Mastalerz is the one for Howard girls soccer

October 03, 2007|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Sun reporter

Notebook The Howard girls soccer team makes it no secret as to who its scorer is.

Playing a 1-5-4 formation, senior forward Meghan Mastalerz has shown an ability to hold her own as the team's only forward.

The 5-foot Mastalerz scored her 10th goal of the season as the Lions beat Reservoir, 2-0, on Friday to take a 5-3 record into the week, including a 3-2 county mark.

"She has explosive speed that's hard for defenders to keep up with. When she checks into space and has that opportunity to get seperation, she's gone," Howard coach Michelle Osterberger said.

Midfield support has been a key to the success of Mastalerz and the team. Many of the goals she has scored have come off quick give and goes and crosses, with Brandi Fritsch providing much of the combination work.

The Lions, who were 5-10-1 last year, have matched that win total. The team's three county wins also matches last year's total output.

"It's more just the team working hard and coming together," said Mastalerz, who recently made an oral commitment to Wingate University in North Carolina. "Playing with just one forward, I have more defenders on me, but it's giving everybody else more space."

Osterberger said she has seen a big improvement from Mastalerz in finishing off scoring chances. A midfielder when she plays club ball for the Baltimore Bays, Mastalerz said scoring goals does not come naturally for her.

"I've worked hard all my life to get to where I'm at," said Mastalerz, who wants to become an athletic trainer. "I'm just 5 feet tall, so everyone is always thinking I'm not that good. So I just work hard to prove that I can do it."

Sottilare sets record

Oakland Mills quarterback Justin Sottilare's performance Saturday was a bright spot for the winless Scorpions.

Sottilare threw for 448 yards to set a single-game state record in Oakland Mills' 50-26 loss at Marriotts Ridge. He had four touchdown passes for the Scorpions (0-4).

Sottilare eclipsed the previous state record of 430 yards by North County's Billy Largent against Arundel in 2001.

Only two other state quarterbacks have thrown for 400 or more yards in a game: Nick Tanis (408) of Mount St. Joseph against Steubenville, Ohio, in 2001, and Mike Evans (404) of North County against Chesapeake-AA in 1996.

Reservoir's net gain

Reservoir setter Tiffany Jacobson, who transferred from Chapelgate Christian Academy this year, has proven to be a quick study and ideal fit for the No. 2 Gators volleyball team.

The 6-foot-4 junior has 112 assists, 20 aces, 18 digs and 12 blocks. Just as important, her insertion into the starting lineup has enabled senior Alex Kuper to stay at libero and fellow senior Jamie Huffman to switch from setter to her natural position of hitter. The Gators took a 5-0 record into this week's play and captured the Bulldog Tournament at North Carolina on Saturday.

While learning a new system on the court, Jacobson also went from a small school that had a graduating class of 30 to one that has nearly 400.

"That can be overwhelming for a junior in high school, but I think she's handled it very well," Reservoir coach Carole Ferrante said. "She's fit in very well and has been a good fit with the girls. She's just a great player, a great kid and we're happy she's here."

Drug education

HC DrugFree is hosting a free program, "Powered by Me: Playing Safe, Fair and Sober," for high school coaches, athletes and parents tomorrow at Wilde Lake High School. The program will be presented from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Jim Rouse Theatre.

This NCAA-certified substance abuse education program will address the pressures on athletes to excel and the use of anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing substances.

Information: Laura Smit, 410-799- 4879.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Pat O'Malley contributed to this article.

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