Baltimore County LOCAL SPORTS: HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER PREIVEW

August 30, 1996|By Steve Kivinski

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1995 record: 14-8.

Coach: Brent Brewer.

Top players: Sam Monbo, Sr., D; Kevin Lowe, Sr. G; Dan Birx, Sr., F; Kevin Hamilton, Sr., M; Mike Large, Sr., D.

Outlook: Brewer, in his first year at the helm, will rely on his defense to keep his squad in games until the offense starts to jell. The Eagles lost their two leading scorers to graduation, but Lowe and Monbo return and should help them stay competitive in the MIAA C Conference.

Beth Tfiloh Warriors

1995 record: 9-7.

Coach: Glenn I. Miller.

Top players: Amit Natanzon, Sr., D; Sam Ruskin, Sr., D; Ben Rombro, Sr., D; Ariel Myerstein, Jr., F; Felix Shraga, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Warriors' defense, which yielded only one goal in last year's playoffs, is intact but the team will feel the loss of leading scorers Jeremy Bob and Daniel Kokotov. The team is young and Miller thinks it will go as far as its freshmen take it.

Boys' Latin Lakers

1995 record: 9-7-2.

Coach: Butch Maisel.

Top players: David Rose, Sr., M/D; Ian Shure, Sr., G/M; Todd Ulrich, Sr., M; Dave Ulrich, Sr., F; John Glatzel, Sr., M; Tom Glatzel, Sr., D; Matt Thanner, Sr., M.

Outlook: BL returns 10 players, including its top five scorers, from a squad that lost in a shootout to St. Mary's in last year's B Conference semifinals. The Lakers have a strong starting unit but not much depth. "If we stay healthy, we should be there at the wire," said Maisel.

Calvert Hall Cardinals

1995 record: 12-5-1.

Coach: Bill Karpovich.

Top players: Tom Tamberino, Sr., D; Ryan Tolson, Sr., D; Brandon Thompson, Sr., M; Mike Shaeffer, Jr., M; Matt Joseph, Jr., M; Cam Letke, Jr., F; P.J. Wakefield, Jr., M; Fran Scarfield, Jr., M, Brian Powell, Jr., F, Mike Duley, Jr., D; Tim Gober, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Cardinals have a dozen players back, including five starters, but the loss of All-Metro performer Ryan Smith leaves them without a proven scorer. "We have to figure a way to put the ball in the hole," said Karpovich. Nine Calvert Hall players played on the Baltimore Stars under-16 team that finished third at the nationals this summer in Indianapolis.

Carver A&T Wildcats

1995 record: 10-2.

Coach: Ian Reid.

Top players: Andy Oram, Sr., F; Gilbert Wilt, Sr., M; John Krol, Sr., F; Jim Ballard, Sr., M; Kevin Ayd, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Wildcats graduated nine players, including five starters from last year's squad that won the Baltimore County Division III title before bowing to Poolesville in the first round of the state playoffs. Krol, the team's leading scorer last season with 19 goals, should keep the Wildcats in the hunt for the division title and a lack of depth will keep the Carver from challenging at the regional level.

Catonsville Comets

1995 record: 7-5.

Coach: Dave Lane.

Top players: Charles Ross, Sr. G/M; Matt Carter, Sr., M; David Bortz, Sr., D; Chuck Ice, Sr., F.

Outlook: With only three players back from last year's team that dropped its first-round playoff game to North Harford, Lane isn't clearing any space in the school's trophy case. But, if his sophomore-laden team can survive its grueling county schedule, could make some noise in the 2A playoffs.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1995 record: 0-11.

Coach: George Sfikas.

Top players: David Bilodeau, Jr., D; Steuart Bera, Jr., D; Chebin Nwamoh, Soph., M; Matt Morton, Jr., F.

Outlook: "I think we can only get better," said Sfikas, a first-year coach. The Bayhawks had 17 players turn out for the team, but don't expect any sudden turnarounds.

Dulaney Lions

1995 record: 5-4-3.

Coach: Craig Laferty.

Top players: Tony Arditi, Jr., M; Andrew Hench, Sr., M; Josh Soirez, Sr., M; Panos Karamalaakos, Sr., F; Karl Reinhardt, Sr., M; Jeff Duerbeck, Sr., D; Mike Keppeler, Soph. D.

Outlook: Dulaney returns seven starters, including its entire midfield unit, from a team that lost to Perry Hall in a shootout in last year's region playoffs. "We have a good nucleus, but inexperience is our big question mark," said Laferty. "It remains to be seen whether we want to get better and if we do get better. We need to improve because in our league [Division I] there are no gimmes."

Dundalk Owls

1995 record: 5-8.

Coach: Geoff Holland.

Top players: Rob Ray, Sr., G; Troy Franz, Sr., F; Donny Schleig, Sr., M; Jason Polasky, Sr., M; Ryan Barrow, Jr., M; Dan Saul, Jr., D; Dan Walton, Jr., D.

Outlook: "The good thing about being a new coach is, you can forget the past," said Holland, who served as an assistant coach last season at St. Mary's College. "We're very talented but very young." The Owls have 11 players back, and Holland thinks his team should be in contention for a state championship.

Eastern Tech Mustangs

1995 record: 1-10-1.

Coach: Peter Glaudemans.

Top players: Jose Barbosa, Soph., G; Josh Hardester, Jr., GK; Doug Johnson, Jr., M; Brian Wittig, Jr., M; Jeff Hoilman, Jr., M; Erik Skarda, Sr., D; Jason Waga, Sr., F.

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