. "We only lost one game in the county last year and just missed the championship game and that has them focused," said Yannuzzi.

Broadneck Bruins

1994 record: 8-7-1. Coach: Leann Shuck (second year).

Top players: Megan Santacroce, Jr., HB; Molly Branning, Sr., F; Christi Schulstad, Sr. FB; Josalyn Powers, Sr., FB; Meg Good, Jr., HB; Alicia Nagowski, Sr., F.

Outlook: Santacroce earned second-team All-County honors as a sophomore and gives the Bruins strength at midfield. The offense figures to come from Santacroce and the midfield. "At this stage, our midfield is our strength," said Shuck, who is in her second season at her alma mater. Schulstad leads the defense and once Shuck settles on the goalie position between junior Sue Conrad and sophomore Fran Schlossman, the Bruins expect to contend in the 3A-4A playoffs. "We expect to have a very good season," Shuck said.

Chesapeake Cougars

1994 record: 10-5-1. Coach: Lin Sullivan (11th year).

Top players: Chrissy Kohlhepp, Sr., FB; Tammi Barrington, Sr., FB; Stacey Reynolds, Sr., HB; Angie Zittle, Jr., G; Laura Basil, Jr., HB; Stephanie Mosca, Soph., F.

Outlook: The accent is on defense where Sullivan has moved second-team All-County midfielder Kohlhepp to fullback. Sullivan is banking on Kohlhepp and Barrington to key a stingy defense along with goalie Zittle on what is an otherwise inexperienced squad. "We don't have the kind of experience we had last year where we had a group that played together two to three years on the varsity level," said Sullivan. The Cougars were ranked 15th in The Baltimore Sun's final poll last fall after making it to the region finals, but lost a host of outstanding players including All-County striker Melissa Wagner, who set a school single-season record with 25 goals. "By season's end, we should be a pretty good team," said Sullivan.

Glen Burnie Gophers

1994 record: 6-8. Coach: Jon Van Orden (third year).

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