Local Sports: High School Girls Soccer Preview

September 01, 1996|By Mark Hoeflich

Bryn Mawr Mawrtians

1995 record: 1-6-2.

Coach: AnneMarie Merow.

Top players: Sarah Cook, Soph., D; Julie French, Sr., M; Katlin Isaacs, Jr., M; Elizabeth Knight, Soph., M-S; Teresa Sherry, Fr., S-M; Shelley Smith, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Mawrtians are one of four new teams to join the Catholic League B Conference this season. There's a strong crop of young players to build on, several of whom have played year-round. Smith and Cook lead a stronger backfield.

Catholic Cubs

1995 record: 12-5-4.

Coach: Jerry Dieter.

Top players: Maria Adams, Jr., D; La Angelini, Sr., M; Rebecca Bieneman, Soph., S; Nicole Brooks, Jr., S; Korrine Butcher, Jr., G; Natalie Loftus, Jr., M; Allison Merkle, Soph., M; Caron Mierczak, Sr., D.

Outlook: Still a rather young team, the Cubs return 10 players from a team that fielded one of the best defensive units in the league a year ago with 12 shutouts. This year's group figures to be just as strong, as both fullbacks return and while Merkle, an All-Star goalkeeper last season, moves to the field, Dieter has an excellent replacement in Butcher. With Angelini and Brooks, both first-team All-County, a year better, the Cubs hope for an increase in scoring, despite the loss of midfielder Angie Byrd, who transferred to C. Milton Wright. Look for the Cubs to get back to the tournament championship.

Lake Clifton Lakers

1995 record: 0-8.

Coach: Dan Pierce.

Top players: Misty Battle, Jr., S; Intea DeShields, Jr., G; Leisa Johnson, Sr., M; Kishonna Kennedy, Sr., M; Antoinette Rocquemore, Sr., M-D.

Outlook: Pierce, in his fifth season, hopes to recruit some younger players to fill out a roster that lost eight of 13 players from a year ago. The skill level is up among the returnees, but without any reliable scorers, the Lakers will use a more defensive strategy.

Institute of Notre Dame Indians

1995 record: N/A.

Coach: Karen Webster.

Top players: Brandy Alt, Soph.,.S; Michelle Andrews, Sr., S; Andrea Butt, Jr., D; Jen Hauck, Sr., S; Colleen Karis Kosco, Sr., M; Beth Milani, Jr, M; Katie Mullen, Sr., D.

Outlook: Four quality forwards, all with good speed, will make up for the youth in the back. With the exception of goalkeeper, first-year coach Webster has a good mixture of underclassmen to fill in at key positions.

Mercy Magic

1995 record: 12-6-4.

Coach: Jerry Friedline.

Top players: Jennifer Bailey, Sr., G; Shannon Cohen, Sr., S; Krista Graf, Sr., D; Katie Korrow, Sr., S; Tina Steck, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Magic replaces one strong group of seniors with another and several newcomers will add both depth and flexibility. With the return of Bailey and Graf, the defense is expected to be no worse than the group that recorded seven shutouts last season. The Magic lack a true scorer but should get enough goals, especially from Steck, to stay in the hunt for the league title. Mercy doesn't play any league team twice, but the schedule also includes Loch Raven and Towson.

Patterson Clippers

1995 record: 7-3.

Coach: Ed Brzozowski.

Top players: Dorothy Barnhouser, Sr., D; Nicole Bauer, Sr., D; Katie Bonnell, Soph., S; Colleen Jordan, So., Melissa Reinhardt, So., F.

Outlook: The Clippers advanced to the 3A-4A state quarterfinals a year ago, and although they are still young, an excellent attack makes them the favorite to win the City title. Bonnell is one of the league's best finishers and is coming off a freshman season in which she scored 22 goals and had 12 assists. And in Reinhardt and Jordan, both quick and skilled, the Clippers have even more scoring power on the wings. The defense is the sore spot but with the addition of 12 players, Brzozowski hopes to find the right combination.

Poly Engineers

1995 record: 2-5-2.

Coach: John Green.

Top players: Jessica Brannon, Jr., S; Brandis Matthews, Soph., D; Michelle Miller, Sr., S; Heather Myers, Soph., M; MarySarah Salvani, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Engineers will be especially hurt by the loss of Lisa Wisniewski in the middle, as five to six newcomers must replace three four-year starters. The defense needs the most work, reserves are thin and the skill level drops off after the few experienced starters.

Roland Park Reds

Coach: Rob Hohl.

Outlook: After playing an independent schedule last season, the Reds begin their first season in the Catholic League B Conference. First-year coach Hohl has a strong contingent of younger players to compliment five senior returners. The Reds will use a fast-paced, short passing game to control possession.

Seton Keough Gators

1995 record: 10-4-3.

Coach: Walter Dobrzycki.

Top players: Kerrie Dagley, Jr. S; Johnna Fellows, Soph., M; Katie Hammen, Sr., M; Laura Kiefer, Jr., D; Sarah Pollick, Sr., S.

Outlook: Though in a transition season, having lost 11 seniors, the Gators, runners-up in the B league a year ago, have a promising group of freshmen to keep them within reach of a conference title. Four-year starter Pollick drives the offense, but she'll need help. Hammen, also a four-year starter, controls the midfield, while Kiefer is the work-horse at sweeper.

Western Doves

1995 record: 9-2.

Coach: Paul Plott.

Top players: Nicole Greeson, Jr., M; Kerri Harman, Sr., S; Crystal Julius, Sr., D; Christina Mayo, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Doves tied Patterson for the league title a year ago but they'll need big contributions from several newcomers to remain contenders. Plott will rely heavily on his returners, which includes Harman, the City League's top scorer last season with 38 goals and 24 assists. Dietra Moore is back in goal after allowing an average of two goals per game in 1995.

Preseason poll

1. Centennial

2. Severna Park

3. Loch Raven

4. Hereford

5. McDonogh

6. St. Mary's

7. Fallston

8. Catholic

9. South Carroll

10. Old Mill

11. Liberty

12. Dulaney

13. John Carroll

14. Arundel

15. Wild Lake

Pub Date: 9/01/96

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