1995 All-Baltimore City/County soccer teams

November 22, 1995

Player of the Year

Giuliano Celenza, Curley, junior, forward: Simply put Celenza carried the Friars' offense through its MIAA A co-championship season, during which it tied with Gilman. The 5-foot-5, 130-pounder has been the Friars' scoring leader during each of his three seasons. With 20 goals and four assists this year, Celenza was in on the scoring of all but 10 of Curley's 34 goals. His penetration caused him to be tripped up in the box in the

semifinal against Calvert Hall, when he converted a penalty kick for a 1-0 win. "Even if he had a bad game, he'd do something spectacular to create chances," said coach Pep Perrella. Celenza, an All-Metro pick last year, has 49 career goals and 19 career assists. With him, the Friars won a league crown in 1993 and were runners-up last year.

Co-Coach of the Year

Bob Hallet, Sparrows Point: With only 14 players most of the season, there were times when out of sheer exhaustion the Pointers lost games, such as in a 4-3 overtime setback against Dundalk. But there were more times where first-year coach Hallet's well-conditioned squads pulled out victories on sheer will. Hallet, an assistant at Calvert Hall for eight years before taking over the Pointers' program, took his team to the 1A state title game, where it lost, 3-1, to Pocomoke. Among the victories for the 11-5-1 Pointers was a 3-2 season-opening decision over eventual 2A state champion Patapsco.

Co-Coach of the Year

Dave Ingle, Patapsco: His Patriots' final six games were won in breath-taking fashion -- the first two by shootout, the third, 4-3, and the fourth, 2-1, after trailing, 1-0, at the half. With top scorer Dino Pusinsky hampered by a hamstring pull over the last two games, the 2A state champion Patriots (16-2-1) were outshot by a combined 61-17, but wound up beating Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 2-1, in an overtime semifinal and blanked Wilde Lake, 3-0, in the title game. Ingle and his coaching staff of assistants Jeff Chopper and Dave Cooper showed unwavering faith in the defense to anchor an effective counterattacking style. "This team just keeps rising to the occasion," said Ingle, whose Patriots (8-0 at home) won the school's first state crown since 1977. "What they did with that program was set goals from the beginning and work extremely hard to reach them," said Patapsco athletic director Nancy Woodside.

First team at a glance

Alan Batac, Perry Hall, senior, midfield: The stabilizing force in the midfield for the 4A state runner-up Gators, Batac (two goals, six assists) keyed the transition and was among Perry Hall's most skilled players. His goal in the Gators' 3-2 state 4A semifinal victory over Whitman gave the Gators a permanent lead, 2-1, en route to their first state title appearance.

Jamie Becker, Curley, junior, defense: When the heat was on, Becker stepped up, helping to anchor Curley's eight shutouts. Sure-footed and quick to head balls in the air, Becker often went from stopper to the midfield. His four goals and seven assists ranked second in team scoring.

Andrew Bednarzik, Calvert Hall, senior, defense: The stability in the back for the MIAA A Conference semifinalist Cardinals, Bednarzik "held it all together for us," said coach Bill Karpovich. Bednarzik, with Celenza marked by junior teammate Tom Tamberino, helped limit the striker to two goals in three games.

Dave Buehler, McDonogh, junior, midfield: An Olympic Developmental state team player and a Columbia native, Buehler -- an offensive midfielder and the team's top scorer with nine goals and five assists -- was among seven underclassmen starting for the MIAA A semifinalist Eagles (13-3).

Chris Butler, Sparrows Point, senior, midfield: Butler (6-1, 190) was an intimidating force in the middle after playing striker part of the season. He scored 15 goals and had six assists for the 1A state semifinalist Pointers and earned All-State honors.

Brendan Callahan, Gilman, junior, midfield: The top scorer for the MIAA A co-champion Greyhounds with nine goals and eight assists, Callahan (6-2) was his team's most consistent player. He had both assists in Gilman's 2-1 come-from-behind semifinal victory over McDonogh.

Josh Campbell, Patapsco, senior, defense: This 6-3, 190-pounder was an enforcer in the back, helping to anchor the 2A state champion Patriots to a 16-2-1 record, an 8-0 home winning streak and the state crown. His instincts as a keeper on the Columbia United club team were essential in his ability to make clutch clears. Patapsco's 3-0 state title win over Wilde Lake was its seventh shutout.

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