1998 Baltimore County previews SOCCER

September 03, 1998|By Jamison Hensley and Steven Kivinski

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1997 record: 3-7

Coach: Andy Gossel

Top players: Scott Booker, Sr., M; Jason Jones, Jr., F; Enoch Brix, Sr., D

Outlook: The Eagles, who for the first time since 1994 won't have to adjust to a new coach, should be more cohesive moving the ball upfield with better passing and spacing.

Beth Tfiloh Warriors

1997 record: 6-8

Co-coaches: Howard Burkom, Bruce Lubich

Top players: Eliot Burkom, Soph., M; Joe Rombro, Jr., D; Chanan Weissman, Soph., M; Aaron Hollander, Jr., M.

Outlook: Burkom and Lubich, assistant coaches for the past two years, inherit a team with no seniors. The Warriors' attack is mostly intact from a year ago.

Boys' Latin Lakers

1997 record: 6-12

Coach: Butch Maisel

Top players: Jon Singer, Sr., M; Greg Wiatrowski, So., F; Greg Hendler, Sr., D; Devin Murphy, Jr., F.

Outlook: After missing the MIAA B Conference playoffs for the first time in nine years, the Lakers look primed for a comeback. They lost just one starter and added several newcomers. Wiatrowski (10 goals) returns as the leading scoring threat. Bitten by the injury bug in practice, Maisel expects his team to be at full strength shortly.

Calvert Hall Cardinals

1997 record: 19-3

Coach: Andy Moore

Top players: Steve Adams, Sr., D; Randy Tolson, Sr., F; Joe Marcozzi, Sr., F; Mike Joseph, Jr., M.

Outlook: Moore, the JV coach the past three years, replaced Bill Karpovich, who stepped down after 35 years and 19 league titles. Although the Cardinals lost four first-team All-Metro performers and return just one starter (Adams), Moore insists they have enough talent to battle for a third straight MIAA A Conference championship. "There's an aura of confidence in our soccer program," Moore said. "And once the kids play in our system, they sustain that confidence that just brings things to us."

Catonsville Comets

1997 record: 3-8

Coach: Dave Lane

Top players: Callanam, Sr., GK; Kai Degner, Sr., M; Won Hill, Jr., M; Rai Cary, Jr., F; Dan Carter, Sr., M.

Outlook: Lane won't make any bold predictions, but he will say, "It looks like it could be a big year for us." The once-inexperienced Comets boast a lot of senior leadership Lane hopes will mean wins.

Carver A&T Wildcats

1997 record: 4-8

Coach: Ian Reid

Top players: Chiles VandenBosche, Sr., D; Delke Crouthamel, Soph., D; Alex Bardoff, Jr., M; Steve Rachamim, Sr., F; Dustin Gason, Jr., GK.

Outlook: The Wildcats lost seven starters to graduation and will have to rely on some freshmen to fill much of the void.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1997 record: 5-5-1

Coach: Bob Hallet

Top players: Lou Pueschel, Sr., M; Bill Strickland, Sr., D; Brian Strickland, Soph., D; Mike Adams, Sr., F; Brian Ross, Sr., GK.

Outlook: Hallet, who moved to Chesapeake from Sparrows Point, where he led the Pointers to a division title and county and state championship appearances, admits he was "a little concerned" when only seven players showed up for practice the first week." That number has since grown to 20. "We want to win a regional championship," said Hallet. "I'm not worried about our record. We want to be competitive and win a regional championship. That's my goal every year."

Dulaney Lions

1997 record: 9-2-1

Coach: Steve Shaw

Top players: Mike Keppeler, Sr., D; Josh Tracy, Sr., GK; Pat Quinn, Sr., F; Ryan Obringer, Sr. M.

Outlook: Shaw, who coached Dulaney's JV last season, should feel at home this season with 10 of his JV players now on varsity. Shaw inherits a team that went undefeated in the regular season before losing to Perry Hall, 1-0, in the playoffs' first round. "We'll be competitive, but we have a long way to go," said Shaw.

Dundalk Owls

1997 record: 6-6-1

Coach: Jeff Holland

Top players: Jason Cox, Sr., GK; Steve Swedo, Sr., M; Adam Kropkowski, Sr., D; Steve Hutchins, Sr., F; Jim Wilson, Jr., F; Steve Custer, Jr., M.

Outlook: The Owls will rely on a veteran defensive unit, led by Kropkowski, the "stalwart of the defense," and Cox to carry the team until someone steps up and provides some scoring punch. "If we get a big game from Jason Cox and our scoring potential develops, we should do at least do as well as last year," said assistant coach George Holland.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1997 record: 9-3

Coach: Peter Glaudemans

Top players: Jose Barbosa, Sr., GK, Chris Markel, Jr., D; Joe Sladek, Sr., M; Brandon Bookshire, Jr., F; Ryan Kahl, Sr., D; Mark Greason, Jr.; F; Matt Alt, Jr., M.

Outlook: Despite a demanding, 14-game schedule and the loss of six starters to graduation, Glaudemans has high hopes. "We ** have a solid defense and a midfield and striker line that knows how to score," said the coach.

Franklin Indians

1997 record: 6-10

Coach: Larry Meekins

Top players: John Schuster, Sr., F; Chris Borcik, Soph., F; Scott Landis, Sr., M; Nick Outten, Sr., D. Andy Schuster, Soph., GK.

Outlook: The Indians, who finished with a four-game winning streak in the regular season last fall, return 12 seniors from a team that advanced to the region finals before losing 1-0 to Patapsco.

Hereford Bulls

1997 record: 11-3-3

Coach: Glenn Quinn

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