Winning tradition continues for Bruins, Cougars


High school

September 26, 2002|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The sideline scenery is quite a bit different in the county's field hockey circle this season.

Longtime coaches Jerry Taylor (25 years at Chesapeake) and Phoebe Kelly (18 at Broadneck) both handed over traditionally strong programs to assistant coaches, and each appears to be in good hands.

After a 1-4 start, Chesapeake has won three straight games to get back to .500 under new coach Tracy Crane. The Bruins, now under Melissa Quigley, won their first five games before dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to Annapolis on Tuesday.

The key to maintaining success? Familiarity and continuity. Both new head coaches are alumni of their respective schools, having played for the former coaches.

"We're trying to keep things just the same as when Jerry Taylor was here," said Crane, who spent eight seasons as an assistant. "We made sure the transition that needed to be made was all done prior to me taking over so the program as well as the current players would benefit. It's been a smooth transition."

The Cougars, who reached the Class 4A state semifinals last fall, are playing the same strong, cohesive defense led by senior Mandy Bathras, with the offense just now coming around.

Quigley, who coached at Meade before taking over the Bruins' JV program last season, has maintained a lot of the same philosophies she picked up from Kelly, and she wants to ensure the program's tradition and camaraderie stay intact. She has 11 players on varsity that played JV under her last season.

"I think the girls are used to me and it's been a good transition for them," said Quigley. "Some strategies may have changed, but that's mainly based on the type of players you have to work with. Playing for Phoebe, I know the traditions at Broadneck ... and it was easy to get back."

Eagles keep flying high

The Annapolis Area Christian girls soccer team has won five straight Tri-State championships and is showing no signs of a letdown this year.

The Eagles, led by a strong senior class featuring striker Paige Cheek, have opened the season at 8-0 with five shutouts and only four goals allowed.

Cheek has handled the scoring duties and then some, racking up 22 goals and four assists in the eight wins. In three wins last week, she posted 11 goals and an assist and then added a two-goal, two-assist effort in a 5-0 win over Chapelgate on Monday.

"She's scoring on head balls, free kicks and breakaways - goals are coming from a variety of ways from Paige," said coach Paul Brophy. "She's showing a lot of patience and is making good decisions with the ball, knowing when to hit it hard and when to just place it. She's just been playing really well."

The Eagles' defense is led by the senior trio of Megan Campbell, Laura Anderson and Katie Kern. With this year's impressive start, the senior class of seven players has now gone 50-3-4 in its four years.

Two of those losses have come against Riverdale Baptist, which the Eagles will visit tomorrow afternoon at 4. In last year's league championship, the Eagles needed double overtime to come away with a 3-2 win against their biggest rival.

New at Northeast

Northeast boys soccer coach John Milacki isn't sure if the Eagles had ever defeated perennial county powerhouse Chesapeake prior to Tuesday's 1-0 win.

This he did know: Since he took over the program six years ago, the Eagles had never scored against the Cougars.

That changed Tuesday when senior midfielder Steve Mawn finished off a chance in front with 15 minutes gone by in the second half to provide the Eagles with a satisfying win.

"Two years ago, [Chesapeake] beat us, 12-0, and really poured it on - I think about 10 of those goals came from their starters. Our senior class was sophomores then, so it felt good for them to turn around and get a win," said Milacki. "Last year, we lost to them, 1-0, but they controlled the game. This year, we really outplayed them."

The Eagles, who improved to 3-4, had a 10-4 advantage in shots.

A crowded club

The hat trick club was busy on Tuesday.

In field hockey, Severna Park's Abbi Horn scored three goals in a 7-0 win over North County, and St. Mary's Jenna Hubbard did the same for the Saints in a 6-2 win over Maryvale.

Both South River soccer teams had three-goal individual efforts against Southern: Ryan Cullers led the boys team to a 6-0 win and Lea Erculiani provided the offensive punch for the girls in an 8-0 win.

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