1995 All-Anne Arundel County soccer teams

November 22, 1995

Player of the Year

Scott Vane, Severna Park, Sr., forward: Coach Don Gregg likes to compare his standout forward to Cal Ripken. Gregg said Vane "is a thinking player like Ripken is, and was in high school when he played soccer, basketball and baseball at Aberdeen." Gregg said Ripken "wouldn't be where he is but for his always thinking ahead," and that is the way Vane plays soccer, "like a game of chess." Vane, the eighth Falcon to be named county Player of the Year since 1980 and the second in a row, led his team to the 4A state semifinals and an overall 12-5 record by scoring nine game-winning goals. His 14 goals and seven assists for 21 total points led the county public school players and left the three-year starter third in Falcon career goals (28) and fourth in career points (40). Vane's leadership qualities as a co-captain were invaluable especially after a 2-3 start, with the younger, inexperienced players in need of someone to follow. "Scott lacks speed and size [5-foot-8, 160 pounds], but makes up for it with anticipation, smarts and athletic ability, not to mention his take-charge attitude," said Gregg. Vane hopes to attend the U.S. Naval Academy and play baseball and soccer there.

Coach of the Year

Don Gregg, Severna Park: For the second time since 1992 and the fifth time since 1980, Gregg is the county Coach of the Year after what may have been his finest effort in 22 seasons at Severna Park. His team was not the favorite to win the 4A East Region, but the Falcons won their 10th region title under Gregg before losing to eventual state champion Northwestern-PG, 1-0, in the state semifinals. Starting this year at 2-3, Gregg (223-77-11, .717), who was given the green light to coach after triple-bypass surgery in the spring, was in danger of his first losing season since 1975. Gregg and his longtime assistant Bob Planey made a few personnel moves, most notably All-County players Eric Lenfest and Jimmy Traylor were switched to sweeper and stopper, respectively, and the Falcons picked it up. "We got some great individual efforts from Scott [Vane], Eric [Lenfest], Jimmy [Traylor] and Grant Shaklee [senior fullback], and a couple freshmen [Bernie Edwards and Reid Shaklee] contributed," said Gregg. "We were in every game except Calvert Hall [lost 5-2] and we peaked at the right time in the playoffs."

First team at a glance

Cris Balko, Meade, Sr., forward: One of four county players named to the North-South All-State game, Balko led the Mustangs with 11 goals and nine assists in an 8-8 season that ended in the 4A East Region final. Balko, a three-year varsity starter, was named second-team All-State.

Chris Criswell, St. Mary's, Sr., forward: The Saints' "go-to-guy," Criswell played a major role in the team's going from 4-30 in 1992 and '93 to 26-5-4 over the last two seasons. Criswell's 12 goals and 12 assists led coach Jamie McNealey's Saints to the co-championship of the Maryland Interscholastic Association B Conference with St. Paul's. His 24 total points is tops among the All-County players.

Phil Demske, Chesapeake, Sr., goalkeeper: Demske continued the tradition as the third straight Cougar named All-County keeper since 1992. A very vocal leader on the field, Demske had 93 saves and gave up 20 goals, most of which were unstoppable. He had nine saves in the 3-2 county championship win over Severna Park in double overtime.

Pat Fridley, Arundel, Sr., midfield: A second-team All-County choice as a junior, Fridley's outstanding defensive play and leadership earned him honors on the coaches All-County first team. A three-year starter who had five goals and two assists, Fridley was very versatile playing midfield, sweeper and occasionally striker for coach Nick Jaushnegg and was noted for his full-field jaunts to set up scoring opportunities.

Ryan Frommelt, Chesapeake, Sr., forward: A Division I-caliber player with speed, quickness, shifty moves and acceleration and Frommelt is one of only two first-team repeaters and was named first-team All-State. Playing through an injury-plagued season, Frommelt scored eight goals and had four assists in 10 games, including the game-winning goal in a double-overtime county championship victory over Severna Park. His superb play led the Cougars to a 13-1 record and No. 2 ranking in the metro area.

Rich Kuhn, Chesapeake, Jr., midfield: With injuries slowing Frommelt, Kuhn emerged as one of the most feared offensive players in the county. Selected second-team All-State for the North-South game, Kuhn, who had eight goals as a sophomore, led the county champion Cougars with 14 goals and

four assists. The 14 goals tied Vane for the county public school lead.

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