Local Sports: High School Girls Soccer Preview

September 01, 1996|By Stan Rappaport

Atholton Raiders

1995 record: 8-3-2.

Coach: Wendell Thomas

Top players: Julie Kapcala, Sr., G; Kim Obst, Sr., M; Melissa Greczy, Jr., M; Anne Greenfield, Jr., D; Katie Young, Sr., D; Meagan Funches, Jr., M.

Outlook: "There's a lot of talent here. It's just a matter of putting it together," said Thomas, who takes over for Warren Michael. The Raiders have to adjust to the loss of some players, including all-county midfielder Caitlin Bair, to River Hill and a new coach. "Some of our kids have been put into positions they're not use to," said Thomas, who has coached soccer, lacrosse and indoor track at Atholton but never a girls team. "They're still trying to find themselves." Atholton's strength is its defense, led by Kapcala, one of the top goalie's in the county, and Greenfield. Kapcala, Obst and Young are the team's captains. Atholton finished third (4-1-2) in the county last season, and Thomas believes this year's team can be as competitive.

Centennial Eagles

1995 record: 13-3-2.

Coaches: Mike Senisi and Warren Michael

Top players: Lauren Molinaro, Sr., M; Stacie Tokasz, So., M; Alexia Vogler, So., M; Jane Williams, So., F; Melissa Schreibstein, Sr., M; Mandy Zachmann, So., D; Mallory Groves, Sr., D.

Outlook: Centennial graduated its goalie (Rima Sidhu), sweeper (Tania Riismandel), top marking back (Gina Dinisio) and one of its best goal scorers (Michelle Clare). But the Eagles have talent ready to step in. Zachmann moves from halfback to sweeper this season. "She could play anywhere, but we need her to protect the goal right now," said Senisi. Sophomore Cara Pulliam moves up from the junior varsity and will take Dinisio's position. Sophomore Danielle Martin, who played junior varsity last year, and last season's varsity backup, Liz Fisher, are competing for starting goalie. The Eagles have three proven goal scorers returning: All-Metro senior midfielder Molinaro (10 goals, three assists last season), Williams (nine goals, four assists) and Tokasz (three goals, five assists). Also expected to contribute for the Eagles, who won the county title last year with a 6-0-1 record, are junior defenseman Kristen Dinisio, junior midfielder Cindy Echevarria and senior defenseman Courtney Martin.

Chapelgate Christian Flames

1995 record: 4-7-3.

Coach: Earl Crown

Top players: Laura Calhoun, Jr., F; Natalie Bietry, Sr., M; Tara Hereth, Jr., M; Allie Kirby, Jr., D.

Outlook: Crown has replaced Jeff Ring on an interim basis. Chapelgate, which played its first varsity season last year as an independent, has moved into the Catholic League B Division. The Flames lost many starters from last year's squad, and their success this season will depend on how fast the players learn to play together. Freshman Amy Jackson will start in goal.

Glenelg Gladiators

1995 record: 2-8-3.

Coach: Mike Williams

Top players: Carolyn Flowers, Sr., M; Maggie Burk, Sr., M; Lauren Brown, Sr., D; Beky Spates, Sr., G; Jamie Epperlein, So., G; Monica Dodd, Sr., M.

Outlook: Glenelg has nine seniors on the team, and eight of them will start. Like Atholton, the Gladiators lost some players to River Hill, including junior Kathy Gaertner, a first-team All-County defenseman. But Williams is confident his team can improve on last year's seventh place (1-4-2) county finish. "The girls are working hard and are focused," Williams said. "They want to be successful and have made a commitment to do that." Glenelg scored only 11 goals last year, and Williams hopes freshmen Kelly Renfro and Stephanie Howell along with transfer student Erin Kortecamp, an all-state player from Maine, will bolster the attack. Other players expected to contribute are seniors Darcy Badger (D), Tonnie Warfield (D), Mara Timourian (D), sophomore Christa Vent (sweeper) and freshman Melissa Wilder (M).

Hammond Golden Bears

1995 record: 5-11.

Coach: Ken Zachmann.

Top players: Emily Bielefield, Sr., M; Jessica Shamoo, Jr., M; Lindsey Mitchell, So., G.

Outlook: The Golden Bears were 0-7 in the county last season, but new coach Zachmann has a young team that could pull off some surprises. "We want to play the best we can every game. That's our motivation," said Zachmann, who replaces Dave Guetler. "I think we'll win some games and have a good season." Bielefield, the team's captain, will be counted on to score, as will her freshman sister, Martha, and sophomore Jen Jones and junior Amanda Almon. Two other players expected to contribute are sophomore midfielder Lauren Traber and junior stopper Lindsay Nessell. Mitchell is coming off a good year in goal, and the Golden Bears' defense should improve with time. Hammond has three sets of sisters -- the Bielefields, Lindsey and Melissa Mitchell and Erin and Meredith Davis.

Howard Lions

1995 record: 9-5.

Coach: Dave Guetler.

Top players: Wanda Elledge, Jr., D; Sarah Campbell, Jr., M; Nora Bachman, Jr., D; Lara Simon, Sr., G; Jevne Reid, So., F.

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