1999 Fall Sports Preview

Girls Soccer

September 02, 1999|By Katherine Dunn and Edward Lee

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Beth Tfiloh Panthers (NA)

Coach: Jen Relis

Outlook: The Panthers return a veteran group as they move into the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Division. New coach Relis has a solid foundation in striker Stacy Hollander, fullback Sarah Sager, goalie Jackie Fuchs and versatile freshman Pamela Leibowitz.

Carver A&T Wildcats (4-8)

Coach: Kristie Pugh

Outlook: This veteran-laden squad should be strong defensively, but Pugh seeks to improve the attack. She will depend on halfback Amber Cafferly, forward Doria MacKenzie, and goalie Hannah Levin to make an impact.

Catonsville Comets (5-7-1)

Coach: Robert Greenwalt

Outlook: With 13 varsity players returning from last's season first-round loss in the regionals, the Comets are looking to extend their post-season farther. Forward Melissa Kelly and midfielder Martina Lindh lead the offense. Goalie Mandy Higdon anchors the defense.

Dulaney Lions (8-4)

Coach: Diane O'Connor

Outlook: The Lions hope to get off to a quicker start than last year's three straight losses. They have strength in every unit led by striker Tracy Mullaney, fullback Mary Bradbury and halfbacks Leslie Jackson and Julia Hughey.

Dundalk Owls (10-5)

Coach: Michael Vetri

Outlook: The Owls hope to use last year's run to the regional finals as a springboard for success this season. Midfielder Kristin Williams and fullbacks Erin Barrow and Mandy Foard lead a veteran squad, but Vetri won't have the services of striker and leading scorer Jamie Fisher, who is out for the season with a back injury.

Eastern Tech Mavericks (8-5)

Coach: Wendy Butz

Outlook: Two heartbreaking losses -- to Dulaney in overtime and to Loch Raven in the final 10 minutes -- prevented Butz from her first 10-win season in four years. But the Mavericks look to contend in Division I. Halfback Laura Shearer, last fall's leading scorer, sweeper Beth Thomas, and striker Valerie Cushing will provide leadership.

Franklin Indians (9-4)

Coach: George Wagner

Skinny: The Indians return probably the county's best defense, with goalie Candice Doten, defender Lindsay Sproul and stopper Rocky MacDonald. Most of the scoring graduated, but the potential is there, and the Indians should contend again.

Hereford Bulls (14-4)

Coach: Steve Power

Skinny: The Baltimore County champs return almost everybody including Olympic Development Program players Hollis Botti, a striker, and Sarah Stoltz, a midfielder, as well as senior midfielders Jen Cox and Paige Nichol. The Bulls should have excellent scoring punch led by Botti, who set a school freshman scoring record last season.

Kenwood Bluebirds (4-8-1)

Coach: Jodi Lavin

Outlook: The Bluebirds lost only one player to graduation and expect to field their most competitive squad in a long time. Eleven of the players were on last year's varsity roster, and Lavin has a balance of experience and youth. Midfielder Jessica Todd, stopper Angie Seufert, and sweeper Megan Shkor represent the senior leadership on the team.

Lansdowne Vikings (5-8)

Coach: Kim Ferraro

Outlook: The Vikings haven't fared too well against teams like Dulaney and Hereford, but Ferraro believes that playing the top teams has made her players stronger. Midfielder Jen Leishear and sweeper Karen Dudley are three-year starters. Newcomer Kristal Mohler made 37 saves in a scrimmage against Mt. de Sales last week.

Loch Raven Raiders (14-4-1)

Coach: Mike Parker

Outlook: Former coach at Western STES, Parker moves into a program that lost seven starters. However, striker Christine Hild, midfielder Christin Krejcik, sweeper Meghan Keeney and stopper Theresa Ryan all return, give the Raiders a solid foundation to battle Baltimore County's best.

Maryvale Lions (10-3)

Coach: Chuck Teal

Outlook: The Lions move from the runner-up spot in the AIS B Division into the tough IAAM A Division. Although they might not be ready to contend with the top teams, they could have an impact, because they return top-notch strikers Stephanie Sybert, an ODP regional selection, and Kelly Devlin as well as center halfback Dana Olsson.

McDonogh Eagles (22-5-1)

Coach: Maurice Boylan Jr.

Outlook: The Eagles lost three starters including All-Metro Player of the Year Marissa Schuchat, but they should simply reload. In addition to All-Metro striker Lisa Zanti, the Eagles return top-notch players all over, including defenders Kellan Hoover and Jamie Hupp, goalie Mariel Wilner and midfielder Ali Andrzejewski.

Milford Mill Millers (2-6)

Coach: Laura Bulgaris

Outlook: Last season was a learning experience; this year will continue to be a building-the-foundation approach for Bulgaris. Midfielder LaToya Newkirk, stopper Amanda Wilson, and forward Jessica Johnson head the roster.

Mount Carmel Cougars (8-8-1)

Coach: Steve Herpel

Outlook: The Cougars bring 10 players back from last year's team and hope to make a move in the IAAM B Division. Strikers Sara Bitter and Kerry Weber lead a potent attack, Alanna Simmons anchors the midfield and there are four seniors returning on defense.

Mount de Sales Sailors (2-10-1)

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