Beth Tfiloh Panthers (NA)
Coach: Jen Relis
Outlook: The Panthers return a veteran group as they move into the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Division. New coach Relis has a solid foundation in striker Stacy Hollander, fullback Sarah Sager, goalie Jackie Fuchs and versatile freshman Pamela Leibowitz.
Carver A&T; Wildcats (4-8)
Coach: Kristie Pugh
Outlook: This veteran-laden squad should be strong defensively, but Pugh seeks to improve the attack. She will depend on halfback Amber Cafferly, forward Doria MacKenzie, and goalie Hannah Levin to make an impact.
Catonsville Comets (5-7-1)
Coach: Robert Greenwalt
Outlook: With 13 varsity players returning from last's season first-round loss in the regionals, the Comets are looking to extend their post-season farther. Forward Melissa Kelly and midfielder Martina Lindh lead the offense. Goalie Mandy Higdon anchors the defense.
Dulaney Lions (8-4)
Coach: Diane O'Connor
Outlook: The Lions hope to get off to a quicker start than last year's three straight losses. They have strength in every unit led by striker Tracy Mullaney, fullback Mary Bradbury and halfbacks Leslie Jackson and Julia Hughey.
Dundalk Owls (10-5)
Coach: Michael Vetri
Outlook: The Owls hope to use last year's run to the regional finals as a springboard for success this season. Midfielder Kristin Williams and fullbacks Erin Barrow and Mandy Foard lead a veteran squad, but Vetri won't have the services of striker and leading scorer Jamie Fisher, who is out for the season with a back injury.
Eastern Tech Mavericks (8-5)
Coach: Wendy Butz
Outlook: Two heartbreaking losses -- to Dulaney in overtime and to Loch Raven in the final 10 minutes -- prevented Butz from her first 10-win season in four years. But the Mavericks look to contend in Division I. Halfback Laura Shearer, last fall's leading scorer, sweeper Beth Thomas, and striker Valerie Cushing will provide leadership.
Franklin Indians (9-4)
Coach: George Wagner
Skinny: The Indians return probably the county's best defense, with goalie Candice Doten, defender Lindsay Sproul and stopper Rocky MacDonald. Most of the scoring graduated, but the potential is there, and the Indians should contend again.
Hereford Bulls (14-4)
Coach: Steve Power
Skinny: The Baltimore County champs return almost everybody including Olympic Development Program players Hollis Botti, a striker, and Sarah Stoltz, a midfielder, as well as senior midfielders Jen Cox and Paige Nichol. The Bulls should have excellent scoring punch led by Botti, who set a school freshman scoring record last season.
Kenwood Bluebirds (4-8-1)
Coach: Jodi Lavin
Outlook: The Bluebirds lost only one player to graduation and expect to field their most competitive squad in a long time. Eleven of the players were on last year's varsity roster, and Lavin has a balance of experience and youth. Midfielder Jessica Todd, stopper Angie Seufert, and sweeper Megan Shkor represent the senior leadership on the team.
Lansdowne Vikings (5-8)
Coach: Kim Ferraro
Outlook: The Vikings haven't fared too well against teams like Dulaney and Hereford, but Ferraro believes that playing the top teams has made her players stronger. Midfielder Jen Leishear and sweeper Karen Dudley are three-year starters. Newcomer Kristal Mohler made 37 saves in a scrimmage against Mt. de Sales last week.
Loch Raven Raiders (14-4-1)
Coach: Mike Parker
Outlook: Former coach at Western STES, Parker moves into a program that lost seven starters. However, striker Christine Hild, midfielder Christin Krejcik, sweeper Meghan Keeney and stopper Theresa Ryan all return, give the Raiders a solid foundation to battle Baltimore County's best.
Maryvale Lions (10-3)
Coach: Chuck Teal
Outlook: The Lions move from the runner-up spot in the AIS B Division into the tough IAAM A Division. Although they might not be ready to contend with the top teams, they could have an impact, because they return top-notch strikers Stephanie Sybert, an ODP regional selection, and Kelly Devlin as well as center halfback Dana Olsson.
McDonogh Eagles (22-5-1)
Coach: Maurice Boylan Jr.
Outlook: The Eagles lost three starters including All-Metro Player of the Year Marissa Schuchat, but they should simply reload. In addition to All-Metro striker Lisa Zanti, the Eagles return top-notch players all over, including defenders Kellan Hoover and Jamie Hupp, goalie Mariel Wilner and midfielder Ali Andrzejewski.
Milford Mill Millers (2-6)
Coach: Laura Bulgaris
Outlook: Last season was a learning experience; this year will continue to be a building-the-foundation approach for Bulgaris. Midfielder LaToya Newkirk, stopper Amanda Wilson, and forward Jessica Johnson head the roster.
Mount Carmel Cougars (8-8-1)
Coach: Steve Herpel
Outlook: The Cougars bring 10 players back from last year's team and hope to make a move in the IAAM B Division. Strikers Sara Bitter and Kerry Weber lead a potent attack, Alanna Simmons anchors the midfield and there are four seniors returning on defense.
Mount de Sales Sailors (2-10-1)
Coach: Jim Rowland
Outlook: The Sailors lost seven starters but return a veteran defense led by Kathleen Coolahan, Shannon Rowland and Julie Libertini. The top teams in the IAAM A Division may still be out of reach for the Sailors, but they have a good shot at improving their record.
Notre Dame Prep Pirates (15-4)
Coach: Mark Deaton
Skinny: Last year's All-Metro Coach of the Year, Deaton should have the Pirates contending for the top spot once again since only three starters graduated. With top scorers Megan Schwartz and Amy Alecci back as well as stellar goalkeeper Lauren Stone and defender Lindy Zaicko, the Pirates have only a few defensive holes to fill.
Overlea Falcons (1-12)
Coach: Tephani Blackburn
Outlook: Rookie coach Blackburn lost only three seniors from last year's team, but 13 of 16 players on this season's squad are underclassmen. Sweeper Amanda Cruey, striker Christy Resurreccion, and halfback and goalie Crystal Crane will try to lift the Falcons from one of their most disappointing records.
Owings Mills Eagles (4-8)
Coach: George Erdos
Outlook: The Eagles won two consecutive Division II titles in 1995 and 1996, but Erdos will be hard-pressed to return to that stage with this year's inexperienced squad. Midfielder Julie Golomb, sweeper Allison Sherman, and stopper Heather Sisnan are the top returning players.
Park Bruins (8-10)
Coach: Carl Holmes
Outlook: In their third year as a varsity program, the Bruins join the IAAM B Division. Since there are only two seniors, midfielders Ali Fidler and Sarah Weese, the Bruins are young, but Holmes has set small goals for steady improvement.
Parkville Knights (8-4-1)
Coach: Brian Rothstein
Skinny: The Knights came on strong last year and should make another run at the Baltimore County title since they return all but four starters. Striker Kristen Habicht, midfielder Stephanie Curnoles and defenders Kelly Christopher and Emily Anastasia lead a team is solid but needs to be more consistent.
Patapsco Patriots (NA)
Coach: Tammy Notaro
Outlook: A Patapsco alum and former assistant coach, Notaro begins her first year as head coach with 13 returning varsity players. Goalie Jocelyn Campbell and defender Kelly Volz return to anchor a strong defensive corps, while midfielder Rachel Richards will be expected to provide some scoring punch.
Perry Hall Gators (11-3-1)
Coach: Brad Kressman
Skinny: The Gators fell in a sudden-death shootout in last year's Class 4A state semifinals, but they lost 11 players from that stingy defensive team. Only Lindsay Lauenstein returns to the defense, so the Gators will rely on Molly McCaffery and Courtney Folderauer to spark more offense as the Gators mature.
Pikesville Panthers (5-8)
Coach: Paul Satterfield
Outlook: Rookie coach Satterfield is aiming for a winning record, but he'll have to do so without Dara Millen, the team's leading scorer who graduated last June. The Panthers lost three other seniors, but striker Jodie Tabb, halfback Erica Pearlstein, and winger Rita Polikov should fill in the gaps.
Sparrows Point Pointers (6-5-1)
Coach: Terri Walls
Outlook: With annual nemesis Hereford playing in Class 2A, Walls is hoping her Pointers squad can capture their Class 1A regionals. But she will have to get there without goalie Megan Harriman, who tore the anterior-cruciate ligament in her right knee in camp. Midfielder Kelli Stevens, striker Meme Fowlkes, and back Brandi Evans are the top returning players.
Towson Generals (9-6)
Coach: Bob Pater
Skinny: With eight starters back, the Generals are looking to make a move up in Baltimore County. Behind veteran midfielder Bria Martin, stopper Leigh Milovicz and striker Kate Lannon, the Generals could pull off a few surprises.
Towson Catholic (3-13)
Coach: Mick Mazurek
Outlook: The Owls look to improve from last yewar with 18 returning letter winners, including seniors Rachael Browne, Kristin Capobianco and Kristin Kenner. Towson Catholic has some experience up top and should be able to score some goals.
Western STES Wolverines (9-2)
Coach: David Howell
Outlook: Rookie coach Howell inherits a team that has won the last three Division III crowns, but he won't have the services of last season's leading scorer Melanie Potter, who graduated. Forward Jill Erb, halfback Lindsey Cohen, and goalie Megan Bowes are three of the team's eight seniors who are expected to lead the Wolverines.
Woodlawn Warriors (4-8)
Coach: Vivienne Dailey
Outlook: Rookie coach Dailey hopes her experience as the head coach at Lansdowne and as the director of the MPSSA girls soccer tournament will help her revive an underachieving Warriors squad. Midfielders Kate Arrildt and LaToya Wildy will lead an inexperienced team that is aiming for a .500 record.
Pub Date: 9/02/99