Pioneers women can make mark in Juco soccer


November 19, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The women's soccer team from Anne Arundel Community College has a chance to make history at Essex Community College today.

AACC, 3-2 winner of last weekend's District E championship at Nassau, N.Y., opens at 11 a.m. in the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament against St. Louis (Mo.) Community College at Meramec.

This is the first time in 10 years the Pioneers have qualified for the nationals, where they have not had success.

"The school has never won a game in it, but this team certainly has a chance," said coach Scott Peavler, who has built an area power in three short years. "Chemistry means everything, and this team has it."

The fifth-seeded Pioneers are 14-1-1. Their only loss, by 5-1, was to top seed and three-time defending national champion Brevard (N.C.) College. AACC, the first team to score on Brevard (20-0) this season, will have to play the powerhouse again at 10 a.m. tomorrow if it defeats No. 4-seed St. Louis (19-3) today.

Brevard is favored to top eighth-seed Community College of Rhode Island (12-5-2) today.

Rounding out the tournament are No. 2 seed Champlain (Vt.) College(19-0), No. 3 Monroe (N.Y.) Community College (16-3), No. 6 Dixie (Utah) College (16-2-1), and seventh-seeded Brookdale (N.J.) Community College (18-1).

Arundel grad Molly Williams, the leading scorer with 21 goals and six assists this fall, scored twice in Sunday's win over Nassau. South River's Erin Graham scored the other. Assists came from Betty Trevino (Bowie) and Stephanie Mosca (Chesapeake).

Defensive specialist Lorie Zamarripa, of South River, is among many countians on the team.

Peavler, 27 and an Old Mill and UMBC alumnus, is originally from England and was an assistant to former South River girls soccer coach Will Pharr before taking the AACC job three years ago.

"I knew it could be a gold mine because of the top high-school girls players in the county," said Peavler. "Anne Arundel is a hotbed, and I believe we've got six or seven of the top seniors committed to play here next year.

"We treat [today's contest] as a game and don't talk much about winning and losing and let it take care of itself."

Peavler's Pioneers went 7-7, but his squad last fall was 13-2-2.


Greg Wojtech, Arundel's three-sport standout, has accepted a lacrosse scholarship to UMBC. Wojtech also is a linebacker and place-kicker on the Wildcats football team and runs the 800 meters and relays for the school's indoor track team.

In lacrosse, Wojtech was a second team All-County defenseman for coach Clint Gosnell as a junior.

Most county boys soccer coaches were happy to see Andover grad Billy Warren refereeing in the state semifinals last weekend as a member of the Mason-Dixon Soccer officials. Warren, considered one of the best soccer and basketball officials in Maryland, was forced out of the Chesapeake group that does county games because of a power struggle.

Broadneck's athletic department, headed by Ken Kazmarek, gets a lot of cooperation from coaches and faculty and put on quite a show Saturday in the Bruins' Class 3A state football quarterfinal against Westlake, of Charles County.

The Bruins' marching band, color guard, cheerleaders and step squad all contributed to a festive pre-game show that included player introductions. Math teacher Brian Crane, who doubles as public-address announcer, helped create a college-like atmosphere.

The game program even included individual stats for both teams.

"I give credit to Tim McMullen for that," said Kazmarek. McMullen, an ex-athletic director, teaches social studies.

We hate to break it to Severna Park fans and parents who have called the 24-hour Sportsline, but the Falcons' 11th state field hockey championship was not a national record. Virginia Beach's Frank W. Cox High won its 12th Virginia title last weekend. Cox had shared the record of 11 with Moorestown (N.J.) High.

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Pub Date: 11/19/98

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