Teams at a glance

September 02, 1999|By ANDREA LEAND

Francis Scott Key Eagles

1998 record: 11-2-1

Coach: Alison Weiss (1st season)

Top players: Kim Mathias, S., M; Becky Arnold, S., G; Jackie Cram, S., F; Lari Mead, S., sweeper; Sarah Guynn, Jr., HB.

Outlook: The Eagles will field one of the league's strongest defensive lines and will especially rely on goalie Arnold, who led the county in goals-against last year. With eight shutouts and 67 saves or clears on 77 shots in 1998, Arnold possesses the talent and experience to pace the Eagles through a difficult schedule. Facing only county teams in the first two weeks of the season will test a rookie offensive line, but Weiss remains optimistic about her first season coaching the Eagles.

Liberty Lions

1998 record: 5-7

Coach: Diana Waetzig (career 5-7)

Top players: Cara McConville, S., CB; Kate Hartman, S., G; Linda Ackermann, Jr., HB; Sherry Sleeper, Jr., A.

Outlook: Waetzig believes .500 is within grasp, a target the team just missed last fall. The Lions lost 10 offensive starters but have a cohesive group of JV stars. Waetzig is looking to Ackermann, a quick, powerful halfback, and Sleeper, a talented attack, to step up. The Lions should be stronger on defense with two of seven returning seniors, captain McConville and Hartman, providing leadership and experience. The Lions play their first four games away.

North Carroll Panthers

1998 record: 14-2

Coach: Denean Koontz (career, 70-20-5)

Top players: Melanie Slessinger, S., F; Lauren Moore, S., M; Kattie Walker, S., D; Jen Tarlton, S., D.

Outlook: The Panthers earned county, Central Maryland Conference and regional championships in 1998 and must replace key seniors on offense, with sophomore Melanie Slessinger helping with scoring. Defense should be strong, with seniors Tarlton, Walker and Moore hoping to reduce the number of goals allowed last year. Koontz, 1998 Coach of the Year, believes the first two weeks, playing all county schools once, will make or break the season.

South Carroll Cavaliers

1998 record: 5-7-1

Coach: Erin Soulen

Top players: Erin Murphy, S., F; Kirsten Anderson, S., F; Jenny Davis, S., D; Ericka Saxton, S., D.

Outlook: The Cavaliers lost most of last fall's starters to graduation. Still, Soulen, entering her third year as coach, feels scrappy, new starters will rise to the challenge of replacing 11 seniors lost to graduation. A crafty offense, led by Murphy and Anderson, showed good field sense and potential against Damascus in a scrimmage. The Cavalier's defense, which gave up no more than two goals in a game last fall, will be younger this time. Saxton should provide experience for a team more concerned with development than records.

Westminster Owls

1998 record: 10-6

Coach: Brenda Baker (career record 254-54-6)

Top players: Lisa Cavanaugh, S., D; Lauren Hare, S., M; Lauren Magee, S., F.

Outlook: The Owls, usually a powerhouse, introduce a younger team. But Cavanaugh, the defensive leader, should lessen the losses with interceptions, passes and tackles. While developing a new defensive line, Baker expects offense to be a strength. Baker strives to score more goals this year and will look to Hare and Magee to maneuver more shots.

NOTE: Carroll Christian will not have a team.

Pub Date: 9/02/99

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