Owls, Panthers get new coaches

September 13, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

The Westminster Owls have their fourth coach in four years. With that in mind, new head coach Ron Patton has devised a basic plan.

"I want everyone comfortable and on the same page," he said. "We're going to play it simple and aggressive."

Patton, a retired police officer, coached the South Carroll boys junior varsity team last season and has extensive coaching experience in recreation soccer. He spent 13 years with Freedom Optimist, started the South Carroll girls travel program and also coached in the National Capital Soccer League. He replaces Mahmood Ebrahimzadeh.

At North Carroll, Phil Myers steps down after coaching the first 12 years of the program. He compiled a 72-60-8 regular-season record and guided the Panthers to one state semifinal appearance and a number of region playoff appearances. His Panthers won the first county title in 1983 and also had the first team from Carroll to win a Central Maryland Conference crown.

"I loved it," Myers said. "We came out every year, had fun and looked to put out a respectable team. I think we did that, even in our leaner years we were always competitive."

Jim McDonald replaces Myers after spending the past two seasons as the junior varsity coach. Christina Crouse, in her fourth year on varsity, is the only player on this year's varsity roster that McDonald hasn't coached.

Look for the Panthers to keep the ball on the ground and try to string some passes together. McDonald said he likes to see the good passing.

Lots of scorers

The departure of South Carroll standout Amber Clutter, now playing at Campbell University as a freshman, hasn't left the county void of scorers.

There's a lot of talented young strikers who will require a lot of attention from opposing defenders.

Liberty junior Shanna Ziegenfuss is the most dangerous one-on-one player returning. Last season, she scored 17 goals and added four assists in the regular season and added seven more goals in the postseason to earn first-team All-County honors a second straight year.

South Carroll's Lindsey Vosloh is another junior who can score. She scored 11 times last year and had one of the finest individual efforts of the season with a three-goal night against Thomas Johnson. She'll be in the middle after playing left wing her first two seasons.

Opponents are going to have some problems matching up against the Westminster attack with sophomore Courtney Beirne and junior Katie Curtin providing the Owls with a lethal one-two JTC punch. Glenelg found out all about the pair on Friday when the Owls surprised the Gladiators, 2-1, in both team's season openers. Beirne had one goal and assisted on Curtin's goal.

Francis Scott Key freshman Sindi Stem didn't take long to score her first career varsity goal. It came in her first game, a loss to Boonsboro in Key's season opener on Thursday.

Last season Clutter earned All-America status and became the county's all-time career scoring leader with 70 goals and 26 assists.

New alignments

With the regions realigned this season, Liberty and North Carroll will move up to play in the 3A-4A West with South Carroll and Westminster. The region is full of talented teams with Class 3A-4A champ Centennial topping the list. Central Maryland Conference foe Thomas Johnson will be strong and Liberty coach Chuck Martin said Franklin is another team to look out for. Also moving up to Class 3A-4A is last year's Class 1A-2A champ Fallston, which will compete in the North region. Last season, Fallston beat Liberty, 3-2, in the state semis.

Aside from Central Maryland Conference team Linganore, Francis Scott Key will see all the teams in its Class 1A-2A West region. All of the rest compete in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League with Key.

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