South Carroll takes a page from history

On '91 state-winning team, Soulen coaches Cavaliers to 5-0-1, final four thoughts

High Schools

Field hockey

October 04, 2001|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Having fallen one victory short of last season's Class 3A field hockey final four, South Carroll coach Erin Soulen decided to delve into her past to inspire her this year's team.

After completing final cuts, Soulen - the leading scorer on South Carroll's 1991 state title team - reached into the school's trophy case and pulled out the championship plaque she helped win when the Cavaliers defeated current seven-time defending state champion Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

"I know what it takes to get one of these, and I know what to do to get one of these, but you all have to do 90 percent of the work," Soulen said she told her team.

And suddenly, the Cavaliers seem unstoppable. Almost an afterthought of the Carroll County field hockey scene at the beginning of the season, South Carroll has a 5-0-1 record and is leading the Carroll County League (2-0) and the Central Maryland Conference (3-0).

"It made it seem real; that maybe if we worked as hard as she wanted, we could achieve it, too," said senior midfielder Connie Wuenschel, who leads the team in points with two goals and four assists. "We know she knows what she's talking about when she says to do certain things. It gives you that little extra push to make you do things you thought you couldn't do before."

South Carroll has outscored opponents, 12-2, and that gap is not indicative of how well the Cavaliers have played. For example, in Tuesday's 1-0 victory over Linganore of Frederick County, South Carroll outshot the Lancers, 40-0, but needed an overtime penalty stroke goal by freshman midfielder Liz Fries.

Fries, who is the only freshman to make the varsity in Soulen's five years of coaching South Carroll, has four goals and one assist. Sophomore Kerrie Wuenschel has two goals and an assist.

The Cavaliers also have benefited from senior leadership. While Alena Looserarian leads all forwards with two goals and two assists, Nancy Buchman and returning first-team all-conference Holly Frederickson anchor a defense that has been nearly impenetrable. And the few times the defense has cracked, the goalie has not. Junior Abby Treworgy has 33 saves and four shutouts.

"I'm very excited for my defense," Soulen said. "They have been doing a terrific job. To have allowed just two goals to this point in the season is pretty awesome."

It's a little early to predict if the Cavaliers will make the state final four. But Soulen already sees similarities between this year's team and the 1991 state champions.

"That year was the hardest I ever worked as a high school athlete," Soulen said. "I see a lot of those characteristics and that determination in these girls."

Said Frederickson: "We had a meeting in the gym one day and we see the banner on the wall. We want one of those. We want everyone to see how good we are."

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