2001 All-Balto. City/County girls soccer

High Schools

November 29, 2001|By Katherine Dunn

Player of the Year

Ali Andrzejewski, McDonogh: The senior midfielder simply played at a different level than her All-City/County peers. In her third year on the first team, Andrzejewski led the No. 2 Eagles (16-5) in scoring with 20 goals and 15 assists, but that barely begins to tap her value to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference finalists. She is a U.S. Youth Soccer Association Under-19 national team player. "Ali brings everything to the table," said her coach Maurice Boylan Jr. "Leadership, drive, competitiveness, skill -- she's electric with the ball and can hurt you in a flash." Andrzejewski, who plays for the Bethesda Dragons club team, owns an impressive resume that includes two years on the Under-17 national team, two selections to the ODP Elite Soccer Program all-star team, three years first-team All-State and two years first-team All-Metro. She will play at Maryland next fall.

Coach of the Year

Brad Kressman, Perry Hall: In his fifth year with the Gators, Kressman guided them to within a game of a perfect season. Still, a 3-1 loss to a superior Thomas Johnson team in the state Class 4A championship could not dim the glow of a stellar 15-1-1 fall. The No. 6 Gators won their first Baltimore County championship and made it to the state final for only the second time in school history. They tied Fallston, 1-1, in their third game, then won 13 straight, including county and regional finals over rival Parkville. Kressman switched from using four forwards and four midfielders to using three forwards and five midfielders. The extra player back certainly helped, because until the state final the Gators allowed just five goals and notched 11 shutouts. Still, Kressman, whose career record is 52-15-6, is reluctant to accept the credit. "The girls were very responsive, they worked hard and they were extremely competitive," he said.

First team

Hollis Botti, Hereford: A second-team All-Metro pick the last two seasons, Botti set a Baltimore County public schools record for most goals in a career when she hit 80. Back to 100 percent after knee surgery slowed her down a year ago, the senior striker drew all kinds of attention from opposing defenses and still managed to score 18 goals along with two assists for the Bulls (13-2-1). Botti never lacked confidence or poise under pressure and used her speed, ball skills and game sense to outwit the opposition.

Zoey Bouchelle, Notre Dame Prep: The complete package in powder keg form, Bouchelle dominated anywhere she played. A former ODP regional pool player, the sophomore moved up top this fall after a second-team All-Metro season in the midfield last year and scored 11 goals with 10 assists. Highly skilled, with speed and quickness, Bouchelle exhibited great passing skills and excellent movement off the ball.

Mary Beth Creed, McDonogh: A quiet personality combines with a dynamic game in this two-time All-City/County senior. A defending central midfielder, who often worked in tandem with Ali Andrzejewski, the skillful Creed drove the attack out of the back and led the Eagles with 19 assists. She was able to hold the ball under pressure, deliver it long out of the back or play it short. Creed, who had 10 goals this season, has committed to play soccer at Delaware.

Christin Krejcik, Loch Raven: The versatile senior back played an instrumental role in the No. 15 Raiders' state Class 1A championship season. She led a defense that allowed only 11 goals and posted eight shutouts, including the state final tie with Smithsburg. An exceptional marking back, Krejcik drew all the tough assignments but also spent time at sweeper. Krejcik signed early to play lacrosse at North Carolina.

Brittany McKew, Perry Hall: McKew did all kinds of damage at center midfield. With her field vision and great touch, she excelled as a set-up artist. But as the Gators drove to their first Baltimore County championship and a berth in the state Class 4A final, McKew contributed on defense, in transition and on attack. She scored the goal that beat Parkville, 1-0, in the regional final and assisted on the goal that beat Eleanor Roosevelt, 1-0, in the state semifinal.

Lindsay Novotny, Notre Dame Prep: A first-team All-City/County selection a year ago, Novotny continued to excel as a marking back for the Blazers (11-6). The senior fullback always marked the opposition's top striker and she used strong positioning and good decision making to hold her mark in check. In addition, Novotny showed great ball control and was able to initiate the offense out of the back.

Kelly O'Connell, Seton Keough: Without a lot of experience around her, the sophomore striker excelled at creating scoring opportunities. She led the Gators (7-8-2) with 14 goals and four assists, but her numbers are deceptive. A strong finisher, who beat opponents off the dribble, O'Connell remained a team player. Often used as a decoy, drawing two or three defenders, she responded by creating space for her teammates.

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