The first team at a glance
PLAYER OF THE YEAR * Alison Schroeder, McDonogh, senior, defense -- A repeat first-team All-Metro and All-State selection, Schroeder was the leader of the top-ranked McDonogh team that finished the season 19-0 and ranked No. 3 nationally. A versatile player who played every position except goalie in her stellar four-year career, Schroeder was McDonogh's foundation on defense at sweeper and showed she could be a force offensively with seven goals and eight assists from the back. The McDonogh defense, which allowed only 12 goals and recorded 13 shutouts, was near flawless, and Schroeder was the big reason. A first-team All-Catholic League selection in all four years at the varsity level, Schroeder was everything you can ask for in a sweeper with the ability to read and break up opposing offenses' scoring threats and also start the Eagles' offense from the back with good field sense and distribution. She was in on all of their offensive set plays and was particularly strong in the air on corner kicks. One of the area's most durable players, Schroeder was a calming influence in back for McDonogh and able to cover a lot of ground from side to side with great speed. "It all started with Alison. She was rock solid in the back for us with no mental mistakes and very few physical ones," said McDonogh coach Ted Scocos. She played a big role in McDonogh's early-season win over then-top-ranked Hammond -- shutting down the Golden Bears' vaunted offense. A fifth-year Olympic Developmental player, Schroeder scored 20 goals and added 16 assists in the past three years at McDonogh. At the club-team level, she played on Virginia's State Cup champ Vista United and Maryland's seven-time State Cup winning team, the Columbia Crusaders.
COACH OF THE YEAR * Lou Menegatti, Loch Raven -- At the start of the season, Menegatti thought it would be a rebuilding year for his Raiders with a starting team of two seniors, two freshmen and the rest sophomores and juniors. It turned out to be a banner season as he guided his Raiders to the Class 1A-2A state crown with a 2-0 win over Hammond. It was the first time a Baltimore County school brought home a girls state title. "Early on in our scrimmages we saw we had a nucleus, but we weren't sure whether it would blend in time for the season. It was an excellent year," he said. Earlier in the season, the Raiders (16-1) defeated defending county champ Dulaney -- a team that went on to win the state 3A-4A title -- with a 2-0 win. Menegatti said the Dulaney and Hammond wins were clearly the biggest and winning the state title was the team's "No. 1 thrill." The state title game was the first time Hammond was shut out. The Raiders finished the season ranked second in the metro area and 13th nationally. The Menegatti-led Raiders gave top-ranked McDonogh all it could handle before theEagles came away with a 3-2 win.
ALL-METRO FIRST TEAM * Abby Bausman, Dulaney, junior, midfielder -- A gifted midfielder who was equally adept at distributing and shooting, Bausman finished the season with 20 goals and 14 assists for Class 3A-4A champ Dulaney. She has great speed and the skills to complement it. Bausman was a take-charge player at midfield with great vision. She was also a solid two-way player who marked well. "Abby's a gutsy player who goes at it 100 percent all the time. She has good field sense and knows where she needs to be," said Dulaney coach Kathy Schmidt.
* Carrie Budzinski, Severna Park, senior, defender -- A four-year starter and tri-captain for state runner-up Severna Park, Budzinski ran the show for a Falcons defense that yielded eight goals and had 12 shutouts. She mostly played sweeper the past two seasons, but had the finesse to play midfield at times. A solid field general with great speed, Budzinski handled pressure situations well and made great decisions. Severna Park coach Joyce Stefancik simply said, "Carrie gets the job done." Budzinski scored the game-winner in a 1-0 win over Anne Arundel County rival Broadneck during the regular season.
* Carrie Chao, Wilde Lake, senior, defender -- Chao was the leader of adefense-oriented Wildecats squad that finished 10-3-1 and Howard County champ. She was a reliable, take-charge player who went to the ball aggressively to disrupt offenses at sweeper. Chao knows the game very well and is a good communicator on the field.
* Christina Coroneos, McDonogh, senior, midfielder -- The point guard at center midfield for the top-ranked and undefeated Eagles, Coroneos finished with five goals and 14 assists. Two of her goals were McDonogh's biggest. She scored the game-winner in a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Mercy and scored a tying goal in a 3-2 win against second-ranked Loch Raven. "The middle of the field belonged to Christina," said McDonogh coach Ted Scocos. "She's a finesse player who knew when it was time to get physical."
* Robyn Harry, Loch Raven, junior, forward -- When the state PTC champion Raiders needed a goal, Harry was always there to deliver. The school's all-time leading scorer with 54 goals and 22 assists, Harry scored or assisted on a goal in every game -- finishing with 37 goals and seven assists. She had the game-winners in the 1A-2A state final against Hammond and the Baltimore County clincher against Dulaney -- both 2-0 wins. "She always wants the ball, loves the tough situations and, most importantly, comes through in the tough situations," said Loch Raven coach Lou Menegatti.
* Sandra Norris, Chesapeake-AA, junior, goalkeeper -- She made the easy saves look easy and some of the others that were tougher look easy, too. A great all-around athlete who also is Chesapeake's point guard in basketball, Norris is quick and has a knack for making big, acrobatic saves. She allowed only nine goals, turned back 113 shots and finished with seven shutouts.
* Michelle Salmon, Old Mill, senior, forward -- Salmon finished a stellar career as Anne Arundel County's all-time goal-scoring leader with 90 goals -- easily breaking Meade's Amanda Simmons mark of 80. One of the Patriots' tri-captains, she had 31 goals and four assists. Salmon brings a strong presence on the field and can beat opponents in many different ways with the ability to score with both feet and also in the air.
* Laurie Schwoy, McDonogh, sophomore, forward -- Her numbers are downright scary: 49 goals and 21 assists -- easily the leading scorer in the area. The fact Schwoy is a sophomore is even scarier to future opponents. McDonogh coach Ted Scocos can go on and on about his sophomore sensation and her special skills. "There's nobody that can score goals, regardless of the defense, better than Laurie. A double-team is an easy day for her," he said. Schwoy (77 career goals, 35 assists) can score at will with either foot, complements her flash with toughness and can find open teammates.
* Aimee Vaughan, Dulaney, senior, forward -- With her strong leadership and unselfish play, Vaughan brought plenty more to the field than her 42 goals and 12 assists for the Class 3A-4A state champ Lions. Dulaney coach Kathy Schmidt said Vaughan was the stabilizing influence for the Lions and her teammates looked to her when the going got tough. A dedicated player with a good knowledge of the game, Vaughan finished her high school career with 116 goals and 51 assists. The All-Metro Player of the Year in 1992, Vaughan kept defenders off-balance with the ability to finish well and create chances for her teammates.
* Kacy Williams, Hammond, senior, midfielder -- A repeat first-team All-Metro selection, Williams was probably the best two-way midfielder in the area. Williams came up with the best offensive output of her career this year with 11 goals and eight assists, but it was other things that aren't seen in the statistics that made her a special player. Williams was one of the area's best markers on defense, mixed a finesse game with a strong physical presence and simply dominated the midfield.
* Tricia Witte, Oakland Mills, senior, forward -- Witte scored at least one goal in every regular-season game for the 9-2-2 Scorpions and had all her team's goals in wins over Centennial, Wilde Lake and Hammond. She finished the season with 20 goals and 11 assists. A determined goal scorer who had great speed and crafty ball-handling skills, Witte had the ability to single-handedly carry her team at times.
* Erin Wylde, Severna Park, senior, midfielder -- A clutch performer and strong leader, Wylde makes the game look easy with smooth moves and great quickness. The biggest of her 12 goals came in the state semifinals when her penalty kick beat Centennial, 1-0. "Erin is an outstanding ball-handler who directed the ball wherever it needed to go," said Severna Park coach Joyce Stefancik. "She's an outstanding all-around athlete who did whatever was needed for the team."
HOW THE TEAM WAS PICKED
The Baltimore Sun 1993 All-Metro Girls Soccer Team was selected by Glenn P. Graham after consultation with staff writers and area coaches.