Aberdeen Eagles

1998 record: 6-6-2

Coach: Matt Roberts

Outlook: With 11 seniors, Roberts anticipates more consistent play at both ends of the field. Brandon O'Hara and Jason Gibas give the Eagles scoring options. Three back-line starters return.

Bel Air Bobcats

1998 record: 9-6

Coach: Bill Jefferson

Outlook: The Bobcats missed out on a regional championship for the first time in four years last season, yet the ingredients are in place for another strong run. Defenders Evan Jones and Tyler Nowicki return with senior goalkeeper Mike Unkelbach. Bel Air can force the issue on attack with junior Shane Justis getting help from a speedy midfield.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs

1998 record: 6-7

Coach: Simon Cotton

Outlook: The Mustangs are likely to get a lot of on-the-job training under a new coach, who brings a more creative and aggressive approach to the field. "I'm asking them to think a little more about where they are on the field," said Simon, a minor-league pro player for six years.

Edgewood Rams

1998 record: 8-5-1

Coach: Herb Lose

Outlook: Expect the Rams to be just as pesky as last season. They have adapted nicely to second-year coach Lose's style, though a sweeper is needed. Mike Kingsley (14 goals last fall) returns.

Fallston Cougars

1998 record: 12-5-2

Coach: Len Petrey

Outlook: Petrey maintains that this group is as good as his 1990-94 teams, which produced the school's only state title. These Cougars have what it takes to go far -- scorers, led by senior Ryan Metzger (seven goals); a dominating midfield, where junior Kevin Ruzek comes highly touted; and defensive muscle, bolstered by junior Mike Tress.

Harford Christian Eagles

1998 record: 15-2-2

Coach: Bryan Wilson

Outlook: The Maryland Association of Christian Schools runner-up, the Eagles will use a more deliberate style after heavy losses. Midfielder Ryan Parkes assumes the scorer's role. Goalkeeper Ryan Donahue could see constant pressure.

Harford Tech Cobras

1998 record: 2-10-1

Coach: Andy Bleichfeld

Outlook: Bleichfeld expects a higher level of play with 12 seniors. Dave Marple and Ben Hill pace the attack, and A.J. Kafka is improved in goal.

Havre de Grace Warriors

1998 record: 5-7

Coach: Ron Ebright

Outlook: The Warriors again have more youth than experience with a defense that needs reworking.

John Carroll Patriots

1998 record: 4-14

Coach: Mario Schillipoti

Outlook: The Patriots lost all 12 league games last season, so new coach Schillipoti senses the only way to go is up. Eighteen players return, and Schillipoti brings a blue-collar style reminiscent of his days as an assistant coach at Curley. Ready or not, the Patriots open with four Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference games in eight days.

Joppatowne Mariners

1998 record: 2-10

Coach: Tim DeAngelo

Outlook: Five underclassman will start as DeAngelo attempts to bring better direction to the program. Tim Dean and Ted Ballard, generally front-line players, were moved to the back line for better support.

North Harford Hawks

1998 record: 9-6-1

Coach: Jim Garland

Outlook: A senior-laden group, the Hawks don't figure to stray too far from the top of the league standings. Thirteen players scored last season, and Garland expects the same kind of production. With three defensive starters back, the Hawks figure to be no worse than the group that recorded seven shutouts last season.

Pub Date: 9/02/99

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