3 of area's ranked teams make tourney name apt Glen Burnie Shootout attracts No. 1 Catholic

Girls soccer

September 25, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

This weekend's Glen Burnie Shootout Soccer Tournament is appropriately named.

With three of the Baltimore metro area's top nine girls teams joining host Glen Burnie, rarely do you find such a collection of talent in one place in the regular season.

Top-ranked Catholic (6-0) is the headliner and will take on No. 9 Chesapeake-AA in tomorrow's opener at 5. Glen Burnie goes up against No. 6 Fallston at 7.

The two losers will meet in the consolation game Saturday afternoon at 1 with the championship to follow at 3.

"This is a chance to see some good soccer, and every team has a different style of play, coming from different areas," said Glen Burnie coach Jon Van Orden. "Even in our state tournament, we don't have the chance to play a team like Catholic. It should be fun."

Chesapeake (3-1-1) gets the first crack at the Cubs, whose high-powered offense, led by senior striker Nicole Brooks, has scored 32 goals in seven wins.

"You can't pass up an opportunity like this," said Chesapeake coach Lin Sullivan. "Any time you play a top team is an opportunity to learn something and get better yourself. This should give us an idea of where we are."

Sullivan said putting the ball in the net has been the Cougars' problem so far this season, but he's most interested in seeing how his defense, led by Amy Culp, Laura Miller and Ginny Jorde, will stack up against the Cubs' attack.

For Van Orden and his 1-3 Gophers, a win against one of the area's finest teams would be a big boost in getting the program over the hump. First up is defending state champ Fallston.

"The kids are pumped up, and we'll be competitive," he said. "We're getting better as we go. Now, we need to execute and eliminate the individual mistakes. In our first four games, we've played well, but it hasn't shown with wins and losses."

Senior outside midfielder Michelle Ogle creates a lot of scoring opportunities for the Gophers with a long throw and a strong leg on direct kicks.

Her sister, Marianne, plays on the same side with her up top with Lisa Graziano controlling things at center midfield. Kacey Sloan anchors the defense at her stopper position.

Fallston's strength is on defense with seniors Kristen Gayo and Christy Peterson the nucleus in front of goalie Candy Kullgowski.

The Falcons (1-1) have won two state crowns in the past three years.

Pub Date: 9/25/97

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