Carroll County Snapshots

November 16, 2005

BOYS

Paul Seegren, Liberty

SPORT SOCCER

STATS -- The stopper back was the focal point of a defense that allowed just eight goals through its first 16 games, helping the Lions capture the Class 2A West regional title for the third time since 2002. A standout one-on-one defender, Seegren controlled the middle of the field and was dominant in the air, rarely losing 50-50 balls.

SIDELINES -- The technically proficient senior always marked the opposing team's top scoring threat on throw-ins and corner kicks, holding Winters Mill standout Paul Schuit, the county's leading scorer, without a goal in two games. A leader on and off the field, he is also a member of the Baltimore Bays club team, and is an honor roll student. A second-team All-County pick as a junior, Seegren plays soccer year-round, and is hoping to continue his career next season at a Division III college .

GIRLS

Katie Hertsch, Winters Mill

SPORT SOCCER

STATS -- The senior had eight goals and eight assists to earn honorable mention All-State honors for the Falcons (8-5-3), who won the Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Piedmont Conference. Five of those goals were game-winners, including in 1-0 double-overtime victories over county and conference rivals South Carroll and Liberty.

SIDELINES -- Though she spent most of her time as a midfielder, she also played a variety of other positions, including forward. Hertsch routinely showed the ability to take on defenders, beat them to the goal and finish. An All-County pick in indoor track, Hertsch blew away her teammates during the preseason by running a 5 minute, 30-second mile after just seven practices. She has signed a letter of intent to play lacrosse at Ohio University . Last spring, the defensive midfielder earned first-team All-County honors.

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