1998 Baltimore City previews SOCCER

September 03, 1998|By Lem Satterfield

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders

1997 record: 5-9-3

Coach: John Dingle

Top players: Justin Patalics, Sr., S; Ralph Howard, Sr., D; Mike Cromer, Jr., D; Mike Renes, Jr., G

Outlook: With six returning starters amid a turnout of 30 players, Dingle expects to challenge for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference crown. "We're expecting to do real well," said Dingle, who opened with defending league champ Severn on Tuesday.

Archbishop Curley Friars

1997 record: 11-5-2

Coach: Pep Perrella

Top players: Steve Novak, Sr., D; Mike Lynch, Sr., D; Brandon Scarfield, Sr., M; Tim Wazlavek, Sr., M; Matt Moneymaker, Jr., D; Steve Althoff, Jr., D; Brandon Quaranta, Jr., M; Marco Angelini, Jr., S; Chris Quigley, Jr., S; Santino Quaranta, Fr., M.

Outlook: Novak, a second-team All-Metro who was Curley's top scorer last year, is one of nine returning starters from a squad that defeated MIAA A runner-up Spalding in the regular season and lost to MIAA A champ Calvert Hall, 1-0, in the tournament semifinal. Santino Quaranta is a national age-group team player, and Scarfield is a veteran center-midfielder on a team that ranks No. 2 in the Associated Press preseason poll. C.J. Nichols and Adam Jackson, up from the conference runner-up JV, battle to start in goal. "We've got depth, and I'm pleased with their attitude," said Perrella.

Forest Park Foresters

1997 record: 0-10

Coach: Andreas Spiliades

Top players: Bevon Waithe, Jr., S; Rawlston John, Jr., M; Kwesi Atherley, So., S.

Outlook: Waithe, John and Atherley, all Trinidad natives, are among 15 players back, all but one of whom started at some point during last season -- the school's first soccer season. "The team in general has improved. I'm blown away by it," Spiliades said. "Their ball control is incredible. We're looking to win some games" in the Baltimore City League.

Friends Quakers

1997 record: 5-9-3

Coach: Douglass DeSmit

Top players: Jake Martin, Sr., M; Justin Sussman, Sr., G; Kyle Harrison, So., M.

Outlook: With seven starters back, the Quakers will be in the thick of things more than a year ago in the MIAA B Conference. "We'll have to develop scoring threats, but we're all excited," DeSmit said. "The league race starts with the first game."

Gilman Greyhounds

1997 record: 6-10-1

Coach: Ned Harris

Top players: Ryan Ariano, Sr., D; Ricky Beyer, Sr., M; Andrew Faraone, Sr., S; Michael Poggi, Sr., D.

Outlook: Faraone returns as the team's top scorer with 10 goals and six assists but is one of only four starters back. "We'll have to rely a lot on senior leadership," said Harris, who competes in the MIAA A Conference. "We've got some untested players who have been around a while, so hopefully they'll step up."

Lake Clifton Lakers

1997 record: No team

Coach: Dan Pierce

Top players: Gary Barclay, Jr., S; Aaron Bradshaw, Jr., M; Harold Murdock, Sr., G; Dargai Tubah, Jr., S-M

Outlook: Lake Clifton did not field a team last year, but four starters return from the team the Lakers fielded two years ago. The rest, however, are mostly freshmen. "It's going to be a building, learning year," Pierce said. "We have 15 kids out, some of whom played in middle school."

Mervo Mustangs

1997 record: 5-6-1

Coach: Andy Corbett

Top players: Orien Romero, Sr., M-D; Radin Romero, Sr., S-M; Travon Morgan, Sr., M; Russell Lester, Jr., M-GK; Omar Romero, Fr., S.

Outlook: Corbett returns 10 starters, graduating only last year's starting keeper. The Honduras-born Romero brothers are fourth-year starters and are joined by their skillful freshman sibling, Omar. "We lost three nail-biters to Poly last year," Corbett said. "But we had to make cuts for the first time, and the kids are excited about our shot" [at a City League title.]

Mount St. Joseph Gaels

1997 record: 9-11

Coach: Mike St. Martin

Top players: Paul Harris, Sr., S; Pat McCormick, Sr., D; Justin Habicht, Sr., D; Eddie Flynn, Sr., M; Eric Lorber, Sr., D; Justin Geddings, Sr., M; Devin Spilker, Sr., G; Daniel Burke, Sr., M; Matt Dryer, Fr., M-D.

Outlook: Harris, a member of a successful summer club team, is among eight starters back from a team that owned a 5-1 rout over Oakland Mills -- the only team to beat last year's No. 1 team, River Hill. Spilker, a second-team All-Metro lacrosse player, is back in goal. Dryer has Olympic Development Program experience. "We're a lot deeper," said St. Martin of his MIAA A Conference team. "I feel confident we can play with just about everyone."

Patterson Clippers

1997 record: 16-2

Coach: Troy Stevenson

Top players: John Comi, Sr., S; Damien Krzezminski, Sr., M; George Theofanidis, Sr., D

Outlook: Only three starters are back from a team that won the program's first region crown and reached the Class 4A state semifinals, but Krzezminski is a two-time second-team All-City/County performer, Comi can score, and Theofanidis is a stalwart in the back. "We're shooting for another city title. We'll be competitive," said Stevenson, who replaced longtime coach Derek Maki (now at Kenwood after winning 100 games at Patterson).

Poly Engineers

1997 record: 7-4

Coach: Robert Wood

Top players: Nick Cox, Sr., G; Mike Scott, Sr., M-D; Peter Syntak, Sr., M; Josh Vizzi, Sr., D; David Alt, Sr., S; Antoine Bondima, Jr., M; Edikan Bassey, So., S.

Outlook: Seven starters return from last year's City League runner-up. Cox is a veteran in the goal, and "Josh is a premiere sweeper, as far as I'm concerned," Wood said. Bassey and Bondima have scoring ability.

Southern Bulldogs

1997 record: 9-6

Coach: Caesar Forcellese

Outlook: Forcellese, who had only six players turn out initially, is trying to field a team.

Pub Date: 9/03/98

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