Ea­gles fall to Tro­jans in sea­son opener

Dorchester Star - - Sports - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

SHILOH — Kent County High’s girls’ soc­cer team gained early mo­men­tum Tues­day, while cruis­ing to a 7-0 vic­tory over North Dorch­ester in the sea­son’s open­ing game.

Jaime Heavlow and Teira John­son each scored twice for the Tro­jans and Kait­lyn Jones, Lo­gan Pin­der and Au­drey Helfen­bein added goals to make Rachel Keiser a win­ner in her de­but as Kent County head coach.

Kent County opened with sev­eral rushes down the left side by Jones. Three times she beat a de­fender and got a shot off but was not able to con­vert. In the 11th minute, Jones took the break and got a shot on goal, but it was saved by Ea­gle goalie Ni­cole Waples.

As Waples car­ried the ball up­field, she col­lided with Jones, who cor­ralled the ball and scored into the open net for a 1-0 lead. The ref­eree al­lowed play to con­tinue rather than call­ing in­ter­fer­ence, rul­ing Waples ran into Jones, caus­ing the loose ball.

Three min­utes later, Heavlow got a steal and shot on goal. Waples made the ini­tial save, but Heavlow got the re­bound and scored for a 2-0 lead.

“I was ner­vous go­ing into to­day, but I al­ways get firstgame jit­ters,” Keiser said. “We started strong and re­ally gained the mo­men­tum. The girls went out and played their hearts out.

“My for­wards Teira John­son, Kait­lyn Jones and Jaime Heavlow all played out­stand­ing games for us to­day,” she added. “They pushed up real hard and used their lefts. My back four on de­fense held a firm wall and didn’t al­low much pen­e­tra­tion. Barely any­thing got by them. We’ve been work­ing a lot in prac­tice with just be­ing first touch, first to the ball and com­mu­ni­cat­ing a lot.”

North Dorch­ester head coach Jon Ca­tron said his team played ver y well for the first 15 min­utes, counter at­tack­ing and driv­ing up­field.

Twice in the first five min­utes Ste­fani Lana­han made steals to cre­ate scor­ing chances. Brooke Mor­ton and Beth Thomas worked the side­lines to get the ball up­field to Lana­han sev­eral times for shots.

In the 9th minute, Des­tiny Lane made a steal at mid­field, dished to Kadie Laramore, who found Lana­han driv­ing down the right side. Lana­han cor­ralled the pass and fired just high of the net.

“We had a lot of good pos­ses­sions at the open­ing,” Ca­tron said. “We had a lot of great ideas in pass­ing. We need to change the point of at­tack a lit­tle bit to cre­ate a few more shots on goal.

“We just couldn’t get the right op­por­tu­ni­ties be­cause we were not cre­at­ing enough space side to side,” he added. “Over­all, we had re­ally good pass­ing ideas in the first 10 or 12 min­utes.

“We lost mo­men­tum. When you lose mo­men­tum, you have to be able to re­cover quick,” he said. “We didn’t do that and Kent did a good job of keep­ing pos­ses­sion of the ball. We just never re­ally re­cov­ered from that.”

In the sec­ond half, North Dorch­ester started with an early rush with Mered­ith Bell find­ing Maddi Nos­sick, who dished to Lana­han in the mid­dle. Lana­han found Thomas down the side­line and Thomas’ shot went wide.

The Tro­jans re­sponded with two quick goals. Helfen­bein drove the mid­dle and passed back to Pin­der, who fired into the net for a 3-0 lead in the 47th minute. In the next 60 sec­onds, Helfen­bein scored a goal off a throw-in for a 4-0 lead.

Heavlow added her sec­ond goal in the 72nd minute for a 5-0 lead. John­son capped the scor­ing with two goals, 45 sec­onds a part in the 86th and 87th minute..

“We saw a lot of im­prove­ment,” Keiser said. “We got a lot to work on but the game gave us a lot to see for the fu­ture. We still got a long way to go. I’m proud of the way the girls per­formed to­day.”

The Tro­jans are sched­uled to visit Colonel Richard­son Thurs­day, while the Ea­gles are slated to play at Snow Hill.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Dorch­ester’s Mered­ith Bell splits two Kent County de­fend­ers on Tues­day, Sept. 6.

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