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BALTIMORE COUNTY CAPSULES HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER PREVIEW

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Carver A & T Wildcats

1994 record: 1-12. Coach: Russ Harless.

Top players: Chrissy Mueller, Sr., C-M; Jennifer Albright, Jr., G.

Outlook: Continuing improvement will be the theme as Carver enters its second season of varsity competition. The Wildcats are young and inexperienced, but looked good in the preseason, Harless said. Some good athletes and a soft schedule should result in more wins.

Catonsville Comets

1994 record: 9-3. Coach: Jim Canavan.

Top players: Sarah Giardina, Soph., M; Jamie Funk, Sr., M; Meghann Mohler, Sr., F; Renee Tirocchi, Jr., F; Kate Hedden, Jr., S.

Outlook: The Comets' roster is filled with strong athletes, especially at midfield and the front line. First-year coach Canavan -- a former boys coach at Sparrows Point -- is optimistic. With 10 seniors, Catonsville must be considered the favorite to win Division II.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1994 record: 3-8. Coach: Lori Wojtkowiak.

Top players: Laura Caldwell, Sr., S; Nicole Ikena, Sr., D; Kim Wernick, Sr., F; Christine Flora, Sr., F.

Outlook: Wojtkowiak sees her team as "a lot more competitive" than last year. Caldwell and Ikena lead the defense, while Wernick and Flora should provide plenty of offensive support. Despite having the bare minimum of players, the Bayhawks could finish .500.

Dulaney Lions

1994 record: 13-1. Coach: Amy Green.

Top players: Ali Schuch, Sr., M; Kristen McLewee, Sr., D; Jaime Hershner, Jr., M; Heidi Levine, Jr., F; Tricia Dabrowski, Soph., G.

Outlook: The defending Baltimore County champs ran on cruise control last year until they met Perry Hall in the regional playoffs and suffered a 4-1 season-ending loss. The Lions, who won the state Class 3A-4A title in 1993, haven't forgotten. Although about half of last year's starters graduated, plenty of experienced athletes return. The Lions have good speed, scoring potential and extra strength in returning second-team All-Metro picks Schuch at halfback and McLewee at stopper.

Dundalk Owls

1994 record: 5-7. Coach: Michael Vetri.

Top players: Kim Rodriguez, Sr., C-HB; Nikki Cameron, Jr., F; Jessica Marshall, Jr., S; Lynn Crawford, Sr., C-HB.

Outlook: Dominated by upperclassmen, the Owls should have the experience to contend for the Division II crown. The biggest question will come in goal, where they lost their top two keepers from a year ago. A softer schedule should help this team to a winning season.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1994 record: 5-7. Coach: Nikki Caperna.

Top players: Sarah Watson, Jr., FB; Jessica Schmidt, Soph., F; Tina Kollner, Sr., F; Jamie Freeburger, Soph., W.

Outlook: First-year coach Caperna is enthusiastic about the squad. Despite having just two seniors, the Mavericks appear to be stronger all-around than last year, and with a Division II schedule could post a winning season.

Franklin Indians

1994 record: 7-5. Coach: George Wagner.

Top players: Amy Miller, Sr., D; Sara Gustafson, Soph., F/M; Alison Palguta, Sr., D; Erin Watson, Sr., F; Heidi Shaneybrook, Sr., M/F.

Outlook: The Indians return an experienced defense anchored by Miller at sweeper and Palguta at stopper. There's also a good balance of upperclassmen throughout the rest of the field, but that defense will have to hold tight while the rest of the team gets used to playing together.

Hereford Bulls

1994 record: 11-5. Coach: Steve Power.

Top players: Kate MacFarlane, Jr., G; Jen Jones, Jr., M; Kristy Kane, Jr., D; Amy Casner, Soph., F; Stacy Zahner, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Bulls came on strong late last season, reaching the state semifinals for the first time in school history. A big reason for their success was MacFarlane, the All-Metro goalkeeper, who had some sensational efforts in the playoffs including a 26-save effort in a double-shootout upset of Loch Raven. The Bulls also return nearly everyone else. The Bulls switched a few players' positions, but if they can come on quickly, they could challenge in Division I.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1994 record: 6-7. Coach: Brett Smith.

Top players: Kelly Shearer, Sr., S-M; Jennifer Birchfield, Sr., G.

Outlook: Fourteen of Kenwood's 18 players are either freshmen or sophomores, which likely will make this season a learning experience. Playing a moderate Division II schedule, the Bluebirds could take their lumps this year, though the future looks bright.

Lansdowne Vikings

1994 record: 1-12. Coach: Kim Ferraro.

Top players: Jen Collins, Sr., HB; Michelle Currie, Sr., HB; Missy Harmis, Soph., FB-G; Amy Rogers, Sr., G.Outlook: With a strong defense, good team concept and Division III schedule, the Vikings' record should improve from last year. First-year coach Ferraro said she's extremely pleased with what she's seen in the preseason and thinks the team will be quite competitive.

Loch Raven Raiders

1994 record: 12-2. Coach: Anthony Menegatti.

Top players: Nicole Froman, Jr., D; Christa Vergeler, Sr., D; Bridget Harthausen, Sr., M; Terri Hendricks, Sr., G; Susan

Giannacinni, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Raiders are a team on a mission this season. They haven't forgotten losing to Dulaney in the county title game and Hereford in the regionals. Menegatti, who takes over while his father, Lou, recovers from bypass surgery, has made a few adjustments on defense, but All-Metro first-teamer Froman provides a solid anchor at sweeper. If the Raiders can stay tough on defense and get some scoring from new strikers, including Giannacinni, who makes the move from defense, they again should battle for the Division I title.

McDonogh Eagles

1994 record: 21-0-2. Coach: Maurice Boylan Jr.

Top players: Laurie Schwoy, Sr., F; Kendra Powell, Sr., F; Susie Pitt, Sr., S; Julie Baker, Sr., C-M; Laura Fawley, Soph, G.

Outlook: This is a younger and less dominant team than the one that tore through the Catholic League each of the last two years. The Eagles lost 10 players, including a key midfielder, four starting backs and their top goalie. Schwoy -- a two-time All-American and The Sun's 1994 All-Metro Player of the Year -- will lead a potent offense. The question will be if an inexperienced defense can hold its own. If so, then a three-peat seems likely.

Mount Carmel Lions

1994 record: 9-9-2. Coach: Rob Bonner.

Top players: Michelle Karle, Sr., D; Susan Sipes, Jr., F; Allison Kinard, Sr., G; Rachel Adamczyk, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Lions feature several new starters at key positions, especially at midfield where they were hurt by transfers. Overall, however, the program is strong, having had its best turnout in years. Sipes, a two-team All-Catholic League striker, leads the offense, while Karle anchors the defense. If the midfield develops as planned, look for Mount Carmel to challenge for the B Division title.

Mount de Sales Sailors

1994 record: 6-6. Coach: Maria Kurek.

Top players: Khedra Conrad, Sr., D; Kara Bogelpohl, Soph., M; Joy Mulholland, Soph., D.

Outlook: The Sailors will be very young, but have the potential to be very good. The sophomore-dominated squad returns just six from last year, but features enough raw talent to fill the void. With its strength on defense, Mount de Sales could post a winning record.

Notre Dame Prep Pirates

1994 record: 5-1. Coach: John Cusson.

Top players: Stephanie Petterson, Sr., C-HB; Jackie Jamaris, Sr., C-HB; Courtney Walker, Jr., F; Melissa Murphy, Soph., C-FB; Kristen Bianchi, Sr., W.

Outlook: This will be the Pirates' first full season playing in the fall. Last year, this squad went 8-2 in winter ball, losing only to McDonogh. With a strong defense and an adequate offense, Notre Dame Prep should contend for the division title.

Overlea Falcons

1994 record: 9-4. Coach: Jim Haupt.

Top players: Kim Creighton, Sr., B; Jessica Stumpfel, Sr., M; Jen VanHoose, Sr., B; Jessica Byrns, Soph., F-M; Rachel Darmsteadt, Soph., F; Laura Higgs, Soph., F-M.

Outlook: By the end of this season, the Falcons could be one of the best teams in Baltimore County Division II. With 12 freshmen or sophomores, they are extremely young. The talent is there, and Haupt hopes that five games against Division I opponents will prepare his squad for the playoffs.

Owings Mills Golden Eagles

1994 record: 7-5. Coach: George Erdos.

Top players: Carly Sosslau, Sr., M; Andi Graham, Jr., F; Michele Dube, Jr., F; Sasha Block, Soph., F; Jennifer Miller, Soph., S.

Outlook: With all but three players returning from last year, the outlook here is very bright. The nucleus of this team recently led a local squad to the gold medal at the Maccabi Games in Houston. Erdos said his offense will score. With the loss of two strong defenders, however, the question is can the Eagles keep their opponents from scoring more. If they can, look for them to challenge for the Division II title.

Parkville Knights

1994 record: 7-5. Coach: Kris Slaughter.

Top players: Debbie Curran, Sr., F; Leeza Curnotes, Sr., D; Stephanie Behles, Jr., F; Amy Comer, Soph., D; Amie Goetz, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Knights lost three starters from last year's team, but they are still young and face a tough challenge in Division I. Most of the Knights' losses came in close games so Slaughter's main goal is to improve shot selection and finish the good scoring opportunities they couldn't convert a year ago.

Patapsco Patriots

1994 record: 8-4. Coach: Pat Poletynski.

Top players: Jeannie Albrecht, Jr., M; Chrissy Cartwright, Soph., F; Amy Foote, Soph., M; Cori Lentz, Soph., F; Amanda McCauley, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Patriots finished third in their division behind Perry Hall and Dulaney last year, but this looks like a rebuilding year with the loss of five All-County players. Although the experience is spread out around the field, the Patriots have a lot of holes to fill. That could mean a rough ride in Division I.

Perry Hall Gators

1994 record: 14-3. Coach: Pat Sokoloski.

Top players: Jessa Phoebus, Sr., M; Susan Fortkiewicz, Sr., D; Stephanie Koman, Sr., G; Lisa Goddard, Sr., D; Aubrey Schaeffer, Sr., F.

Outlook: The state runners-up in Class 3A-4A lost just one starter and they have filled that spot with Schaeffer, a transfer from Mercy. Based on all that returning talent, the Gators are the team to beat in Baltimore County's Division I. With seniors straight up the middle the Gators appear rock solid. Phoebus also can score, producing nine goals and 16 assists last year to help her earn All-Metro honors. There are no apparent weaknesses here and the Gators hope that translates into their first county girls soccer title.

Pikesville Panthers

1994 record: 5-6-1. Coach: Dick Swomley.

Top players: Julie Stein, Jr., HB; Allyson Stahl, Soph., D; Lauren Rifkin, Sr., F; Jen Katz, Fresh., S-HB.

Outlook: The Panthers are scrambling to replace some key players on defense. With the rest of the team, especially the offense, looking strong, gaining continuity on defense will be the key to a successful season. The team also features four players from the gold medal-winning Maccabi team.

Sparrows Point Pointers

1994 record: 6-7. Coach: Terri Walls.

Top players: Erin Benner, Soph., F; Kristin Petrovia, Soph., F; Heather Randall, Jr., F; Lisa Martin, Soph., G; Becky Iman, Soph., M; Chrissy Libber, Sr., D.

Outlook: With possibly the strongest front line in Baltimore County Division II, the Pointers will be among the favorites to finish at the top of the league standings. Walls said her players work well together and should score goals. If the defense holds up, this team could post its best record in years.

Towson Generals

1994 record: 11-5. Coach: Bob Pater.

Top players: Amy Pater, Sr., F; Lindsey Carey, Sr., M; Allison Pringle, Jr., D; Leslie Hunt, Soph., F; Meg Stringer, Sr., M.

Outlook: Inexperience will be the Generals' biggest problem with only five seniors on the team. Still the Generals have skilled players, so if they can mesh quickly, they should be competitive in Division I. The Generals will need to smooth things out on the line where Amy Pater is the top threat. The starting lineup will have to stay healthy, too, because the Generals don't have as much depth as in the past.

Western Tech Wolverines

1994 record: 0-12. Coach: Jerry Jellig.

Top players: Katie Coburn, Jr., F; Stephanie Vosberg, Jr., S; Erin Godwin, Jr., C-HB; Kelley Hoff, Jr., G.

Outlook: Western Tech will be much improved from a year ago, and with a weaker Division III schedule could reach the .500 mark. Jellig will use his best players on defense and try to win low-scoring games. The Wolverines' goal is to be competitive in every game.

Woodlawn Warriors

1994 record: 4-6. Coach: Carl Truxel.

Top players: Laura Estrada, Fresh., Off.-Def.; Karol Gailunas, Jr., F; Laurie Smith, Jr., G; Krishanti Vignarajah, Soph., HB.

Outlook: Loaded with sophomores, the Warriors' biggest weakness will be their inexperience. The team lost five seniors and has a handful of newcomers who have never played. Truxel's goal is a .500 year.

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