Hereford's Botti drawing near to Balto. County scoring mark

Striker needs six goals to surpass Mueller's 76


October 05, 2001|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Hereford senior All-State striker Hollis Botti is closing in on the Baltimore County girls soccer career scoring record.

Twice an All-Metro second-team selection, Botti needs just six goals to break the county public schools record of 76, set in 1998 by her former Bulls teammate Melissa Mueller. Botti had one goal in her team's 5-0 win over Dundalk yesterday.

Through the Bulls' first nine games, Botti has scored nine goals and, with at least seven games to go, she should reach the milestone.

Bulls coach Steve Power said Botti's adaptability has been the key to her prolific scoring.

"At the beginning of her career, she had amazing talent, both technically and tactically," Power said. "She's been able to exploit that - and the physical gift was there. As she's gotten older, she's had less talent around her in the sense that she doesn't share the spotlight with anybody and she's been the focus of lots of defenses."

In addition to outwitting the opposition, Botti overcame a physical setback last season.

Recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered the previous winter, Botti was not at full speed, but still managed to match her 1999 season total of 22 goals. She also scored the goal that gave the Bulls a tie with Middletown for the state Class 2A co-championship.

In the hunt

When Overlea visits Catonsville tonight at 7, and Owings Mills plays Towson tomorrow at Towson University, both visiting teams will bring 3-1 records against Baltimore County 2A-1A competition.

Overlea has wins over Chesapeake-BC, Lansdowne and Towson, the last of which had just upset then-No. 15 Western Tech. Owings Mills has beaten Lansdowne, Franklin and preseason No. 15 Catonsville.

Overlea's offense is run by Craig McIntosh (634 passing yards, seven touchdowns). His primary target is Antowan Bell (three touchdowns), who averages 22 yards a catch. Linemen Dennis Wise (6 feet, 300 pounds) and Kevin Spaugh (6-3, 250) anchor the defensive line. Safety Kenny Talley is the top tackler and defensive end Taavon McGraw (6-1, 205) has four sacks, two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt.

With Josh Czufin and Paul Day anchoring the line in last weekend's 30-19 win over Catonsville, Owings Mills got one score each from quarterback Cameron Brown, Marvin Nash, Mike McCullough and Charles Culver. Defensively, the team had fumble recoveries from Nash (twice) and one each from McCullough and Culver.

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