1997 boys soccer previews CARROLL COUNTY SOCCER

September 03, 1997|By Jeff Seidel

Carroll Christian School Patriots

1996 record: 15-1.

Coach: Matt Reisberg.

Top players: Frank Pinto, Sr., HB; Jadon Good, Sr., G; Paul Albaugh, Sr., D; Ben Weinreich, Sr., D; John Brunson, Sr., F; Mike Craig, Sr., F; Sam Leib, Sr., D.

Outlook: New coach Reisberg picks up a very talented team. The Patriots won the Maryland Association of Christian Schools state tournament title in addition to taking the Potomac Christian Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament crowns. This team is loaded with experience; 10 seniors and eight are starters. Brunson and Craig will spark the offense while Albaugh anchors the defense at sweeper. Good is a solid goalie, one of the state's best.

Francis Scott Key Eagles

1996 record: 4-9-2.

Coach: G. Hibberd.

Top players: Clint Brownley, Sr., D/F; Tom Long, Sr., D/M; Matt Yinger, Sr., F; Ben Davis, Sr., M; Andy Foglesong, Sr., M; J.J. Montgomery, Sr., F; Josh Casserly, Sr., D; Tim Rogers, Sr., G/D.

Outlook: The Eagles surprised many by making the region finals last year after a shaky regular season filled with injuries. They upset Boonsboro and Hereford before falling to River Hill in the region championship. Key has moved up to Class 2A this year, and Hibberd has several talented players returning. The Eagles should be able to put the ball in the net and control the ball. Yinger was one of the top scorers last year, and they'll need him again. There are questions at some spots, including goalie, where Rogers and Justin Thomas are battling for the starting slot. Overall depth worries Hibberd.

Liberty Lions

1996 record: 10-2-2.

Coach: Ed DeVincent.

Top players: Tim Chairs, Sr., M; Kevin Roy, Sr., M; Dan Silva, Sr., M; Micah Reese, Jr., D; Dale Turek, Sr., D; Rick Wareham, Jr., F; John Somers, Jr., M.

Outlook: The defending county champion Lions were hit hard by graduation, with only three starters returning. DeVincent will look to Chairs for offensive punch. The senior midfielder was second in the county with 10 goals and seven assists last year. Roy and Silva will help Liberty have a solid midfield. The key here is how well the young players can step up. The Lions are inexperienced at a number of spots, but do have talent that's inexperienced at the varsity level.

North Carroll Panthers

1996 record: 9-4-1.

Coach: Denny Snyder.

Top players: Eric Ford, Sr., F; Jamey Ayers, Jr., F; Wyatt Deiaco, Jr., M; Tim Wilfong, Jr., M; Bryan Buckingham, Jr., M/D; Chris Wineke, Jr., M/D; Pat Winemiller, Sr., D; Kurt Browning, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Panthers lost Player of the Year Tony Reightler and his 20 goals plus starting goalie Justin Marlborough, which leaves some big holes, but this team looks interesting on paper. Snyder started five sophomores last year and the Panthers still did well, finishing second in the county and third in the CMC. Ford had 10 goals and four assists and should lead the offense. Buckingham, who transferred from Calvert Hall, will anchor the defense along with Wineke. There's more experience and a solid nucleus in place. If the cards fall right, the Panthers could do well.

South Carroll Cavaliers

1996 record: 3-8-2.

Coach: Charles Fazenbaker.

Top players: Brian Gehle, Sr., M; Aaron Dorsey, Sr., M; Mike Ore, Sr., D; Mike Rabinovitz, Sr., M; Ed Harrison, Sr., M; John Ely, Sr., D; Josh Elder, Sr., D.

Outlook: This is a senior-laden team with a good bunch of juniors behind them. Gehle, an all-state honorable-mention pick for two years, will lead the way in his third varsity season. Rabinovitz also is in his third varsity season and will help the Cavaliers field a strong midfield. Fazenbaker said this is a good, hard-working team that has done everything he's asked. The team will bring several good athletes to the field -- the big question is how well everyone will jell.

Westminster Owls

1996 record: 4-8.

Coach: Mick Ferraro.

Top players: Matt Towns, Sr., D; Brennan Bouma, Sr., M; Tim Betz, Sr., F; Tony Legge, Jr., M; Trent Reightler, Sr., M/F, Jeff Cheng, Sr., F; Sean Valis, Jr., D.

Outlook: Ferraro, who played on the Westminster varsity for three years from 1988-1990, returns to coach at his alma mater. This team will work from the back, with a solid defense led by Towns and Valis. Bouma is going to anchor the midfield and also will drop back to help on defense. For the Owls to get better, the offense must produce more. Westminster lost some close games last year and Cheng, Reightler and Betz should help there. The Owls need to learn to play together.

Boys soccer poll

Preseason Top 15

1. Calvert Hall

2. River Hill

3. McDonogh

4. Wilde Lake

5. Severna Park

6. Archbishop Curley

7. Dundalk

8. Hammond

9. Patapsco

10. Mount Hebron

11. Spalding

12. Broadneck

13. C. Milton Wright

14. North Carroll

15. Patterson

Preseason poll was chosen by The Sun staff after consulting with area coaches.

Pub Date: 9/03/97

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