Anne Arundel County boys soccer previews

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Annapolis Panthers

1996 record: 2-11

Coach: Dave Gehrdes

Top players: Chad Klakring, senior, M; Ryan Sears, senior, M; Andrew Muir, senior, D; Ryan Van Buren, senior, M; Matt Myers, senior, GK; Andrew Hemminger, junior, D; Dan Hemminger, junior, M: Steve Gioffre, junior, F; Will Phillips, sophomore, F-M.

Outlook: After going .500 two years ago, the Panthers took a step backward last fall. With eight starters back -- including a strong junior class which got a taste of varsity life as sophomores -- Gehrdes is looking to get back on track. The team's strength is at midfield, where Klakring and Co. must take control. Myers, a midfielder last season, makes the transition to goal this year and will look for support from Muir and Andrew Hemminger. A player to watch is Phillips.

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1996 record: 10-8

Coach: Rick Carlson

Top players: Brian Wright, senior, F-M; Carlos Torres, senior, M; Jason King, senior, M; Sean McMullen, senior, M; Reb Beatty, senior, GK; Justin Muller, senior, F; Brian Medej, junior, F; Mike Wallace, senior, D.

Outlook: The Cavaliers enjoyed a breakthrough season in 1996, coming up with 10 wins and reaching the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinal, falling to Calvert Hall, 1-0. This all came after a 1-16-1 season in 1995. They're looking to make even more noise this season with most of the cast back. The defense is set with Beatty, a first-team All-County selection a year ago, back in goal. Wright was another first-team All-County choice who will see time at midfield and up front. He'll do his share of scoring, along with Medej and Muller.

Arundel Wildcats

1996 record: 9-6

Coach: Nick Jauschnegg

Top players: Jim Courtney, senior, M; John Donahue, senior, D; Matt Hunter, senior, M; Brian Lima, senior, D; Matt Brady, junior, M; Mike Brady, junior, D; Brett Bujack, junior, D; Jim Daley, junior, M; Chris Ewing, junior, D; Jordan Hoyt, junior, F; Matt Shepard, junior, GK; Kyle Beckerman, sophomore, M

Outlook: Coming off a solid nine-win season, Jauschnegg is impressed with what he's seen from a junior-oriented team that also has a taste of senior leadership. Most of the experience is on defense with Lima at sweeper, Donahue at stopper and Shepard seeing time in goal as a sophomore. The midfield looks solid with Courtney and Hunter returning and big things expected from Beckerman. Brothers Matt and Mike Brady are other standouts with Hoyt a scoring threat up top.

Broadneck Bruins

1996 record: 13-1

Coach: Jon Braun

Top players: John Parisi, junior, M; Jarod Nagowski, senior, D; Scott Davis, senior, D; Kirk Bigelow, senior, F; Justin Gosman, senior, A; Andrew Morrison, senior, M; Colin Jones, junior, D; Shane Sarchiapone, junior, M; Kelly Nash, junior, F

Outlook: In 1996, the Bruins enjoyed their finest season in the school's history, going through the regular season undefeated to win the county championship before falling to Mount Hebron in the region playoffs. Three starters return, but there's plenty of last year's bench back with a chance to step up. Parisi is a special player at center midfield who will now take center stage. "With all the experienced talent we had around him last year, he was like the icing on the cake, more of a complement player," said Braun. "This year, we're looking for him to be our quarterback."

Chesapeake Cougars

1996 record: 9-6

Coach: Earl Eckhardt

Top players: Adam Barsophy, senior, D; Tom deGreck, senior, M; Mark Hutchinson and Damian Morales, seniors, M; Brian Shepley, senior, M; Mark Trohanowsky, senior, D; Dustin Abey, junior, F

Outlook: Last year's big roster (Eckhardt kept 24 players on varsity) should help make for a smooth transition with the Cougars having lost 12 seniors to graduation. Their primary concerns are controlling the midfield and finding an identity defensively with no starters returning in back. Morales, a three-year starter, is gifted with the ball and should help take care of the first part. Barsophy will look to take charge in back at his sweeper position with Trohanowsky another experienced fullback. Junior Howie Otto and sophomore Mike Fileta -- both newcomers -- are still vying to be starting goalkeeper. Abey, who scored seven goals and added five assists as a sophomore, leads a balanced offense.

Glen Burnie Gophers

1996 record: 8-7

Coach: John Camm

Top players: Ryan Thompson, junior, F; Justin Bennett, junior, M; Frank Servideo, senior, GK; Bryan Sangkavasi, senior, M; Scott Gilde, junior, F

Outlook: Camm has been impressed with the intensity he's seen from his squad. Carrying it over into the regular season should help prevent giving up the soft goal, which was a problem last year. The Gophers are strong up the middle, starting with Servideo in goal. "He reads the game very well, has great hands and takes control of things in the box," said Camm. Riley will play sweeper with Sangkavasi and Bennett the mainstays in a talented midfield. Gilde and Thompson showed they can score at the varsity level last year with three goals each.

Meade Mustangs

1996 record: 8-6

Coach: Mike Dey

Top players: Eric Nkansah, junior, F; Gonzalo Pareja, senior, M; -- Mike Cheman, sophomore, F; Joey Pandullo, senior, D; Ryan Grubb senior, D; Dan Skowronski, senior, M

Outlook: An international flavor promises to provide an interesting season at Meade. Nkansah, a Ghana native who came to the school last year after a one-year stay in Michigan, is the Mustangs' leading returning scorer with six goals and four assists. Marcelo Vieira is a Brazilian exchange student; Silvio DiMeglia is an exchange student from Germany; and Roberto Zamora is from El Salvador. Inexperience leaves some questions on defense, but Dey said there's a lot of potential.

North County Knights

1996 record: 8-6

Coach: Greg Helms

Top players: Sean Jones, senior, GK; Larry O'Connor, senior, D; Justin Bates, junior, M; Mark Bloomquist, junior, M; Jason Fox, junior, D; Josh Biller, junior, D.

Outlook: A wealth of experienced talent was waiting for Helms as he replaced former coach Mike St. Martin. Juniors dominate the roster, and most are in their third varsity year. Helms said Jones makes plays look simple in goal. In front of him is Fox at sweeper and a defense that returns intact. Last season, all but one of the team's losses were by one goal. Helms is looking for his squad to use the whole field and get the ball outside to a fast group of wing midfielders -- Dietrich, Bates and Morris "Speedy" Morris. Scoring will be by committee with Bates, Bloomquist, Harris and Morris leading the way.

Northeast Eagles

1996 record: 4-10

Coach: John Malecki

Top players: Adam Sutton, senior, D; Greg Tyson, senior, M; Mark Sutton, junior, F; Dustin Kendall, senior, D; Nick Klug, senior, M; Chad Koontz, junior, F; Matt Dodge, junior, D

Outlook: Malecki spent eight seasons as an assistant at Arundel before taking over for former Northeast coach Sam Tanner. Look for a possession game from the Eagles with quality shots the emphasis over quantity. Adam Sutton is the leader at his sweeper spot. "He's a good athlete who's hard-nosed and cool under pressure," said Malecki. Malecki will rely on Tyson and Klug to build up from the midfield with Mark Sutton and Koontz looking for chances to finish up front. Malecki looks for his Eagles to get stronger as the season progresses as everyone gets more comfortable with the new system.

Old Mill Patriots

1996 record: 4-10

Coach: Jim Griffith

Top players: Brandon Armstrong, senior, M; Alan Gowing, senior, GK; Grant Hess, senior, D; Tim Smith, junior, M; Vic Phillett, sophomore, M; Eric Scholl, sophomore, GK; Craig English, freshman, D

Outlook: After 11 years as an assistant under long-time coach Don Hobbs, Griffith steps up as head coach of a team in transition. Overall, he's pleased with how receptive the squad has been and is confident he'll find some answers by the time the playoffs roll around in October. Gowing was solid in goal last season and will once again be busy with sweeper Hess the only defender with experience. Smith provides stability at center midfield and how well some of the others play around him will play a big role in the team's development. Some goals early on would provide a young offense with a big lift. "Scoring breeds more scoring. We have a lot of young kids who can score. If you get a little taste of it, you always want more," Griffith said.

Severna Park Falcons

1996 record: 13-4

Coach: Don Gregg

Top players: Reid Shaklee, junior, D; Bernie Edwards, junior, D; Sean McGarry, junior, D; Adam Young, senior, M; Billy Mooney, junior, M; Rusty Stover, senior, M-D; Adam Bennett, junior, M; Jon King, junior, F

Outlook: Defense carried the Falcons to a Class 4A state runner-up finish in 1996, and from the looks of things, that's the team strength again. Shaklee, an honorable mention all-state player, is a big reason with his dominating play at sweeper. McGarry and Edwards also return in back and their experience together is vital with a new keeper -- either junior Eric White or sophomore Jon Hopp. Gregg would like to see more scoring and fewer one-goal games. "We were the cardiac kids last year with a lot of 2-1 and 1-0 games. We're working on developing the offense and have some kids who can put the ball in the net," he said. King led in scoring with eight goals last season.

Severn Admirals

1996 record: 9-7-1

Coach: Marc Osterberger

Top players: Matt Wright, senior, D; Matt McFarland, senior, F; Neil Bourdelaise, senior, M; Kyle Hyland, senior, M; Doug Machen, senior, D; Jeff Haskins, senior, F

Outlook: There's a wealth of experience and plenty of size to go with it as Osterberger said he has six players 6-2 or taller. Team captain Wright has started 51 varsity games at sweeper and 13 of his 16 goals have been headers. "He's the main piece to our puzzle defensively and also comes forward on set plays," Osterberger said. Bourdelaise and Hyland, both three-year varsity players, control the middle, while Haskins and McFarland work up front. Wright will get plenty of help from Machen on defense and there's some healthy competition going on for the goalie position with Colin Wyatt and Christian Benefel -- both juniors -- vying for the job.

Southern Bulldogs

1996 record: 4-9

Coach: V.J. Keith

Top players: Josh Booth, senior, F-M; Richie Bowie, senior, M; Steve Flippo, senior, M; Ian Harvey, senior, F; Demond Mullen, senior, D; Jesse Woody, sophomore, GK; Rob Witt, sophomore, M; Nick Alley, junior, M; Mike Lacey, junior, D

Outlook: The Bulldogs return nine players and will build around Booth, who earned first-team All-County honors last season after finishing with eight goals and two assists. "He has a perfect blend of finesse and power," said Keith. After losing five one-goal games last season, Keith is expecting the experience will help turn some similar games into wins this year. Bowie and Flippo are also solid at midfield, enabling Booth to move up front when the Bulldogs need some scoring.

South River Seahawks

1996 record: 4-9-1

Coach: Greg Carroll

Top players: Jon Higdon, senior, M; Eric Mills, senior, M; Chris Mackey, senior, D; Dan Whitcher, senior, F; Sean Kelly, senior, F; Matt Henshwaw, senior, D; Travis Poole, senior, GK; John Senasack, junior F; John Herbert, junior, D.

Outlook: Carroll has a self-motivated group which is working hard to make positive strides this season. Higdon is the focus at center midfield. A quick and tough two-way player, Carroll said "he can run with anyone." Who will finish off scoring chances is a question and Carroll hopes to find answers in Whitcher and Kelly. The defense will take time to develop. Herbert makes the transition from wing to sweeper with Poole in his first season in goal after playing midfield last year.

St. Mary's Saints

1996 record: 10-6-1

Coach: Jamie McNealey

Top players: John Thomas, senior, M; Will Gateau, senior, F; Pat Wells, junior, F; Jonathan Schedolsky, junior, M; Chris Summers, junior, GK; Kevin Corradini, junior, M; Tony Bonacci, sophomore, D; Mike Mullen, junior, D

Outlook: There's no hiding where the Saints' strength and experience is this season -- right in the middle. Returning center midfielders Thomas and Corradini are the team captains and will be counted on to do a little of everything. A young defense has had five scrimmages in the preseason to jell and looks ready to go with newcomer Bonacci, a transfer from Arundel, providing speed and good ball skills at sweeper. Mullen is the only returnee among the group with Summers taking over in goal after two seasons on the JV. Wells will lead the way up front. McNealey has stressed conditioning, and the Saints will try to tire out opponents.

Boys soccer poll

Preseason Top 15

1. Calvert Hall

2. River Hill

3. McDonogh

4. Wilde Lake

5. Severna Park

6. Archbishop Curley

7. Dundalk

8. Hammond

9. Patapsco

10. Mount Hebron

11. Spalding

12. Broadneck

13. C. Milton Wright

14. North Carroll

15. Patterson

The preseason poll was chosen by The Sun staff after consulting with area coaches.

Pub Date: 9/04/97

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