1995 All-Carroll County soccer teams

November 22, 1995

Player of the Year

Robbie Green, Francis Scott Key, senior, forward: Every Key opponent arrived with the same game plan -- shut down Green. Few could do it. Green closed out a stellar high school career with 14 goals and four assists to lead the county in scoring for a second straight year. Last season, a lot of the attention was drawn on other Key forwards, opening up plenty of chances for Green. This year, he was the primary focus of opposing team's defenses and he responded with great ball skills, composure and an uncanny ability to finish off scoring chances. "Minute after minute he goes at it and if he was left alone for just one of those minutes, he made teams pay," said Key coach G. Hibberd. Green often recognized the double teams he was constantly seeing and was able to create scoring chances for teammates. He possessed great speed to get around defenders and was able to keep the ball close in tight quarters. He had two goals and an assist in a win against South Carroll and had another two-goal effort against Walkersville.

Coach of the Year

Denny Snyder, North Carroll: No coach in the county got more out of his players than Snyder, who guided the Panthers to a 6-6 regular-season mark in his first campaign. "I can't tell you how much I learned this season," said Snyder, who replaced his former coach Ed Powelson, who spent 34 years at the helm. There was the adjustment for both him and his players, incorporating some different ideas at both ends of the field, and the midseason loss of his top scorer due to disciplinary reasons. The most rewarding win came in the regular-season finale when the Panthers avenged a loss to beat Westminster, 2-0. "It was neat to see the team come together and mature through some adversity," Snyder said. "Coach Powelson always taught us to play with our heart and I try to instill the same thing. After losing 3-0 to Westminster [in the first meeting], it was nice to come back and beat them and a neat way to close out the regular season." Snyder also praised the effort of assistant coach Keith Purcaro, who also came on board this season.

First team at a glance

Tim Chairs, Liberty, sophomore, midfield: After a fine freshman season, Chairs added some size and became a more dominant player at midfield this season for the Lions. Chairs made good decisions with the ball and also improved defensively. His one goal came against North Carroll and the majority of his five assists were from his long throw.

Jamison Combs, Liberty, junior, midfield: Combs was the Lions' workhorse, playing in nearly every minute of every game. Most of his seven assists came off his dangerous long throw, which provided the Lions with instant offense. He also produced one goal and was a strong marker defensively.

Jason Diehl, Francis Scott Key, junior, defense: An ankle injury kept Diehl out of the lineup for three games in the early going, but when he returned, opposing offenses took notice. Diehl dominated the right side defensively for the Eagles, denying space and challenging everything that came his way.

Brandon Dorsey, South Carroll, senior, midfield: A three-year starter and team captain, Dorsey did a little bit of everything for the Cavaliers -- including playing hurt for much of the season. He was the stabilizer of a young South Carroll team and always played under control with great awareness of what was going on around him.

Brian Gehle, South Carroll, sophomore, defense: Gehle surpassed all expectations with solid play at stopper. In his first season at the varsity level, he had the composure of a veteran with fine all-around skills. He was particularly strong in the air and at winning 50-50 balls.

Steve Hahn, Westminster, senior, forward: A transfer from Sherwood High School, Hahn was right at home up front for the Owls, scoring six goals and adding two assists. Hahn was tough to knock off the ball, brought a hard shot and also was able to play with plenty of finesse.

Matt Horrell, Liberty, senior, forward: After being injured a good part of last season, Horrell made the most of his senior year with a solid contribution as a goal scorer and leader. He finished with six goals, including two against county foes North Carroll and Francis Scott Key.

Dave Johnson, Westminster, senior, defense: Johnson could do

it all on the soccer field and was the county's most versatile player. After starting out at center midfield, Johnson dropped back to sweeper in the third game of the season. A sound player who reads the game very well, Johnson was quick to anticipate and had fine marking skills.

John Silva, Liberty, junior, goalie: Silva improved every part of his game in goal, coming up with 97 saves and allowing just four goals to help lead the Lions to a 4-1 county mark. He was excellent coming out on one-on-one situations, went up strong to collect balls in the air and was consistent throughout the season.

Ryan Surber, Westminster, senior, defense: After starting the season at midfield, Surber went back to stopper and excelled, providing the Owls with speed, fine ball skills and sound defense. Westminster coach Chuck Beaver said Surber, who didn't begin playing soccer until the eighth grade, came into his own this season.

David White, North Carroll, senior, defense: White's steady influence at stopper was a big key to the Panthers' 6-6 regular season. The co-captain was a tough marker, strong in the air and had a strong work rate. White also possessed fine ball skills to help the Panthers build from the back.

Picking the teams

The Baltimore Sun 1995 All Carroll County boys and girls soccer teams were selected by Glenn P. Graham through game observations and after consultation with area coaches.

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