Arlington Baptist Eagles
1993 record: 8-4-1. Coach: Tim Hurlburt.
Top players: Andy Booker, Jr., F; Jarrad Watson, Sr., M; Allan Wicks, Sr., D; David Barlock, Sr., F.
Outlook: Arlington Baptist lost its goalie and one of its leading scorers to graduation, but their first-year coach believes he has enough remaining talent to win the Christian Schools Athletic Association. Booker and Watson are expected to lead the team on offense while Wicks anchors the Eagles' defensive unit.
Beth Tfiloh Warriors
1993 record: 7-7-1. Coach: Gabriel Baziz.
Top players: Dimitry Gorelik, Sr., M-F; Jeremy Bob, Jr., M-F; Daniel Kokotov, Jr., M; Ben Rombro, So., G.
Outlook: Baziz, a native of Morocco, is teaching the Warriors the European style of soccer and is confident that his approach will pay high dividends in the win column. "I can make this team a great team," said Baziz. "I know my stuff and the guys listen to me. I'm dedicated to them and I know I can make them better."
Calvert Hall Cardinals
1993 record: 15-2-1. Coach: Bill Karpovich.
Top players: Ryan Lachowicz, Sr., D; Ryan Smith, Sr., M; Scott Simmons, Sr., G; David Federline, Sr., F; Jeff Link, Sr., F.
Outlook: The Cardinals, whose JV team won the league title for the fifth straight year, have the talent and depth to challenge for an A Conference title but will need consistent efforts from their stars, who include Lachowicz, an All-Metro performer last year and Smith, a member of the under-17 national team. "We're strong from top to bottom," said Karpovich, whose team lost to Curley in last year's MSA A Conference final. "I don't see a weakness on our team. Usually you can exploit a weakness on a team, but I don't think they can do that to us because I honestly don't see one."
Carver A&T; Wildcats
1993 record: No team. Coach: Ian Reid.
Top players: Jon Fowler, Jr., M-D; John Krol, So., M; Gilbert Wilt, So., M; Aaron Keeny, Fr., F; Kevin Iyd, Fr. G; Josh Brooks, Jr., G.
Outlook: Playing a Baltimore County varsity schedule could create some problems for a team with no seniors and only two juniors. The Wildcats' junior varsity struggled to a 1-8 record last season, but Reid has seen great improvement and enthusiasm.
1993 record: 5-6-1. Coach: Dave Lane.
Top players: Jay King, Sr., M; Mike Medicus, Sr., D; Jerod Snedeker, Sr., D-M; Don Mitchell, Jr., D; Scott Sipes, So., G; Brett Greenwalt, Jr., D; Jesse Quinby, Jr., F.
Outlook: Lane is hoping his team's tactical style will help them advance in the playoffs, which they failed to make last season. Medicus and Snedeker can put the ball in the net but Sipes, who started in the net for the Comets' JV last year, is unproven at the varsity level and will have to step up.
1993 record: 3-7. Coach: Jim Kuhlman.
Top players: Gene Skeens, Sr., F; John Ziegler, Sr., G; Steve Runyeon, Sr., F; Joe Rollins, Sr., F; Dominic Yori, Sr., M; Troy Schultz, Jr., D; Matt Kalb, Fr., M; Timmy Flanagan, Fr., G.
Outlook: The good news is the Bayhawks have 15 returning players, including 13 seniors. The bad news is Chesapeake didn't have a JV last year and won't again this season. Kuhlman is hoping his team will reap the benefits of the experience it gained last season and promises "an extremely smart and well-conditioned team."
1993 record: 10-3-1. Coach: Craig Laferty.
Top players: Daren Siebert, Sr., M; Jon Leberknight, Sr., D; Mike Mainquist, Sr., F; Brian Frank, Jr., D; Booth Farwell, Jr., M; Chris Conoscenti, Sr., D.
Outlook: The Lions return 15 players and six starters back from last year's team that won the region and advanced to the state semifinals. Laferty said his team lacks a goalie and a finisher and he is still waiting for someone to step up. "We're going to have to be 11 no-names that play good team soccer," said Laferty. "We don't have any superstars, but I'm still looking for guys to emerge."
1993 record: 10-4-1. Coach: Robert Hutsler.
Top players: Paul Gietka, Sr., M; Joe Lambert, Sr., M; Ken Eidinger, Sr., F; Chris Barrow, Jr., D; Mike Wilcox, Jr., D; Rob Ray, So., G; Matt Warble, Jr., F; Randy Fox, Jr., D; Howard Lightcap, Sr., M; Troy Franz, So., M.
Outlook: The Owls, who lost to Parkville last year in the region final, will be stronger defensively with Barrow and Wilcox playing back, but Dundalk's offense was weakened by the departure of Luke Bell and Jason Parks. Eidinger, Gietka, Lightcap and Lambert can finish, but creating opportunities for them will be the key.
Eastern Tech Mavericks
1993 record: 4-7. Coach: Pete Golodomans.
Top players: Paul Brookshire, Sr., F; Ryan Linkous, Jr., D; Jason Wallace, So., G; Brian Moore, Sr., F.
Outlook: Once again, Golodomans is approaching the season "cautiously optimistic." The Mavericks' offense is a year older and more experienced, but their defense is new and will probably take its lumps early. "We're just gearing up for postseason play," said Golodomans. "We're treating the whole season as a developmental process so we're at the top of our game when postseason hits."
1993 record: 10-2-2. Coach: Larry Meekins.
Top players: Adam Bertsch, Sr., D; Nick Heinz, Sr., F; Gene Balbir, Jr., F; Alex Balbir, Jr., G; Jamie Glick, Jr., M; Joe Parks, Sr., M.
Outlook: Meekins, who took the reins from veteran Bob Herring, adopts a team that made it to the Class 3A state semifinals last season. Heinz, Parks and Glick will provide the bulk of the scoring while Bertsch anchors the Indians' defense. "We have a lot of good players returning who started last year, plus what we brought up some from the JV, so we should have a nice blend," said Meekins.
1993 record: 11-3-1. Coach: John Mackert.
Top players: John Wingert, Sr., M; Chad Benson, Sr., M; Matt Burke, Sr., D; Clint Eaton, Sr., M-D; Matt Saunders, Sr., F; Alan Cameron, Sr., G; Keith Seabury, Sr., G; Jason Wingert, Fr., D; John Miller, So., M.
Outlook: The Bulls have 15 seniors on a team of 21 so experience won't be a problem. Hereford's strength is its midfield, which features returnees Benson and John Wingert, as well as Eaton, a transfer from Ohio. "Our goal is to go one step further than last year which will put us in the state final," said Mackert, whose team lost in state semis last season to Wilde Lake.
1993 record: 5-7. Coach: Carroll Hess.
Top players: Dan Mervis, Sr. M; Wesley Harmon, Sr., M; Jamie Fraley, So., F; Brian Ray, Jr., D; Jason Blackburn, Jr., F-M; Neil Harmon, Sr., D; Jesse Lowers, Sr., G.
Outlook: The Bluebirds aren't looking for any miracles, but they are hoping for at least a .500 season. That task became more difficult when senior forward Shawn Addicks broke his leg over the summer, but an improved defense, anchored by Mervis and Harmon, should keep Kenwood in the hunt.
1993 record: 3-8. Coach: Bill Gilbin.
Top players: Danny Ambrose, Sr., M; Brandon Ingram, Sr., F; Jerry Andrews, Sr., G.
Outlook: The Vikings' roster is shallow and most of the players are green, which could make for a long season for Gilbin. "We're probably a .500-type team," said Gilbin, who will rely heavily on Ingram. "We have some goal scoring, but not a lot of defense."
Loch Raven Raiders
1993 record: 9-5. Coach: Sam Nuttall.
Top players: Jeremy McDonough, Sr., F; Mike D'Angelo, Sr., M; Casey Sydnor, Sr., D; Scott MacCumbee, Jr., D; Joe Russell, Sr., G.
Outlook: Graduation stripped the the Raiders of their leading scorer -- Lee Sorvalis -- but Loch Raven's nine-year coach says he has some finishers to step in. Nuttall's only concern is his defense, which isn't as cohesive as he would like. "I'm concerned right now whether or not our defense will come together," said Nuttall, whose squad lost to Fallston in first round of regional play last season. "We have more depth and experience on offense this year, but our team has to come together defensively."
1993 record: 7-8-2. Coach: Jim Claborn.
Top players: Brian Zeller, Sr., M; Scott Diggs, Sr., sweeper; Bobby Triplett, Jr., D; Tim Walton, Jr., D; Mike Potemba, So., D; Sean Doyle, Sr., M; Jason Rickel, Sr., F.
Outlook: Claborn said this year's squad is the best he's had in his seven years as coach. Potemba, though only a sophomore, plays like a senior and Diggs and Potemba are both quality players. Zeller, a four-year starter for the Dons, injured his jaw in the preseason and won't return until sometime in October. Walton, a transfer from Centennial, strengthens Loyola's defense.
1993 record: 9-2-1. Coach: Bob Malzahn.
Top players: Jason Hewitt, Sr., F; Brad Friedel, Sr., M; Gordon Calvert, Jr., M; Matt Amendt, Sr., D; Todd Anchando, Sr., D.
Outlook: The Saints were second to Park in the B Conference last season but will have a tough time finishing that high this year with the five new teams in their division. The Saints, who downed Friends in their opener last week, 4-2, return eight players from last year's squad.
1993 record: 5-8-1. Coach: Bill Seal.
Top players: Greg Bassmann, Sr., M; Jake Lee, Sr., M; Pablo Webster, So., D; David Buehler, So., M; Kevin Cummings, Jr., F; Dave Koloski, Jr., D; Bob Landolt, Jr, M.
Outlook: The Eagles have only two returning players and will carry just 17 on their squad so they must avoid injuries if they wish to stay competitive during the 16-game A Conference schedule. Bassmann is a Division I prospect, Buehler is a regional team player and Cummings plays for the state team, so they do boast some talent.
Milford Mill Millers
1993 record: 0-12. Coach: Jim Walker.
Top players: Michael Clinton, Sr., F; David Kays, Sr., M; Chris Lew, Sr., D; Vinton Morris, Sr., F; Marc McQuay, Jr., M; Andre Blackwell, Jr., G.
Outlook: The Millers haven't won a game in nine years, but one thing their third-year coach hasn't lost is his sense of humor. "We haven't had much interest in the program and we have no feeder program here so I won't have to make any cuts again this year," said Walker with a laugh. "Even though my guys got blown out a lot last year, they never lost faith."
Mount Carmel Lions
1993 record: 6-8-1. Coach: Mike Naughton.
Top players: Chuck Friedel, Sr., F.; Mike Bentley, Jr., G; Frank Scarfield, Fr., F; Shawn Byrd, Sr., M; Nick Bisaha, Sr., D; Chip Raynor, Sr., M.
Outlook: The Lions beat Harford Tech in their opener, 10-1, but things won't be that easy when they face improved B Conference rivals. "Our starting defense is basically back and our leading scorer [Friedel] is back, so we should be in pretty good shape," said Naughton. "We just want to be fit, play hard for 80 minutes and play intelligently."
1993 record: 9-3-1. Coach: Doug Eisenhauer.
Top players: Brandon Van Hoose, Sr., M; Dave Buschmann, Sr., M; Buddy Prochazka, Sr., F; Mike Tirschman, Sr., M; Jason Owens, Sr., F; Ronald Phillips, Sr., M; Mike Porrovicchio, Sr., D; Don Long, Sr., D; Chris Schafer, So., D.
Outlook: The Falcons, who lost to Towson in overtime last season in the first round of the regions, have depth and four seniors with at least three years of varsity experience. Three of those seniors -- Van Hoose, Buschmann and Prochazka -- have (( been starting since their freshman year. The biggest question is whether Overlea can get past Fallston to win its region. "In my 11 years, we've never had a losing season and we expect to continue that tradition," said Eisenhauer.
Owings Mills Eagles
1993 record: 6-6-1. Coach: Mark Lavallee.
Top players: Corey Zajdel, Sr., F; Paul Schulman, Sr., D; Eric Roberts, Sr., D; Adam Bishop, Jr., F; Adam Silverman, Sr., G.
Outlook: The Eagles only lost three players from last year's squad that lost to Hereford in the first round of the playoffs. The group is more experienced, but Lavallee hasn't seen much improvement in its ability to put the ball in the net. "We're bringing back players experienced in not being able to score," said Lavallee.
Park School Bruins
1993 record: 8-4. Coach: Lucky Malonee.
Top players: Zach Hettinger, Sr. D; Dan Lisk, Sr., M-F; Neal Fruman, Sr., M; Thibault Manekin, Jr., M; Geoff Reed, Sr., F.
RTC Outlook: The defending B Conference champs will have their work cut out for them in defending their title. Nevertheless, Malonee is optimistic, claiming this year's team is stronger than last. "We sort of jelled at the right time last year," said Malonee. "The competition will be a lot stiffer this year, but I think we still have a shot."
1993 record: 7-5-2. Coach: Joe Smith.
Top players: Andrew Bailey, Jr., M; Matt Slater, Sr., M; Darren LaRocque, So., D; Ryan Darmsteadt, Sr., F; Joe Halford, So., F; Joe Mouldin, Jr, G.
Outlook: The Knights return six players from a squad that lost to Franklin in a shootout in the region final. Kevin Forrester is gone but Darmstaedt and Halford are back and should provide
Parkville with a 1-2 scoring punch.
1993 record: 4-8. Coach: Dave Ingle.
Top players: Tim Jackson, Sr., F; Mike Grifftith, Jr., G; Dino Pusinsky, Jr., F; Keith Artley, Jr., D; Todd Lookingbill, Jr., D; Heath Adkins, Jr., F; Josh Campbell, Jr., D.
Outlook: Ingle said he is cautiously optimistic this season, after rebuilding the program last year. Ingle kept a lot of sophomores on the varsity last year and is hoping that experience pays off.
@Perry Hall Gators
1993 record: 13-1. Coach: Ed Wolf.
Top players: Chris Ude, Sr., M; Brian Nieberlein, Sr., D; Jimmy Stopper, Sr., M; Adam Nastalski, Jr., D; Brain Doherty, Sr., F; Brandon Oliver, Sr., F; Alan Batac, Jr., M; David Watts, Jr., D; Bill Foos, Jr., G.
Outlook: The Gators are experienced everywhere but in the net where Foos, who played JV last season, will start at keeper. "Our strikers [Doherty and Oliver] were juniors last year and they got a lot of time and we can score, but our only question mark is our goalie," said Wolf, whose team went undefeated last season before losing to Dulaney in the region final.
1993 record: 3-6-1. Coach: John Reichenbach.
Top players: Anton Terkov, Sr. M; Jeffrey Kurland, Sr. F; Greg Mandy, Sr., D.
Outlook: The Panthers are hoping their 10 returnees can help them produce a .500 season. Pikesville struggled in putting the ball in the net last year, but should have a little easier time now that Terkov and Kurland have some varsity experience. "We have to play solid defense and we have to take advantage of the scoring opportunities, which we failed to do last year," said
1993 record: 3-8. Coach: David Wright.
Top players: Ryan Posten, Sr., D; Craig Friedman, Sr., D; Reggie Hatcher, Sr., G-F; Kurt Lilly, Sr. M; David Blank, Sr., F.
Outlook: With only 15 players showing up for practice, the Rams aren't even positive they will have a team, let alone a winning season. "The program just went to pot here the last couple of years," said the first-year coach. "I'm hoping we can win a couple of games, but it will be tough."
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1993 record: 6-6. Coach: Tom Karle Jr.
Top players: Jeff Harrison, Sr, M; Wayne Brinkley, Sr., M; Joey Wilson, Jr., F; Greg Smith, Sr., D; Chris Butler, Jr., M; Shannon Butler, Jr., G; John Sigia, Sr., D-F; Patrick Williams, Fr., D.
Outlook: Sparrows Point is ready for the playoffs after missing them by one-tenth of a point last season. Karles is confident his team can finish the regular season 11-1 or 12-0, adding, "there's no reason why we shouldn't be in regional final." The Pointers return 18 players and add four quality players from the JV. Harrison (16 goals, 8 assists last year) and Brinkley (13, 9) lead the way.
St. Paul's Crusaders
1993 record: 4-12-1. Coach: Howard Schindler.
Top players: Seniors: Jason Turner, Sr., F; Greg Yin, Sr., G; Stebs Garcia, Sr., D; Matt Emmons, Sr., M; Brian Pierson, Jr., M; Brendon Smith, Jr., M; Chris Horich, Jr., F.
Outlook: The Crusaders should get a few more wins this season while competing in the B Conference. Horich and Turner have shown the ability to score and Yin has shown promise in the net. "I don't think we'll have one stud player, but a willingness of everyone to do their part," said Schindler.
1993 record: 10-2. Coach: Randy Dase.
Top players: Jay Cougnet, Sr., F; Jeremy Bendler, Sr., D; Nate Keiser, Sr., F; Brad Kimball, Sr., F; Ryan Cuomo, So., F; Fred Metschulat, So., D; Adam Weirman, So., D; Patrick Eugster, Sr., M.
Outlook: The Generals lost Ian Wildey and Spencer Ford to Towson State and Chi Chi Giraldo is gone, too, which could make it difficult for Towson to repeat as 1A-2A county champs. "It's a very young and inexperienced group, but to this date they play well together as a team," said Dase, whose team lost to Fallston in last year's region final.
Towson Catholic Owls
1993 record: 6-6. Coach: Duke Gunther.
Top players: Brad Cox, Sr., F; Don Keener, Sr., D; Mike Silipiak, Sr., D; Sean Dwyer, So., G; Lance Cassell, Jr. D.
Outlook: The Owls are relatively young, but their first-year coach insists a .500 record is possible. "I think we can run with the pack," said Gunther, whose team lost to Severn in its opener, 2-1. "I think we'll be competitive in every game."
Western Tech Wolverines
1993 record: No team. Coach: Kirk Kucharski.
Top players: Ben David, So., M; Rob Blair, So., G.
Outlook: Grim. The Wolverines didn't have a varsity last year and their JV went 2-8, so Kucharski isn't expecting too much. "This is going to be a learning season and our main goal is just to be competitive," said Kucharski, who had only 12 kids come out. "We're just building the foundation."
1993 record: 0-12. Coach: Bob Greenwalt.
Top players: Mihir Desai, Sr., M; John Saxon, Jr., D; Mohammed Nabulsi, Jr., F.
Outlook: "We're still building," said Greenwalt, who has seen his team grow from seven to 20 players. "If we win a couple of games this season it will be great. We have more underclassmen than seniors, so it will be a young team."