Local Sports: High School Girls Soccer Preview

September 01, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham

Francis Scott Key Eagles

1995 record: 4-10.

Coach: Joe Linthicum.

Top players: Lauren Rupp, Sr., G; Melissa Merson, So., F; Sindi Stem, So., F; Angie Diskin, Sr., D; Vallie Lewis, Jr., D; Moira Turner, Sr., MF; Laura Stanholtz, Jr., D.

Outlook: Going into last season, the Eagles had only one player who had previously scored a goal at the varsity level. At the start of this season, Linthicum is much more comfortable having 90 percent of last year's scoring production returning led by Merson (six goals, two assists). Joining her up front is Stem, who also got some varsity experience last season as a freshman, and senior Mandy Mullineaux. The defense is solid with Rupp starting her third year in goal. Diskin, who started four games at sweeper last season, will be there full time this year with Lewis in front of her at the stopper position. The Eagles are working hard on finding ways to get the ball up to Merson and Stem. Turner, who anchors the midfield in the center, will be a big key in getting that done. "Our strength will be through the middle and we'll take it from there," Linthicum said. Linthicum expects to see a lot more build-up with short passes to go along with the long ball.

Liberty Lions

1995 record: 10-5.

Coach: Sam DeLaurence.

Top players: Shanna Ziegenfuss, Sr., F/MF; Brigit Becker, Sr., Haley DeLaurence, Sr., MF/D; Erica Gordon, Jr., D; Trish Young, So., F; Jen Berarducci, So., D; Colleen Cox, So., D; Michelle Allen, Fr., F.

Outlook: DeLaurence takes over for Chuck Martin after coaching the Lions junior varsity the past two seasons. He inherits a wealth of talent and the challenge will be mixing the youth with the experienced players. It all starts with Ziegenfuss, a first-team All-Metro selection and the Carroll Player of the Year after scoring 18 goals and adding six assists last season. She will see time up front and at midfield, where the Lions have the most experience. Haley DeLaurence, a first-team All-County selection as a freshman, returns after spending the past two seasons recovering from two separate anterior cruciate ligament tears. She'll provide stability in the middle of the field with Becker, a first-team All-County pick last season. The front line is quick and talented, but still learning. Young had a fine freshman season and Allen should provide instant offense. Gordon is the leader in back at her stopper spot with Cox at stopper and Berarducci returning at one of the fullback spots. "We have a lot of young players and we're looking to have a positive year," Sam DeLaurence said. "We have the potential to be a good team and very competitive in the county and [Central Maryland Conference]. The future is as bright as they want it to be, it's up to them."

North Carroll Panthers

1995 record: 4-8-1.

Coach: Jim MacDonald.

Top players: Krista Summers, Sr., G; Jen Bromwell, Sr., D; Chiaro Deiaco, Sr., MF; Kari Schaeffer, Sr., D; Emily Gomez, Jr., D; Kristina Thompson, Jr., MF; Emily Lindner, Jr., D.

Outlook: With nine starters returning, the Panthers could be the surprise team of the county this season. A solid defense kept the Panthers close in most games last year and should be even better this season with everyone back, including first-team All-County goalie Summers. In her first season at the varsity level, Summers finished with 167 saves and improved with every game as a junior. Bromwell is a three-year varsity player in the back with Schaeffer another reliable veteran. MacDonald also got strong play from Gomez and Lindner in their first year of varsity last season. Deiaco, in her third year of varsity, will look to control things in the middle with Thompson and Stephanie Rogers, a returning sophomore, flanking her at midfield. MacDonald said the Panthers will have to spread out the scoring with no proven goal scorer in the lineup. Sophomore Danielle Shearer returns up front. "With nine starters back, we'd like to turn last year's record around. Our defense is intact and is a good foundation which should keep us in games. We'll have to score by committee," said MacDonald.

South Carroll Cavaliers

1995 record: 15-1.

Coach: Jim Horn.

Top players: Lindsey Vosloh, Sr., F; Michele Mitchell, Sr., F; Stephanie Myers, Sr., D; Amanda Hughes, So., G; Jodi Baier, So., MF; Brooke Maynard, Jr., MF; Heather Stetzer, Jr., MF; Courtney McCray, So., MF.

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