Soccer Association of Columbia, Inc. has promoted soccer in many ways, but recently has developed a new one.
S.A.C. now has a program to help soccer players at all skill levels to choose a college that is suited to their needs.
Anita Andersch is S.A.C.'s college-bound adviser and is available at (410) 381-5704 to any S.A.C. player contemplating a college soccer career.
In late September S.A.C. mailed letters informing its members of this new program.
The idea and help in arranging a pamphlet called "Important Information for the College-Bound Athlete" came from Pat Greco and the Long Island Junior Soccer League.
The pamphlet covers NCAA recruiting rules, how to narrow college choices, how to make a recruiting visit, how to write a personal athletic/academic profile, inquiry letters and personal statements, ways to market yourself, understanding different types of scholarships and financial aid packages, and differences among Division I, II and III colleges.
"Soccer America" publishes annually a "College Choice Edition," and the National Collegiate Athletic Association publishes a "Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete," and both publications as well as the pamphlet are free to any S.A.C. player who is currently in high school.
In December S.A.C. is planning an evening with local college coaches that will feature a question-and-answer session.
Mount Hebron wins quietly
Although the hardest part of its schedule is ahead of it, the Mount Hebron Vikings boys soccer team quietly has put together a winning season.
The Vikings are 4-2 and have won four straight after beating Hammond, 2-1, in double overtime last Friday. It was their first league victory in three years.
Mount Hebron has created lots of offense, averaging 12 shots and almost four goals per game. But coach Kevin Good thinks his team should be scoring more often.
"We need to finish better if we're going to continue winning," he said.
Freshman striker Mike Stromberg kicked the game-winner against Hammond, and Gordon Overby (five goals, three assists) scored the first one. "We surprised them [Hammond] when we scored first on them," Good said.
Mount Hebron has balanced scoring with Earl Edwards (five goals, five assists) and Scott Baughman (six goals, two assists) contributing heavily.
Good thinks the team's record would be better if the Vikings hadn't lost junior goalkeeper Shane Ardo to injury before the season.
"We were counting on him to be one of the team's strengths, and when he couldn't play because of three herniated disks, we struggled at that position early," Good said.
The Vikings gave up five goals to Liberty in the season-opener and three to Severn in the next game.
B. J. Bartucca, a field player last season, has settled into the goalkeeper position, however, and played well against Hammond. The Vikings allowed only six goals in their last four games through Monday.
College game to watch
Hamisi Amani-Dove of Rutgers and Matt Nesbitt of George Washington were The Baltimore Sun's Howard County Co-Players of the Year two years ago for Wilde Lake.
Amani-Dove had been sensational for the Scarlet Knights before spraining an ankle last Friday in a 2-0 win over Illinois State.
He has scored nine goals, including seven game-winners, and picked up six assists. The injury, however, makes him a doubtful starter for Saturday's game.
Kori Hunter (Atholton) also has played extremely well in goal for the Scarlet Knights (10-1-1) and was Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week after recording four straight shutouts. He has seven shutouts.
For George Washington (4-8-1), Nesbitt has three assists and no goals. And Seth Morrison (Centennial) has one goal.