1995 All-Ccarroll County soccer teams

November 22, 1995

Player of the Year

Shanna Ziegenfuss, Liberty, junior, forward:Ziegenfuss led the county in scoring with 18 goals and six assists and all were well earned. No player in the county drew as much attention as Ziegenfuss, who continually had to fight through double- and triple-teams whether getting a shot off or creating for teammates. "Shanna is just dangerous all over the field," said Liberty coach Chuck Martin. It was never more evident than in the Lions' region playoff game against Franklin, which entered the game ranked ninth in the metro area. After having a part in all four of the Lions' goals, she covered the far post to clear a Franklin shot off the line in the final three minutes to preserve a 4-3 win. "Her feel for the game goes far beyond what a coach can teach," said Martin. Ziegenfuss can score a number of ways, whether it's by beating a keeper high off a direct kick from 25 yards out or dribbling past a number of defenders. Her field vision, ball-handling skills and quick release made it tough for opposing defenders.

Coach of the Year

Jim Horn, South Carroll: The goals going into the season at South Carroll included playing as a team and having fun. The Cavaliers accomplished those with ease and also managed to roll through the regular season with a 12-0 record and reach the region finals before having their incredible run come to an end with a 3-1 loss against state co-champ Centennial. "We didn't talk about wins and losses," Horn said. "Last year, we wanted to go to states and win this and win that and when we didn't, it was disappointing. This year, we just wanted to have fun and we did that." Horn had a hard-working, dedicated group, but also took time to keep practice fun. The Cavaliers had a two-on-two tournament throughout the preseason to keep practice light. After every game, a player was awarded the "99" jersey for effort to be worn during the next game. The Cavaliers lost a great deal of talent to graduation last season, but made up for it with strong team play anchored by four seniors -- Jamie Baier, Sara Wachter, Carrie Tamburo and Erin O'Neill -- who all spent four years at the varsity level.

First team at a glance

Jamie Baier, South Carroll, senior, defender: Baier, a senior co-captain, wasn't just the glue to a strong South Carroll defense, but the entire team. Along with marking out the opposition's top forward, Baier stepped up offensively from stopper, scoring four goals and adding four assists. Her strong leadership led the Cavs to a 12-0 regular season and trip to the region finals.

Brigit Becker, Liberty, junior, midfield: Becker provided the Lions with plenty of versatility with her speed, soft touch and strong shot. She played at midfield for most of the season and also moved up front, scoring three goals and adding an assist. The second-team All-Central Maryland Conference pick did a great job of moving without the ball, creating space for herself and teammates.

Courtney Beirne, Westminster, sophomore, forward: Beirne constantly drew plenty of attention from opposing defenses and still finished with six goals and two assists. In her first two years, the first-team All-Central Maryland selection has 15 goals and four assists.

Michelle Clawson, Liberty, senior, midfield: Liberty coach Chuck Martin asked plenty from Clawson and she responded with another fine season, providing the Lions with a strong presence in the middle of the field. There were times when she was able to control the flow of a game with an ability to shut down the opposing attack and also get the Lions offense started. The co-captain also was a fine finisher, scoring four times and adding two assists.

Christina Crouse, North Carroll, senior, defense: Crouse, who moved to stopper back, did it all for the Panthers. She was North Carroll's leader on and off the field, took almost all of the team's free kicks and goal kicks, and was a strong, physical player who was tough to get by. The second-team All-Central Maryland Conference choice also had four goals and three assists.

Shannan Henley, South Carroll, junior, forward: Cavalier coach Jim Horn couldn't have asked for a more pleasant surprise than the addition of Henley, who transferred to South Carroll this year and provided instant offense. The first-team All-Central Maryland Conference choice finished with eight goals and four assists and was a fine complement to forward Lindsey Vosloh and the rest of the Cavalier team.

Stephanie Myers, South Carroll, junior, defender: The three-year starter came into her own at sweeper this season. Myers did a great job of containing opposing forwards and was able to work the ball well out of the back with nice moves. She has improved every season and has the ability to play anywhere on the field.

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