1997 Baltimore City girls soccer previews

September 03, 1997|By Katherine Dunn & Rich Scherr

Bryn Mawr Mawrtians

1996 record: 8-7-1.

Coach: AnneMarie Merow.

Top players: Shelley Smith, Sr., F; Sarah Cook, Jr., M; Katelin Isaacs, Sr., M; Elizabeth Knight, Jr., F; Teresa Sherry, So., M; Sarah Isaacs, So., M.

Outlook: In their first season in the Catholic League, the Mawrtians posted seven more wins than the previous year and reached the B Division semifinals. The Mawrtians are still young, but a year of experience in the Catholic League and an influx of young club players could give them a boost. With plenty of balance between leading scorer Smith (10G, 6A) and returning sophomore keeper Charlotte Elder, the Mawrtians could contend for the title.

Catholic Cubs

1996 record: 15-2-1.

Coach: Jerry Dieter.

Top players: Nicole Brooks, Sr., F; Maria Adams, Sr., D; Becky Bieneman, Jr., F; Corrine Butcher, Sr., G; Natalie Loftus, Sr., M; Allison Merkle, Jr., M; Alison Healey, Sr., M; Beth Frey, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Cubs spent much of last season at No. 1 before losing 1-0 to St. Mary's in the Catholic League A Division Tournament final. "That [loss] kind of sticks in our craw," said Dieter. "Let's call it a motivator." Motivation is about all this team needs with nine starters back, including four All-Metro players -- first-teamers Brooks (22G, 8A) and Merkle (8G, 15A) and second-teamers Bieneman (18G, 15A) and Healey (8G, 12A). The early pressure will be on the defense with veteran sweeper Adams sidelined with a leg injury until October, but other defensive standouts, including Butcher and Frey, should be able to hold tight. Look for the Cubs, who posted 11 shutouts last season, to be right back at the top.

City Black Knights

1996 record: 5-5.

Coach: Justin Parke.

Top players: Anne Phillips, Jr., D; Susanna Blair, Jr., F; Kate Berrigan, Sr., M; Rosie Hicks, So., G.

Outlook: The Knights feature several freshmen and little overall experience. The one thing they do have is a multitude of potential. After a .500 season a year ago, Parke said he's not sure what to expect this season, but a roster filled with promising young players gives him hope.

Institute of Notre Dame Indians

1996 record: 5-8-1.

Coach: Rick Loftus.

Top players: Brandy Ault, Jr., F; Beth Milani, Sr., M/D; Cathy Sybert, Sr., M/D; Loni Vance, Sr., F; Kelli Olga, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Indians are among the Catholic League A Division's youngest teams, with perhaps three freshmen in the starting lineup. Still, new coach Loftus, a 16-year veteran of rec, club and high school (Curley) coaching, is encouraged by their ability to work the ball. Ault (15G, 3A) was one of the top strikers in the league last year, but she will need more help. With Milani and Sybert, the Indians have strength up the middle as well. They could pull a surprise or two, but with so much youth in such a loaded league, Loftus is gunning for a .500 season.

Mercy Magic

1996 record: 13-3-1.

Coach: Kevin Cromwell.

Top players: Judith Vojik, Jr., M; Jessie Whippo, Jr., M; Jessie Eckerl, Jr., D; Jessie Steck, Jr., D, Kristi Korrow, So., M; Katie Schuyler, So., F.

Outlook: After several years of replacing seniors with seniors, the Magic will have to rely on the strength of its younger classes. The Magic has some big shoes to fill after graduating its top scorer (All-Metro Tina Steck), top defender and keeper, but also return plenty of talent. Some youngsters will have to fill key positions and new leaders will have to emerge, but the Magic should remain a contender for the Catholic League A Division crown along with Catholic, St. Mary's, John Carroll and McDonogh.

Patterson Clippers

1996 record: 8-4.

Coach: Ed Brzozowski.

Top players: Kati Bonnell, Jr., F; Melissa Reinhardt, Jr., F; Julie Yates, Jr., M; Rachel Carrigan, So., M; Latoya Carter, Jr., D; Vicky Parson, So., D.

Outlook: Bonnell, a second-team All-Baltimore City/County pick, and Reinhardt lead one of the most potent offenses in the area. Each forward had 32 points last season in leading their team to an 8-4 record. But with an inexperienced defense, the Clippers will likely need every goal to win a City Championship.

Poly Engineers

1996 record: 4-8.

Coach: John Green.

Top players: Heather Myers, Jr., G; Brandis Matthews, Jr., D; Kelly Rydock, So., M; Hanan Salem, Jr., F.

Outlook: In a year or two, the Engineers could be one of the top teams in the city. For now, they're very young. They feature no seniors, but plenty of talented underclassmen. Green said they should continue to improve with time.

Roland Park Reds

1996 record: 7-6-1.

Coach: Danny Santoro.

Top players: Natalie Rothemund, Sr., M; Susan Italiano, Sr., G; Lauren Waesche, Sr., M; Rebecca Mackowiak, Jr., F; Tanya Markowski, Jr., M; Vinita Takiar, Jr., M.

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