This time, a healthy start for Catholic

Eastern Tech football shuts out Potomac


September 13, 2006|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporters

Catholic girls soccer coach Eric Loftus saw the first big improvement on the first day of practice -- everyone showed up healthy.

A year ago, the Cubs were never at full power. Injuries kept almost every girl sidelined for at least a few games. By the third week, the Cubs had to play the second half against eventual Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference champion John Carroll with just 10 players.

It especially hurt to lose striker Claudia Furman for eight games with a knee injury and center midfielder Steph Parker for a few games with nagging ailments.

Loftus, in his second season, made changes to keep the Cubs from overdoing it early. He still ran two-a-days during training camp but cut out the multiple-game scrimmages and tournament.

"I think it was just too much too early," Loftus said. "Maybe with some teams it's not as big a deal because their girls play year-round on select teams, but we don't have many girls who play all year-round."

Playing one game at a time, the Cubs opened with wins over defending state Class 3A champion Eastern Tech, 1-0, and Class 1A runner-up Sparrows Point, 4-1. Not the powerhouse teams they will meet in the A Conference, Loftus said, but a good start.

Surprise, surprise

Eastern Tech coach Mark Mesaros was "as surprised as anybody" after Friday's season-opening 20-0 football shutout of two-time defending Class 2A state champion Potomac of Prince George's County at CCBC-Essex.

The fourth-year coach, whose Mavericks had been shut out by a combined 41-0 by Potomac over the past two seasons, credited linebackers Mike Cellini and Bryan Watson, who combined for 18 tackles and six sacks, as well as 6-foot-4, 200-pound defensive end Ryan Schlothauer (three sacks) and defensive tackle Devin Hardy (three sacks) and defensive back Nick Terry.

The scoring against the Wolverines, ranked No. 20 in the state, was accomplished by Nick Rooney's touchdown passes of 2 and 40 yards, respectively, to Schlothauer and Darian Connors, and on a 1-yard run by Andre Hall.

Up, then down

In just the first week of the season, Kenwood's No. 5 girls soccer team has already experienced its ups and downs. First, the Bluebirds upset then-No. 1 John Carroll, 1-0, Thursday and then they lost to then-No. 3 River Hill, 3-0, Saturday.

While the Bluebirds have tremendous team speed, said coach Derek Woodward, they don't have the overall talent that they had last season despite returning two key players, Christine Sadowski and Ashley Singer.

Against John Carroll, Sadowski scored the goal and freshman goalie Brittany Kobal held off a late John Carroll barrage. Kenwood also played well Saturday in the first game of the Bluebird Invitational, beating James M. Bennett, 1-0, on a goal from Singer, but most of the Bluebirds were tired by the time they met River Hill later in the day.

Woodward said many of his players had not come to camp in shape and they realized it hurt them against River Hill.

"At the end of that second game, they were verbalizing a lot of things rather than having it come from me," Woodward said. "They were saying they'd like to see this team on a day when they played only one game and when they were totally fit. They're not fit enough to play River Hill in a second game of the day. They're realizing they're capable, but there's still a long road to go."

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