Player of the Year
Giuliano Celenza, Curley, junior, forward: Simply put Celenza carried the Friars' offense through its MIAA A co-championship season, during which it tied with Gilman. The 5-foot-5, 130-pounder has been the Friars' scoring leader during each of his three seasons. With 20 goals and four assists this year, Celenza was in on the scoring of all but 10 of Curley's 34 goals. His penetration caused him to be tripped up in the box in the
semifinal against Calvert Hall, when he converted a penalty kick for a 1-0 win. "Even if he had a bad game, he'd do something spectacular to create chances," said coach Pep Perrella. Celenza, an All-Metro pick last year, has 49 career goals and 19 career assists. With him, the Friars won a league crown in 1993 and were runners-up last year.
Co-Coach of the Year
Bob Hallet, Sparrows Point: With only 14 players most of the season, there were times when out of sheer exhaustion the Pointers lost games, such as in a 4-3 overtime setback against Dundalk. But there were more times where first-year coach Hallet's well-conditioned squads pulled out victories on sheer will. Hallet, an assistant at Calvert Hall for eight years before taking over the Pointers' program, took his team to the 1A state title game, where it lost, 3-1, to Pocomoke. Among the victories for the 11-5-1 Pointers was a 3-2 season-opening decision over eventual 2A state champion Patapsco.
Co-Coach of the Year
Dave Ingle, Patapsco: His Patriots' final six games were won in breath-taking fashion -- the first two by shootout, the third, 4-3, and the fourth, 2-1, after trailing, 1-0, at the half. With top scorer Dino Pusinsky hampered by a hamstring pull over the last two games, the 2A state champion Patriots (16-2-1) were outshot by a combined 61-17, but wound up beating Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 2-1, in an overtime semifinal and blanked Wilde Lake, 3-0, in the title game. Ingle and his coaching staff of assistants Jeff Chopper and Dave Cooper showed unwavering faith in the defense to anchor an effective counterattacking style. "This team just keeps rising to the occasion," said Ingle, whose Patriots (8-0 at home) won the school's first state crown since 1977. "What they did with that program was set goals from the beginning and work extremely hard to reach them," said Patapsco athletic director Nancy Woodside.
First team at a glance
Alan Batac, Perry Hall, senior, midfield: The stabilizing force in the midfield for the 4A state runner-up Gators, Batac (two goals, six assists) keyed the transition and was among Perry Hall's most skilled players. His goal in the Gators' 3-2 state 4A semifinal victory over Whitman gave the Gators a permanent lead, 2-1, en route to their first state title appearance.
Jamie Becker, Curley, junior, defense: When the heat was on, Becker stepped up, helping to anchor Curley's eight shutouts. Sure-footed and quick to head balls in the air, Becker often went from stopper to the midfield. His four goals and seven assists ranked second in team scoring.
Andrew Bednarzik, Calvert Hall, senior, defense: The stability in the back for the MIAA A Conference semifinalist Cardinals, Bednarzik "held it all together for us," said coach Bill Karpovich. Bednarzik, with Celenza marked by junior teammate Tom Tamberino, helped limit the striker to two goals in three games.
Dave Buehler, McDonogh, junior, midfield: An Olympic Developmental state team player and a Columbia native, Buehler -- an offensive midfielder and the team's top scorer with nine goals and five assists -- was among seven underclassmen starting for the MIAA A semifinalist Eagles (13-3).
Chris Butler, Sparrows Point, senior, midfield: Butler (6-1, 190) was an intimidating force in the middle after playing striker part of the season. He scored 15 goals and had six assists for the 1A state semifinalist Pointers and earned All-State honors.
Brendan Callahan, Gilman, junior, midfield: The top scorer for the MIAA A co-champion Greyhounds with nine goals and eight assists, Callahan (6-2) was his team's most consistent player. He had both assists in Gilman's 2-1 come-from-behind semifinal victory over McDonogh.
Josh Campbell, Patapsco, senior, defense: This 6-3, 190-pounder was an enforcer in the back, helping to anchor the 2A state champion Patriots to a 16-2-1 record, an 8-0 home winning streak and the state crown. His instincts as a keeper on the Columbia United club team were essential in his ability to make clutch clears. Patapsco's 3-0 state title win over Wilde Lake was its seventh shutout.
Mike Griffith, Patapsco, senior, goalie: Griffith stopped 183 of 217 shots-on-goal and notched seven shutouts. Game after game, he was unafraid to do the necessary dirty work, turning in the types of gritty efforts that frustrated skillful teams. Semifinal opponent Bethesda-Chevy Chase often tried to work the ball in on Griffith, only to have it snatched from the feet of its players or crosses plucked from the air. Griffith ended that game, played on the sloppy terrain of Catonsville Community College's stadium, with 24 legitimate saves.
Dave Koloski, McDonogh, senior, defense: Koloski, a Columbia resident, was not only a stalwart marking back for the Eagles, but also came forward on set pieces to score. He was the second-leading goal scorer for McDonogh with six and had the speed to get back on defense.
Bobby Landolt, McDonogh, senior, midfield: Landolt, a Centennial transfer, is an ODP state team player who set up the Eagles' offense from center midfield. His responsibilities included playing defense and he also contributed offensively, where he was the second-leading scorer with five goals and seven assists. Landolt's penalty kick gave the Eagles a 1-0 victory over Curley that ended the Friars' home unbeaten streak at 36-0-2.
Adam Nastalski, Perry Hall, senior, defense: At 6-3, 170, Nastalski was a force in the air and on the ground, anchoring the Gators' eight shutouts. Sure-footed and offensive-minded, Nastalski (eight goals, eight assists) often matched the skills of crafty strikers. "He can get off the ground about three feet, can dribble with the best, and can clear the ball 50 or 60 yards," said coach Ed Wolf.
Dino Pusinsky, Patapsco, senior, forward: Pusinsky (10 goals, 14 assists) was unselfish, skillful and gutsy. Despite a hamstring injury over the final three games, he scored the game-winner against North Harford on an unassisted corner kick, assisted the game-winner against Bethesda in a 2-1 overtime win, and had the game-winner, and also an assist, in the 2A title game win over Wilde Lake.
Ryan Smith, Calvert Hall, senior, forward: Smith (10 goals, five assists), a national team pool player, attracted plenty of attention RTC and opened things for his teammates. A 4.0 student with a 1,440 Scholastic Assessment Test score, he is being considered by a number of Division I programs, including Brown.
Sean Volz, Sparrows Point, senior, forward: Volz, a Calvert Hall -- transfer, scored 28 goals and had 10 assists, including 14 goals and two assists in five playoff games. Volz, who alternated from forward to midfield, "is finesse and knows every move in the book," said coach Hallet.
Pablo Webster, McDonogh, junior, defense: Webster, a national team pool player and a Columbia resident, was tough to beat in the back. Webster (three goals, three assists) also came forward to score the game-winning goals against Calvert Hall and Spalding and to give the Eagles a 1-0 halftime lead in an eventual 2-1 semifinal loss to Gilman.
Picking the teams
The Baltimore Sun 1995 All City/County boys soccer teams and the boys All-MIAA A team were selected by Lem Satterfield through game observations and after consultation with area coaches. The other boys all-league teams were selected by the league coaches. The girls All City/County teams were selected by Katherine Dunn through game observations and after consultation with area coaches. The all-league teams were selected by the league coaches.