Teams at a glance

September 02, 1999|By GLENN P. GRAHAM

Annapolis Area Christian Eagles

1998 record: 14-2

Coach: Paul Brophy

Top players: Amy Hendricks, Sr., F; Ashley Finecey, Jr., D; Emily Boone, Jr., MF; Mary McCathran, Sr., D.

Outlook: Scoring 66 goals last season and allowing just 14, the Eagles rolled to their second straight Tri-State Soccer League title. A good part of the goal production returns in Hendricks, who racked up a county-high 31 goals and eight assists to earn league MVP honors. Brophy has questions in goal and depth, two strengths last season. The defense is set in front of whoever Brophy decides on in goal. Four of the eight varsity regulars returning played in back, led by Finecey at sweeper and senior leader McCathran. Boone will play a vital role at midfield.

Annapolis Panthers

1998 record: 5-7-2

Coach: Tom Cordts

Top players: Melissa Block, Sr., D; Sara Jurkowsky, Sr., MF; MaryBeth Simmons, Sr., MF; Jeanine Wicklein, Sr., D; Jill VanDergrift, Sr., MF; Sarah Martin, Sr., MF.

Outlook: Relying on a returning nucleus of seven seniors to go with some talented juniors, the Panthers hope to improve on their five-win season in 1998. A more consistent offense is a necessity with a partly new defense needing time to settle in. That's where speedy juniors Kristy Dirks and Meghan McDonough come into play. They should get plenty of scoring chances with most of the distribution coming from Jurkowsky and Simmons. Cordts said there is depth at midfield, which will bode well in his system that relies on constant pressure. Block, fast to the ball with a good touch, starts her second season at sweeper on a defense that has two new starting fullbacks.

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1998 record: 11-11

Coach: Bob Greeno

Players: Yasmin Alter, Sr., G/F; Shelley Sullivan, Sr., F; Kellie Schiavone, Jr., D/F; Rachel Tansey, Sr., D; Katrina Butner, Jr., MF; Jackie Sinnett, Jr.,. D/MF.

Outlook: The Cavaliers made significant strides in Greeno's first season last fall, winning seven more games than the year before. Strong starting points are at opposite ends of the field in Sullivan and Alter. Sullivan (22 goals in 1998) runs onto a ball well and is a finisher. Alter is an agile keeper who isn't afraid to leave her line. Depth is a concern at midfield where the Cavaliers lost standout Amy Campion to graduation. Sinnett, a transfer from Maine, and Butner will help solidify the area. Schiavone is solid at sweeper, and senior stopper Rachel Tansey returns from a knee injury. The Cavs have 10 sophomores, including Katy Owings, who may see time in goal to get Alter's speed and athleticism up front.

Arundel Wildcats

1998 record: 11-6

Coach: Tom Degner

Top players: Abria Queen, Sr., F; Kristan Blunt, Sr., D; Stephanie Battista, Sr., D; Denise Casey, Jr., F; Nichole Snyder, Jr., MF; Rachel Moreland, So., A.

Outlook: The 1999 version will be largely different from recent years, when the Wildcats overwhelmed teams with endless firepower led by graduated All-Metro standout Kelly Jordan. Degner has been pleased with what he's seen so far from a young group that is having fun and arriving as a team. Five starters return. Queen plays the lead. Last season, she earned first-team All-County honors after contributing eight goals and nine assists. This season, she will take on more responsibility as the link between the midfield and forwards. Blunt provides plenty of speed and a good command of the defense in her third season at sweeper. Casey and Moreland will run up front with Queen while sophomores Casey Russell and Sara Adcock join Snyder at midfield.

Broadneck Bruins

1998 record: 4-9-2

Coach: Jennifer Sweeney

Top players: Rachel Shuck, Sr., MF; Kelli Southard, So., MF; Desi Colon, Fr. MF; Tiffany Steinmark, Sr., MF; Stephanie Jones, So., F; Tiffany Limbacher, Sr., D; Bryn Weller, Sr., F; Lori Southard, So., G.

Outlook: Sweeney would like to see her Bruins pick up where they left off last fall, winning the Class 3A East region with three straight wins despite losing all but one regular-season game. With 13 players back -- 12 who started at one time or another last fall -- they shouldn't have to wait until the postseason to collect more wins. Sweeney is counting on her midfield to control games with Shuck the mainstay joined by Steinmark, a transfer from Colorado, and plenty of youth. Jones was brought up to varsity early in the season last fall and finished as the team's leading scorer. Lori Southard played big in goal during the playoff run, including a 12-save performance in a 3-0 shutout win against county foe Northeast in the region final.

Chesapeake Cougars

1998 record: 10-4

Coach: Jerry McBee

Top players: Lindsay Ries, Sr., D; Jaime Kittle, Sr., MF; Danielle Dlugokeski, Sr., D; Veronica Syford, Jr., MF.

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