1995 All-Howard County soccer teams

November 22, 1995

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Player of the Year

Lauren Molinaro, Centennial, Jr., midfield: "She's one of the top two players in the state," said Centennial co-coach Dave Greenberg. "She and Laurie Schwoy [McDonogh] are in a class by themselves." This is the second straight year Molinaro, who had 10 goals and three assists for the state 3A-4A co-champions, has earned this honor. "She controls everything in the middle of the field. She dominates," said Greenberg. "She's so skilled and plays very hard. She can do things that no one else can do." Molinaro also led the Eagles to an 18-0 season and 3A state title in her sophomore season.

Coach of the Year

Warren Michael, Atholton: In his first year at Atholton after three seasons at Mount Hebron, Michael's team finished 8-3-2 overall and third in the county at 4-1-2. The Raiders tied 3A-4A state champion Centennial, 0-0, and beat 1A-2A state champion Oakland Mills, 1-0. "There was talent here. The biggest thing was convincing them that they could win," said Michael, who added that having a goalie like Julie Kapcala stay healthy was very important. When Michael took over the team, which finished 6-5-2 last year, he stressed conditioning, fundamentals and that the players accept their roles.

First team at a glance

Caitlin Bair, Atholton, Soph., midfield: "She was our biggest offensive threat," said coach Warren of Bair, who led the team in goals (nine) and assists (six). "She's a terrific athlete with a great work ethic." Michael said Bair had good field sense, worked hard off the ball and could finish and distribute the ball well.

Amanda Berman, Wilde Lake, Soph., forward: The team leader in goals (12) and assists (eight), Berman is "a very skillful player," said co-coach Anita Andersch. "She's smart, very good with the ball and anticipates well." With her speed and quickness, Berman is always a threat to score.

Michelle Clare, Centennial, Sr., forward: Led the county with 22 goals last year, Clare had nine this season and three assists. "That's because everybody knows what a threat she is," said Centennial co-coach Dave Greenberg. "She's the focus of defenders, and other people get opportunities because of that." Greenberg said Clare is "very skilled, very talented and knows how to get the ball in the net."

Lee Custer, Glenelg, Sr., midfield: Custer, with excellent speed and power, scored five of her team's 12 goals and had four assists. Coach Mike Williams said what stood out about Custer was "her consistency at a high level of play. She just made a lot of things happen. She's a complete player."

Katie Douglas, Wilde Lake, Sr., defense: "Our leader," said Wilde Lake co-coach Anita Andersch. "She's smart and has great skills. She knows how to distribute the ball well from the back." Douglas has the hardest shot on the team.

Ginny Dye, Oakland Mills, Sr., forward: Dye was the leading scorer on the 1A-2A state champions with nine goals and eight assists. "She has all the skills and a great determination to succeed," said Oakland Mills coach Steve Matters. "In the last two years, she's been 75 percent of the offense. She makes things happen, no matter what the obstacles are." Dye had an assist in each of the last four playoff games.

Wanda Elledge, Howard, Soph., defense: The only marking back selected among the first-team defense, Elledge has great speed. "She really handled everybody she marked this year," said Howard coach Dave Vezzi. "She knows how to position herself. She knows when to leave her mark and when to stay with her. She's a tremendous marking back."

Kathy Gaertner, Glenelg, Soph., defense: "The best tackler I think in the county," said Glenelg coach Mike Williams, who noted Gaertner's good speed and anticipation. "She made up for a lot of mistakes from the other parts of the field. She's a tremendous player."

Alyssa Gamaldo, Howard, Sr., defense: "She combines great speed with a tremendous knowledge of the game," said coach Vezzi. "She knows where the ball is at all times and where to position herself." Gamaldo is a four-year varsity starter.

Julie Kickham, Mount Hebron, Sr., midfield: "She's got a great attitude," said Mount Hebron coach Jonathan Davis. "She's not only a player but a coach on the field. She's smart, has super skills, a rocket shot and can play any position on the field." Kickham had 10 goals and six assists, both team highs.

Tania Riismandel, Centennial, Sr., defense: "Her speed and leadership back there really makes us solid," said coach Greenberg. Riismandel plays offense for her club team but, said Greenberg, "We really need her back there for the good of the team." Greenberg said she "takes charge in practice and I consult with her and value her input. She's done a great job."

Rima Sidhu, Centennial, Sr., goalkeeper: "She really understands the game and her role. She's so fundamentally sound," said coach Greenberg of Sidhu, who allowed six goals, three of them in the first two games. "She's always in the right spot and gets her teammates in the right spot. She has good quickness and is aggressive. You don't get cheap goals and second chances against her."

Bridget White, Wilde Lake, Soph., midfield: Co-coaches Anita and Roy Andersch admire the little things that White does that might go unnoticed by others. "She just controls the middle, not with flamboyance, but like a blue-collar worker," said Anita.

Picking the teams

The Baltimore Sun 1995 All-Howard County boys and girls soccer teams were selected by Rick Belz and Stan Rappaport, respectively, through game observations and after consultations with area coaches.

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