E. Tech girls soccer on 4-game win streak

Walbrook football gets lift from defense


October 04, 2006|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,Sun reporters

Eastern Tech's girls soccer team started the season 0-2-1, but the Mavericks rebounded with four straight victories.

Last week, they defeated defending county champion Perry Hall and their toughest foe to date, then-No. 4 Kenwood, 1-0, in overtime.

The Eastern Tech-Kenwood rivalry isn't intense just because both teams are usually good, but also because many of the players hail from the same eastern Baltimore County neighborhoods.

"It's the biggest rivalry known to me," Mavericks senior midfielder Cindi Nickles, who scored the game-winner Saturday.

"Especially having one of our girls from last year [Courtney Kobal] go to this team - the girl who scored our goal in the state championship, it means even more to us."

Last week the No. 12 Mavericks took a big step toward earning a berth in the county title game with the wins over Perry Hall and Kenwood. All three are in the county's Division I, so only one can advance. The Mavericks are unbeaten in the division.

Mavericks coach Kim Williams, whose team won the state Class 2A championship last season, said her defense got off to a slow start after losing a couple of key players.

Now the defensive unit of Carissa Zacharski, Melissa Lacey, Madison Bell and Kelsey Ports has meshed in front of veteran goalie Kelly Gallagher.

"Just making that defense click took us a little while," Williams said. "There was a little bit of a chemistry problem, because we've been trying to fill those shoes in the back. It might have been a little bit of cockiness, too - we won the states and it's taken a couple games to whip us back in shape."

Warriors rolling

Walbrook (4-0 overall, 3-0 league) enters its fifth week of football dominance when it plays Baltimore City League Division II rival Southside on Friday night at Poly.

In three games, the Warriors' defense had allowed 13 points and 70 offensive yards while registering 20 sacks and six interceptions, led by linebackers John McDaniel, Jamel Andrews, Robert Coples and Brandon Brown, defensive ends Russell Brock and Bruce Dewitt, defensive tackle Anthony Walker and safety Davon Johnson.

"Our success so far has been fueled by the aggressiveness of our defense," said Landon Saunders, an assistant to fifth-year coach Johnny Brown. "This team has a tough, disciplined team concept and has yet to reach its potential."

The Warriors threaten to rival then-coach Kelvin Bridgers' 1997 team, which went 7-3, won the city's Division II title and reached the Class 4A state playoffs.

Eagles fly

Top-scoring junior Tom Guarino (22 goals, three assists), senior Matt Bednez (one, nine) and Than Zucker (five, four) have led Greater Grace Christian Academy to a 9-0 record that includes four shutouts.

Among their victories is a 4-0 shutout of defending champion Redeemer Classical, which dethroned Greater Grace, 3-0, for last year's Maryland Christian Athletic League crown. The Eagles have outscored their rivals 36-8 heading into Friday's game against CHEN.



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