2001 All-Arundel County girls soccer

November 29, 2001|By Edward Lee

Player of the Year

Kelly Hammond, St. Mary's: Playing the top-ranked Saints was like challenging an all-star squad of Olympic Development Players, and the leader of the pack was Hammond. The senior midfielder was the focal point of a St. Mary's team that outscored its opponents 82-13. Hammond, who posted 17 goals and seven assists, controlled the flow of play by intercepting passes and redirecting the Saints transition game. Said coach Jerry Tobin of Hammond: "If the ball was in the midfield, we knew that most of the time she was going to have it and go the other way." Hammond frequently attacked the net with abandon, scoring six of her goals off headers. Sidelined with a broken collarbone the day before the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) championship game against No. 2 McDonogh, Hammond drew a special feeling from watching her teammates capture their second consecutive IAAM title and their fourth overall. Hammond, a four-year varsity starter and a member of the IAAM first team, will play at Virginia next fall.

Coach of the Year

Tom Degner, Arundel: Few coaches earn back-to-back honors, but Degner, The Sun's county Coach of the Year last season, utilized his team's talent to its maximum potential. The senior-laden Wildcats used their speed in the midfield and the attack to outrun their opponents to a 14-4 record. Arundel, which enjoyed a 75-18 advantage in goals scored, compiled a 10-1 mark in the county and earned the first berth in the county championship game. Although the Wildcats fell in the Class 4A East regional final for the second straight season, there was no denying that opposing teams had to be wary. "From the very beginning, they played the way I wanted them to," Degner said. "They knew the system so that I could concentrate on the basics of shooting, trapping, and playing defense."

First team

Kristin Anderson, St. Mary's: Not even a severe shin bruise could prevent Anderson from finding a way to make a splash this fall. The senior forward recorded six goals and three assists, but her knowledge of the game and intelligence on the field played a prominent role in the Saints' rise to a No. 5 national ranking according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Anderson will play at Villanova next fall.

Rachel Boyer, Old Mill: For accuracy on long-range shots, no one was better than Boyer. The sophomore midfielder registered seven goals, all of which were shot from beyond the 18-yard mark. The second-year varsity starter's ball control and finesse provided stability in the midfield.

Desiree Colon, Broadneck: The junior showed a proficiency at bringing the ball down in the air and maintaining possession. Although Colon missed one game because of a concussion she suffered in a club game, she had six goals and two assists for the Bruins. Colon, a third-year varsity starter, was selected second-team All-State.

Crystal Curry, South River: The sophomore stopper kept Desiree Colon of Broadneck, Erin Dubina of Severna Park and Melissa Hornfeck of Arundel scoreless in three games. Curry, a first-year varsity starter, also was South River's best kicker on long-range free kicks and corner kicks, posting nine assists.

Erin Dubina, Severna Park: When Falcons coach Gary Lam recognized that his team's strength was its defense, he asked Dubina to assume a more offensive role. The senior midfielder took heed, registering seven goals and nine assists. Dubina was her most dangerous with her back to the net as she would feint one way and quickly move in the opposite direction past her defender. Dubina, an All-Metro choice last year, will play at Wisconsin.

Melissa Hornfeck, Arundel: The sophomore midfielder established herself as a skilled two-way player who could sweep the ball out of the defensive end and outrace defenders to the offensive zone. Hornfeck recorded 16 goals and eight assists for the Wildcats. This is Hornfeck's second selection to the All-County team.

Kimi Kann, Southern: The Bulldogs' game plan en route to their first appearance in the Class 2A South regional final was simple: get the ball to Kann. The junior striker was one of the fastest players on the field whose greatest asset was her one-on-one ability against opposing defenders. Kann posted nine goals and five assists after scoring just five goals last year.

Ashly Kennedy, St. Mary's: The junior defender was the quarterback for the Saints' defensive corps and took a blue-collar approach to running her opponent off the ball and sending it the other way to start the transition. An All-Metro pick last year and a first-team IAAM selection this fall, Kennedy has been named All-County three consecutive seasons.

Mary Key, St. Mary's: The junior striker recorded 19 goals and six assists, leading St. Mary's in points with 25. Although only 5 feet 2, Key was a fearless header in the box. A three-year varsity starter, Key was named to the IAAM first-team and secured her second straight spot on the All-County team.

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