Carroll Christian Patriots
1998 record: 8-11
Coach: Matt Reisberg
Top players: Justin Ridgely, Sr., M; Nathaniel Sylvester. Sr., M; Paul Holdefer, Sr., D; David Gause, Sr., F; Matt Elban, Jr., F.
Outlook: Nine of 11 starters return from last season, and the team only lost three seniors. Ridgely and Sylvester leading a midfield that seems to be the team's strength. Junior goalkeeper Corey Green returns. "If we can avoid injuries and fulfill our expectations, this should be a very enjoyable year," said Reisberg, whose team was second in the Potomac Christian Athletic Conference last fall.
Francis Scott Key Eagles
1998 record: 3-9-1
Coach: David Storey
Top players: Sean Todd, Sr., F; Drew Rogers, Sr., D; John Brownley, Sr., M; Jim Barley, Soph., M.
Outlook: The Eagles struggled last year, but this season have plenty reasons for optimism with 11 seniors, 10 from last year's varsity. Todd, both a scorer and play-maker, leads the offense. The back line, with all of last year's starters back, will be led by Rogers. The major question is in goal, where starter Phil Lawrence, a field player last year, has no experience. Key was winless in three county games last year and will look to turn that around.Storey wants more emphasis on team, rather than individual play.
1998 record: 10-5
Coach: Ed DeVincent
Top players: Mike Bowers, Sr., F; Jeff Hagood, Sr., D; D.J. Pohlit, Sr., D; Ryan Ford, Jr., D; Joe Fioriani, Sr., F.
Outlook: The Lions return a strong nucleus from a team that lost to Linganore in last year's region final. Four defensive starters return, and DeVincent says they will have to be the glue for the team until it develops an identity. Bowers, the county's leading scorer last fall with 11 goals and five assists, leads the offense again. DeVincent is concerned about goalkeeping but has several players vying for the job, as well as center midfield.
North Carroll Panthers
1998 record: 8-5-1
Coach: Denny Snyder
Top players: Mark Campbell, Sr., D; Kevin Chrest, Sr., M; Rusty Lamotte, Sr., F-M; Garey Pritchett, Sr., M.
Outlook: Six seniors return, and Snyder is optimistic because of an excellent junior class. Just how fast these younger players develop, led by midfielders Jesse Gelb and Steve Eafrat, will tell a lot. The Panthers received an unexpected gift when Brazilian exchange student Juan Souto arrived. His ability to finish, as well as junior Greg Kelly's, is an element that was missing last season. A key will be more team-oriented play. The defense, led by sophomore Russell Portney, has not played together much, but Snyder said players are motivated by their bitter shoot-out loss to South Carroll in the first round of regionals last year.
South Carroll Cavaliers
1998 record: 6-8-2
Coach: Charles Fazenbaker
Top players: Brian Lapato, Sr., GK; Dan Ely, Sr., D; Chad Parker, Sr., F; Tim Novotny, Sr., D.
Outlook: The Cavs surprised most people last year by reaching the regional semifinals before losing to eventual state champion Linganore. Fazenbaker returns about half of the team, and the defense appears to again be the strength. Lapato returns for his third year in the goal. South Carroll, which usually starts slowly, will be tested early by Howard County power Glenelg. Sophomore forward Andrew Hebble, who started for Loch Raven as a freshman last season, should add to the attack. Junior midfielder Andy Slater was also a pleasant playoff surprise. But the Cavs must score to improve.
1998 record: 6-5
Coach: Mick Ferraro
Top players: David Towns, Sr., M; Ryan MacCubbin, Jr., D; Joe Geiman, Jr., M; Kyle Koslowski, Sr., D.
Outlook: Offense, where Towns and Geiman should again make up one of the area's better midfields, should be a strength. Towns is one of the county's better players and must provide leadership. Defense, stripped by graduation, is being rebuilt with emphasis on sophomores. The goalkeeping is unsettled, with none of the three finalists having varsity experience. Westminster, 5-0 in Carroll County last year, has upgraded the schedule with Howard County power Mount Hebron.
NOTE: Bowling Brook Prep does not field a soccer team.
Pub Date: 9/02/99