If sympathy is deserved, the Annapolis High School girls soccer team deserves it. Season-ending injuries to four key starters and the temporary loss of another player have resulted in the Panthers' 1-6 record in a season that held much promise.
"My lofty expectations for the season kept going down," Annapolis Coach Rick King said. "Now I use this as an opportunity to play the bench."
Forward Colby Nelson was the first key player to be lost for the year when she broke two bones in her right leg in the team's first scrimmage. In the opening game against Arundel, outside fullback Jessica Cloyd broke her left wrist when she was taken down. Two weeks ago forward Susan Hodgson broke the big toe on her right foot against Meade.
The most recent injuries occurred last week against Chesapeake. Forward Carrie Lewis dislocated her right shoulder but is expected to return Friday. Becky Janouski, normally a forward, was switched to fullback and tore ligaments in her left knee and is out for six to eight months.
Also, Tracey Anzalone, who was to be promoted from junior varsity, broke her leg last week when she fell off her porch. Several other players have been slowed by the flu.
With only five games left, King is hoping to survive the rest of the season without any more injuries. "There's only one rough game left. . . . I know there will be an injury," he said. "I hope it's something that isn't serious, like a twisted ankle."
King said there are 16 healthy players on the varsity team and he will not break up the junior varsity to replace the injured players.
The Annapolis boys team recently got back its all-state forward Terry Neumann. After scoring 16 goals last season, Newman has recovered from a broken leg he suffered last spring. He has started the last three games and has scored two goals.
The Panthers (1-4-1) have scored only six goals, half coming in a 3-1 victory over Chesapeake. They had 26 goals at this point last year. Double Duty
The Falls Church football team recently snapped a three-year, 17-game losing streak. When the team trots to the locker room at halftime, Coach Greg Hamilton watches two of his defensive linemen head the other way toward the horn section f the marching band. Steve Bowling (6-foot, 190 pounds) and Kelly Henley (5-11, 200) get second looks from spectators as they perform, still dressed in their uniforms and wearing band hats instead of helmets.
"Fortunately, the problem only occurs during home games when the band marches," Hamilton said. "It's bad because they miss our halftime meeting, but I catch them up on what we talked about when we come back out."
"We try to get the kids involved in a lot of things because we are a small school" in terms of number of students, Athletic Director Fran Bedont said. "So we all have to make concessions." Shot and a Save
Stuart field hockey goalie Karen Fowler owns most of the school records and has caught the eye of many college coaches. In a 1-0 loss to defending Northern Region champion West Potomac, Fowler stopped 24 of 25 shots and is averaging 25 saves per game.
The AAA state semifinals and final will be held at North Stafford, starting Nov. 13. Running in Rochester
Defending Virginia AAA state champion West Springfield finished second in the prestigious McQuaid Invitational Cross County meet in Rochester, N.Y., last week. The Spartans outran 170 teams from five states and Canada to win the meet last year. Streak Shattered
Wootton, which has won seven straight Maryland girls volleyball championships, had its three-year, 35-game winning streak broken last week. Led by Nellie Hanrahan, Tara Hayden, San Troung, Dori Wright, Mary Sheridan and Mariana Gonzales, Einstein blitzed the Patriots, 15-3, 15-0. It was Wootton's first regular season loss since 1987. The Patriots once had a 73-match winning streak.
In Prince George's County, Douglass (6-0) defeated Bladensburg, 15-1, 15-4, 15-2, in a Class 3A/2A match to stretch its winning streak to 20 straight. Oxon Hill improved to 6-0 as it defeated Suitland in five sets. Games Search
Eastern's boys varsity basketball team is looking for two games in December. Contact Coach Ray Smith at 202-724-4805.
Bishop Ireton is looking for a Christmas basketball tournament for its girls varsity team. If interested, contact Barbara Hill at 703-751-7606.