1989 RECORD: 6-1-1.
COACH: Leary Phillp (second year, career 6-1-1).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: F Ney Pineda (second team All-Met, 18 goals, three assists), Soph.; F Eduardo Lopez (six goals, five assists), Soph.; FB Antonio Hernandez (5-6, 130), Sr.; Jamie Merlos (5-6, 130), Sr.; FB Hugo Ventura (5-6, 130) Soph.
OUTLOOK: If midfield support develops, the offense should be able to score. Early in the season, several players must adjust to new positions. If they adapt well, look for a winning season.
1989 RECORD: 4-7.
COACH: Chris Barker (fifth year, career 55-25).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: FB Dirk Stielvogel (6-0, 150), Sr.; MF Knut Staade (two goals, two assists) Sr.; F Boris Paetzolv (transfer from Switzerland), Jr.; G Kris Kelly (5-10, 145) Soph.; MF Udo Beurger (5-8, 135) Jr.
OUTLOOK: A major turnover of players could lead to early-season problems. The Heights
1989 RECORD: 15-4-1 (won Independent A championship).
COACH: Gerard Babendreier (first year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: G Alvero Molina (honorable mention All-Met), Sr.; FB Gonzalo Laborde (5-7, 150), Sr.; MF David Brassfield (one goal), Sr.; MF Christian Schneider (11 goals), Sr.; F Diego Arbulu (transfer from Paris), Soph.
OUTLOOK: The Heights lost few players from the team that won the Independent Division A regular-season and tournament titles. With solid goaltending from Molina, and the offense of Schneider, the Cavaliers should repeat. McNamara
1989 RECORD: 14-12.
COACH: Keith Cottrell (third year, 23-26-1).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: F Tony Robles (honorable mention All-Met with 27 goals, nine assists), Sr.; MF Ted Merkle (5-10, 150), Sr.; FB Ernie Dean (6-0, 170), Sr.; MF Raymond Osegueda (5-10, 165), Sr.; MF Mike Pieper (5-10, 165), Sr.
OUTLOOK: The Mustangs are loaded with seniors, but younger players must contribute -- especially on defense -- if the team is to climb above .500. Maret
1989 RECORD: 13-6.
COACH: Tim Emerson (10th year, career 100-47-15).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: F Syd Butler (nine goals, nine assists), Sr.; FB Jeff Gordon (5-7, 150), Sr.; FB Chris Lewis (one goal, two assists), Sr.; MF David Helfer (5-10, 135), Soph.; F Troy McLean (transfer from Sidwell Friends), Jr.
OUTLOOK: Despite losing several key players from last year, Maret has looked good in preseason practice. But several positions have new players and will have early season problems. Washington International
1989 RECORD: 10-4-4.
COACH: Dave Coutts (eighth season, 65-30-15).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: G Sebaftian Widmann (honorable mention All-Met), Sr.; FB Victor Farren (5-9, 150), Sr.; F Douwe Dijksterhouis (6-1, 170), Sr.; F John Sergo (one goal), Sr.; MF-F Chris Pederfan (transfer from Norway), Jr.
OUTLOOK: Team depth and defense will compensate for the loss of Nils Sneek, who scored 41 goals. Barring major losses to injury, the team should compete for title. Wilson
1989 RECORD: 14-1.
COACH: Francis Ryan (third season, 33-8).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: FB Marty Spruill (5-9, 155) Sr.; G Joshua Greenberger, Sr.; Ben Beard, Jr.; Jobe Martinez, Jr.; Luis Ruiz (three goals, two assists), Jr.
OUTLOOK: The Tigers are annually one of the teams to beat. They lost several key players to graduation and to transfers, but Ryan has again put together a strong defense, and that alone should keep Wilson competitive with most teams.
INTERSTATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE Bullis
1989 RECORD: 4-6-2.
COACH: Doug London (14th year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: G Kenny Weinstein, Sr.; MF Scott Smith, Sr.; FB Greg Solomon, Jr.; FB Matt Metro, Jr.; MF Adam Hanin, Jr.
OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs return seven starters, and 15 lettermen overall, from a team that went 4-4 in the league. Defense is the team's strength, but someone must emerge to carry the offense. Episcopal
1989 RECORD: 11-6-1.
COACH: Rick Stubbs (11th season, 97-90-11).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: F Brian Peura (five goals, three assists), Sr.; FB Frank Young, Sr.; D Alex Lesman, Sr.; F Steve Sztan, Jr.; F Justin Burke, Sr.
OUTLOOK: The Maroon finished tied for second last year, but it's going to difficult to match that effort. Episcopal lost 12 players to graduation, including three all-IAC selections. Stubbs will count on Peura to handle the bulk of the scoring. Young and Lesman are a solid defensive nucleus. Georgetown Prep
1989 RECORD: 12-2-0.
COACH: Guy Fraiture (13th season, 129-55-17).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: F A.J. Wood (17 goalsr, 1989 Parade all-American, first team All-Met), Sr.; MF Adam Wolff (all-IAC), Sr.; FB Kevin Schmidt (all-IAC), Sr.; MF Secha Fraiture, Jr.; F Pat McSorley (nine goals), Jr.
OUTLOOK: It would be hard to imagine Georgetown Prep not winning the IAC title this year. After winning the league for three straight years and losing just once in the last two, Prep's dominance is likely to continue. The Little Hoyas return 12 lettermen. They should be more than any IAC team can handle. Landon
1989 RECORD: 7-8-1.
COACH: Hans Farnstrom (fourth season).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: MF Ryan Laughlin, Sr.; MF David Lin, Sr.; HB Douruk Ozgediz, Sr.; F Alex Asser, Sr.; FB Andy Kaplan, Sr.
OUTLOOK: The Bears can expect to challenge for one of the top spots in the IAC as they return eight lettermen. But the loss of all-conference striker Steve Klein to graduation will put added pressure on Asser to pick up the scoring burden. Farnstrom hopes to get immediate help from three or four freshmen prospects. St. Albans
1989 RECORD: 6-7-3.
COACH: Charlie Hatch (fifth season).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: MF Anthony Belber, Sr.; MF Matt deFerranti, Sr; FB Bryan Johnson, Jr.; FB Walker White (missed last season with a broken leg), Sr.; G Craig Haverback, Sr.
OUTLOOK: St. Albans lost a strong core of nine seniors including Jay Kenny, an all-IAC sweeper, and G Jamie Dave. The Bulldogs finished strong last year, but Hatch will probably have to rely on five sophomores this season. Any improvement on last year's fifth-place conference finish will be a pleasant surprise. St. Stephen's
1989 RECORD: 3-12-4.
COACH: Bob Lamond (returns this season after coaching team from 1981-88).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: F Rey Decerega, Sr.; MF Jeb Avery, Sr.; FB Carter Toole (sweeper), Sr.; FB John Rockwell (stopper), Sr.; F Aaron Norfolk, Sr.;
OUTLOOK: Lamond, after a one-year hiatus, inherits a squad that finished seventh last year under Paul Andrichuk, now soccer coach at Flint Hill. Lamond will have six returning lettermen who should help shoulder the loss of six starters to graduation. Expect a marked improvement on last season's dismal record. Sidwell Friends
1989 RECORD: 8-5-4.
COACH: Billy Ament (fourth year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: FB Justin Murphy, Sr.; HB Jeff Gross, Sr.; F Frank Harahan, Sr.; FB Matt Roth, Sr.; FB Nick Cihlar, Soph.
OUTLOOK: The Quakers finished second last season and have the muscle to press league favorite Georgetown Prep. Although Ament lost two honorable-mention All-Met players (G Kwame Varga, MF Nick Mays) to graduation, he returns 11 lettermen, including 10 seniors. Gene Wang
MONTGOMERY DIVISION I Bethesda-Chevy Chase
1989 RECORD: 11-2-0.
COACH: Gene Hostetler (11th year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: MF Derek Griffith, Sr.; F Mario Diaz, Jr.; FB Josh Shanholtzer, Sr.; MF Daryl Jones, Sr.; G Chris Mason, Sr.; MF Frederick Drevon, Jr.; MF Thomas Tresselt, Sr.
OUTLOOK: With five starters returning in addition to two transfer students from Norway, the Barons, who finished second in the league last year behind state champion Whitman, are poised for another exceptional year. Although the Barons lost to Springbrook in the region playoffs last season, Hostetler's kick and run style consistently gets the ball to the offense deep in the opposition's backfield. That should help B-CC keep the pressure on most defenses. Blair
1989 RECORD: 5-1-6.
COACH: Alex Desdunes (2nd year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: F Geoff Thompson, Sr.; MF Will Cirrincione, Jr.; FB Jeremi Duro, Sr.; FB Dan Stern, Sr.; F Ted Ramet, Sr.
OUTLOOK: Blazers have been making strides the past couple of years and with 10 returning starters, this team could be one of the major surprises in the county this season. Blair has a strong defense and could be dangerous offensively if Thompson and Cirrincione have banner years. Churchill
1989 RECORD: 8-3-1.
COACH: Henry Danver (16th year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: MF Serif Sisman, Sr.; MG Mike Jurgens, Sr.; FB Heemun Kwack, Sr.; FB Brian Hutt, Jr.; MF Mark Miles, Soph.; FB Mike Imber, Jr.; G Greg Kaufman, Sr.
OUTLOOK: Churchill just missed out on the playoffs last season. Danver has an inexperienced squad this year with three sophomores starting. Imber, a member of the 16-and-under national team, will lead a strong defense that should carry the Bulldogs to postseason play. Einstein
1989 RECORD: 2-8-2.
COACH: Jeff Kelly (first year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: F Carlos Liger, Sr.; MF Harold Maldonado, Sr.; G Jeremy Cook, Jr.; MF Andre Sandoval, Jr.
OUTLOOK: The challenge for Kelly will be whether he can mold his individual talent from across the globe into a team. With this diverse group of players, it could be a getting aquainted year for the Titans. Gaithersburg
1989 RECORD: 3-5-1.
COACH: Fred DeMino (second year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: MF Sad Carino, Jr.; MF Jose Guzman, Jr.; F Jeff Benjoar, Sr.; F Shawn Jeffries, Sr.; G Mohammad Siasi, Soph.
OUTLOOK: DeMino thinks his team may be ready and talented enough to make the playoffs. Although that may be tall thinking, Gaithersburg, with a few breaks, will no longer be the league doormat. This team is on the upswing and could be much improved. Quince Orchard
1989 RECORD: 4-5-2.
COACH: Rob Hartswick (3rd year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: G Matt Bond, Sr.; MF Ken Brown, Sr.; MF Michael Trenery, Jr.; F Kevin Moses, Sr.
OUTLOOK: With five returning starters, the Cougars are beginning to entertain thoughts of postseason play. However, Quince Orchard is still a young team and a the program is in only its third year. Bond will be relied upon heavily to keep team in each game. Seneca Valley
1989 RECORD: 2-9-1.
COACH: Ivan Palkovic (second year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: G Todd Compton, Jr.; MF Pat Hill, Sr.; MF Sergio Rodriguez, Sr.; F Jamal Qaimaquami, Jr.
OUTLOOK: Seneca Valley is simply looking for improvement and hopes to be competitive. Springbrook
1989 RECORD: 8-3-1.
COACH: Ian Bain (fourth year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: MF Ben Astorga, Sr.; MF John Mondy, Jr.; G David Pan, Sr.; MF Matt Sternberger, Sr.; F Nick Jovanovic, Jr.; MR Ian Mason, Soph.; MF Carlos Portugal, Soph.; F Andre Gary, Soph.
OUTLOOK: The Blue Devils graduated nine starters and may be forced to start five sophomores. With the backfield a huge question mark, Bain will need strong offensive performances from Astorga, who has the talent to become one of the county's premier players, and Mondy. Always a threat, look for Springbrook, a perennial county power, to be near the top come the playoffs. Walter Johnson
1989 RECORD: 7-4-1.
COACH: Corky Logsdon (third year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: G Caleb Mason, Sr.; FB Joe Brennan, Sr.; FB Doron Shiloach, Sr.; MF Tyler DuVal, Sr.; MF Rick deBoest, Sr.; MF Scott Nelson, Sr.; MF Ed Reis, Jr.
OUTLOOK: With eight returning starters and 10 starting seniors, Walter Johnson is stacked with talent. The Spartans will need Reis, DuVal and Nelson to supply offensive punch. And with Mason, who has already started two seasons in the box, Walter Johnson should be a contender for county and maybe state honors. Wheaton
1989 RECORD: 0-11-1.
COACH: George Valdez (first year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: G David Hall, Jr.; MF Silvio Carrillo, Sr.; FB Tom Hendershot, Jr.; FB Changus Hayes, Jr.
OUTLOOK: A few wins would be great. A .500 season would be an outstanding campaign. Whitman
1989 RECORD: 15-1 (won Maryland State 4A championship).
COACH: Sam DeBone (22nd year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: FB Matt Ferry, Sr.; MF Dan Canter, Sr.; FB J.G. Hayes, Sr.; FB Peter Bowman, Sr.; F Andrew Dilworth, Jr.; MF Martin Keely Jr.; F Sergio Costa-Couta, Sr.
OUTLOOK: The state champion Vikings have major holes to fill and a new identity to forge. Forward Al Boggs, who accounted for the majority of the team's goals last season, has graduated. Dilworth and Costa-Couta may be the offensive answer the Vikings are looking for. Even without Boggs, a DeBone-coached team is always a county threat. Wootton
1989 Record: 8-4-2.
COACH: Matt Boratenski (7th year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: MF Stefan Triandafilou (nine goals), Sr.; F Ted Sherburne, Sr.; FB Matt Boesch, Sr.; MF Lee Epstein, Sr.; FB John Shire, Sr.; FB Jim Clemenko, Sr.; FB Josh Osher, Sr.
OUTLOOK: Wootton has developed an outstanding program and this should be another excellent season for the Patriots. Triandafilou, who was second team All-Met last year, is one of the finest players in the county. With a team featuring seven returning starters, this squad should easily make the region playoffs. David Levine
MONTGOMERY DIVISION II Kennedy
1989 RECORD: 11-3-1 (Maryland State 3A cochampions with Howard).
COACH: Jeff Schultz (ninth year, career 97-21-12).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: MF Marco Fortini (eight goals, 12 assists), Sr.; FB Todd Feldman (three-year starter), Sr.; G Aaron Tark (nine shutouts), Jr.; FB Yuri Tzaneff (three-year starter), Sr.; F Richard Chang (transferred from Jamaica mid-way through last season), Sr.
OUTLOOK: Kennedy provided Schultz with one of his most satisfying and finest coaching accomplishments when the Cavaliers stunned Howard, the nation's No. 1-ranked team, with a 2-2 tie in last year's state championship. Few gave Kennedy a chance after the Cavaliers lost to Howard, 6-0, earlier in the season. With Fortini, one of Montgomery County's most talented players, and four other starters returning, the Cavaliers should once again be able to make believers of the opposition and return to the playoffs. Fortini, Feldman, and Tzaneff provide strength up the middle while Tark will look to match his spectacular 1989 numbers. The Cavaliers will face their toughest test in the season's second week when they meet Oakland Mills and Howard. Magruder
1989 RECORD: 8-3-1.
COACH: Karl Heimbach (8th year, 47-47-7).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: F Devin Payton (10 goals, eight assists), Soph.; MF Nick Vara (captain), Sr.; F Jim Fortado (six goals, four assists), Jr.; FB Brian Hinkley (two-year letterman), Jr.; FB Matt Willems, Sr.; FB Jeff Zutant (transferred back from Illinois after starting for Colonels as a freshman), Sr.; GK Dan Smith, Sr.
OUTLOOK: The Colonels return seven starters, but will go with newcomers at several key positions including Smith, who will be replacing graduated first team all-county Brett Burch. Heimbach, though, says his back line of Hinkley, Willems and Zutant is good enough to handle most types of pressure. Payton starred last year as a freshman, but will be double-teamed this season. The Colonels should once again find themselves in the playoffs. Paint Branch
1989 RECORD: 2-10.
COACH: Jim Deitz (first year at Paint Branch).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: FB Doyle Choi, Sr.; FB Lyle Curry, Jr.; F Rinku Mannan, Jr.; MF Mike Lee, Jr.; FB Tim Abbott, Sr.; MF Brian Egan, Jr.; MF Matt Egan, So.; GK Bob Pfeifer, Jr.; F Josh Middledorf (first year playing soccer after three years playing football), Sr.; F Bim Gbolabe (transfer from Nigeria), Jr.
OUTLOOK: The Panthers are counting on a fast-paced style to wear down their opponents. Deitz, former head coach at the University of Maryland, says his team is stocked with average athletes who will have to out-work other teams to win. The defense will be aggressive with Choi, Curry, and Abbott protecting inexperienced Pfeifer. The Panthers will have to do a lot of hustling if they want to crack the upper echelon of this division. Richard Montgomery
1989 RECORD: 5-6-1.
COACH: Ben McCenny (18th year)
PLAYERS TO WATCH: F Scott Levy (eight goals, 10 assists), Sr.; F Karl Knutsen, Jr.; G Charles Kauffunger (played forward last year), Jr.; MF Mike Haynes, Jr.; FB Chaz Teplin, Jr.
OUTLOOK: The Rockets return only Levy and Knutsen as starters. Levy was the team's leading scorer last year, but Knutsen will be playing a new position this season. McCenny is counting on midfielders Haynes, Mike Turner, and Robbie Neele to solidify this team. Kauffunger has had a good preseason and should anchor the defense. A lot of underclassmen will have to mature quickly for the Rockets to improve on their 1989 record. McCenny concedes he is looking for development as much as wins. Rockville
1989 RECORD: 11-3.
COACH: Larry Nuzzaci (11th year, career 110-28).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: MF Eric Brockdorf (15 goals, nine assists), Sr.; FB Bobby Clark, Sr.; MF J.R. Moran, Sr.; G C.J. Norton (four shutouts), Soph.; F Jim Vukovitch (injured last year), Soph.; F Rich Zabriskie, Sr.; MF Andy Stroud, Fr.
OUTLOOK: The Rams, who lost to eventual state cochampion Kennedy in the regional championship last year, will be looking to recapture the state title they won in 1988. The Rams have made the playoffs 10 of the last 11 years, and with cocaptains Brockdorf and Clark leading the way, are virtually a lock to do it again. Rockville also has a diamond in the rough as yet another Stroud brother begins to move into the limelight. Built in the mold of oldest brother John, Andy should provide Nuzzaci with plenty to smile about for the next several years. Sherwood
1989 RECORD: 3-8.
COACH: Gene Orndorf (first year at Sherwood).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: F Hector Morales, Sr.; F Manuel Cruz (first year playing), Jr.; FB Tommy Croft, Sr.; FB Eric Shirley, Sr.; FB Justin Stieler, Sr.
OUTLOOK: Orndorf is counting on his experienced back line of Croft, Shirley, and Stieler to lead this team. Morales and Cruz, a junior playing his first year for the Warriors, will provide the bulk of the scoring. With an easier schedule than last year, the Warriors could climb a few notches in the standings and possibly reach .500. Craig Milstein
1989 RECORD: 12-3 (Maryland 2A, Region I champions).
COACH: Doug Morgan (third year, career 20-26).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: F Chris Powers, Sr.; FB Dan Barlow, Jr.; MF Eric Mayhew, Sr.; MF Todd Stokes, Sr.; F Marty Beall (started for Thomas Jefferson last year), Jr.; F Daniel Gulik (exchange student from Germany), Jr.
OUTLOOK: The Hornets progressed to the state semifinals before losing to Hereford. This year, Damascus returns four lettermen and will be starting at least five sophomores. Beall leads the offense. Morgan says the defense is struggling right now after losing sophomore FB Mark Jasper, who is out with a broken jaw. In addition, Morgan still has to choose a goalkeeper between sophomore Chris Smith and junior Keith Browning. With a tough schedule including Wootton and Springbrook, the Hornets will need someone to solidify the defense in order to successfully defend their regional title. Poolesville
1989 RECORD: 2-8-2.
COACH: Doug Miller (2nd year, 2-8-2).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: FB Chris Pierce (played in Europe over the summer), Sr.; MF Rick Haddaway (played varsity football last year), Sr.; FB Tony Perez, Jr.; FB Randy Clark, Soph.; FB Joey Eckenrode, Jr.; G Pat Mitchell (6-2, 165 pounds), Fr.; MF Dustin Miller, Jr.; MF Jonas Knudsen (exchange student from Denmark), Soph.; F Steve Smyth, Sr.
OUTLOOK: Last year, the Indians fielded their first varsity team. With Pierce and Smyth the only seniors, Poolesville should benefit from the new scheduling format in which they must only play two county teams, Watkins Mill and Damascus. Still, the Indians stand a good chance of making the the Region IA playoffs in which four of the five teams in the region qualify. Watkins Mill
1989 RECORD: 2-9-1.
COACH: Bernie Hudock (9th year overall, second at Watkins Mill).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: FB Chad Keenan, Sr.; FB Pat Rohrbaugh, Sr.; MF Keith Fisher, Sr.; F Thor Thorkildsen (exchange student from Poland), Jr.; F Brad Gularson, Sr.; G Pablo Rubio, Jr.
OUTCOME: The Wolverines struggled in their first season in 1989, but return 10 starters. Only Rubio is new to the lineup. Hudock is counting on Keenan and Rohrbaugh to strengthen the defense and expects a lot of scoring from Fisher and the other midfielders. Watkins Mill got pushed around some last year, but Hudock vows that is not going to happen this season. "Last year, they were intimidated by people." he said. "This year they're not afraid." Craig Milstein PVAC BOYS
1989 RECORD: 9-4 (PVAC cochampions).
COACH: Mark Mandell (first year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: MF Andrew Mascolino, Sr.; FB Glenn Friedell (sweeper-stopper), Sr.; F Noah Evans, Jr.; F Vinnie Lande (striker), Jr.; F Cherokee Jerome, Fr.
OUTLOOK: Mandell is counting on Evans and Lande to create scoring opportunities. With a weak midfield and questions in goal, the Neds could find themselves trapped in the defensive end of the field, and the middle of the league. Field School
1989 RECORD: 6-4-1.
COACH: Jeff Kip (first year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: G Steve Clemmer (four shutouts), Sr.; FB Peter Monaco (sweeper, first team all-PVAC), Jr.; F Alex Christie (striker, second team all-PVAC), Sr.; F Chris Ketcham (second team All-PVAC), Sr.; MF Paul Cymrot, Jr.
OUTLOOK: With eight returning starters, an experienced keeper and the most potent forward line in the conference, the Falcons should be among the top contenders for the league title. Midfield control is the only untested area on a squad loaded with depth, experience and outstanding personnel. Georgetown Day School
1989 RECORD: 11-5-1.
COACH: Harold Newton (sixth year, 60-31-1).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: F Scyler Stegall (five goals, 13 assists), Sr.; F Joshua Tatel (three game-winning goals), Sr.; F-MF-FB Thomas Butler (plays every position except goalie), Sr.; G Alex Mitchell (0.62 goals against as reserve last season), Jr.; MF Ben Wollin, Soph.
OUTLOOK: With a new defensive foursome and a light bench, the Grasshoppers will give up more goals than the mere 20 they allowed during the entire 1989 season. Don't, however, count out Newton and his Mighty 'Hoppers. If the midfield can control the ball early in the season, the fullbacks will have time to develop and gain confidence. Jewish Day
1989 RECORD: 4-7.
COACH: Bill Bak (second year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: F Kip Miller (three goals, three assists), Soph.; MF Avi Lerner (all-PVAC tournament team), Jr.; G Josh Katz (2-2, 2.06 goals allowed per game), Jr.; MF Josh Udler (team-leading five assists), Jr.; MF Jeremy Murdoch (two goals), Soph.
OUTLOOK: The Lions return a league-high nine starters and could very well challenge for the title. Calling last year a transition year, Bak hopes his forward line, comprised mostly of talented, but raw, sophomores, can get the job done on offense. He knows his experienced goalie and midfield will be steady, if not rock solid. Queen Anne
1989 RECORD: 8-3
COACH: Bruce Hardman (first year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: HB Jordan Laycook, Jr.; HB Shawn Main, Jr.; FB Bruce Goddard, Sr.; G Bob Beverage, Jr.
OUTLOOK: Having lost eight players to graduation and student transfers, Hardman is wondering how his eight freshmen can fill gaping holes. It could be a long season for the Lions. Sandy Spring
1989 RECORD: 4-7.
COACH: Ari Preuss (22nd year, 153-96-10).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: F Keith Roberts (first team all-PVAC), Sr.; G Matt Scholnik, Jr.; MF Josh Sagman, Sr.
OUTLOOK: After losing most starters to graduation, including star F Matt Weingarten, Sandy Spring will struggle. Preuss likes to attack with an aggressive offense, but lacks talent and depth at forward. Versatile Roberts is the lone exception, but he can't do it all. A .500 season seems to be the ultimate goal. St. Andrew's
1989 RECORD: 10-4-1.
COACH: Don Handler (second year, 10-4-1).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: MF Todd Roberts, Sr.; F Richard Bulman (team's most improved player last year), Soph.; FB Seb Sosman (did not play last season), Jr.; F Caldwell Weglicki (did not play last season), Sr.
OUTLOOK: Sosman and Weglicki could mend holes at fullback and forward, but finding a capable goalie remains a problem. Roberts is a stalwart in the midfield, but his skills may go to waste if he has no attackers to feed with his crisp passes. Look for a less than dominant showing from the Lions. Andrew Backover
PVAC GIRLS Edmund Burke
1989 SEASON: 5-7.
COACH: Tom Yoder (first year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: F Kara Aledort, Jr.; MF Kathryn Thornton, Jr.; MF Mary Claire Delaney, Sr.; MF Chloe Bernardi, Sr.; F Simone Dyer, Sr.; G Yakina White, Jr.
OUTLOOK: Yoder claims his team needs to work on skills like dribbling and ball control, but his forwards and keeper could carry the Neds a long way, possibly to the playoffs. Freshmen Emily Rutherford and Jessica Broome could provide an unexpected boost, but they will have to crack a deep squad of 11 returners, including nine starters. Field School
1989 RECORD: 4-5-1.
COACH: Caroline Ketchum (first year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: F Meegan Scott, Jr.; MF Penn Ketcham, Soph.; FB Nina Fry, Jr.; FB Emily Johnson, Sr.; G Kacey Weaver, Sr.
OUTLOOK: The Falcons have skilled players in Penn Ketcham and Scott, but lost almost 80 percent of their 1989 squad to graduation. A .500 season will be a bonus. Jewish Day
1989 RECORD: 6-5-2.
COACH: Phil Papier (second year, career 6-5-2.).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: MF Rebecca Brochstein (assist leader), Sr.; G Rachel Simmons (two shutouts), Jr.; F Debbie Fidler (12 goals), Jr.; F Ruth Becker (eight goals), Jr.
OUTLOOK: Brochstein may be the best overall player in the PVAC and the eight other returning starters that make up her supporting cast aren't too shabby either. Fidler and Becker, who combined for 20 goals last season, will continue to make life miserable for opposing goalies. The Lions lost in the finals last year to eventual champion St. Andrew's, but with their offense in full swing, Jewish Day could be a runaway. Oakcrest
1989 RECORD: 1-9.
COACH: Barbara Thompson (fourth year, career 11-19).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: G Danielle Trezevant, Sr.; F Tara Thompson, Sr.; MF Cristina Vignola, Sr.; MF Susie Williams, Sr.; FB Emily West, Jr.; F Katherine McPherson, 8th grade.
OUTLOOK: Last season, the Chargers scored a total of only one goal. Due to their size and low enrollment, Oakcrest allows seventh and eighth graders to participate on the varsity soccer team. Not surprisingly, the overmatched Chargers will occupy the basement in the PVAC. Queen Anne
1989 RECORD: 7-4.
COACH: Lynn Krahling (10th year).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: FB Lauren Brilante, Sr.; MF Sara Russell, Sr.; F Kim Shapiro, Sr.; FB Melissa Buchheister, Fr.; MF-F LaToya Smith, Soph.
OUTLOOK: Good speed, strong midfielders and coachable players are the main strengths of the Lions, who return only three starters. The Lions will have a difficult time scoring and will rely on their defense to keep games within reach. Sandy Spring
1989 RECORD: 0-9.
COACHES: David Rosenthal, Linda DeLaney (third year, career 1-17).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: MF Kirstin Hendricks (first team all-PVAC), Soph.; F-HB Jillian Safer, Jr.; FB Peggy Busker, Jr.; FB-MF Tasha Swales, Soph.
OUTLOOK: Eight returning players and better conditioned athletes will make Sandy Spring a more competetive club. New GK Junco Honda, a senior, should provide stable netminding for a team that gave up a lot of goals last season. The middle and front lines should be adequate as well. St. Andrew's
1989 RECORD: 13-1 (won PVAC championship).
COACH: Ginger Walsh (fourth year, 38-2).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: FB Christy Owens (first team all-PVAC), Sr.; MF Edith Symons, Sr.; FB Lexa Castiello, Soph.
OUTLOOK: A new forward line remains untested, but an experienced backfield will form a difficult to penetrable defense. If the offense can pull together, the Lions have a decent chance to repeat as PVAC champs. Andrew Backover