Local Sports: High School Girls Soccer Preview

September 01, 1996|By Katherine Dunn and Jamison Hensley

Carver A&T Wildcats

1995 record: 5-6-1

Coach: Russ Harless

Top players: Toni Alberta, Sr., F; Heather Ng, Jr., M; Jesse Fowler, Jr., F; Erin Pearson, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Wildcats graduated five starters but return their defense intact including keeper Jennifer Albright. Harless will concentrate on reworking the midfield and the line. Last season, the Division II Wildcats struggled to score goals. They had plenty of opportunities but couldn't finish, so Alberta and Fowler will be out to change that.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1995 record: 2-6

Coach: Lori Wojtkowiak

Top players: Amy Tucciarella, Jr., D; Melissa Siever, Jr., G; Becky Williams, Sr., F.

Outlook: Wojtkowiak always has had trouble filling her roster, but it's never been as bad as this. As of Friday, she had only eight players but expects to add three more this week. Even if she has only 11 girls, the fourth-year coach is determined to compete because she's sure that if the team folds, it will never come back. Most of the Division III Bayhawks are inexperienced and Wojtkowiak will concentrate on teaching the basics.

Catonsville Comets

1995 record: 8-4

Coach: Jim Canavan

Top players: Sarah Giardina, Jr., M; Melissa Vega, Jr., M; Mandy Higdon, Fr., G.

Outlook: The Comets lost 10 seniors from last year's squad and will depend heavily on the maturity of their large sophomore class. The offense, which is bolstered by three-year varsity starter Giardina, will take some pressure off the athletic newcomer in goal, Higdon. Look for the Comets to make a late-season push for the Division II title.

Dulaney Lions

1995 record: 13-2-1

Coach: Stacey Hachenberg

Top players: Tricia Dabrowski, Soph., G; Nicole Wittelsberger, Sr., M; Jamie Hershner, Sr., M; Lauren Bereska, Sr., D; Paige Young, Sr., F; Kim Siciliano, Sr., M; Staci Rochfort, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Lions are rebuilding up the middle where they lost three top-notch players including the hub of their game, All-Metro midfielder Ali Schuch. But Hachenberg, last year's JV coach, has plenty to work with. She expects center halfback Wittelsberger and stopper Hershner to fill the gaps. The Lions have a lot of experience and plenty of depth as well as a top keeper in Dabrowski. Last year, they lost only to Perry Hall and Fallston by a total of three goals, so the Lions will be out to avenge both as well as the 2-2 tie that sealed the Division I title for Loch Raven.

Dundalk Owls

1995 record: 1-11

Coach: Michael Vetri

Top players: Nikki Cameron, Sr., F; Jessica Marshall, Sr., FB; Avia Kay, Jr., HB

Outlook: Despite their record, the Owls dropped several close games against Division II rivals. Dundalk, which has won only five games the past two seasons, is shooting for a .500 record on a game plan designed around Cameron, one of the division's top returning players.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1995 record: 5-8

Coach: Wendy Butz

Top players: Sarah Watson, Sr., HB; Chrissy Dunnigo, Sr, F; Rachael Novak, Sr., HB; Jamie Freeburger; Jessica Schmidt, Jr., M.

Outlook: The Mavericks have their second coach in two years, but have several players who have been together for the past two years. The Mavericks should line up one of the stronger fluid offenses.

Franklin Indians

1995 record: 10-3

Coach: George Wagner

Top players: Sara Gustafson, Jr., F; Ann Marie Molinaro, Jr., G; Katie Citroni, Sr., D; Missy Farrell, Soph., F; Kate Landes, Sr., D; Kara Wingate, Sr., M.

Outlook: Last year's strong defense took a direct hit from graduation, so Wagner is concentrating on rebuilding with some promising youngsters. The Division I Indians should be a more defensive-minded team this year -- so much so that Gustafson (30 goals, 10 assists), a second-team All-Metro striker, may move back to the middle. That won't stop her from scoring, and it will let her control the middle and distribute the ball. Wagner said he hopes to find a third consistent scoring threat to help Gustafson and Farrell.

Hereford Bulls

1995 record: 11-5-1

Coach: Steve Power

Top players: Kate Macfarlane, Sr., G; Alice Davis, Sr., M/D; Jenn Jones, Sr., M; Kristy Kane, Sr., D; Melissa Mueller, Soph., F; Amy Casner, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Bulls have taken one step up each of the past two years -- to the state semifinals in 1994 and the final last year. They just might take it one step further if they can develop some offense. Power is hopeful that the Bulls can finally become a higher-scoring team. For two years the biggest reason for their success was Macfarlane, a two-time All-Metro goalkeeper, who made 160 saves last year and tallied 10 shutouts. The field defense wasn't bad either, but Power might move a few veteran defenders forward to create more opportunities out of the midfield. If they can generate some offense, the Divison I Bulls will be hard to beat.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1995 record: 2-10

Coach: Brett Smith

Top players: Jennifer Birchfield, Jr., G; Kadie Sapp, Sr., HB; Jaime Wolff, Jr., M; Jessica Todd, Fr., F.

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