1997 All-Anne Arundel girls soccer team

November 20, 1997|By GLENN P. GRAHAM

Player of the Year

Nichoal Zamarripa, South River, senior, forward: Her 15th goal of the season -- with five minutes left and her team down a goal against River Hill in the Class 2A-3A state final -- wasn't her prettiest of the fall. But when the Seahawks needed her most, Zamarripa always was there. For the second straight year, the Seahawks earned a share of the state title, tying River Hill 1-1 after 100 minutes of soccer. Pressing for the equalizer, Zamarripa beat three defenders down the right side before cutting across the middle and losing control. Colliding with a defender trying to clear, the ball deflected off the two players simultaneously and into the goal. For the season, Zamarripa added 12 assists to go along with all those goals. "She had a fantastic year. She's a playmaker -- a natural leader who makes everyone around her better," said South River coach Will Pharr.

Coach of the Year

Lin Sullivan, Chesapeake: Other county teams had more offensive firepower. Others had more experience on defense. A few had more balance. But when it came time to play for the county championship, Sullivan and his Cougars were battling it out with perennial power Severna Park -- gaining a well-earned share of the county crown after 100 minutes of scoreless soccer. Chesapeake's season was a classic case of saving your best ball for the end. After the strong showing against Severna Park, the Cougars (13-4-2) advanced to the region final before falling, 3-1, to Fallston. "I was very impressed with my girls," Sullivan said. "We didn't have any big-name stars, just girls who wanted very much to play the best soccer they could. We just looked to build for the end of the season and tried to learn something new every game. We did that."

The first team

Becky Beardsley, Arundel, junior, midfield: A complete player who saw the field well and had a good grasp of the game, Beardsley did a little of everything for the Wildcats this season. She saw a lot of time at center midfield, scoring three goals and dishing out four assists, and also played some sweeper at to shore up the defense at the season's end. Beardsley was quick to the ball and always knew where it needed to go next.

Erin Coppedge, St. Mary's, senior, forward: For the fourth straight year, Coppedge led the talented Saints in scoring with 13 goals and seven assists. She entered St. Mary's as a finisher but as time went on, she developed into a fine two-way player, capable of controlling the flow of a game. Coppedge's career totals included 55 goals and 25 assists.

Leigh Anne Emrich, Severna Park, senior, defense: A part of 54 Severna Park shutouts over her four-year career, Emrich brought solid defensive skills with an ability to work the ball out of the back to start the offense. At her wing fullback position, she provided a physical presence for the Falcons.

Kristin English, Old Mill, junior, forward: The Patriots' leading scorer in each of her first three years, English (13 goals, five assists) has great acceleration with the ball and is able to change speeds. Though relied on heavily to do the brunt of the team's scoring, her game included the ability to find open teammates. She scored three goals in a 5-2 win over Arundel.

Tina Fedarcyk, St. Mary's, senior, defense: A four-year starter, she anchored a stingy defense at sweeper. Her understanding of the game enabled her to make good decisions. She knew when to contain and when to attack, when to clear the ball and when to carry it before distributing.

Erin Graham, South River, senior, goalkeeper: For the second straight year, Graham was the Seahawks' savior in the Class 2A-3A state championship game. In this year's final, a 1-1 tie against River Hill, she came up with 12 saves -- matching her output in last year's 0-0 tie against Liberty. Graham was a sound technical keeper who was best in the big game.

Kelly Jordan, Arundel, junior, forward: Her desire to win was often unmatched, and her soccer skills were right there, too. Jordan built on last year's success with 18 goals and 13 assists to lead the Wildcats. Always a finisher, Jordan got her teammates more involved in scoring this fall.

Meg Miller, Severna Park, sophomore, midfield: After recording 12 shutouts in goal last season, Miller switched to midfield and led the Falcons with eight goals and two assists. An outstanding all-around athlete with sound field presence, she was solid at both ends of the field and had a knack for scoring big goals -- including the game-winner against Arundel in the region playoffs.

Lindsey Nauman, Severna Park, sophomore, defense: The stingiest of a stingy Severna Park defense, Nauman was always assigned the opposing team's top scoring threat. Her speed, intensity and anticipation made her the county's best pure marking back. Severna Park coach Joyce Stefancik put it best: "She does not stop."

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