Local Sports: High School Girls Soccer Preview

September 01, 1996|By Bill Free

Annapolis Panthers

1995 record: 3-10.

Coach: Tom Cordts

Top players: Kelly Dirks, Jr., D; Jen Patrick, Jr., G; Tina Grillo, Jr., F; Kristen Kapusta, Jr., D; Keerin Rossiter, So., D.

Outlook: The Panthers have "one or two strong players in every area of the field," said Cordts but in order to "beat Severna Park and Old Mill we need to have more talent at every position." Gone is outstanding goalkeeper Stephy Samaras and her 5-foot-9 height advantage, leaving the goalkeeping duties in the hands of Patrick. "Jen has good hands and moves well but her biggest drawback is a lack of height," said Cordts, who believes a .500 season is possible this year. "We had the potential to do better last year but couldn't win any close games." Dirks at sweeper, Rossiter at stopper and Kapusta at fullback will give the Panthers a strong defense and Grillo will be counted on for scoring from her striker position.

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1995 record: 3-13.

Coach: Rick Pizarro

Top players: Yasmin Alter, Fr., G; Phyllis Peyser, Sr., D/M; Amy Campion, So, M; Kadine Linden, So., F/M/D; Stephanie Cano, Jr., F; Rachel Gaes, Jr., M.

Outlook: Pizarro's rebuilding project at Spalding received a setback when he lost two outstanding freshmen, Becky Beardsley and Marlana Casey from last year's team. Beardsley has transferred to Arundel and Casey decided not to come out for soccer this season. But the veteran coach still has some talented young players who are in top condition and an outstanding young keeper in Alter. According to Pizarro, Alter is a legitimate top-flight goalkeeper who is 5 feet 7 and has as much speed as any of his field players. There is also a touch of experience in Cano who is in her third year on the varsity. Linden is small at 5-4 but has good skills, is an excellent passer and can play every position on the field. Spalding improved from two wins in 1994 to three wins last season and Pizarro hopes to keep heading in the right direction this season. A suprising number of players (66) came out for the team this season.

Arundel Wildcats

1995 record: 9-3-2.

Coach: Tom Degner

Top players: Kelly Jordan, So., F; Becky Beardsley, So., M; Karen Diacont, Sr., D; Lisa Givens, Sr., M; Rebecca Langendorg, So., D; Becky Carlson, So., M; Maria Drury, Sr., G; Mandy Schultz, Jr., G.

Outlook: The coaching staff is completely new as Degner takes over as head coach for Paul Yannuzzi who resigned during the summer. Marianne Shultz will be Degner's assistant. Shultz was the Sun's All-Anne Arundel County softball Coach of the Year last spring at Northeast and is now teaching at Arundel. She will continue to coach softball at Northeast. "The addition of Shultz is more important than our new players," said Degner. "She immediately established a rapport with our players and will be like my co-coach. She is an excellent coach and a super person." With three sophomores starting and a fourth one, Carlson of Arundel baseball fame, close to gaining a starting spot, the Wildcats will feature a lot of youth as they try to make up for the loss of Kristen Smeby and Melissa Omwake.

Broadneck Bruins

1994 record: 8-5-2.

Coach: Leann Shuck

Top players: Megan Santacroce, Sr., M; Meg Good, Sr., M; Stacy Smith, Sr., D; Jaime Flynn, Jr., D; Corinne Shuck, Jr., M; Ellen Bangert, Jr., F; Liz Haney, Sr., D.

Outlook: Santacroce returns after earning first-team All-County honors last year and will try to set up the likes of Shuck and Bangert for goals this season. The Bruins went all the way to the 3A/4A East Region finals last season before being bounced out by eventual state co-champion Severna Park. "I have a very nice team," said Leann Shuck, whose sister Corinne takes all the corner kicks and is capable of scoring five to six goals a season. "We have a lot of five-six goal people but no Jess Marion [former South River star who led Seahawks to the county title in 1994]. We need to start thinking about shooting more when we get around 18 yards out. Our girls like to pass more than shoot."

Chesapeake Cougars

1995 record: 6-8.

Coach: Lin Sullivan

Top players: Angie Zittle, Sr., G; Laura Basil, Sr., M; Jennifer Davis, Sr., M; Stephanie Mosca, Jr., F; Ginny Jorde, So., D; Corrine St. John, So., D.

Outlook: With three-year starters Zittle, Basil and Davis leading the way and ten sophomores making the jump from a strong junior varsity that lost only one game last year, Chesapeake will be a force in the North Division, challenging defending North champion Old Mill for first place. Speed is another asset the Cougars have to go along with the exuberant youth that will gain a lot of experience during the regular season and possibly make an impact during the open playoffs. The only loss for the Chesapeake JV team came against Old Mill.

Glen Burnie Gophers

1995 record: 5-7-2.

Coach: Jon Van Orden

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