Baltimore City boys soccer previews

September 04, 1997|By Derek Toney

City Knights

1996 record: 5-7-1

Coach: Rick Magloire

Top players: Kevin Britton, senior, F; Jeff Burke, junior, M; Aaron Mason, junior, M; Brandon Purnell, senior, GK

Outlook: Magloire, in his second season, expects a more cohesive team. Burke and Mason give the Knights a solid midfield, but the big question will be the defensive line. Magloire, excited about his freshmen, feels City will be competitive and might give Patterson and City a run.

Archbishop Curley Friars

1996 record: 18-3

Coach: Pep Peperella

Top players: Jason Muffoletto, junior, GK; Tim Flanagan, junior, GK; Matt Perzynski, senior, D; Brian Rosenberger, senior, D; Steve Novak, junior, F

Outlook: The Friars must replace seven starters, including All-Metro Player of the Year Giuliano Celenza. Peperella is excited about the mix of promising underclassmen from the championship JV team and returning lettermen. Curley will have the benefit of two solid goalkeepers in Muffoletto and Flanagan, while offensively, Novak will be looked upon to be main source in a more balanced attack. Peperella, in his 11th season, thinks this team, his hardest-working, may struggle at the start but should be in the hunt for a sixth straight appearance in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference finals.

Forest Park Foresters

1996 record: No team

Coach: Andreas Spiladis

Top players: Von Waithe, sophomore, M; Rawlston John, sophomore, F; Ricardo Davis, senior, D

Outlook: The Foresters, looking to build a varsity program, will play only five games this fall. John and Davis, from Trinidad and Spain respectively, have soccer experience. Spilads thinks his team will have better ball control than most teams in the city but has no depth.

Friends Quakers

1996 record: 8-7-2

Coach: Doug DeSmit

Top players: Jake Martin, junior, M; Jamie Hubbard, senior, D; Jeese Paulson, senior, M

Outlook: DeSmit takes over from his retired father, Peter. The Quakers lost 13 players to graduation, and DeSmit is counting on Martin, Hubbard and Paulson to pick up the leadership mantle. DeSmit expects time will be needed for his players to be comfortable and establish an identity.

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders

1996 record: 0-14

Coach: Mike Coleman

Top players: Mike Moorhouse, sophomore, M; Dan Coleman, sophomore, M; Jared Silberzahn, senior, D; Ralph Howard, junior, D; Justin Patalics, junior, F; Joe Gemmell, junior, M

Outlook: The Crusaders have nowhere to go but up after going winless with a predominantly freshman roster last fall. Coleman says his stronger, quicker team will be strong at midfield. The big concern is where the scoring will come from, but Coleman feels anything less than a .500 mark this season will disappoint.

Gilman Greyhounds

1996 record: 5-12-1

Coach: Ned Harris

Top players: Steve Beverage, senior, M; Tom Prevas, senior, G; Andrew Faraone, junior, F; Matt McLamb, senior, D

Outlook: The Greyhounds will be looking for improvement after a disappointing 1996. Defense will be the emphasis with all four backs returning among nine lettermen. Harris said Gilman will be more physical and durable but is unsure whether it can compete with better-skilled teams, such as Calvert Hall and Archbishop Curley. Harris likes the core of juniors and seniors.

Greater Grace Crusaders

1996 record: 11-3-1

Coach: Pat Lynch

Top players: Josh Norton, senior, D; Derek McElligott, freshman, F; Jediah Tan, senior, D; John Capello, junior, M; Matt Silva, junior, M

Outlook: The defending Maryland Christian Athletic League champion returns seven starters. Lynch says his team is strong defensively with Tan and Norton, and that McElligott has shown great potential. Greater Grace may be shaky at goalkeeper, where an injury will keep starter Tim Roberge out for three weeks.

Lake Clifton Lakers

1996 record: 0-8

Coach: Dan Pierce

Top players: Dubai Tubah, sophomore, F; Gary Barclay, sophomore, M; Aaron Bradshaw, sophomore, M

Outlook: Low turnout has Pierce concerned. Tubah is the only player with soccer experience. Pierce, in his second season as boys coach after five years of coaching the girls' varsity, is hoping to build around his underclassmen and hopes to be competitive.

Mervo Mustangs

1996 record: 2-8

Coach: Andy Corbett

Top players: Bill Humphreys, sophomore, M; Orien Romero, junior, D; Redin Romero, junior, D

Outlook: A low turnout has left the Mustangs with no depth. Corbett says many on his team are playing organized soccer for the first time, meaning a .500 season would be a major success.

Mount St. Joseph Gaels

1996 record: 4-16

Coach: Mike St. Martin

Top players: Aaron Martin, senior, M; Paul Harris, junior, F/M; Devan Spilker, junior, G; Chris Toraldo, senior, F/M; Stephen Partenope, senior, D

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