Anne Arundel Community College's women's soccer team has been able to "control games" this year, says coach Jim Shuck. But the Pioneers haven't been able to win many of them.
Anne Arundel fell to 5-9 with Monday's 3-1 loss at Camden (N.J.). Southern graduate Victoria Prince had the lone goal for the Pioneers, from about 25 yards out. Amy Fichter had three saves.
Shuck's team outshot Camden 11-6, but the hosts scored on two breakaways and an Anne Arundel defensive breakdown.
"When we break down, we lose," Shuck said. "It's frustrating for the girls. They're playing well, but not getting the breaks. We don't get the spin, the roll. It just doesn't happen for us."
The injury-riddled Pioneers had 11 players available for the game, and Shuck said, "The girls are in shape, better than most of the teams we play, so that's not hurting them."
Anne Arundel was coming off a 1-0 loss to visiting Montgomery-Rockville last Friday, even though the Pioneers held a 40-7 edge in shots and Fichter made four saves.
"The Rockville girl got away and toed the ball in the net. One breakdown, that's all it took. Things just aren't working," Shuck said.
It doesn't get any easier over the next few days. Anne Arundel faces two highly ranked teams, Essex today and Anderson (S.C.) on Sunday. The Pioneers have lost to both squads this year, 5-0.
"We'll be outgunned," Shuck said, "but maybe things will start falling for us."
When Anne Arundel coach Ken Wolf says his team "plays well at times, and doesn't play well at other times," he isn't talking about game to game.
It's more like minute to minute.
The Pioneers gave up three goals to Catonsville in the first eight minutes Saturday, then shut down the Cardinals for most of the remainder of the game. The result: a 4-0 loss.
"We're trying to develop a little more consistency," Wolf said.
Last Thursday, the Pioneers defeated visiting Frederick, 5-2, behind three goals from Old Mill graduate Nick Badalian and one each from Jason Hall and Matt Brown. Hall and Rob Azarra had assists.
Anne Arundel was 6-7 going into last night's home game against Prince George's.
With Wendy Scheleur, Jessica Hutson and Courtney Golch passing well from the back row, Anne Arundel swept Washington Bible, 15-4, 15-12, and Cecil, 15-6, 15-4, 15-4, on Tuesday.
Penni Woolford had 15 kills, four aces and three solo blocks, and Elena Baloglou added 15 kills and five solo blocks.
"That's probably the best they've played all year," said assistant coach Betty Hession.
Suzi Sharpless recorded 10 kills for Anne Arundel, and her sister, Lori, had eight kills and seven aces.
The Pioneers are 19-3 overall, 5-1 in their conference and 13-3 against JuCo competition. They travel to Notre Dame today to take part in a tri-match with Johns Hopkins.
Broadneck graduate Lynn Kurchock came in 19th out of 100 runners at last weekend's invitational at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Kurchock ran her fastest time of the season -- 20 minutes, 59 seconds -- on the 3.1-mile course. "A lot of four-year schools took notice," said coach Jim Fontaine.
On the men's side, Dave Oster came in 51st with a time of 30:30 on the 5-mile course. Jim DiCanio finished in 32:36, and John Flannery posted a time of 34:33.
Bobby Downs (shin splints) and Craig McKenzie (sprained ankle) still were unavailable, and Fontaine said, "I'm starting to get worried about the injury situation."
The Pioneers will compete at Salisbury State on Saturday.
Anne Arundel was swept in the doubles competition against Prince George's last Thursday, leading to a 6-3 defeat for the Pioneers.
Anne Arundel's winners in singles were Joe Laidley (No. 2), Brian Schultz (No. 4) and Brian Enders (No. 6).
"We didn't have a very good day," said coach Joe Hayes, "but there's always tomorrow."
The Pioneers were 3-2 going into yesterday's match against Harford.