Local Sports: High School Boys Soccer Preivew

August 30, 1996|By Rick Belz

Atholton Raiders

1995 record: 7-6-1 overall; 3-4 league.

Coach: Reg Hahne.

Top Players: Andy Walter, Sr., GK; Mehr Dhillon, Sr. M/F; Jason Green, Sr., M; Brent Hooper, Sr., D; Aaron Brown, Jr., D; Jay Garbart, Sr., M; Brian Hall, Sr., GK; Danny Dworkin, Soph., F; Justin Pak, Fr., F; Pat Thomas, Soph., D.

Outlook: Walter should be one of the league's top goalkeepers. Atholton returns almost no scoring, but Pak shows promise and will start. Walter and Hooper are the only returning starters. The midfield will be made up of seniors and is a possible strength. Atholton has only 30 players for varsity and junior varsity.

Centennial Eagles

1995 record: 17-0 overall, 7-0 league (county, region and state champs).

Coach: Ron Martin.

Top players: Matt Stephenson, Sr., F; Ben Stephenson, Sr., D; Matt Laycock, Sr., M; Christian Lewis, Sr., GK; Brian Otten, Sr., D; Cort Yetso, Sr., D; Scott Johnson, Sr., D; Stuart Kessler, Jr., F; Matt Walton, Sr., D/F.

Outlook: The Eagles graduated All- Metro Player of the Year Brian West, but return seven starters. Five of those starters were first-team All-County players, including both Stephensons, Laycock, Lewis and Otten. The Stephensons and Laycock were first-team All-Metro. Matt Stephenson scored 11 goals and had eight assists. Laycock scored 13 goals and had seven assists. Walton is a transfer from Loyola.

Chapelgate Christian Flames

1995 record: 13-5-1.

Coach: Rob Van Ness.

Top players: Brandon Sevrin, Sr., M; Josh Barlow, Sr., D; Josh Van Ness, Sr., D; Chris Davidson, Soph. F; Nathan Brenneman, Jr., D; Rich Turner, Soph., M.

Outlook: The Flames return five seniors from a team that finished second in the Christian Schools Athletic Association. "Despite graduating eight players I'm encouraged by our early scrimmages and think we'll be flirting with a winning record," said coach Van Ness. "Our underclassmen have stepped up."

Glenelg Gladiators

1995 record: 6-8-1 overall; 0-6-1 league.

Coach: Peter Klisas.

Top players: Zeeshan Shafi, Sr., D; Luke Reinke, Sr., D; Charles Kennedy, Sr., M; Justin Benoliel, Jr., GK; Christian Bolinger, Sr., M/D; George Klisas, Sr., M/F; Jeremy Shry, Jr., D; Jeff Walker, Soph., D.

Outlook: Klisas takes over a team that returns most of its defense, and he expects the midfield to be better than average. "And our goalkeeper is very good, but we are inexperienced up top," Klisas said. Glenelg's top three scorers graduated. The Gladiators made it to the Class 2A regional finals last season, losing to Wilde Lake in overtime, 2-1. "A winning record would be a good accomplishment," said Klisas, who also coaches the Columbia Stars, an under-15 girls team.

Glenelg Country Dragons

1995 record: 3-8-1.

Coach: Craig Shale.

Top players: Nick Woodford, Jr., D; Dan Liparini, Soph., F; Kolin Leishman, Fr., F.

Outlook: A stronger than expected turnout has boosted hopes for new Dragons head coach Craig Shale and assistant coach Tom Marechek. They have 28 players. The Dragons have only one senior, but they are looking for marked improvement over last season. "We have a well-rounded team that should hold its own," Shale said. "We are strong defensively and at the forward position, and should score a lot of goals. Dan and Kolin are outstanding."

Hammond Bears

1995 record: 7-4-2 overall, 4-2-1 league.

Coach: Rich Corkran.

Top players: Kamil Quander, Sr., D/F; Ryan Pflugrad, Jr., M/D; Jason Decker, Jr., M; Rory Peters, Soph., F; Chris Jenkins, Sr., M; Ryan Cox, Jr., D; Dave Acott, Soph., D; Craig Feinberg, Jr., M; Brian Pietryka, Jr., M; Andrew Essey, Fr., GK; Jeremy Peltzman, Jr., GK.

Outlook: Hammond finished third in the league, and posted its best league record in eight seasons. All four league wins were by one goal, and two were overtime victories. Can the Bears repeat that effort? The team returns five starters, but overall it is young with only four seniors. And it must rebuild its defense. Quander, a striker last season, could wind up at sweeper, and Pflugrad, normally an offensive midfielder, may play stopper. The Bears will be stronger in the goal with Essey and Peltzman. The team has above-average speed and good skills so it should be competitive. "We scored only 19 goals, so we're going to emphasize offense more this season," Corkran said.

Howard Lions

1995 record: 4-7-2 overall; 2-4-1 league.

Coach: Brian Boussy.

Top players: Charlie Rajala, Sr., M; Dan Miller, Sr., D; Brodie Good, Sr., M; Brian Baham, Sr., D; Charlie Hlass, Sr., D; Chris Berwind, Sr., D; Bob Bray, Sr., D; Jason Henry, Sr., F; Sean Morgan, Sr., GK.

Outlook: "We have a lot of seniors back, and have no outstanding weaknesses or strengths," Boussy said. "We're an average, middle-of-the-pack team with no standouts." With former star players Mike Green and Peter Bachman, Howard made it as far as the Class 3A region semifinals last season, losing to Atholton, 2-1. This is Boussy's second season as head coach.

Long Reach Lightning

1995 record: no team.

Coach: Shawn Smith.

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