PLAYERS TO WATCH
Steve Althoff, D, Archbishop Curley
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior sweeper used his intimidating physical presence, agility and powerful foot to help the Friars record a school-record 17 shutouts and hold opponents to five goals. He was first-team All-State and All-Metro.
Chris Borcik, F, Franklin
The 5-11, 175-pound junior is a physical player with a quick shot who scored 19 goals and had six assists last fall. The second-team All-Metro and honorable-mention All-State player led his team to a county title and the regional finals.
Kaiser Chowdhry, F, McDonogh
The speedy junior scored seven game-winning goals helping the Eagles to their first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Division championship. He led the conference with 22 goals and 11 assists, earning first-team All-Metro and second-team All-State honors.
Adom Crew, F, River Hill
The senior led Howard County in scoring with 17 goals and 14 assists, as the Hawks won their second straight Class 2A state championship. The fourth-year starter was first-team All-State and a two-time first-team All-Metro selection.
M ike Jungerheld, M, Chesapeake-AA
The junior play-maker has a great touch and tactical understanding and should become more of an offensive force. He scored seven goals and had three assists season as the Class 4A Cougars won their first state championship.
Greg Peters, GK, Mount Hebron
After missing last fall's first five games with a knee injury, the junior former Olympic Development Program player recorded nine shutouts and 11 victories in 12 games while allowing just four goals. The first-team All-Metro and second-team All-State player's spectacular effort contributed heavily to River Hill's only loss last season.
Games to watch
No. 8 Calvert Hall at No. 2 Archbishop Curley
Sept. 8, 3: 30 p.m.
The first day of Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association play starts with a bang as Calvert Hall seeks to unseat pre-season favorite Curley as top soccer dog in the A Conference. The Friars return three All-Metro players; Calvert Hall, none.
No. 4 Mt. Hebron at No. 3 McDonogh
Sept. 25, 10 a.m.
Talented teams representing the area's two toughest leagues create an intriguing match-up and a rare opportunity to earn bragging rights for their respective leagues. In last season's inaugural meeting, Howard County's Mount Hebron, without injured All-Metro goalkeeper Greg Peters, lost to the MIAA's McDonogh.
No. 1 River Hill at No. 5 Oakland Mills
Oct. 1, 3: 30 p.m.
This pair of senior-dominated, defending state champions square off in the first important Howard County league game. The teams split their last two meetings, each at home.
No. 6 Wilde Lake at No. 12 Fallston
Oct. 21, 3: 30 p.m.
As a possible preview of the Class 3A state championship game, the seven-time state champion Wildecats of Howard County take on the perennial Harford County champs in a match-up that usually is competitive.
No. 7 Chesapeake at Severna Park
Oct. 19, 7: 15 p.m.
Anne Arundel County's top rivalry last season should provide more fireworks. After losing to Severna Park in the regular season, 3-0, Chesapeake beat the Falcons, 2-1, for the county title and then 1-0 for the Class 4A East region championship, both on the way to its first state title.
Pub Date: 9/02/99