1995 All-Howard County Soccer Teams

November 22, 1995

Player of the Year

Brian West, Centennial, Sr., forward: A four-year starter who ,, played in only two losing games, West scored 18 goals and had PTC 17 assists, both career highs. Centennial's career scoring leader with 49 goals and 42 assists, he scored three times in the state championship game and had a goal or an assist in all but four games. He scored both goals in a regular-season 2-0 win over Class 3A state finalist Bel Air. He has blazing speed and superior skills. Unselfish, he passed up numerous scoring opportunities looking to pass to teammates. "He's one of the most pure strikers I've had," said coach Bill Stara. "No one could control him as a freshman, so it's no wonder that no one could control him this season either."

Coach of the Year

Bill Stara, Centennial: Despite graduating three All-Metro players, including Player of the Year Brock Yetso, the top-ranked, state Class 3A champion Eagles (17-0) improved conspicuously over last season's state championship team. They switched to an offense that emphasized their passing skills and excelled at it. They went unbeaten and untied and extended their overall winning streak to 31 games and league unbeaten streak (34-0-3) to 37 games. They set a school record for most goals scored (62) and gave up only seven. They had 13 shutouts. Only four teams scored on them. They won all but one game by two or more goals. It was Stara's seventh state title at Centennial and fourth in the last five years. Centennial has been unbeaten in four of the past five seasons and is 73-2-7 during that time.

First team at a glance

David Briefel, Wilde Lake, Jr., midfield: With him directing the offense the Wildecats scored 31 goals -- 16 more than last season. He scored 10 goals and had five assists. He had the game-winning goals in 1-0 wins over Landon, Fallston and the state Class 2A semifinal against Parkside.

Mike Green, Howard, Sr., defense: A four-year starter, the 6-foot-3 1/2 , 180-pound sweeper is headed on scholarship to the University of Virginia. His leaping ability sets him apart from others and his skills are excellent. In a 2-1 win over Glenelg he scored both goals. For the season he scored four goals and had five assists.

Pat Halter, Mount Hebron, Jr., midfield: He scored the game-winning goal in five league wins, including 1-0 victories over No. 12 Oakland Mills and No. 9 Hammond, as the No. 4 Vikings (8-4-1) posted their best league record (6-1). He has superb field vision and is a great counter-attacker. He scored nine goals and had six assists.

Matt Laycock, Centennial, Jr., midfield: He finished second in the league in scoring with 13 goals and seven assists. Strong in the air at 6-foot-2, he excelled at dissecting opposing defenses with sharp passes, and will be remembered best this season for his rocket 30-yard goal in the state championship game.

Christian Lewis, Centennial, Jr., goalkeeper: Lewis had to fill the shoes of All-Metro Player of the Year Brock Yetso, and he responded with 13 shutouts. He was scored on only seven times and had noteworthy games against Whitman and Dulaney. "He came up big in every game, and all but two teams we played this season were ranked at some time," said Stara.

Tony Marchegiano, Glenelg, Sr., midfield: Moved from striker to midfield this season, he scored 12 goals and had two assists while setting the school career scoring mark of 27 goals. Strong in the air, he scored about half his goals off set plays -- most on headers.

Brian Otten, Centennial, Jr., defense: He played stopper so well that he allowed Centennial's midfielders to concentrate on offense. He was skilled enough to initiate the offense from the backfield. "He was crucial to our team chemistry," said Stara. He had two assists.

Cory Piette, Centennial, Sr., midfield: He blossomed when moved from outside midfield to inside midfield. He scored eight goals and had nine assists, including two assists in the state championship game. "He had a lot of great goals for us," Stara said.

Ben Stephenson, Centennial, Jr., defense: He played sweeper and was the cornerstone of a defense that allowed seven goals and had 13 shutouts. He is sure-footed, competitive and has good field vision. "He makes no mistakes and distributes the ball well," said Stara.

Matt Stephenson, Centennial, Jr., forward: A technically gifted workaholic with terrific speed, Stephenson scored 11 goals and had eight assists. "He complements West and is just as dangerous," Stara said.

Mike Stromberg, Mount Hebron, Jr., defense: The Vikings allowed 18 goals -- nine of those in two games against state Class 3A champion Centennial. As sweeper, Stromberg was the key to that defense. He also contributed offensively with five goals and four assists, including game-winning goals against Liberty and Atholton.

Kumi Walker, Centennial, Sr., defense: He played outside fullback about as well as it can be played. His outstanding speed sets him apart from most. "He's a great marking back who can also attack," Stara said.

Ted Zingman, Atholton, Sr, midfield: He assisted on the game-winning goals against Howard in the regional semifinal and against state Class 2A finalist Wilde Lake. He scored both goals in a 2-1 win over defending state champion Oakland Mills and had the game-winner against Glenelg. He totaled nine goals and five assists.

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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